Brazilian Man Gets Surgery to Look Korean, Korean Woman Gets Surgery to Look Like Miranda Kerr, & More — #RealNews Roundup

Chako S. on 4 Jun 2014 at 8:00am

Blond Brazilian man gets surgery to look Korean: before and after photos

Too busy to sift through the web to find the health and beauty news you need to know for this week? Not to worry, we sifted through the headlines and pulled out the interesting ones just for you. Read on to catch up on what you might've missed!

A 25-year-old blond Brazilian man spent more than $3,000 to look like a Korean pop star after studying abroad in South Korea and becoming “obsessed with looking like the locals.” The results of his 10 cosmetic surgery procedures are pretty shocking. Xiahn Nishi (formerly named Max) stuck up for himself amidst media criticism on his Facebook page stating, “Regardless of religion that the person is, whether or not you believe in past lives, you have only this life, you have to be who you want to be.”

Oddly enough, there was also a Korean model who underwent surgeries to look like Australian model Miranda Kerr. As far as motivation for getting her nose and eyes done, the Daily Mail states that Hong Yuh Reum “expressed her disappointment that the former Victoria's Secret Angel isn't more popular in South Korea and claimed she was imitating Kerr to help promote her on the Korean Peninsula.”

What’s driving the shocking 40% year-over-year rise in requests for penis extensions? The Daily Mail is citing porn and well-endowed celebs. The interesting thing about penoplasty is that it only adds length when the penis is flaccid! Dr. Roberto Viel reveals, “I have performed this operation for over 20 years, and I can guarantee that there is no increase in length when erect. If someone claims this is possible, they are wrong.”

An example of a BikiniBridge

As if the “thigh gap” trend isn’t disturbing enough, there’s a new “thinspo” hashtag hitting social media streams. Teen Vogue describes the “bikini bridge” as “protruding hip bones [that revealing] a space between the swimsuit and [the] stomach.” We hope there will be no resulting cosmetic surgery trends to go along with this one, as there was with the thigh gap.

How does a thing like the “bikini bridge” spread like wildfire? Claire Mysko, editor of (the National Eating Disorders Association's teen website) explains the phenomenon, "[What's] different now is that there are terms for [these] fixations, with hashtags that are easily searchable. That promotes fixation on a much larger scale.” You’ve been warned.

Can taking a break from your phone, laptop, or iPad really help you lose weight? NY Mag points out that there may indeed be a correlation: “There’s increasing evidence that the longer we spend in front of our glowing, pinging, dinging devices — especially after dark — the more dysregulated our metabolisms become.” And here's one more reason to get off those backlit electronics: A young man in China was treated for a detached retina possibly due to his excessive texting in the dark with his girlfriend. Typically detached retinas happen to older people, but this guy was only 26-years-old!  

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Photo credits: Xiahn Nishi on Facebook_____cherie_____ on Instagram