Image: via YouTube/Barcroft TV
Image: via YouTube/Barcroft TV
With her platinum blonde locks and hourglass figure, it’s no surprise that Pixee Fox is often approached by strangers in the street. But when they tell her that she looks like a cartoon, she doesn’t take offense. In fact, she takes it as confirmation that her sacrifices have been worthwhile.
For the 25-year-old from Sweden, standing out from the crowd is what it’s all about. As she put it herself in a Barcroft TV documentary, “There’s six billion people in the world. Why should everyone look the same?”
But while others might be content with dyeing their hair or dressing up in some alternative fashions to assert their individuality, Fox has turned to some extreme solutions to help her develop her unique look.
Her story began in rural Sweden, where she grew up with her parents and older sister in a small town near Stockholm. However, she felt restless in Sweden’s notoriously egalitarian environment, which she felt did not encourage her to stand out.
“I have been in a place where I felt like I can’t relate, I can’t be myself,” she said, “and I felt really, really lost. I always felt like I need to go somewhere, I need to do something. And I need to surround myself with people that are like me.”
Having always been unhappy with her nose, Fox began saving for surgery soon after leaving school and starting work as an electrician. Her boyfriend urged her to go one step further, with two breast augmentation surgeries that boosted her size to a C-cup from an A-cup.
However, it was only after she and her boyfriend went their separate ways in 2013 that Fox committed herself full-time to realizing her dream. She moved to America – where better to realize such a dream? – and underwent a series of surgical procedures that would transform her into a real-life homage to some of her favorite cartoons.
“My inspiration started with Tinkerbell, because I looked very much like her,” explained Fox, who now lives in North Carolina. “But later, for my transformation, I’ve been more and more starting to look like Jessica Rabbit.”
It’s a comparison that is not lost on Fox’s 70,000 followers on Instagram, some of whom have funded the many procedures she has undergone to achieve her look.
Over the years, Fox’s surgeries have included several more procedures on her breasts to inflate them to an unreal-looking J-cup, four rhinoplasties and a “Brazilian butt lift” to make her hourglass figure even more curvy.
She’s also had several procedures on her face, including fillers in her lips and cheeks. But what has really got people talking – including the difficult-to-shock world of Instagram – is Fox’s dramatic decision to aim for the “smallest waist” world record… by having six of her lower ribs removed.
The extreme procedure is normally only carried out for medical reasons, and comes with health risks – not least the fact that it has left some of Fox’s internal organs without protection. However, she managed to find a surgeon prepared to carry out the procedure, and after five hours of surgery and a two-week recovery period, Fox is now the proud owner of a 16-inch waist.
“Getting my ribs removed has always been a dream of mine,” said Fox about her surgery. She now hopes that, with a strict diet and exercise, she can get her waist down to 14 inches – beating the current world record holder Cathie Jung, who has a 15-inch waist.
In total, Fox estimates that she has spent somewhere in the region of $120,000 on all of her procedures – some of which she has paid for herself and some of which have been paid for by her fans. And although online, there has been a mixed reaction to her dramatic transformation, many people have been positive.
“Thanks for being so rad and sharing your transformation!” said one Instagram user, “It’s so inspirational!”
“I will never understand these people thinking they have a right to tell you how you should do things,” argued another, in response to negative posts.
For Fox herself, however, the transformation has been about creating an external persona that reflects who she really is.
“There are so many people out there,” she says, “like, for example, transsexual people – they feel like one person inside and it doesn’t reflect their outside.”
She says her procedures are necessary for her career and likens herself to a body modification artist. Fox also hopes that her story will inspire others – although she is not necessarily encouraging them to go under the knife.
“I don’t want to inspire people to get plastic surgery,” she says, “what I want to do is get a message out there. That it’s important that, whatever you decide to do, you should follow your dreams. And dare to be yourself.”