If this is ringing a bell for you, it could be because you remember them from the MTV reality show, I Want a Famous Face, which followed the lives of young adults and their celebrity transformation journey. Arizona twins Matt and Mike Schlepp appeared on the show and spoke about their desire to become Brad Pitt lookalikes. They are now making headlines again, for revealing that they have since spent over $20,000 in order to look like the famous movie star.
The brothers have had multiple cosmetic procedures including identical nose jobs and jaw, cheek, and chin implants to get Brad’s features. They also had a total of 41 porcelain veneers to make their teeth perfectly white and straight. Although it took them several months to complete all of the procedures, and some awfully painful recoveries, their look is now complete.
The brothers have received some harsh criticism for their drastic transformation, but they don’t seem to mind the negative attention. They claim that they are the happiest they have ever been, and that their confidence has gone through the roof. Where they were once shy and embarrassed of how they looked, they are now proud of their appearance and not afraid to meet new people.
Plastic surgery may be becoming more and more common as time goes by, but it still is a touchy subject, especially when it comes to dramatic and risky procedures. Several questions tend to arise such as, when is it too much? Is it worth the money? Is it worth the risk? While some people believe that harming one’s own body with plastic surgery is wrong, others believe that if it makes someone happy then who are we to judge?
The Schlepp brothers say that they have zero regrets, and that deciding to undergo surgery was the best decision they have ever made. They say that they are now living happy and fulfilling lives, all thanks to plastic surgery.
Brad Pitt fans
The last few years have brought us several unique cases of plastic surgery. Stories from all over the world have been going viral, from the human Barbie and Ken dolls, to the Jessica Rabbit and Kim Kardashian impersonators, it seems like people are willing to shell out thousands of dollars in order to look like their idol. This is exactly what happened when two Brad Pitt fans took their fandom to a whole different level.
Don’t get us wrong, we love Brad Pitt just as much as the next person. The award-winning actor and producer has graced us with some of the most iconic roles of all time, his parts in Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Money Ball are only some of the incredible and challenging roles he has taken on. However, Brad Pitt’s acting abilities weren’t the reason why a set of twins decided to literally transform into their own versions of Brad Pitt.
To look like a movie star
Twins Matt and Mike Schlepp are huge Brad Pitt fans. They adore his movies, like the most of us, but they have certainly taken their admiration of the actor to a bit more extreme level. They also admire the way he looks. Many people would agree that Brad Pitt is known as one of Hollywood’s most attractive lead actors, and as such Matt and Mike wished more than anything that they could look like him.
Whatever it takes
You might recall Matt and Mike from MTV’s show, I Want a Famous Face, which documents young people on their journey to becoming a celebrity look-alike. The twins were 21 when they appeared on the show, where they told cameras that they were planning to do whatever it takes to look like Brad Pitt. Their reality show appearance got the public’s attention, but they had been out of the spotlight until recently.
A controversial show
Matt and Mike, who both claim to be aspiring actors, decided to audition for I Want a Famous Face in 2004 after they saw an advertisement on MTV’s website. They were selected right away due to their unique story. However, the series received tons of criticism for its controversial subject. Television critics called the show “infuriating” and “pure sensationalism.” Despite the harsh reviews, the series lasted for a whole four seasons.
The Schlepp brothers’ story was so captivating, that MTV chose them to be the ones to kick off the series. They ended up starring in the first episode of season one, and were a tough act to follow. At the time, plastic surgery was not as popular or as common as it is today, so seeing a set of young twins dedicating their lives to becoming a Brad Pitt look-alike was certainly unheard of and came as quite a shock to viewers.
Dream come true
Matt and Mike are now back in the limelight, after revealing that since their appearance on the MTV show- their dreams have come true and their look is now complete. The twins, who are now 34 years old, have revealed that since I Want a Famous Face, they have spent over $20,000 on several different plastic surgery procedures in order to make their dream a reality. And they are certainly happy with the results.
The Schlepp brother began having one operation at a time, until they were completely satisfied. So far, they have each had identical nose jobs as well as jaw, chin and cheek implants to give their face similar features as Brad. Between the two brothers, they also had a total of 41 porcelain veneers to make their teeth look as white and straight as the 54-year-old actor.
