Woman with a beard says she’s abused daily in shock new documentary

Bearded woman who stars in a new reality show about ‘Extraordinary People’ – including a man who CHOSE to have his leg amputated – reveals strangers tell her she should be killed before she has children

  • Harnaam Kaur, 27,  can grow a beard because of her Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • The woman from London suffered relentless abuse because of her condition
  • Rachael Reynolds’ body is covered with benign tumours that make people stare 
  • They share stories with nine other extraordinary people in new Channel 5 show  
  • House of Extraordinary People airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 5 
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A British woman with a beard reveals how strangers grope her in public and tell her to kill herself, in a new reality show about people with incredible bodies. 

Harnaam Kaur, 27, from London is one of the participants in The House of Extraordinary People, which airs on 5Star at 10pm tonight.

The show follows nine people from around the world living together in a house in Bewholme, Yorkshire, for 10 weeks for a Big Brother-style reality show.

She is joined on the show by Dan Cooper who suffers from a body integrity identity disorder, and never felt ‘two legs belonged on his body’, leading to him choosing to have his healthy left leg amputated in 2004. 


Harnaam’s oozes confidence and says her beard makes her ‘unique,’ but the young woman has also been experienced serious abuse because of it, which led to depression and considering self-harm


A mother-of-two, Rachael struggles with showing off her skin in public and challenges herself with a trip to the local swimming pool with fellow house-guests 


Dan Cooper suffers from a condition called ‘Body integrity identity disorder’ or ‘Body Identity Disphoria.’ Dan decided to have his healthy left leg cut off and now uses a prosthetic leg 

Also appearing on the show is Bashir Azizâ, 24, from London who has vitiligo, a condition where white patches form on the skin. Vitiligo is usually permanent, but not for Bashir, whose white patches are gradually disappearing.

As she introduces herself on the show, Harnaam reveals: ‘People think I’m trans or that I’m in drag. I get mistaken for a man all the time.

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‘I’ve heard everything about me, nothing shocks me anymore, if you’ve got an issue, look away.’

Harnaam was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome as a teen, and the side effect of excessive hair growth meant she was able to grow a beard. 

Instead of shaving, Harnaam decided to rock the beard with make up, floral dresses and thick eyeliner. 


 Ted Parrotman decided to change his appearance to resemble his favourite animal, a parrot. Ted went through several body modification procedures, including cutting off his ears 


Rowdy Burton, 31, from Alabama, was born with a lower spine condition. When he was three years old, Rowdy was amputated and had to learn to use his hands as legs 

 The unusual condition puts Harnaam through abuse and assumptions about herself. 

‘I’m not scared of anything,’ she says upon arriving at the house. 

She very quickly impresses her fellow house-guests by her confident attitude.  

‘I forget that I have a beard sometimes,’ she tells the others. ‘If someone was to stare or say something, I would almost be like “What are you staring at?” and then “oh duh.”‘ 

Harnaam say she only got rid of her beard once, because of the pressure from loved ones when she was 17. She said she immediately regretted shaving it off and decided to keep it in the future. 

‘I took away something that makes me so unique, that made me “me,” and I gave in when I should have been strong.’

However, Harnaam’s confidence cracks during a night out with other participants on the second day of the show.  

Reality show participants talks about their different appearances on This Morning


Rachael Reynolds, 43, and Harnaam Kaur, 27, spoke about their experience on the upcoming Channel 5 show The House of Extraordinary People on This Morning

Two participants in a new reality show appeared on This Morning today to talk about what it’s really like to look ‘different’ from everyone else.

Rachael Reynolds, 43, and Harnaam Kaur, 27, spoke about their experience on the upcoming Channel 5 show The House of Extraordinary People.

Rachael, from Huddersfield was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition which causes benign tumours to grow all over her body, meaning she’s always dealing with people’s stares.

Harnaam was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome as a teen, which has enabled her to grow a full beard, but she said she hopes the show will teach people not to ‘treat us differently.

‘Just because we look different, don’t treat us differently,’ she said.

Both women said they did not want to be called ‘freaks’ and felt they were not ‘freaks’ to begin with.


Rachael, from Huddersfield was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition which causes benign tumours to grow all over her body, meaning she’s always dealing with people’s stares

The show’s self-described ‘fabulous bearded lady’ is also a body positive activist, a life coach and an anti-bullying activist.

‘There’s only one rule I live by, and it’s “my body my rules,” she said. ‘I just gave myself the liberation to do what I want, say what I want.

‘This life is yours to live, I’m not here to live it for anyone but myself.’

It was Harnaam’s second visit to This Morning. Back in 2015, she admitted on the show that she had once been bullied so bad she had contemplated suicide.

‘It was cruel, I’ve been though a lot, a lot of abuse and a lot of trauma,’ she said, ‘I’m not the victim anymore, I’m the victor and I want other people to be that too.

Rachael said her experience in the house pushed her not to feel negative, saying: ‘Everybody in the house is different and nobody was judging me.’


Harnaam Kaur was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome as a teen, which has enabled her to grow a full beard, but she said she hopes the show will teach people not to ‘treat us differently

Philip Schofield pointed out that the show has been criticised ahead of airing, for ‘hiding’ these nine people in a house away from everybody else to ‘make themselves feel better.’

