Ivanka Trump has been in the spotlight more recently thanks to her father Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and a number of women are taking notice. Specifically, they want to steal her look.
Nightline reports that a growing number of women are getting plastic surgery in an attempt to look like Ivanka. The news show followed two Texas women — Tiffany Taylor and Jenny Stuart — who have spent thousands of dollars to try to look like the businesswoman and reality TV star.
Taylor, 33, is an oil and gas consultant with three kids who is voting for Donald Trump, while Stuart, 36, is a job recruiter who supports Hillary Clinton.
Taylor says Ivanka is her “idol,” and in an effort to look like her, she has spent about $60,000 to undergo a breast augmentation, two rhinoplasties, cheek injections, a “mini” eye-lift, and liposuction. “Don’t judge until you try it,” she says, noting that when she looks in the mirror now she sees “absolute stunning perfection.”
While Stuart’s friends and family, including her 6-year-old-daughter, were not keen on the idea, she had surgery done to look like Ivanka anyway. She spent $30,000 on liposuction, a Brazilian butt-lift, a nose job, a breast enhancement, and injections of facial fillers.
Jacob D. Steiger, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Boca Raton, Fla., tells Yahoo Beauty that it’s incredibly common for plastic surgeons to get requests from patients who want to look like particular celebrities.
“As social media is becoming so widespread, people are seeing their favorite celebrities more frequently,” he says. “We see patients coming in daily asking to have the features that they see in their favorite celebrities.” Patients will even ask for specific procedures that they know their favorite stars have had performed, he notes.
But Steiger says it’s important to set realistic expectations when people say they actually want to look like a celebrity. “The key to good plastic surgery is achieving natural results, where we enhance a person’s features,” he explains. “Prospective patients must understand that there are limitations to the amount of change that can be made.” However, he adds, most people understand this and are happy with their results, even if they don’t end up looking like their favorite celebrity’s doppelgänger.
Daniel Maman, M.D., of 740 Park Plastic Surgery, tells Yahoo Beauty that a lot of patients—particularly those who want breast augmentation—will bring in photos of celebrities that they want to look like.
Maman agrees. “I always set realistic expectations for my patients,” he says. “If a patient brings in a supermodel that is 6 feet tall and she is 5 feet tall, I need to explain the differences and understand what she likes about the photo and then relate it to her case,” he says.
However, Maman says his goal is to make patients happy. “I want them to look and feel better about themselves, whether it’s a better version or looking a little different,” he says.
That doesn’t mean people can’t look different if they want to. While Steiger says most people want to look like a better version of themselves, changes need to look like they belong on the person. “When things look over the top or draw too much attention, then it can be distracting and screams ‘plastic surgery,’” he says. “We prefer to make people look like the best version of themselves.”