To journalists and members of the media who wish to contact me, please read:
Over the years I’ve been the victim of many fake news stories and photo copyright infringements, as have countless others. For this reason I rarely give interviews, and have not done so for years. Yet out of the blue during the pandemic in 2020, a deluge of made-up “news” stories about me began appearing the internet, using (infringing) my own copyright photos from years gone by. This has been unsettling both personally and professionally, as I have friends and clients all over the world. It also misinforms and insults the intelligence of their readers, an enormous number of whom actively seek reliable information about cosmetic surgery and anti-ageing.
Countries where these articles appeared include: the UK, Finland, Romania, Russia, Indonesia, Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary, Malaysia, Croatia, Paraguay, Argentina, Slovakia, Estonia, Indonesia, Viet Nam – to name a few. The social media share buttons on each article and the echo chamber that is the internet enabled these stories to proliferate far and wide beyond their borders. So despite having spent a lot of time and energy getting many of them taken down, it’s an endless task. They will come up forever when my name is searched.
How it happened: Due to the lack of entertainment news, red carpet events, in-person interviews and photo sessions available since Covid-19, some media outlets began raiding Instagram and other web sites for images to use in fake news stories, with copycat outlets sending them viral. When my private photos began appearing in fake news stories around the world, I was forced to close my Instagram page and public Facebook account. That’s why all photos on this web site are now clearly watermarked with my copyright placed so it can no longer be cropped out. (Comically, some had even resorted to cropping above my eyebrows to cut out the copyright watermark across my forehead!) Frustrated by this, one publication actually stooped to using a picture they found of me taken in 1998 to place beneath their “news” headline declaring it’s how I look now. Although I look younger today than I did 22 years ago.
It couldn’t be easier to contact me to buy my photos for use under licence and to get the facts – or to use the facts right in front of them on this site and my social media pages while they were stealing my images, yet none of them did. This was intentional. Desperate for clicks and unwilling to pay for copyright photos, they shamelessly helped themselves to images that I own and concocted sensational fact-free clickbait stories to accompany them and attributed made up quotes to me. Then others felt free to copy and paste for their own clickbait publications, often adding their own fictional headline and spin angle.
All these “news” sites include social media share buttons with the articles, encouraging others to spread their clickbait as far as possible in order to bring more visitors to their site (and place tracking files on your device, aka “cookies”), increasing their advertising revenue which, unbeknownst to their readers, is the only reason they exist in the first place. Studies show that fake news outperforms real news and lies spread faster than truth, so it’s a calculated profits-over-facts strategy.
Most also have comment sections, encouraging anonymous trolls fired up by the fiction they just read to bully and spew hatred towards me for things I’ve never said or done. But like attack dogs in training who’ve been given the command, they’re only savaging a non-human effigy. The false persona made up for clickbait stories does not exist and bears no resemblance to me.
When I posted some of these fake news stories on my now-closed Instagram account, the overwhelming response was “Don’t worry about it, nobody believes a word the media says anyway.” So that’s the price they have all paid – the honest and ethical ones included.
The most consistent false claim they like to copy and paste is that I’ve had dozens of surgical operations, with the numbers 47 and 55 appearing repeatedly. I can’t even NAME 47 operations and I’ve been in the business over 33 years. Anyone whose had 47 operations would look like a patchwork quilt and probably have health issues as a result.
I’ve had at total of 14 surgical procedures performed in 9 operations since 1987. (And that was plenty – if you don’t think so, you try it!) My former Guinness Record was for Most Cosmetic Procedures, not most cosmetic surgery. They officially counted non-surgical treatments as “procedures” many years ago. These included facials, regular exfoliation, tooth whitening, permanent makeup, filler injections, Botox and various salon sessions – none of which are full-scale surgical operations by any stretch of the imagination. Since then many, many others have had a lot more than me, for better or for worse
Specific details of exactly what I’ve had done have never been revealed publicly or to the media and are only discussed with individual clients during a private consultation if they ask. The wildly varying outlandish surgery “lists” attributed to me are laughably inaccurate.
On the contrary, I’ve always believed in minimal intervention for maximum results, for both myself and my private clients. This requires careful planning – knowing what will give the most improvement, what works and what doesn’t, then having everything done in the correct order. The fewer operations to achieve your goals, the better. Health first, always.
Fake news and misleading information in the media and other platforms are directly responsible for a growing number of botched patients who act it. I know this for a fact because they come to me for help.
Back in 1987 when I was convinced by a journalist friend to give my first press interview, I had no way of knowing what the media would become more than 30 years down the line. If I’d had a crystal ball, I would have unquestionably taken a very different path. However you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. I did get to meet some good journalists along the way, some who became friends, and many who became clients. Today, due to repeated misrepresentation, I’ve not spoken to the media for years, except to appear as an expert on live news shows that cannot be edited to a hidden agenda.
If there was ever a true story that does not need sensationalising or dumbing-down in order to get clicks, it’s mine. The truth is far more interesting than anything that’s been made up. I also have a wealth of valuable inside knowledge about a stratospherically popular subject that attracts a vast and ever-growing audience. Thanks to the ever-growing profusion of clickbait articles, planted fake patient reviews and manipulated before & after photos, the factual bottom-line information I offer to private clients through my consultancy has never been more valued and in demand. It’s simply impossible for prospective patients, whose looks and lives are at stake, to find such factual information elsewhere.
Honest, trustworthy journalists who work with ethical publications are welcome to get in touch to help redress the balance. There are plenty of rehashed fake news stories and out-dated pictures of me on the internet, but no recent images of how I look now, which is very different. These may be purchased under licence with an accompanying interview only. However, be aware that I require fact-checking and copy approval in view of my myriad of bad experiences and the potential for viral proliferation, so if that’s a deal-breaker so be it. Anyone left may use the form below.
Many thanks for reading.
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