‘I don’t think it was to make ourselves feel better,’ Harnaam said.’I think it’s got more the fact that we are very different, and we are united in one way,’

‘And we do go through similar experiences and here we are, but not hiding, helping each other. We’re not hiding, we’re on TV.

‘It takes a really strong person to say that, and they were all amazing people, and value everyone that I met so highly.’

Harnaam and Rachael both said they felt viewers would tune into tonight’s premiere both to learn and out of sheer curiosity.

‘Some people will be interested and want to learn, but some people are going to mock it, Harnaam said.

‘But it takes a strong person it while it takes a very insecure one to mock something,’ she added.

‘I have been groped in public,’ she says. ‘Rowdy men think it’s funny to grab my beard, and that’s really disrespectful.’ 

She adds that people have sometimes said ‘kill her before she has children,’ and admits this abuse deeply impacted her mental health and led her to consider harming herself and depression. 

When a group of strangers joins Harnaam and her fellow house-guests in a pub, her social anxiety takes over and the young woman looks increasingly uneasy. 


From left to right: Bashir Azizâ, 24, Dan Cooper, Harnaam Kaur, 27, Kristin Riley, 36, Aly Stosz, 29, Rachael Reynolds, 43, Ted Parrotman, and Lucas Hayward

‘I just didn’t feel comfortable, ‘ she tells the camera, ‘I’m sure they’re lovely guys’.

‘I get very bad social anxiety sometimes around people that I don’t know.’ 

The next day, Harnaam has a heart-to-heart with housemate Rachael. 

‘If I go out with no makeup and wear plain black clothes, no one says anything to me because they think I’m a boy,’ she reveals.

‘If I go out wearing like a floral dress, that’s when people get confused and that’s when the mocking starts.’ 

‘I have to calculate everything: “Am I strong enough to wear a red dress with red lipstick today and be mocked by the public?”.’ 


Harnaam is a body positivity activist, a life coach and an anti-bullying activist. IN 2015 she said she was bullied so bad, she contemplated suicide, but she wants to help other people being confident with themselves 


Harnaam Kaur, 27, from London, was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome when she was 12. The condition gives her the ability to grow a beard

 In addition to Harnaam, viewers are introduced to Dan Cooper, an amputee with a strange condition. 

Everyone in the house is immediately very interested in Dan’s story and why he joined the house. They grow even more intrigued as Dan is reluctant to open up about his past and prefers to say he’ll get to it “in time”.’  

Fellow house guest Rachael suspects Dan might have gone through a ‘”quite traumatic’ experience, while Aly and Bashir say they are very impatient to hear it all. 

At first, all we know of Dan is that he was in the Vietnam war.  It takes him three days to gather the courage to open up to his housemates. 


Rachael Reynolds, 43, struggles with her self-confidence since she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition which causes benign tumours to grow all over her body

‘Usually I’m OK with anybody,’ Dan tells the camera,’ but here, since we’ve learned to know each other and care about each other, it might actually make it more difficult.’

However, the war veteran is determined to tell his story. 

‘I said later and now is later,’ he starts once he’s gathered all his new friends in the house’s dining-room.

‘I never remember having thought that two legs was really belonged on me.’

Dan then reveals he suffers from a condition called ‘body integrity identity disorder,’ a condition that was first diagnosed in 2004. 

He adds: ‘There was no record of anybody ever being treated for this, other than surgery.’ 

‘The reason my leg is off is because I chose to have it off,’ Dan finally reveals. 

The news is a bombshell for the others who struggle to understand Dan’s condition.

‘If you want to hear about gobsmacked, this is exactly it,’ says Bashir, ‘Honestly, it’s the first time I’ve heard of something like that.’  

‘I’m just trying to wrap my head around it,’ Rachael says.  

Kristin is particularly upset with the revelation and says ‘we’re supposed to love ourselves.’


Bashir Azizâ, 24, from London. Bashir stands out with his vitiligo, a condition where white patches form on the skin. Vitiligo is usually permanent, but not for Bashir, whose white patches are gradually disappearing

The house counts nine people in total. 

In addition to Harnaam, Dan and Rachael, we’re introduced to Rowdy Burton, 31, from Alabama who was born with a lower spine disorder which led to a double amputation when he was just three years old. 

‘I was born with legs’, he explains, ‘but they were going to grow funny, and then always be in the way.’

Rowdy had to learn to use his hands as legs and can even skate board. 

‘I would like to change the assumption that I can’t do things,’ he says, ‘You might be right, but give me the chance to show that, not just assume it.’

Two women arrive next: Kristin Riley, 36, and 29 year old Aly Stosz. Kristin is 3ft5 ‘and a half’ while Aly stands at 6ft9. 


Kristin Riley, 36, was born with microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II. She is 3ft5 and a half tall and says people sometime pick her up without her consent

Kristin was born with the growth restricting condition microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II. 

‘I own it,’ Aly says of her impressive size, ‘ but I try to be graceful and considerate as much as I can be.’

Another participant to completely own their appearance is, Ted Parrotman. Ted decided to change his appearance to resemble his favourite animal. He dons feathers as a beard and tattooed the entirety of his face with colourful spots to resemble the animal and had two small horns placed on his forehead. 

Ted went through several body modification procedures, including cutting off his ears. His eyes are red and blue.

