Rachel Evans is not the first woman to want to look like a real-life version of Barbie.
She probably isn't the most famous woman to want to look like a real-life version of Barbie, either.
But Rachel's story is still worth telling because it's interest, it's sad, it's made her into a viral sensation... and the photos that accompany her transformation are pretty incredible.
See for yourself:
This is Rachel Evans
Or it WAS Rachel Evans, we should say, before she fell into a depression as the result of losing a son at a very young age.
Response to Tragedy
Around the same time this child died, Rachel's relationship was falling apart. She says she developed an eating disorder in response and hated the way she looked at the time.
Start of the Transformation
"Because I was skinny, some people called me Barbie," Rachel has said. "So I decided to embrace it, knowing it would make me a happier person inside and out."
A New Woman
Along with working out to improve her figure, Rachel underwent Botox and quickly became hooked. She loved her new look.
An Addiction is Born
"It was like ironing out a shirt to erase the creases," she has said. "After that I noticed other wrinkles I hadn’t noticed before, so I got more and more done. I gradually increased the face treatments and started having fillers in my cheeks and lips. By my early 40s, I was having non-surgical facelifts on top of all the other treatments to maintain my youthful look."
A New Identity is Formed
"I feel like Barbie, I think like Barbie and I am Barbie," says Rachel, adding that she is on the lookout for her Ken. "I think me and Barbie are the same person. I am a human doll."
Mock her if you wish, but Evans says she feels better than ever: "My Barbie alter ego feels completely authentic to me. Some people might think because I look fake that I am fake as a person. But my friends know I have brains, so it doesn’t bother me one bit."
A Positive Outlook on Life
Evans has been through a lot. She says "now I’m spreading good vibes and never want to go back to the old me," adding: "I 'buried' that dark gothic sad person a long time ago. It’s like I’ve been re-born — from darkness to light."
She's Become a Mini Sensation
Here's a look at Rachel being featured alongside Ray J in New Magazine.
New Jobs Have Opened Up
Wrote Rachel as a caption/explanation to this Instagram photo: "I'm a London girl & speak Italian! the Fiat 500 Barbie car is my dream car and this week I am writing about the 2017 Fiat 500 World Tour in Madrid. It is an exciting event I have been invited to attend in Madrid later this week and write about the iconic car which is so fashionable and stylish. watch this space- article coming soon on @luxurialifestyleuk magazine."
This is the Work Rachel has Gotten Done:
For approximately $25,000, she has undergone: a cheek augmentation, contouring, jaw tightening, a breast augmentation and a nose job.
As for the Haters?
Rachel is choosing to focus on the potential lovers instead, saying: "I get asked on dates by 20-something men all the time. I enjoy the attention of men half my age who are as fit as me – with their amazing bodies and ripped six-packs. “I get asked on dates by 20-something men all the time. I enjoy the attention of men half my age who are as fit as me – with their amazing bodies and ripped six-packs."
What Do You Think?
Does someone like Rachel Evans need professional help? Or should we butt out and not judge someone for how he or she finds happiness?