This is Jocelyn Wildenstein.
This is Jocelyn Wildenstein after plastic surgery.
You may recognize this photo of the New York Society Cat Woman, but you may not know her story. I found it incredibly sad.
Jocelyn was a middle-class girl in Switzerland when she met and married billionaire art collector, Alec Wildenstein. She was completely in love with him.
When his eyes began to wander after several years of marriage, Jocelyn grew jealous and became panicked.
Almost 50 and already insecure about her fading beauty, Jocelyn visited a plastic surgeon to enhance her looks. It worked! Her husband was thrilled with the results and for a while, it seemed like her marriage was finally back on its feet.
But to her dismay, she found out her husband was still eyeing younger and prettier women. Out of desperation, she made a decision that would change her life forever and haunt the entire world.
Jocelyn realized that her husband, Alec, loved his jungle estate and the cats that inhabited it, more than anything else in life. He was so enamoured with lions, he had paintings of them all over the house.
With this information, she went to her plastic surgeon and told him: transform me into a giant cat. She thought if she looked like one of the lions her husband loved so much, he would love her again. The plastic surgeon (probably after realizing how much money was involved) complied with her crazy scheme.
She received seven face lifts and drastic eye reconstruction surgery and received collagen injections to her lips, cheeks and chin. It cost millions of dollars.
The first time Alec saw his newly sculpted wife, he screamed in terror and didn't recognize her. Jocelyn was heartbroken and dismayed.
Her plastic surgeon also lost a significant number of clients, including many who fled his waiting room in horror when Jocelyn would stop by for her after-surgery check-ups.
Jocelyn and Alec, who have two children, ended up getting divorced in 1999 when Jocelyn accidentally stumbled upon her husband in bed with a 19-year-old model.
Oddly enough, even though her tragic face has become a symbol for the dangers of plastic surgery, the socialite grew to be content with her look. She often appears at red carpet events and loves the spotlight. She laughs off her famous nickname, Cat Woman.
The 65-year-old has even found a handsome younger boyfriend who doesn't seem to care about her mutilated face.
While I am absolutely horrified with her transformation, I am kind of awed that Jocelyn has such rockin' self-esteem. If I looked like a jungle freak show, I would retreat into my mansion, tail between my legs (haha). I would never be able to face anyone again.
Well, rumor has it that Jocelyn has reversed most of her surgeries within the past year. In fact, dozens of tabloids ran this photo a few months ago, claiming it was the famed socialite.
I have absolutely no idea if this news is true or if that photo is her, but I sincerely hope so. Because if that is the case, Jocelyn now looks rather pretty and way more normal. But who knows...
What are your thoughts on plastic surgery? Does it scare you or tempt you?