‘Society, they judge people on their appearance,’ he says. ‘People think that I am a freak, or a bad person, if I can change that, it’s got to be good.’   

Lucas Hayward, who joins the house on day two, has undergone numerous surgeries to alter his appearance after he was born with an ‘overdeveloped’ face. 

As a baby Lucas had two peaks to his nose. He says the condition was similar to a cleft palate, but with his nose instead of the lips. 


Aly Stosz, 29, stands at 6ft9, but says she owns her impressive size. Aly was harshly mocked at university but now thrives and stands out with her art


Lucas Hayward, who joins the house on day two, has undergone numerous surgeries to alter his appearance after he was born with an ‘overdeveloped’ face

House of Extraordinary People airs at 10pm tonight on Channel 5.

What is body integrity identity disorder?  

Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) or Body Integrity Disphoria is a condition where people with healthy limbs and organs have the wish to be medically disabled or are uncomfortable with their bodies

In some cases, the condition will lead to amputations and self-harm, however, there are case reports that BIID persisted even after amputation 

The symptoms of BIID usually appear in adolescence   

The cause of BIID is unknown, and there is ongoing research to try and determined why it happens  

The condition is very rare and there is no treatment, anti-depressants are sometimes used with relative success

Research provisionally found that people with BID were more likely to want removal of a left limb than right 

Source: The bodily self and its disorders: neurological, psychological and social aspects, Brugger, P; Lenggenhager, B

 

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Jeremy Corbyn says Labour won’t support May’s ‘blindfold Brexit’ deal

Jeremy Corbyn will try to hijack May’s Brexit deal and put it to a second referendum if if passes on Tuesday

  • Corbyn slammed Mrs May’s decision to put her ‘defeated’ deal to another vote
  • But said he could back amendment passing it as long as it’s put to referendum
  • Suggested PM’s current plan would cause ‘enormous’ economic harm to the UK 

Jeremy Corbyn has indicated he could launch a fresh bid to oust Theresa May if her Brexit deal is rejected by MPs for a third time.

The Labour leader said it would be ‘appropriate’ to table another confidence motion in the Government at that point.

Mr Corbyn also indicated that his party could back an amendment calling for a referendum on a Brexit deal, although he would not set out which side he would be on in another public vote.

The Labour leader said Theresa May’s Brexit deal would cause ‘enormous’ economic harm to the UK. Mrs May is seen at church in her constituency today 

Appearing on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday, he said: ‘The Government is apparently going to bring its proposals once again to Parliament this week. I suspect they will be defeated again.

‘The whole process they are doing is running down the clock.

‘I think at that point a confidence motion will be appropriate. At that point we should say there has to be a general election so the people of this country can decide ‘do they want a Labour government investing in people’s communities, dealing with inequality, injustice and having a relationship with Europe that protects jobs and guarantees our trade for the future?”

Pressed on whether a defeat on the third meaningful vote would be the trigger to launch a motion he said: ‘We will obviously decide the exact moment.’


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Mr Corbyn stressed that Labour was ‘not supporting Theresa May’s deal at all because we think it’s a blindfold Brexit which will actually do enormous damage to our economy’.

But he indicated that the party could officially back an amendment tabled by backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson who have put forward a plan to support the deal on the condition it is put to a referendum.

‘We have obviously got to see the wording of it,’ Mr Corbyn said.

Asked if he was ‘enthusiastic’ about a referendum, Mr Corbyn said: ‘I’m enthusiastic about getting a deal with Europe which guarantees our future trading relationship and protects job and industries in this country.

Mr Corbyn told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘We are not supporting Theresa May’s deal at all because we think it’s a blindfold Brexit which will actually do enormous damage to our economy’

‘I do think people should have a choice on that.’

Challenged on whether he would vote Remain in a referendum , Mr Corbyn said: ‘It depends what the choice is in front of us.

‘If we have got a good deal in which we can have a dynamic relationship with Europe, which is all the trading relationship and so on, then that might be a good way forward that unites the country.’

Repeatedly challenged on whether he wanted to leave the EU Mr Corbyn said: ‘We want to have a relationship with the EU of the type I set out and people will have a choice on that.

He indicated Labour could back an amendment pushed by backbench MPs Peter Kyle (pictured) and Phil Wilson which could allow a deal to pass the Commons, on the condition it is put to a referendum

‘But there will be a credible choice in any referendum that Labour proposes.’

Mr Corbyn has written to MPs backing soft Brexit plans as well as supporters of a second referendum, inviting them for talks to find a cross-party compromise.

The Labour leader called for urgent meetings to find a ‘solution that ends the needless uncertainty and worry’ caused by Mrs May’s ‘failed’ Brexit negotiations.

He said Labour’s ‘credible’ plans would form the starting point for any discussions, but he was keen to find ‘common ground’ with supporters of other plans.

The offer has been extended to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, Plaid’s Liz Saville Roberts and Green MP Caroline Lucas as well as backbenchers with Brexit plans.

Mr Corbyn said: ‘Labour has set out credible options as to how we propose to break the deadlock and avoid a disastrous no-deal.

‘This includes putting forward an alternative Brexit plan with a permanent customs union, single market deal and dynamic alignment on rights and protections.

‘We have also said that we would support a public vote to prevent damaging Brexit proposals being forced on the country.

