By Kate Moore
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Videographer / director: Colin Weatherby
Producer: Kate Moore, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne
Marcela Iglesias started the Plastics of Hollywood three years ago, wanting to tell the stories behind her client’s extreme looks.
She told Barcroft TV: “The Plastics of Hollywood is a human dollhouse full of humans that look like Barbies, Kens, creatures and celebrity impersonators.
“I created it because I wanted to showcase all these amazing human beings who like to transform themselves into their own fantasies.”
Marcela works as a talent manager for members of the Plastics of Hollywood, giving them advice on their looks and promoting their stories to the world.
The first person to join the Plastics was Rodrigo Alves, who has spent £600k on plastic surgery, and is now one of Marcela’s best friends.
Marcela also manages Luis Padron, who has spent $60,000 to look like an elf, and Justin Jedlica who has had over 700 procedures to look like a human Ken doll.
Marcela’s 18-year-old son Rodrigo has his own feelings about the Plastics coming to his house.
He told Barcroft TV: “I’m embarrassed by my mum sometimes, because the things she does.”
But Rodrigo hasn’t been influenced by the group’s obsession with modifications.
The only surgery he would consider in the future would be on his nose as he thinks “it’s a little too big.”
Marcela says her fascination with all things plastic fantastic came from her time growing up in Argentina.
“When I was a child, my mom never bought the Barbie doll, so I became a little bit obsessed with it,” she said.
“I found out that there's a lot of people around the world that think like me and that's why the Plastics of Hollywood started.
“The human doll look for me is the best version of myself, when I see myself in the mirror I'm content with what I see.”
Despite her encouragement to others to be whoever they want to be, she has been criticised for promoting plastic surgery.
“People say that I encourage body dysmorphia, but look at me – I’ve accepted myself the way I am,” Marcela continued.
“I don’t encourage anyone to get surgery but what I encourage is to be the better version of yourself.”
Marcela acknowledges that transforming your appearance can become a compulsion.
She said: “None of the surgeries or procedures are a need, they’re just a want.
“You don’t need a face lift, you want it.”
Three new recruits to the Plastics recently came to Marcela’s home to discuss whether or not they would fit into the group.
They included Sheyla Hershey, who’s had 34 surgeries on her breasts and had her ribs removed in her quest for the perfect body.
Sheyla says she has an “obsession” with plastic surgery: “As long as there are doctors willing to operate on me, I don’t think I ever will be satisfied.
“I like to look like a doll, when I get that look, then I’ll be satisfied.”
Marcela also interviewed Eddie Valentin, who has gone under the knife to have abs etched into his skin to look like a male model.
The last potential new Plastic was John Coscardo, who wants to look like a Ken doll.
After the meeting, Marcela invited all members of the group to join her, saying that she likes that “they have a plan, not just for fame or vain.”
Marcela took the time to reflect on how far she’s come with her human dollhouse and what her future plans are for the group.
She said: “I'm really excited the future for the Plastics of Hollywood because I want people to know that we're not just vain people.
“Behind every single one of us, including me there's a story we can create.
“We can become businesspeople, if you have a dream to become whoever you want to become, that’s doable.”