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Meet the real-life Barbie and Ken

This text is an article intitled « Meet the real-life Barbie and Ken! » and Published in Now, the 24 October 2001.
It despicts the lifes of Cindy Jackson and Miles Kendall who splashed out huge amounts of money to change their appearance.
They both underwent several cosmetic surgery procedures to look like Barbie and Ken and change their Outlook on life.The article can be divided in three main parts : First, Miles’s life; Second, The link that exists between Barbie and Cindy, and Miles and Ken; Third, the disadvantages of plastic surgery.

I- Miles’s life:
a) Before surgery :

- his life was boring : his job, he spent a lot of time with his computer
{l.35 « My life was boring. I was stuck in front of a computer, bored out of my brains »

-dangerous : Miles drank alcohol, smoked and he tanned a lot.
{l.38 « I loved partying and I drank and smoked a lot. »
l.39 « I was a real sun-worshipper which had seriously damaged my skin  »

- He looked old before his time
{l.36 «  I looked old before my time because of my fast living »

- People weren’t attracted to him : he had no real friend and no girlfriend
for two years.{l.38/39 «  no one would look at me twice before »
l.60 « I hadn’t had a girlfriend for two years »

-He wasn’t taken seriously
{l.65 « My mates thought I was totally vain before surgery»

-He used to be the laughing stock.
{l.44 « People used to take the mickey out of me so much »

- Because of his nose which was long and sharp, he had a pseudo : Concorde.
{l.45 « My nickname was Concorde »a) After surgery :

-He looks better, people pay more attention to him because of his look.
{ l.50 « The results is amazing »,
l.51 « I’m living proof that people do treat you differently according to the way you look »
l.56 « I’m treated totally different now »

-People talk to him all the time, they are attracted to him, like his girlfriend who finds him really good-looking.
{ l.56« People are attracted to me. They want to talk to me all the time »
l.61/63 « I hadn’t had a girlfriend […] but I have one now. She knows all about what I’ve done and thinks I look brilliant »

-He is considered like a model and considering the attention he gets from woman, his mates think about surgery.
{l.64 « So do other women. »
l.68 « They’ve seen the attention I get from women and someof them have told me they’re thinking about having something done »

- His friends take him seriously.
{l.67 « Now they take me seriously »

II-The links that exists between Barbie and Cindy, and Miles and Ken :

a) differences :

-Age: While Cindy is 46 and Miles is 33, Ken and Barbie, which are dolls, don’t grow old.
l.10 « ageless dolls » ; l.15 « Cindy, 46 » ; l.30 « Miles, 33 ».-Their look when they are born: To look like Barbie and Ken, Miles and Cindy had to undergo surgery.
l.5 « this extraordinaire pair are literally man-made »
l.7/10 « Between them, Cindy and Miles have spent nearly 100,000£ turning themselves into the human versions of those perfectly ageless dolls »

- « Native » country: While Barbie and Ken was made in USA, Cindy and Miles had been operatedin England.
l. 11/12« unlike Barbie and Ken, Cindy and Miles were crafted in Britain »

-Name: Cindy and Miles. However, when he was born, Miles’s name was Tim Whitfield-Lyne. He changed it to Miles Kendall because of a pun (Ken doll).
l.24/26 « Born Tim Whitfield-Lyne, he’s changed his name to Miles Kendall as a tongue-in-cheek pun on Ken doll »

-Relationship: Barbie and Ken are couple,whereas Cindy refused to hang out with Miles.
l.87 « She plays down any suggestions of romance ».

b) Similarities:

- Appearance: After surgery, Miles and Cindy look like Barbie and Ken and that’s what they wanted. We can say that because Barbie was the heroine of Cindy Jackson when she was young and because Tim changed his name on Miles.
l.24/26 « Born Tim Whitfield-Lyne, he’s changed his...
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