‘We would obviously use that position as a starting point for any discussions, but we would like to hear about the plans you are advocating, and we are keen to see if there is scope to find common ground between our respective proposals and to work together to break the impasse.’

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Sheridan Smith says Mike Thalassitis’ death is ‘massive wake-up call’

Sheridan Smith says Mike Thalassitis’ death is a ‘massive wake-up call’ and calls for change in the wake of Love Island star’s passing

Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake-up call’ and has called for change.

The Love Island star, 26, was found dead in a woodland on Saturday after it emerged he was grieving for the loss of his grandmother and a close friend who both died recently.

Sheridan, 37, took to social media following the news of his passing and wrote: ‘This should be a massive wake-up call, I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend. We can only learn and try to change.’ 

Speaking out: Sheridan Smith has said Mike Thalassitis’ death should be a ‘massive wake-up call’ and has called for change (pictured in January 2019) 

The actress also offered help to those who are just starting out in the entertainment industry, writing: ‘Anything I can do. I think we owe it to these kids who don’t know what they are getting into.’  

Mike – who rose to fame on season three of Love Island – was also preparing to open a restaurant in Essex.


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His manager confirmed the news on Saturday. The cause of his death is not yet known and police are yet to release any information.

The former League One footballer, who comes from a Cypriot family, enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star.

Passing: Mike, 26, was found dead in woodland on Saturday after it emerged he was grieving for the loss of his grandmother and a close friend who both died recently (pictured in 2018) 

He last played football for Margate in 2017 before going on to appear on E4’s Celebs Go Dating in 2018.

Several reality stars took to social media to pay tribute to Mike.  

Love Island star Chris Hughes also took to social media tonight to pay his respects.

He tweeted: ‘His name wasn’t Muggy Mike. Please stop brandishing that. His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon.’

Tribute: Several stars posted messages about Mike following the news of his passing

Fellow Love Island contestant Olivia Atwood posted on Instagram: ‘Literally don’t know what to say. Another one gone too young. Thinking of mike’s family and friends at the horrendous time. you will be missed terribly.’

Love Island host Caroline Flack dubbed Thalassitis a ‘total gentleman’. She said: ‘Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP.’ 

Sheridan has been honest about her mental health battle following the death of her beloved father Colin from cancer in 2016. 

Career: Mike is a former League One footballer and enjoyed a successful playing career before becoming a beloved reality TV star (pictured in 2017)

Speaking previously on Lorraine, she said: ‘Everyone goes through grief and people deal with it in different ways.

‘Once you’re finally out the other side, there will always be days when it hits you, but people are stopping me in the street and cuddling me and been really supportive.’

Speaking about the dark times, she said: ‘I totally had a breakdown.

‘Unfortunately, I was spiralling out of control and I was making mistakes and wasn’t in my right frame of mind, so I understand why I did get backlash.’

Plans: Mike was also preparing to open a restaurant in Essex (pictured in 2018)

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Torreira says Arsenal are good everywhere but not defence in subtle agreement with Gunners fans

The North London side go into the last-16 second leg clash trailing the Ligue 1 side 3-1 after capitulating in the second half following Sokratis Papastathopoulos' red card.

But Unai Emery's men have been buoyed by the news that striker Alexandre Lacazette will be available to play after having his ban reduced from three games to two.

Torreira, 23, has been arguably Arsenal's player of the season so far having joined from Sampdoria last summer, where he has seamlessly slotted into the starting XI.

Speaking of the Frenchman being available, he said: "We all know how important Alex Lacazette is to us as a group and obviously the more players we have available the better it is."

The Uruguayan then singled out the two areas where Arsenal boast a wealth of talent – notably missing out one area.

He added: "We do have some quality players, particularly in midfield and up top. Hopefully we will be able to make that danger pay."

Despite the Emirates being a fortress this season where they have only lost three games in all competitions, their soft underbelly has been exposed away from home.

Emery has lost seven away fixtures since succeeding Arsene Wenger – losing in back-to-back Europa League knockout games on foreign shores.

Shkodran Mustafi – who has been labelled as a "walking f****** disaster" by Arsenal fans – looks set to start at the back against Rennes with Sokratis suspended.

And Torreira appeared to hint he was unhappy at the Greek centre-back who was shown two yellow cards against the French club when Arsenal were winning 1-0.

He said: "I think in terms of the game last week it was a very different game until the red card to Sokratis.

"I think we were in control of the match and we’d obviously taken an early lead, but the red card did change things and Rennes were able to take advantage of things."

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Woman, 48, says she’s spent £28,000 trying to look like a Barbie doll

‘My face is plastic fantastic!’ Woman, 48, who’s spent £28K trying to look like BARBIE celebrates the doll’s 60th birthday by getting her ‘wonky’ nose fixed

  • Rachel Evans, from Bromley, celebrated her idol Barbie’s 60th birthday by having a non-surgical rhinoplasty to give her a ‘perfect’ doll-like nose
  • The boutique assistant says she lives by the mantra: ‘life in plastic is fantastic’.
  • So far, 48-year-old estimates she’s spent £28,000 on cosmetic enhancement 
  • The mother-of-one says her nose has bothered her since she was a teenager 

A mother-of-one has revealed that she’s so dedicated to looking like Barbie, she had a nose job to celebrate the doll’s 60th birthday. 

