1. The Zombie Boy who underwent amazing make-up transformation for a commercial
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2. The personal trainer who gained 40kg (88lbs) to understand obesity
He ploughed through the junk food - up to 30 slices of pizza in one binge sitting - and the money. "It's just very expensive to be unhealthy (…) "I used to spend about $80 on food a week. I could easily spend $300 now." (Link)
3. The former skinhead who underwent 25 surgeries to remove his face tattoos
The process, which cost $32,400 (£20,233), was so painful that he had to be put under general anesthetic each time and it took 25 operations over 16 months before it was complete. Now his face is completely clear and scar-free and his hair has grown back.
His arms and torso are still extensively tattooed but he is inking over the "political" designs such as Nazi lightning bolts. (Link | Via)
4. The website that collects amazing before and after pictures of convicts addicted to meth
All of these drug addicts use some drug called Methamphetamine or “meth” as everybody calls it. This drug has high potential for abuse and addiction, so when you take it once there is no turning back, you are just going to take more and more. The faces of these people show what chronic abuse of this drug can do to you. (Link | Via)
5. The forensic artist who can predict your face in 10 years based on your drinking, smoking and eating habits
Pretty bad, according to 42-year-old freelance journalist Anna Magee. She was guest-editing a magazine called Expert Beauty when a surgeon named Charles Nduka commissioned a piece on smoking. He put Magee in touch with Auriole Prince, a forensic artist who creates digital images of what people will look like over time based on their lifestyles. While Magee herself has noticed small signs of aging and has received cheek fillers and Botox injections, she wondered what she'd look like 10 years from now given different lifestyle factors.
Prince created three projected images of Magee showing her face one decade from now after smoking a pack a day, drinking two glasses of wine a day, and indulging in sugar, cakes, junk food and refined carbs. (Link)
6. The woman who had a full face transplant after being attacked by a chimp
Travis, 14, was shot dead by police while Charla was rushed to hospital in her hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. Seven hours of emergency surgery saved Charla's life – but left her hideously disfigured. Two years later, she is finally on the mend after the pioneering face transplant operation. She was the second person in the world to undergo this surgery. Her wounds were said to be so horrific that local hospital staff received counselling after treating her. The painstaking op involved dozens of doctors and took 20 hours.
The work on her face was deemed a success although an effort to reattach hands to her injured arms proved unsuccessful – as her body rejected the new limbs. (Link)
7. Brazilian's most famous transsexual who was dubbed "the world's most beautiful model"
Close won the "Miss Gay Brazil" beauty pageant at the age of twenty. That same year, she made headlines and was dubbed "The world's most beautiful model". She has played a cabaret singer on a popular soap opera, starred in the 1986 movie Si tu vas a Rio... tu meurs, hosted a late night talk show, and was the inspiration for a hit song by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos.
In 1989, Close underwent sex reassignment surgery at Charing Cross Clinic in London, England. Afterwards, she appeared in an extensive photo spread in the Brazilian men's magazine Sexy, and was subsequently voted the "Most Beautiful Woman in Brazil."
Roberta's Portuguese-language autobiography, Muito Prazer, Roberta Close ("Pleased to meet you, I'm Roberta Close") was published in 1998. In it, she claims to have been involved with numerous American celebrities including Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, and Robert De Niro. It has not been published in the United States.
Close was involved in a lengthy legal judicial battle to challenge the Brazilian laws which prevented her from declaring her sex as female on official documents. On March 4, 2005, Roberta Close acquired legal status as a female in Brazil after Judge Leise Rodrigues de Lima Espiritu Santo of the 9th Family Court of Rio de Janeiro legally recognized Close as a woman. She was issued a new birth certificate by the Office of Public Records of the 4th district of Rio de Janeiro, which states that on December 7, 1964, a child of the female sex was born and was given the name of Roberta Gambine Moreira. (Link)