Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves opens up about ‘bullying and abuse’ as he returns to native Brazil
Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves has become known across the world for his striking appearance and love of cosmetic surgery.
But before he was a TV and social media star, Rodrigo, 34, battled bullying and abuse for his looks as a child.
He confessed to being terrified as he returned to his native Brazil this week as he confronted childhood demons.
The instagram star also said Brazilians post more negative comments than anyone else on his digital posts.
Rodrigo explained: “I used to be very much bullied when growing up in Brazil because I was fat, ugly and misshapen and I never fit in into the Brazilian beauty stereotype.
“It felt emotional when I landed here,” he told MailOnline.
“It is my home country and I have a lot of memories from here. The bad memories are that I used to be very much bullied and abused by the boys and school.”
The TV personality confessed: “[The bullying] made me stronger and wiser leading me to want to reinvent myself with the help of plastic surgery.
“The bulling would leave me with marks and bruises which made me a stronger person.
“All that I could do growing up was to study and today I have a very good degree and also I speak 5 languages fluently.”
Earlier this year he shocked the world when he appeared on a TV show carrying his removed ribs in a jar.
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Rodrigo had four “floating” ribs extracted in a highly dangerous operation two weeks ago – becoming the first man to undergo the procedure.
Showing off his new look to This Morning hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby last month, Rodrigo revealed that he now has a tiny waistline.
The rib removal was his 60th cosmetic surgery and shaved a considerable five inches off his waist.
The cosmetic surgery enthusiast admitted that he felt like he’d been “run over by a truck” during recovery.