Not only did the surgeries cost the brothers quite a lot of money, it also cost them a great deal of time and pain. Matt and Mike revealed that it took several months of one surgery after the other, and each took several more months to recover from. After each procedure, they were in so much pain that they were left unable to eat proper meals for months due to the pain they felt in their mouth and jaw.
Matt and Mike have been asked on multiple occasions the same question: “Now that you have been through the procedures, was it actually worth it?” Although plastic surgery can do wonders for some, it isn’t a miracle worker and often times lets people with such high, or rather deep expectations down. However, the brothers are more than satisfied with their new look. Matt said with confidence and a big smile on his face, “It was more than worth it.”
Before their surgery, the twin brothers lacked confidence, especially when talking to women. They shared a feeling of low self-esteem, and would often talk to each other about how if only they looked like Brad Pitt, they could be a lot more confident and able to meet and date women. Today, they say they are more confident than ever thanks to their transformation. Matt said, “It has definitely helped me get more girls.”
Plenty of attention
The twins agreed that if they had the chance, they would “do it ten times over.” They both admitted that although the recovery time was tough, they always knew that the results would be worth it in the end, and they tried to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. They now receive the attention that they always wanted. Matt said, “I’ll walk and get that double-take from girls and hear the whispering that follows.”
A dramatic change
Mike said that their love life was pretty much non-existent pre-plastic surgery. Now, they have seen such a dramatic change- even more than they had originally expected. They have even suddenly received the attention of ex-girlfriends who they hadn’t talked to in a long time. “I’ve had such a dramatic change that girlfriends I hadn’t seen in a while couldn’t stop staring and said they wanted to cry! If that doesn’t make you feel good, then what would?”
Top of the world
The brothers are happier than they have ever been in their life, and claim it is all thanks to the plastic surgery. Mike said, “I never knew that I could be as happy as I am right now.” He continued, “I feel on top of the world by the few tweaks that I went through.” Although they received some mixed views about their unique decision, they feel that they have proved everyone wrong with their incredible results.
Today, the brothers now try to motivate others who are unhappy with their appearance and considering undergoing plastic surgery, to just get it over with and to do it now despite what everyone thinks. Mike urged others who have dreams of transforming their bodies and lives with plastic surgery to “go through with the surgery now because you don’t want to go through life always feeling down with the way you look.”
Of course, Matt and Mike are not alone. There are plenty of other plastic fanatics out there who have done just that, gone after their dreams of dramatically transforming their looks. One in particular, who recently went viral, was an Angelina Jolie wannabe. An Iranian teen, Sahar Tabar, nearly broke the internet with her shocking photos. She had admitted that she had over 50 surgeries in order to get her look.
Although Sahar’s story wasn’t entirely authentic, there have been plenty of real stories that are even more dramatic. For example, former Brazillian Versace model Jennifer Pamplona has spent more than $590,000 so far to look like her idol, Kim Kardashian. The 24-year-old has undergone procedures such as derrière implants, the removal of four ribs, breast augmentation, liposuction, several lip injections, and a nose job. She said that she was inspired by Kim to achieve her dream of having curves, and that she was often bullied a lot in school because she “wasn’t as curvy as other Brazilians.”
Turning into a cartoon
Another young woman, the 27-year-old Pixee Fox, has been gaining attention for her dramatic procedures which have made her into the real-life Jessica Rabbit. She has had over 200 cosmetic procedures so far, on her bottom, breasts, nose, eyelids, and more. Her most drastic surgery was a rib removal, where she got 6 of her lower ribs removed. She has spent over $670,000 so far to transform herself into the cartoon character. The results are truly unbelievable.
Human Ken doll
Of course, it isn’t just women who are undergoing intense surgeries to look like their idol. The 34-year-old Rodrigo Alves from Brazil has spent over $500,000 on various procedures to look like the human Ken doll. He has become so famous for his look that he was even featured in GQ and Vogue magazines. So far, he has undergone procedures such as Botox, fillers, nose jobs, jaw liposuction, pec implants, a fake six-pack, arm fillers, hair transplant, laser liposuction, calf shaping and a derrière implant.
