A man obsessed with Korean culture has gone to extraordinary lengths to look Asian after having 10 plastic surgery operations to change his appearance.
Xiahn, 25, who was originally known as Max, became fixated on Korean culture following a year of study in the country.
Xiahn, who goes by the pseudonym Oriental Gaucho online, watched hours of Korean soap operas and listened to K-Pop constantly – and in time became overcome with the desire to have plastic surgery so that he would look like a native Korean.
‘As you know, there are thousands of Asian eye styles,’ Xiahn told Metro.co.uk. ‘I had one major surgery on my eyes and then small procedures to reach the correct appearance.’
Now Xiahn has plans to move to South Korea as soon as he has he can.
Reports of his transformation have preceded him, and reactions have been mixed. Some like it and some don’t, he says, just like ‘any other thing in this world.’
Despite the drastic transformation though, Xiahn still feels Brazilian, thanks to the country’s diversity: ‘There are many mixed Brazilian people. For me a Korean person looks Brazilian as much as a German person or any other person that has born here.’
‘So even though I’ve changed the shape of my eyes, I am still Brazilian.’