Meet 24-year-old Claire Lesson, a woman who admits to spending $35,000 on cosmetic procedures to look like her idol Kim Kardashian. In an interview on ITV’s This Morning, she says she first became obsessed with Kim after watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians in 2009.
Read excerpts from the interview below;
‘When I left school, friends would tell me that I had a resemblance to Kim.
She continues, ‘So I watched [the show] and realized I had the same amount of siblings and that we have the same kind of arguments and things going on. I thought she was so beautiful and I really wanted to be like her.’
Claire confessed that her desire to look like Kim comes from needing self-confidence after being bullied as a child.
‘I look at Kim so much and would love to be exactly like her because sometimes I feel like I’m not fully confident all the time within myself. My family are really worried, but they are so used to it now, but I know that I want to be happy.’
‘I was badly, badly bullied over my looks and it took me ten years to realise that I wasn’t unattractive. I was so badly bullied that I didn’t want to be alive anymore.’
According to Claire, she was bullied from the ages of 13 to 16. After a bully told her she was too ugly to live, at 14 she made her first suicide attempt. One year later, she made her second.
‘My life was hell and I was told every day that I was the ugliest thing alive and that I should kill myself.
‘People do not realise what a damaging effect it has on your mental state for the rest of your life.’
Fast forward to today and we learn that after her traumatic childhood Claire dropped out of school and has been working to pay her bills ever since, admitting that she pays for her surgeries with credit cards and plans to pay it all off ‘one day’.
‘At the moment, I feel like what I’m doing might not be right but I feel it’s what is best for me for the time being because when I get my Kimmy on I feel like I’m unstoppable and untouchable and I feel like no one can stop me and I can make something of myself.
‘I feel strong… and I feel that I have built enough confidence to love myself a little bit more.’
Do you think she’s achieved her goal of looking like Kim K? I say she's far from it.