Rachel Evans, 48, from Bromley, South London, says her mantra is ‘life in plastic is fantastic’ and she decided having non-surgical rhinoplasty on Barbie’s birthday was the perfect tribute to the doll.

The £500 surgery, which the boutique assistant has already had once, consists of a surgeon inserting fillers into Rachel’s nose in order to even out the ‘wonkiness’.

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Mother-of-one Rachel Evans, from Bromley, says she lives her life by the mantra: ‘life in plastic, it’s fantastic’ and wants to look as much like her idol Barbie as possible

The procedure, which didn’t require the boutique assistant to go under the knife, costs £500 a time and, says Rachel, has helped to fix her ‘wonky’ nose

The 48-year-old before she began having cosmetic enhancements which have now spiralled to almost £30,000 and include botox, cheek and lip fillers and eye-bag removal

Rachel having thread lifts on the corners of her mouth in another recent procedure

The nose job takes Rachel’s surgery bill so far to £28,000 surgery, with previous procedures including botox, cheek and lip fillers and eye-bag removal.

Alongside her surgery, Rachel is also celebrating Barbie’s birthday by going clubbing on Saturday night with her friends – but will be sticking to mocktails.


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Rachel, who also works as a professional ‘Living Fashion Doll’, said: ‘I decided to get the nose job non-surgical rhinoplasty to perfect looking like Barbie – I need to look plastic fantastic.

‘I have always wanted to have it corrected since my teenage years when it was broken, and Barbie’s birthday seemed like the perfect time to do it.’

She added: ‘Every morning I look in the mirror and set about correcting it with makeup tricks, but it gets tedious and time consuming having to apply dark nose-contouring makeup to give the illusion of a straight nose.

The shop worker, who also makes a living as a ‘professional Barbie’ pictured in famous London toy story Hamleys posing in a life-size Barbie box 

Rachel timed the procedure to mark her idol Barbie’s 60th birthday – she says she’s doing everything possible to ‘be Barbie’

‘I think having the surgery as a present to myself on Barbie’s birthday was the perfect way to celebrate as it promotes the ‘life in plastic, it’s fantastic’ mantra that I live by.

‘And I feel like Barbie’s creator will be looking down on me proudly on her birthday as I am doing everything possible to be Barbie.’

The surgery comes as part of Rachel’s 16-year-long mission to look as much like the famous doll as possible – which has cost her £28,000 so far.

Operation Barbie: What Rachel has spent so far 

Botox – £10,500

Cheek fillers – £3,500

Lip fillers – £3,500

Under eye bags – £1,250

PDO Threadlift – £3,000

Two nose non-surgical rhinoplasty – £1000

Maintenance procedures – £5250 

 

She said: ‘A straight Barbie nose, finishes off nicely other recent surgery I’ve had done: jaw tightening with threads, Botox maintenance, mouth corners turned up for a doll-like perma-smile and lip plumping for a doll pout.

‘Over the years I have had thousands of pounds worth of surgery to go from a tomboy to Barbie, and I’m not going to stop any time soon.

‘There is always some sort of maintenance that can be done to increase my look and I won’t stop until I am the perfect Barbie I know I can be.

‘My facial cosmetic procedures must come first in my life and always have – everything else is put on the back burner, which means I have to sacrifice luxuries like a nice car and holidays, but it’s worth it.’

As well as giving her an excuse to show off her new surgery, Rachel is going clubbing on Saturday night to celebrate Barbie’s birthday in style.

She said: ‘On top of the cosmetic surgery I’m also going to go and celebrate on Saturday.

The Barbie fan is planning on going clubbing to celebrate the doll’s birthday in style this weekend

And the party girl reveals that she doesn’t drink alcohol either, and hopes she’s ‘setting a good example to young people’

‘I will be putting on my best pink, plastic outfit to look as much like Barbie as possible whilst I am out celebrating.

‘I will be drinking Virgin cocktails as Barbie does not drink alcohol and will be shouting ‘Happy 60th birthday Barbie!’ all night.

‘I don’t drink either and I like to set a good example to young people to party responsibly, just like Barbie would. After all: “I’m a Barbie Girl In A Barbie World.”‘

 

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LaToya Jackson says her brother Michael was a paedophile in interview

‘What 35-year-old man is going to take a little boy and stay with him for 30 days?’: LaToya Jackson attacked her brother Michael’s ‘crimes against small, innocent children’ in shocking resurfaced interview from 1993

  • Interview of LaToya Jackson speaking in chilling terms unearthed from 1993
  • She accuses her brother Michael of being a molester of innocent children
  • At the time Jackson was making headlines over claims he abused a 13-year-old
  • LaToya was estranged from the family and later retracted the comments 

Michael Jackson’s sister LaToya alleged he was a paedophile in shocking footage unearthed from an MTV interview in 1993.

LaToya, 62, claimed she had seen hush money cheques paid to youngsters for ‘very, very large sums.’

She made the accusations after the father of 13-year-old Jordy Chandler accused the King of Pop of molesting his son – there was a subsequent settlement.

Speaking to MTV in the unearthed video from 1993, LaToya says: ‘Michael is my brother, I love him a great deal but I cannot, and will not, be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children.

