Strolling down a promenade, enjoying her holiday in sunny Spain, Krystina Butel did what lots of tourists do and stopped when she saw a local artist drawing funny caricatures.
Intrigued, she paid him to draw hers, too. But little did she know that this spur-of-the-moment drawing, which only took 10 minutes, would change her life forever – and that she would splash £130,000 on plastic surgery to look just like the finished artwork.
“The woman in the picture was so glamorous,” says Krystina, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. “She was everything I wanted to be.” So Krystina’s spent the past 15 years in pursuit of this perfection…
Her interest in her looks began at 14 when she got a job at a local hairdressers, modelling various styles for the customers.
When she turned 15, Krystina went on holiday to Ibiza with an older friend and her two children.
“My friend and I were strolling down a busy street and this old man was siting there drawing people. He shouted over to ask if we wanted to get ours done and we agreed,” says Krystina. “I figured it would be a nice souvenir of my holiday. I didn’t expect it to be so life-changing.”
The drawing took just 10 minutes, and when the artist turned the easel round to show Krystina, she was over the moon.
“When I saw the caricature for the first time, that was it,” she remembers. “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 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 caricatureled me in the direction that I wanted to go down.”
When she got back to her hotel that night, Krystina couldn’t stop thinking about the drawing.
“From that moment onwards, I knew that caricature was my goal. At the time, it seemed so unachievable and I didn’t know how to go about it. I was only 15 and I didn’t have the knowledge or funds to become her,” she explains.
When Krystina came home from her holiday, she started wearing more make-up, and she used sunbeds regularly to keep up her tanned appearance.
“I also worked harder so I could earn enough money to afford a breast augmentation,” says Krystina.
In 2001, aged 17, Krystina opened her own hairdressing salon. That same year, she had her first surgical procedure to alter her body, undergoing a £3,600 b00b job to take her from an already ample 32DD to a 34FF, using money she’d earned.
Just two years later, Krystina got a second £4,000 b00b job, taking her to a 36GG. She would go on to have another three breast augmentations, costing more than £16,000, to get her to her current 36K bra size.
Krystina’s caricature costs:
● First boob job (at age 17, from 32DD to 34FF) £3,600
● Second boob job (at age 19, to 36GG) £4,000
● Third boob job (at age 23, to 36H) £4,000
● Lip injections (£250 every 6 months, since 24) £3,000
● Botox (£300 every 6 months, since 23) £4,200
● Eyebrow tattooing (£300 every 2 years, since 25) £600
● Eyeliner tattooing (£200 every 2 years, since 25) £400
● Lipliner tattooing (£200 every 2 years, since 25) £400
● Fourth boob job (at age 26, to 36J) £6,000
● Fifth boob job (at age 30, to 36K) £6,000
● Heart-shaped nipples tattooing (May 2014) £100
● Sunbeds (£200 every month, since 15) £36,000
● Hair extensions (£400 a month, since 20) £48,000
● Lash extensions (£100 a month, since 20) £12,000
● Teeth whitening (£200 every 3 months since 25) £4,000