Meet Vanilla Chamu. She greets fellow Japanese people with a "bonjour" and claims to be from the Palace of Versailles. She's not, of course. Recently, she was introduced on Japanese TV as "Osaka's Plastic Surgery Cyborg".
This past April, Chamu appeared on Japanese variety show Watashi no Nani ga Ikenai no? (私の何がイケないの? or "Is There Something Wrong with Me?"). Until this appearance, Chamu was not well known in Japan. She's done a little modeling work for fashion magazines, but nothing major. This week, Japan's largest forum 2ch, rediscovered the recent Chamu TV appearance, bringing her to the most net users' attention for the very first time.
On the show, Chamu talked about spending in excess of ten million yen (over US$100,000) to have over thirty procedures done. To earn that kind of money, she's worked as a hostess to save money to change her looks. Above, you can see how her appearance has evolved. In the first image, taken when she was 17, Chamu was plastic surgery free.
Ever since Chamu was a little girl, she wanted to look like a French doll, which have long been popular in Japan. On the show, Chamu explained why she wanted to become a living doll, why she's had over three dozen procedures, and perhaps why she'll never be content with the way she looks.
Chamu continues to get what's called "character plastic surgery" (キャラクター整形 or "kyarakutaa seikei") in Japan. The goal is too look like anime characters or, in Chamu's case, like dolls.
In the past few years, more and more "living dolls" have popped up online. Some of them, like Dakota Rose, use camera tricks to pull off their doll-like appearance. Others, like Valeria Lukyanova, seem to go under the knife.