In the shocking footage from a 1993 interview with MTV, LaToya says: ‘Michael is my brother, I love him a great deal but I cannot, and will not, be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children’

LaToya later retracted her incredible allegations, saying she had been convinced to make them by her then husband

Michael Jackson in Disneyland in 1988 in a screenshot from HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’


Michael Jackson with Wade Robson (left) and James Safechuck (right), lawyers for the Michael Jackson estate say the men are ‘admitted perjurers’ 

‘If I remain silent then it means I fuel the guilt and humiliation these children are feeling and I think it’s very wrong.’

The comments have come to light after HBO’s bombshell documentary aired on television for the first time this week.

There had been persistent rumours throughout Jackson’s life, but no allegations were ever substantiated.


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LaToya asked pertinent questions in the footage which will leave some dumbfounded as to why it had not been widely circulated before.

She said: ‘Now you stop and think for one second and you tell me, what 35-year-old man is going to take a little boy and stay with him for 30 days?

‘And take another boy and stay with him for five days in a room and never leave the room? How many of you out there are 35 years old?

‘How many would take little kids and do that? That are nine, 10, 11 years old? I love my brother but it’s wrong. I don’t want to see these kids hurt.’ 

LaToya was estranged from her family at the time of making the comments and was accused of

Jackson and James Safechuck who alleges that Jackson abused him at the age of ten

Michael Jackson and Wade Robson, aged 5, in 1989

LaToya continued: ‘I am a victim myself and I know what it feels like. These kids are going to be scarred for the rest of their lives and I don’t want to see any more innocent, small children being affected this way.

‘I love Michael very dearly but I feel even more sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore, they don’t.’

In the video she also claimed she was abused by her father. 

At the time of the interview she was estranged from her family and had been accused of slandering her brother to make money.

She later retracted the claims she had made, saying her then husband had convinced her to denounce her brother.

The four-hour two-part documentary – which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year – has made sure those allegations continue a decade after he died of an overdose.

The abuse alleged in the film was so appalling there were counsellors on hand for traumatised viewers.  

Unfair: The documentary is also biased and one-sided, according to the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain (Safechuck above)

Allegations: ‘He was arguably the most famous person on the planet but possibly also one of the loneliest,’ says the suit of Jackson (Robson above)

Jackson’s estate has denied wrongdoing and filed a $100 million (£76m) lawsuit against HBO.

The 53-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims HBO was violating a ‘non-disparagement’ agreement by airing the documentary.

‘Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities,’ the suit claimed. 

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R. Kelly’s former lawyer says he is ‘guilty as hell’

R. Kelly’s former lawyer says star was ‘guilty as hell’ in child pornography trial he was acquitted in 11 years ago and says the singer needed ‘anti-libido drugs to contain his depraved urges’

  • Ed Genson represented R. Kelly for over a decade and described him as being ‘guilty as hell’ for the child pornography charges he was acquitted of in 2008
  • According to the 77-year-old, to keep the singer out of jail, Genson ordered him to get anti-libido shots in a bed to stem his sexual urges
  • Genson claims he also had to re-write the lyrics to the original version of ‘Ignition’ because he thought it hinted that Kelly was into underage girls
  • The singer was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women on February 22
  • He gave an explosive interview to CBS this week, where he urged his accusers to ‘Quit playing’ and had to be physically restrained as he protested his innocence 

Ed Genson (pictured in 2004), 77, worked as R. Kelly’s attorney for over 10 years, but called him ‘guilty as hell’ in an interview this week

The lawyer who represented R. Kelly in a child pornography case 11 years ago has said the singer was guilty of the charges – and even needed anti-libido drugs to stem his sexual urges.

‘He was guilty as hell,’ Ed Genson, 77, declared to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kelly was found not guilty on all counts of child pornography at the trial in June 2008.

The attorney of 54-years says he doesn’t know if the veteran crooner has done anything else ‘inappropriate’ recently, because of a measure he took after Kelly’s 2008 trial.

‘I’ll tell you a secret,’ he said. ‘I had him go to a doctors to get shots, libido-killing shots. That’s why he didn’t get arrested for anything else.’

Genson, who worked for Kelly for more than ten years, says he doesn’t feel conflicted for securing the Chicago crooner’s acquittal and keeping him out of prison.

‘I didn’t facilitate him,’ he told the paper. ‘He had already done what he’d done.’

Genson said after R. Kelly’s trial in 2008, he allegedly ordered the singer to get anti-libido shots to stem his sexual urges

Genson said he didn’t know if Kelly had re-offended since his acquittal, but warned men who get away with crimes think they’re ‘bulletproof’

‘I did facilitate him in the sense I kept him out of trouble for 10 years. I was vetting his records. I listened to them, which ones would make a judge mad.’

One of the songs Genson flagged to Kelly was his 2003 hit, ‘Ignition’, which the former lawyer said raised some serious concerns.

‘I was riding in the car, listening to a song and said, ‘Are you crazy? This is all I need,” Genson said.

Genson recalled how he thought an early demo of the song hinted that Kelly was interested in underage girls.


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‘It’s a song related to a guy driving around in a car with his girlfriend. It was originally a high school instructor in a class teaching people how to drive a car.

‘I changed the words,’ he claimed.

Despite his commercial success, Genson – who is suffering from terminal cancer – went on to describe Kelly as ‘not a very bright person’, and suggested he may have become even more reckless in the years since his first trial.