Herbert Chavez from the Philippines is another man who has shelled out thousands of dollars to look like his idol, Superman. He apparently fell in love with Clark Kent when he was only five years old, and now that he is an adult, he has made his dream of becoming a real-life Superman into a reality. To date, he has had over 30 procedures done, including nose jobs, skin whitening, a jaw realignment surgery, and pec and ab implants.
Jennifer Lawrence look-alike
Yet another plastic surgery fanatic, a young mother named Kitty from Houston, Texas made headlines in 2014 for her unique procedures. She spent over $25,000 on six separate procedures including a nose job, face and body liposuction, and a breast augmentation to look like her favorite movie star, Jennifer Lawrence. Kitty explained, “I’m trying to look like a very capable, very personal level-headed female who is an Academy Award winner.”
A growing trend
Over the last few years, there have been plenty of stories of people going under the knife and spending thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures in order to look like their favorite celebrities or characters. ABC news recently did a story on the topic and said the desire to look like a celebrity is becoming a growing trend. Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose has had many patients come to him in hopes of looking like a celebrity and says he has to “turn away patients all the time.”
Why do it?
The question that these plastic celebs frequently get asked is… why? Why go through with the risks and the big expenses, why not just gain confidence in the way you were born instead of undergoing such dramatic transformations. Rodrigo said he did it because he felt like he was “born in the wrong body” and struggled with his self-confidence his entire childhood. This is similar to the Matt and Mike, Jennifer, and Pixee, who all have admitted that they felt like they belonged in a different body. Pixee Fox said, “I realized that the vision of myself in my head didn’t match what I saw in the mirror.”
There has been a lot of criticism regarding the plastic surgery fanatics lately, and although they have collected several fans and followers- there are still many who are against what they are doing to their bodies. In an article about Ken doll Rodrigo Alves, several people commented with harsh remarks. One person wrote that he is “terrible” and another wrote that he “belongs in the circus.”
Is plastic surgery addictive?
A common belief of plastic surgery is that it can get addictive. According to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken, “Plastic surgery can absolutely be addictive.” He explained that “sometimes patients will have a plastic surgery, it goes great, they feel better about themselves and think ‘that was good, more must be better.'” Dr. Michael Roizen, the Chief Wellness Officer for Cleveland Clinic says seeking out “perfection” is a red flag. “The sign that you’re in a constant quest for perfection is that you’re planning your next surgery as soon as you’re finished the one before it.”
On the rise
Matt and Mike are not alone on their plastic surgery journey. In fact, plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular and common in the U.S. as the years go by. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans shelled out a whopping $16 billion on cosmetic plastic surgeries in 2016, which is the most America has ever spent on the operations. It was reported that 17.1 million plastic cosmetic procedures were done in the U.S. in the year 2016, which is the largest number the U.S. has ever seen.
Ignoring the hate
Twins Matt and Mike have received their fair share of criticism over the years, with many negative comments and messages. Most of the users write that they don’t look anything like Brad Pitt, and call them hurtful names. However, they, like many of the plastic celebs out there who have gone viral, don’t let the negative attention get to them. If they are happy, that is all that matters anyway, right?
Not long after Matt and Mike’s appearance on I Want a Famous Face, the twins called out MTV for exaggerating their story. They said in an interview with Phoenix New Times newspaper that although they did want a plastic surgery makeover, they didn’t necessarily want to look like Brad Pitt. Matt said that the MTV producers scripted the reality show and made them pose in a video store with DVDs from films starring Brad Pitt. Matt confessed, “I was tired of the name Brad Pitt,” and continued, “We knew we just wanted a better version of ourselves.”
Denying the claims
After Matt and Mike accused MTV of a scripted show, the series’ executive producer, Dave Sirvulnick immediately denied the claims. He said, “We were following what was going on in their lives; these were two young men who were fascinated with Brad Pitt and were already on the way down the road to getting plastic surgery.” MTV even publicly shared Matt’s initial email, claiming that he wanted to look like Brad Pitt so that he could “be more marketable.”
