Alba’s Fair in Love and Gore


We’ve read stories on how celebrities influence us. We’ve read stories on how we’re growing more obsessed with how we look. We’ve even read stories on how celebrities affect that obsession. But I’ve never read a story quite like this.

There’s a woman in China (London’s Daily Mail just calls her Xiaoqing) who desperately wants to reunite with her boyfriend. No news there, right? What’s she doing … sending him flowers? Texting him sweet messages?

Of course not. No, Xiaoqing plans to undergo a bevy of plastic surgery procedures so she can look exactly like Jessica Alba.

Seems her boyfriend has a thing for the Fantastic Four starlet, and he loved it when Xiaoqing would make herself look as much like Alba as she could. The boyfriend even bought Xiaoqing a blond wig to wear. But eventually, Xiaoqing decided she’d rather look more like herself, so she dumped the wig. And he dumped her.

Now Xiaoqing wants him back, and she’s willing to undergo a slew of cosmetic surgical procedures to make herself into her beau’s dream girl. Doctors say it’s possible for her to get the look she wants, though not necessarily advisable. All those cosmetic cuts and incisions and stitches? It can be dangerous and it’ll be certainly irreversible, they tell her.

No matter, Xiaoqing says.

“I’m not only doing it for my ex-boyfriend but for myself,” she tells the Mail. “I am a psychologically weak person. I want to do something to challenge myself and build a strong personality through it.”

Is there, perhaps, a tinge of irony here that she’s going about this psychological overhaul by becoming someone else? And someone who played The Invisible Woman, at that?

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  LionesSong:

I agree with you Superheroine.  It is very sad that Xiaoqing is so willing to change who she is for someone who doesn't accept her as she is.  The even sadder thing is that there are so many young girls out there who feel the same way.  I wish they could see that they are beautiful already, and that there are people out there who love them exactly as they are ( one of them being the Creator who made them perfectly).

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Superheroine:

I find this story to be incredibly sad. That poor woman--thinking she can win her boyfriend back by becoming someone else! Not only that, but she's made it such a priority that she's willing to completely change her appearance to get this guy back? Run, Xiaoqing! Run from that plastic surgeon and find a guy who actually likes you!

I wish I could find her and give her a hug....