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His weird obsession started so small...
In Calamba City in the Philippines, there's a 29-year-old man named Herbert Chavez who never stopped wearing the costume. He calls himself the biggest Superman fan and is essentially surgically engineered to be a carbon copy of Superman. He's blown through the equivalent of two years' salary since 1998 just purely devoted to is superhero nip/tuck. He's had nose jobs, skin whitening, lip liposuction, jaw realignment, butt, hips and peck implants to become a real-life Clarke Kent.
But then doctors in the U.S. refused to do anymore because it turns out one thing he's doing is illegal and extremely unsafe.
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This is Herbert when he was a teenager before any surgeries when he was just a giant nerd who "loved superheroes."
"Superman has always been my obsession since I saw one of his movies at the age of four," Chavez tells EFE, surrounded by life-sized statues of one of the most popular superheroes in history.
This is Herbert in 1997 before any of the surgeries. He liked using blue contacts that he was given from a friend and dabbled in makeup that made him look whiter.
In a year, he would get a nose job and it wouldn't be his last.
By the time he was 22, he was making a small fortune as a dress designer for royalty in Saudi Arabia for three years, and even built his own shop catering to local films and celebs.
That's how he could afford his decade-long transformation.
Chavez made a small fortune early in his career as a precocious designer, going to work in Saudi Arabia for three years when he was 22, where he crafted dresses for royalty. He later used his foreign earnings to set up a dress and costume shop near his home in Calamba, an hour's drive south of Manila, which caters for local film stars and celebrities.
This was in 2011 when he was halfway done his transformation...
Now he had the cash to do what he always wanted, getting many surgeries over the next decade.
He started having surgeries to begin cutting away the fat, had his nose thinned out multiple times and got a cleft chin, whitened his darker Filipino skin, had silicone injected for fuller lips, liposuction in his belly, realigned his jaw, and implants to bulk up his pecs, butt and hips.
He guesses he's spent around $6000 even though some surgeries were free.
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