‘What he doesn’t understand is this: If you win a case with somebody, they think they’re bulletproof,’ Genson said.

‘You’re almost better off, sort of, losing. He thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants. He has done everything he can to hurt himself.’

Kelly was indicted on February 22 in a Chicago courtroom on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims. He vehemently protests his innocence 

Kelly, 52, exploded during an interview with CBS’s Gayle King and had to be restrained by his publicist. During the interview, he said the girls’ parents ‘sold’ them to him – a claim they deny

On Wednesday, Kelly gave an astonishing interview to CBS where he protested his innocence, cried and wept.

He even appeared to be physically restrained during the animated outburst, in which he vehemently denied all allegations against him.

‘Quit playing, I didn’t do this stuff,’ the pop singer tearfully told Gayle King of CBS News on Tuesday.

‘This is not me. I’m fighting for my f*****g life.’

Kelly was indicted on February 22 in a Chicago courtroom on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims, three of whom were underage at the time the alleged crimes were committed.

If convicted, he could face a maximum prison sentence of 70 years – 7 years for each count. 

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Amber Tamblyn says Susan Collins was a victim of 'male grooming' in Kavanaugh confirmation hearings

Amber Tamblyn speaks out about ‘male grooming’ in politics, points to Susan Collins as victim

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Amber Tamblyn speaks out about ‘male grooming’ in politics, and points to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine as an example.

Amber Tamblyn alleged that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because she was a victim of "male grooming," and even compared Collins' stance to Soon-Yi Previn's relationship with Woody Allen.

Tamblyn, 35, is the author of the new book "Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution," which examines feminism in the age of the #MeToo and Time's Up eras.

In the book, she reveals that she was in an abusive relationship with a power imbalance, and explains that she didn't realize it at the time.

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"I'm examining Woody Allen and Soon-Yi's relationship and this idea of older men grooming young women and girls who become partners that they can ultimately control," the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" star told The Hollywood Reporter. "And they can be lifetime partners and never really get an opportunity to evolve and to become a person that is not about that man in their life."

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Tamblyn, 35, who is married to actor David Cross, 54, added, "I make the argument in the book that I'm not comparing my abusive relationship to Woody Allen and Soon Yi's, but I am suggesting, and very directly asking, 'How could she know if she was in an abusive relationship? How could she know if she's still in it?' It's very hard to see when you're in the middle of an experience like that; a lot of that comes from grooming, and you don't really see it until you're on the outside of it."

Soon-Yi Previn famously began dating Allen when she was about 19 years old and Allen was 43. Previn is the adopted daughter of Allen's ex-girlfriend, Mia Farrow.

Previn and Allen married in 1997.

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Tamblyn compared Previn and Allen's relationship to that of Sen. Collins' relationship to the rest of the predominantly male Congress after Collins voted to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexual misconduct.

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The actress rambled, "I think that's such a common theme: A great example of male grooming [in politics] would be something like Susan Collins, this idea of a singular woman who upholds the patriarchal system, keeps it in place, and errs on the side of the men she works with, no matter how wrong the situation may be, in order to uphold the system instead of siding with people who are asking her not to do that, which are predominantly women, literally screaming and banging down her door in the case of the Kavanaugh hearings."

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Collins defended her confirmation of Kavanaugh, saying in a statement that Dr. Ford's allegations could not be corroborrated, noting, "The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time, but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations fail to meet the more likely than not standard. Therefore, I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court."

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Tamblyn says the loss of Hillary Clinton to President Donald Trump in 2016 spawned a lot of activism in Hollywood, and that she and others were especially perturbed after the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump boasted of being able to "grab [women] by the" genitalia, leaked.

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"I do think a lot of [the new momentum] was created by the 2016 election; not so much the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, but the complete and utter annihilation and very dark mythologizing of Hillary Clinton as an incapable woman," Tamblyn said. "Whether or not you actually voted for her, or liked her even, we can all agree that pervasive and horrible sexism and misogyny played a huge part in her loss in 2016."

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She continued, "Certainly the revelations about Harvey Weinstein, which are things that a lot of people knew to a degree but definitely did not know the full scale, [inspired more activism]. I think what comes after a shock like that is that there's a numbness, and then there's this rage that's just been pummeling out, and there's no way to stop it."

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Still, Tamblyn is optimistic about the future of feminism, telling the outlet, "A lot of things are changing, and there is definitely a lot more opportunity than there ever was before. But there's still a long way to go. There are some things I could tell you about that have happened over the last two years that would probably be like a bomb dropping; I'm not ready to share those yet. But there are a few things that happened where you're like, 'Wow, really? Still? After all this happened? That's really shocking.' Those things will work themselves out," she said. "We have to be persistent and patient; it will take time. And remember that it takes a lot of work and time to change and empower the history."

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Woman brands Tinder ‘sexist’ after she was banned for hunting photos

Woman brands Tinder ‘sexist’ after she says she was kicked off the dating app for using hunting photos in her profile pictures

  • Nichole Magoon, 32, from Vermont says she was banned from Tinder during a vacation to San Francisco in January
  • She believes users in the city were offended by her hunting profile photos
  • Tinder told her she had violated its terms of services and community guidelines 
  • Magoon said that her family hunt for food and that hunting is a hobby, which is why she posted two photos of herself with dead deer 
  • Tinder said Magoon’s profile was reported multiple times, but she can use it now 
  • Magoon believes there is a double standard on dating sites as men post similar photos without being banned 

A Vermont woman claims to have been banned from Tinder because she used hunting photos in her display profile. 

