Why one woman is on a mission to look as plastic as possible
Alicia Amira spent thousands of pounds and many painful hours transforming her body until it was almost unrecognisable.
Her breasts were surgically enhanced from a D cup to a J cup, she had collagen fillers injected into her lips, and Botox injections in her forehead and around her eyes.
In her own words, she wanted to look "as plastic as possible."
This week my interview with her was published in Reveal and it's one of the most memorable stories I've worked on.
It's often said authenticity is the internet's currency. We get approval from our peers for making our snaps look breezy and nonchalant - even if they took several hours and countless filters to perfect.
Yet here was a group of women who were unashamedly artificial. They posed coquettishly for photos in Barbie-pink outfits, and flaunted their impossibly smooth skin.
What's more, they were clearly so committed to the artificial look they'd spent thousands transforming their bodies,
I was fascinated to find out what would motivate someone to become part of the #livingdoll culture, and sent a message to a few women online asking if they'd speak to me.
Alicia replied almost immediately. She was a 27-year-old from Sweden who'd amassed more than 100,000 followers on Instagram in a matter of weeks by documenting her journey to 'plastic perfection.'
We spoke on the phone for more than an hour and in near-perfect English she explained why she was obsessed with what she called 'bimbofication.'
She talked about her childhood in Denmark and how she idolised people like Pamela Anderson in Baywatch, who was the archetypal blonde bombshell.
She said: "I've always loved the blonde bombshell look but I wanted to be my own Alicia doll."
As Alicia grew up, she remembers being frustrated with that everyone looked the same and always wanted to stand out from the crowd.
"In Scandiavia a lot of the girls look very andorgenous. There's a big feminist movement so a lot of women don't wear much make-up and wear very masculine clothes.
"But that's never what I wanted. I wanted to be pretty and feminine. I couldn't stand being a clone of everyone else around me."
Alicia started modifying her body by having her D cup boobs enhanced to a J cup. What's more, she had collagen injected into her lips to make them cartoonishly large and Botox injections to make her skin look like plastic.
To enhance her doll-like looks she wore false eyelashes, Barbie pink lipstick and ditched her regular wardrobe for revealing pink outfits.
I was interested to hear that Alicia saw her extreme look as a rebellion against the so-called natural look. Although her look is extremely sexualised, she insists in her quiet and considered voice her aim was never to get male attention.
"I know a lot of people won't understand it but I've found the whole bimbofication process incredibly empowering.
"Being a bimbo might make me a male fantasy but that's not why I'm choosing to live this way of life. It's because of my fascination with extremes."
In future, Alicia would like to have even bigger breasts, rhinoplasty to make her nose smaller and bum implants to give her an hourglass figure.
She's even considered having ribs removed to give her a smaller waist.
Now she's begun a career as a porn star, and says she will continue to make her body look as extreme as possible.
"For me, modifying my body is an art form. Do what makes you happy even though people judge and assume you're an airhead. I firmly believe you should make it your business to prove them wrong."
Her look isn't what you or I would choose, but does that make it wrong?