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life in plastic it’ s fantastic!

For Brazilian-born Rodrigo Alves, image is everything. After experiencing relentless bullying over his appearance as a teenager, he went under the knife in an attempt to turn his life around. Now, more than 50 surgeries later – including face lifts, muscle implants, and fillers that left him paralysed for a month –_Rodrigo says he’s finally happy with the way he looks. But that won’t stop him from having even more work done…

REAL LIFE

The first surgery I ever had was to remove my boobs. I had something called gynaecomastia, which is the enlargement of the male breast tissue, and this made my childhood very difficult.

Growing up in Brazil, I was the fat, ugly-shaped kid. I didn’t fit into the Brazilian stereotype of beauty at all. In Brazil, all the boys love to play football, but I never played sports. I am different, and I grew up differently to everyone else. I was bullied a lot, and the people around me made it very clear to me that I wasn’t one of them.

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For this year's style issue we dress up Hollywood star Nico Tortorella who talks frankly about his bisexuality, his critically acclaimed podcast 'The Love Bomb' and much more. Also bursting out of this edition are 70 pages of spring/summer essentials , Gok Wan talking opera Divas and deep house and we talk to the leading men in the latest theatre revival of the classic 'La Cage aux Folles'. Elsewhere, rugby player Nick Younquest talks about being a face for Paco Rabane; LGBT+ advocate, activist, actor and legend Lord Michael Cashman gets real with us about mental health; and Mark Diakese becomes the first UFC athlete to pose for a gay publication.
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