Nichole Magoon, 32, of South Burlington, told WBRC that when she was on vacation in San Francisco in January, she opened up the popular dating app and discovered she was not able to swipe right or left to pick or reject possible dates. 

She claimed that ‘in a few hours, I was banned from the platform!’

Vermonter Nichole Magoon, 32, believes that her Tinder account was banned while she was in San Francisco, where people reported her profile over her hunting profile photos

Tinder told Magoon that she had ‘violated the terms of service and their community guidelines’

When she questioned the ban, Tinder apparently told her that she had ‘violated the terms of service and their community guidelines.’

Magoon believes that the two hunting photos she uses in her profile had offended Tinder users in the San Francisco Bay area. 

This, despite having ‘cropped it so there were no weapons, or any kind of blood showing.’ She also noted that she and her family hunt for food and are not trophy hunters. ‘We respect the animal,’ she said. 

The photos on her profile show Magoon crouching behind dead deer. She can be seen holding on deer by its antlers. The other deer appears to have a red, bloody spot its chest. 

Magoon believes that there is a double standard on dating apps as there are many men who post similar hunting photos but they are not banned from the apps

Magoon said that she posted this hunting photo because hunting is a hobby of hers

She said her family hunt for food and that she was careful to crop out guns and blood on Tinder


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Magoon told My Champlain Valley that she posted the hunting pictures on her profile because it’s ‘something I do as a hobby.’

Magoon said that one of the San Francisco-based people who saw the photos on her profile actually emailed her employer, attaching screenshots of the profile and ‘saying some not nice things.’  

A Tinder spokesperson told WBRC in a statement that Magoon’s account ‘had been reported multiple times,’ but that the ban was reversed and she is now free to use the dating app. 

Magoon said that she has not decided whether she wants to keep using Tinder, though.   

Magoon is claiming that there is a ‘double standard that exists’ on Tinder because she was banned for her hunting photos, while there are many men on the app who have posted similar images but they haven’t been reported for violating Tinder’s terms of service or community guidelines.   

‘It’s time to address these double standards,’ she told Yahoo Lifestyle. ‘If I were a man, this wouldn’t be an issue. It also speaks to discrimination women face in hunting, which is a male-dominated sport.’     

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Blake Lively Says She Won’t Be Seeing Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Detective Pikachu’ For A Hilarious Reason

Ryan Reynolds just posted a new Detective Pikachu teaser, and it might be funnier than the movie it’s promoting. Ahead of a new trailer release on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the actor decided to share a bit about how he got into character for the movie in a video posted to Twitter on Monday. As revealed in the teaser, Ryan Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu role was surprisingly immersive — almost too immersive, in fact.

In the clip, which focuses on an Inside the Actors Studio-inspired interview with Reynolds, the actor joked about the methods he used to get into the part of the cuddly yellow Pokémon. "I lived it. I breathed it. I became the character," Reynolds said in the video. He went on to share the extremes he supposedly went to in order to immerse himself in the role.

"I was on my way to pick up my daughters from school when I got the role," Reynolds revealed. "Well, I didn’t show up at school. Because Detective Pikachu, he doesn’t know who those two little girls are. Who are they?"

It’s not actually a rhetorical question, though. After Reynolds shared this story, the camera panned over to his wife, Blake Lively, who answered it for him. "They’re our daughters," she said in the clip. "He just left them." She proceeded to joke that the two children won’t be seeing Detective Pikachu.

Of course, the actor probably didn’t actually leave his children stranded at school. But it’s pretty funny to hear Reynolds and Lively describe a lighthearted role in such a serious way. The idea of Reynolds actually "becoming" Pikachu to play him in Detective Pikachu is, really, pretty ridiculous. Lively and Reynolds know just how to get fans excited for the movie, and it shows they’re in on the joke, too.

The highlight of the video is when Lively delivers a swift burn to her husband’s supposed dedication to becoming Pikachu. "I mean, he didn’t even change his voice," Lively noted. "It just sounds like him." This line might actually be a reference to the frustration some fans felt when the first Detective Pikachu trailer was released. Pikachu is basically the embodiment of cuteness — just look at how the other humans respond to the "Pika Pika’s" — which made the fact that he shares a voice with Deadpool a bit jarring for fans.

This new teaser may not convert fans who aren’t thrilled with Reynolds’ casting. But, it’s nice to see that he’s taking the criticism in stride and having a bit of fun with it, too. His voice might not be what people imagine when they think of Pikachu, but fans might want to give the movie a chance after seeing the new clip.

In the first Detective Pikachu trailer, fans saw Reynolds’ Pikachu interact with Tim, a human who can understand what Pikachu is saying in English. (The rest of the world just hears those adorable "Pika Pika" noises.) The two become an unlikely pair who set out to find Tim’s missing dad. Of course, they meet plenty of other Pokémon along the way, too, including Mr. Mime, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Psyduck, and plenty more.

Reynolds likely didn’t go full method actor for the animated and live action movie, but it’s clear from the new clip that he’s pretty invested in the role. He might not be the Pikachu fans grew up with, but, seeing this funny teaser, it looks like that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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