Hey, guys? Not even Orlando Bloom looked this realistic when he underwent the crazy process of transforming himself into the elf, Legolas, for the Lord of the Rings films. Sure he looked elfish enough, but he had nothing on Buenos Ares native Luis Padron.
That’s probably because while Bloom chose to express his elfish ways via hair and makeup, Padron has upped the ante for wannabe elves everywhere, by undergoing several surgeries and spending more than $44,000 on his look to-date. And that doesn’t even include the $7,000 or so he spends monthly on a beauty regimen of creams, dyes and treatments to keep up the look.
The 25-year-old’s obsession with transforming himself into an elf (he identifies as trans-species) started when he was a teen, and found himself the target of bullies. As he escaped into films and fantastical pop culture he fell more and more in love with the creatures, and by the time he was an older teen his fringe obsessions started to become more accepted and even celebrated by his peers. That’s why, when he was 20 years old, he went under the knife.
Since then he’s had lots of surgeries and not all of them, like the one to change the colour of his eyes from brown to blue, have been legal. And he’s not done, either.
On top of the face liposuction, a nose job, skin lightening and full body-hair removal, Padron plans on having four ribs removed so that he can train his waist to be smaller. He’s also looking into a painful body-lengthening procedure and wants hair implants that will give his face a heart-shaped hairline.
“I want to be an elf, an angel and a fantasy being, my aim is to look inhuman, ethereal, graceful and delicate,” he told The Daily Mail. “I have my own beauty ideal and want to achieve that no matter what. I want to have my ears cut to become pointy like an elves, my jaw to look more sharp like a diamond, a face-lift and an eye-lift to give my eyes a cat-like shape.”
So how exactly does Padron pay for all of this? Through appearances and modelling gigs of course. Plus he has to bring in some cash during his full-time gig, which is selling cosplay merchandise.
Well, we can’t say we’re down with how painful this must all be, but if Padron thinks it’s worth it then good for him. It’s certainly a stunning look, to say the least.
If we saw his, we’d totally pose for a selfie.