Japanese porn star unveils elf-like face

AMANDA HOH
Last updated 11:16 02/05/2014
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A STARK CHANGE: Rina Nanase has changed her face to the point of being almost unrecognisable.

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A Japanese porn star and model who underwent radical plastic surgery has copped criticism for her new "elf-like" appearance leading some to compare her to the character of Dobby in the Harry Potter movies.

Rina Nanase, who acted under the name Rumi Kandra in adult videos, has proudly chronicled her quest for perfection but her Twitter account also reveals a struggle with an eating disorder.

In August 2013, Ms Nanase tweeted a photo of herself at the age of 17 (above right) criticising her "dumplings nose and eyes" and "too small Palm jaw".

Earlier this year, she underwent a nose and chin reconstruction, breast augmentation, double eye-lid surgery and possible liposuction.

Photos on her Twitter account have detailed her painful recovery process.

Above a photo of her bruised ear, where doctors took cartilage to reconstruct her nose, she wrote: "Ear is painful...nose hurts."

The translation on a photo with her nose covered in plaster included the tweet: "Buy when you want! Eyes your boobs larger".

In another, Ms Nanase posted a photo of her eyes swollen from stitches on her eyelids.

Online users have been critical of her new looks with one of her followers tweeting that she now has a "mannequin face".

"Plastic surgery has changed her looks so much that she is almost unrecognisable. Now she is like Dobby from Harry Potter," another wrote on online blog izismile.

However, Ms Nanase defended her physical changes earlier this week, telling her followers how "happy" with the tweet: "Great happiness somehow...It was good to be alive. Was good to born".

In a photo posted in November prior to Ms Nanase's nose and chin surgery, she said: "Why why why man does not like loli face's?...I don't regret things that shaped".

Professor of Psychology Marika Tiggemann, from Flinders University said the 25-year-old's westernised appearance was what society considered an "ideal look". She cited Michael Jackson's attempt to "whiten" himself as an example and said like the late pop-singer, Ms Nanase had gone to the extreme.

"At a sight level, no one really notices or makes a fuss about it, until someone looks very different, or doesn't look real anymore," Professor Tiggemann said.

"There are lots and lots of people who have double-eyelid surgery in many Asian countries. Presumably a western appearance also requires a different kind of chin and breast augmentation to the extent that the 'ideal' has become uniform across cultures."

Professor Tiggemann said a characteristic of people who undergo extreme cosmetic surgery was perfectionism.

"If she's genuinely happy with her look, then fair enough. The danger is when people start on this road because when you improve the look of one thing, then the next thing doesn't look good," she said.

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Close inspection of Ms Nanase's Twitter feed also revealed her struggle with what appears to be an eating disorder.

"Smile stomach grovel. Sense of accomplishment," she wrote earlier this year.

A number of tweets mention how she is suffering from anaemia and is regularly "on a drip" in hospital. Ms Nanse also said she was hospitalised with potassium deficiency about three years ago and she posted on one occasion that she was considering buying diet tea to help with a bout of constipation.

A photo uploaded in March showed Ms Nanase weighed just under 40kg.

"30kg on after a long time, my gosh," she posted.

At times, users have implored the model to eat, while others have shared their diet tips including supplementing food with jam and juice.

Professor Tiggemann said young people should be encouraged to focus on other interests, rather than on appearance.

"Accepting who you are is very difficult in our society," she said.

"It's very hard to get women, in particular young women to accept the way they look."

"The best option for society as a whole, is a much more preventative line - a line that tries to encourage young people to accept their bodies as they are, which is really difficult."

- Sydney Morning Herald

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