By Nathalie Bonney @nathaliebonney
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Videographer / director: Nico MU
Producer: Nathalie Bonney
Editor: Ed Rius / Ruby Coote
With his pointy ears, enlarged eyes and white hair, Luis Padron doesn’t just look out of place in his home country of Argentina, he looks out of place on planet earth.
The 26-year-old has made it his life-long mission to look like a Pleiadian, a cross between an elf and an alien. And thanks to numerous surgical procedures –including having his jaw broken in five places - an impressive contact lens collection and A LOT of bleach, Luis is well on his way to achieving his ‘otherworldly’ look.
Luis, originally from Formosa, Argentina, told Barcroft TV: “When I was a teenager, I found these creatures called Pleiadians. They are perfect human beings from the space, they are a mixture between elves and aliens and they are very pale, they are very tall, they have this silver long hair and big, big eyes.
“I feel like I want to express how I feel inside, like a fantasy character, and take this to the outside world.
“I have around 40 procedures in total - some of them are really big and some of them are really small, I have spent around $60,000 in total.
In just five years the self-described ‘plastic prince’ has had eye colour change surgery six times, two nose jobs, multiple fillers and even the tips of his ears reshaped so they are pointy like an elf’s. Most recently Luis travelled to South Korea for surgery to have an anime jaw, where it was broken in five places, and is still recovering from it.
He said: “They have to cut the bone in four parts then they removed a little part from the bone, they stick them together with 10 titanium nails that I have right now and then they make it really sharp like a diamond.”
Recalling life post op, Luis said: “I had to eat for one month only liquids, it was very hard for me because I love eating!”
“The jaw surgery was so important for me because it was one of the most important steps that I have to do to my face to make it look more fantasy-like.”
On top of his cosmetic procedures, Luis regularly bleaches his hair white. He recently had to chop off his long locks while he waits to have a vampire line hair transplant – where hair from the back of the head is transplanted to the front - and now dons a long wig when he wants to go full-on elf.
He said: “During the last five years, at least once every week I have to bleach my hair to make it look white and I keep it very long. But I wanted to do a hair transplant so I have to cut it and let it grow back, so to keep maintaining my elf look I started using white wigs.”
By using specialist face products and 100spf sun cream, Luis is able to maintain his ghostlike complexion. His look is finished off with a range of outfits and cloaks he buys online and special contact lenses.
Luis said: “I have a huge collection of 500 contact lenses and I use them all the time. I have different models, different colours, I am a huge, huge fan of them.”
Ever since he was little, Luis was fascinated with the fantasy world and the elves and angels that inhabited it.
Luis said: “As a child I loved fantasy movies, also fantasy books like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, also cartoons, video games, that kind of stuff.
"I was a really timid child, I liked to play, to draw, and to see the things different, more enhanced and more colourful.”
Sister Mariana, 24, recalls her brother dying his hair bright blue when he was still a little boy:
She said: “When we were little he always coloured his hair. And he used extravagant clothes.
“It was really funny because he was seven-years-old and had blue hair.”
Bullied as a child for his differences, Luis says his elfish look has finally giving him the confidence he lacked when he was younger. And although members of the public can be cruel, Luis says that’s their problem, not his.
He said: “The reaction in public is really like polarised, some are good, some are bad, but most of them are just staring and looking.
"They usually want to take pictures and selfies with me, they treat me very well, like a real prince so I’m OK with that. Some of them are nasty but I think the problem is not with me, it is with them.”
On the way to achieving his perfect Pleiadian look, Luis wants more surgery, including a facelift, despite his young age. He has asked numerous surgeons to operate on him – and so far they have all said no but on a recent visit to the Sein Estetica Mamaria, in Buenos Aires, Luis finally found surgeons willing to operate.
Luis told Barcroft TV: “In the future I want to do some more surgeries, for example an Adam’s apple reduction, a cat eye shape, then the eye change colour with intraocular implants and then maybe some more fillers, another nose job and I also want to add some fangs to my teeth.”
In spite of his unusual looks, Luis insists his alien transformation is all for him – and that’s what’s important.
Luis said: “I really don’t dress like this to provoke a reaction, I dress like this because I want to be OK with me, I like to look like this, for me and not for the others.
“So reactions are OK but it really doesn’t change my life if they react or not for how I look.”