Without mom’s approval
One of Matt and Mike’s biggest critics is their own mother, Diana, who is completely against plastic surgery, especially on her own children. According to her, her sons have even tried to convince her into getting surgery, which she, of course, turned down immediately. She does not agree with her sons’ decision and is constantly worried about them, “As a mom, them wanting surgery makes me angry because that’s telling me they’re not happy inside.”
What do the psychologists say?
Hollywood’s Dr. Ted Cascio from Psychology Today recently asked the question, “Does plastic surgery improve emotional well-being?” Well, Matt and Mike certainly seem to think so, by claiming that their surgery has improved their life and made them happier individuals. Dr. Cascio explains that it is easy to understand the social benefits that one might gain by a successful cosmetic procedure, ” We can safely assume that there are social payoffs if the surgery isn’t botched. Maybe you can hope to become more well-liked by strangers, or you suddenly gain persuasive powers you never had…”
Does being physically attractive make us happier?
However, Dr. Cascio notes that many people who do elect to have plastic surgery done, are looking for “something else” such as “subjective factors” including, “self-esteem or happiness.” He poses the question if being physically attractive can make us happier. He claims that according to a psychological study, the answer “appears to be no.” He explains, “The study did not find a relationship between others’ ratings of a target’s attractiveness and the target’s happiness. In other words, people who are objectively more physically attractive are not more happy, on average.”
Promoting plastic surgery
One of plastic surgery’s number one supporters is the late comedian and television host, Joan Rivers. According to Joan’s daughter Melissa, Joan had undergone a total of 348 cosmetic operations over the course of her life. In Joan’s book subtitled, A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery, Joan wrote that women should undergo as many cosmetic surgeries as they can afford. She promoted plastic surgery by saying, “Looking good equals feeling good… I’d rather look younger and feel happy than look older and be depressed.”
However, Matt and Mike are not phased by all of the criticism they have received, and ensure their mother that they weren’t happy before, and that now they are. “Before the surgery, I felt like an ugly person, ugly job, ugly life, ” said Mike. Matt agreed, “We weren’t confident with who we were at all. People would call me moon pie because of my acne.” Today, the twins are more than satisfied with their looks and their clear skin, just look at the results for yourself…
A different look-alike
When Matt and Mike’s final look was revealed, people could not stop talking about the twins who tried to transform themselves into Brad Pitt. People from all over chimed in on whether or not the boys really looked like Brad. US Weekly reported that in a survey, only eight percent of those surveyed thought the twins resembled Brad Pitt. In fact, 61 percent said they actually look more like the former correspondent from Entertainment Tonight and fashion critic, Steven Cojocaru.
More like Sergio?
Another celebrity look-alike that people around the world thought the Schlepp twins resembled is the Spanish soccer player Sergio Ramos. Although Sergio is now sporting a much shorter hairstyle, in the early years of his career he had long, dirty blonde, straight locks that look so similar to the brothers’ new hair ‘do that we are seriously thinking that they showed his picture to their hairstylist instead of a photo of Brad. Many have noted that they also share some of the same facial features… and bright white teeth!
Before and after
Although it is debatable whether or not the brothers really resemble Brad Pitt or not, one thing is certain- they both look a whole lot different. Their teeth, their skin, their hair, their chin and features overall look quite different than their before pictures. With their new transformation, they are almost unrecognizable. What do you think? Do you think the brothers’ extreme transformation makeover was worth it after all? Matt and Mike sure seem to think so.
Sahar received tons of backlash, with critics who said she looked more like a zombie from an episode of The Walking Dead then like the actress. The 19-year-old said that not only did she undergo dramatic and expensive surgeries, she also had been on a strict diet to get her weight down to 85 pounds. Sahar reached online fame overnight, however, some were not convinced that her photos were as real as she made seem.
The critics ended up being right, kind of, as the Iranian teen seemingly came clean about her story and recently admitted that the whole story was fabricated. After reaching hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, she let everyone know that not everything she said was accurate. While she has had some cosmetic procedures, such as a nose job, liposuction, and lip fillers, she had no intention to look like Angelina Jolie and uses makeup and photo-editing to make her images more dramatic.