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Woman spends £130k on surgery to look like holiday cartoon drawing

'The caricature is my icon. It reminds me I’m not done with my cosmetic work.'

A WOMAN has spent thousands on surgery to make her look more like the caricature an artist drew for her on holiday.

Krystina Butel, now 31, was on holiday in Spain when she stumbled across a caricature artist on the promenade, prompting her to pay for the 10 minute cartoon portrait which changed her life.

Krystina liked the drawing so much she decided she wanted to fork out over £130k on plastic surgery to look more like her caricatured self.

"The woman in the picture was so glamorous," said Krystina, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. "She was everything I wanted to be."

After getting the holiday portrait when she was just 15, Krystina has spent over a decade of her life moulding her look to fit the caricature.

 'The woman in the picture was so glamorous. She was everything I wanted to be'
'The woman in the picture was so glamorous. She was everything I wanted to be'

She said: “My friend and I were strolling down a busy street and this old man was sitting there drawing people. He shouted over to ask if we wanted to get ours done and we agreed.

“I figured it would be a nice souvenir of my holiday. I didn’t expect it to be so life-changing.

"When I saw the caricature for the first time, that was it. I was so happy.

“It was as if finally I knew exactly what I wanted to be. I wanted to look like that cartoon. I felt envious of it. He’d done quite an ordinary portrait of my friend, but for some reason, he had gone to town with mine.

"I was wearing a dress at the time – so I didn’t expect him to draw me topless! I adored how over-the-top she looked and how done-up she was. I loved her massive boobs and tiny waist.

"I loved her eyes, hair and lips too. It was as if the artist had seen the potential in me; he showed me what I could be if I pushed myself to the limit. The caricature led me in the direction that I wanted to go down."

And when smitten Krystina came back from holiday she started to use sunbeds and wear more make-up, as well as working harder to save up for breast augmentation surgery.

After opening her own hairdressing salon aged just 17 in 2001, Krystina forked out for a £3,600 boob job to take her from a 32DD to a 34FF.

And after four more breast augmentations, and £20,000 later, Krystina arrived at her current 36K bra size.

 Krystina Butel wants even more surgery
Krystina Butel wants even more surgery

In 2014, she went one step further when she had heart-shaped nipples tattooed.

She says: “You can’t see the caricature’s nipples in the original picture but imagine her having heart-shaped ones hidden under her hair.

“I went to almost every tattoo parlour in Yorkshire before I found a tattooist who agreed to do it. With every surgical procedure, my appearance has become more exaggerated.”

She also regularly undergoes lip injections and Botox every 6 months, as well as regular make-up tattooing, eyelash and hair extensions and teeth-whitening procedures.

All of her alterations have added up to an eye-watering £133,900 so far and she says the artwork, which is proudly hanging in her living room, inspires her to get more done.

Krystina, who is currently single, said: “The surgery is definitely addictive; I get a buzz from it.

"I know I’m going to wake up afterwards and see something new in my body. For me, it’s about getting closer to my dream.

“As my funds have got bigger, I’ve spent more and more on cosmetic work. With every surgery, my appearance has got more exaggerated and I’ve gone for the caricature look fully.

“That caricature’s my icon and it’s good to see it and reflect on what I need to look more like. It shows me that I’m not done yet with my cosmetic work. I don’t think I’ll ever stop having surgery. When I get older, I’ll have to do more things to my face to keep it looking just like this.

“The whole point of a caricature is that everything is exaggerated — I want my boobs to look like beachballs, like they do in the picture.”

 Inspiration... this caricature changed Krystina's life
Inspiration... this caricature changed Krystina's life

Krystina still has butt implants, more breast augmentation surgery and an eyebrow lift in the pipeline, although she does admit that her new boobs have a downside.

"I do get backache because of my fake boobs," she admits, "especially when I’ve walked too far or done certain activities. But those problems are just a small minus in all of the pluses I get from surgery.

"Some people in the street make mean comments about my appearance, but it doesn’t bother me. As long as my friends and family are happy for me, I don’t care.

"The girl in the caricature is like who I am now. She’s confident and happy. She doesn’t care about what other people think."