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This Insta MUA's fake plastic surgery transformation shows just how idealistic beauty standards remain

This needs to be seen to be believed.

ELLIOT JOSEPH RENTZ might have just pulled off the stunt of the century.

You might not know the name, but you’ll definitely be familiar with his work as drag artist, Alexis Stone. He’s pulled off some insane celebrity transformations in the past using makeup, such as the ones below.

In August 2018, Elliot announced to his followers that he would be undergoing major plastic surgery, having already gotten fillers and Botox.

Explaining his decision, he said: “I’ve always been attracted to a different aesthetic. I’ve obviously made cosmetic choices which obviously differ from what the average viewer considers beautiful.

I’ve been called crazy. I’ve been called an addict. I’ve been called botched. I’m told on every single day that I’ve ruined my face … It’s just had such a crippling effect.”
I’m not happy with the outside … Every time I see myself in a monitor, I don’t see myself as me.”

Source: Alexis Stone/YouTube

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When “the new Alexis was revealed last November, criticism came in thick and fast.

“Not against plastic surgery, but you look like a hot mess,” one comment on the reveal video reads. 

“You were such a handsome, normal and cute guy with the bright eyes before all cosmetic procedures,” another reads. “You can never have your face back that god had created … I had tears in my eyes, why people do this. It’s just sad and poor.”

Many took issue with how aged he appeared to look both in and out of drag with many comparing him to Priscilla Presley and Jocelyn Wildenstein. People began unfollowing in their droves across all social media platforms.

Elliot/Alexis continued uploading regularly to YouTube – a ‘Get Ready With Me’, a discussion about his sobriety, and a walk-through of his extensive Thierry Mugler collection. The comments continued to be pretty vitriolic in relation to his looks.

On New Year’s Eve, Elliot/Alexis uploaded a video collaboration with The Creme Shop. So far, so #sponcon. That was, however, until he seemingly ripped his new face off.

Source: Alexis Stone/YouTube

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Plot twist baby! 

In the follow up reveal video, Elliot/Alexis revealed he’d been flying back and forth to Barcelona over the summer to work with award-winning SFX artist David Marti on a face cast to create facial prosthetics for his social experiment.

Source: Alexis Stone/YouTube

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Elliot wore the mask every time he left the house and for filming purposes for over three months.

“For the last year and half from when I started getting Botox and filler, I’ve been called botched, I’ve been called a monster,” he explains in his new video. “This, I believe, says more about other people than it does me. 

There is such a stigma behind plastic surgery. People have this idea that you can only want surgery if you are in need of it from other people’s point of view.”

Going on to say that people have different views of him as Elliot and Alexis respectively, he made the decision to reinvent the character of Alexis Stone to live out his childhood dream of becoming Mrs Doubtfire.

“[I also want to] bring attention to the social construct of becoming a monster,” he adds. “If enough people scream and shout that someone’s a monster … It becomes believable.”

He also goes on to discuss his journey to sobriety and how it’s affected his own personal identity throughout this project, which is well worth a watch in itself.

Now that the mask has quite literally slipped, the comments on his older videos make for staggering reading. The hatred levelled at him throughout the process is a damning indictment of a society that continues to uphold very idealistic standards of beauty, while criticising those who dare to challenge them.

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