Plastic Ken dolls might not be anatomically correct, but the real-life version of Barbie's guy is fully equipped downstairs. Meaning? Yes, dolls, "Human Ken" Justin Jedlica has a penis.
In an interview with the Daily Beast published Monday, the 33-year-old Chicago-based man says "haters" often ask him if he wants to "cut off" his genitalia to be more like the androgynous toy. "And I'm like actually, I wish it [my penis] was dragging on the ground like anime," he says with a laugh.
He's spent $170,000 on "149 cosmetic procedures" and "19 actual full-on surgeries" to enhance his looks so far, but he doesn't think he suffers from body dysmorphic disorder. "My view of myself is very realistic," he explains. "I think I'm blessed to have the body I have, and [plastic surgery] has just become something that's fun and cool."
"I wanted to have a look that was very unmistakable," he tells the Daily Beast, "and whether or not other people agree with it, it doesn't matter, because I did my surgeries for me."
However, growing up, Human Ken says he did idolize "that trendy, over-stylized, Michael Jackson look. So inherently, I wanted to emulate that."
And Justin has done that in his own way, calling his procedures "an investment for myself," and that all the attention "is definitely a confidence booster and something that really helps build self-esteem." He's been happily "civil union'ed" since September to his partner of nearly five years, who "doesn't have any qualms" about his surgeries.
"He's not opposed to having work done either," he says. "It really was a moot point; it wasn't an issue at all. I think he thinks it's kind of cool."
As far as Human Barbie goes, though, don't expect Human Ken to platonically pal around with her. Justin tells the Daily Beast Valeria Lukyanova is merely an "illusionist" who's "kind of hanging onto straws" with the outlandish, offensive things she says publicly (like her claims to GQ that race-mixing has caused a "degeneration" of beauty standards).
"I mean, give me a break," Justin says of her "whole weird shtick about multi-racial people" and "why we have plastic surgery."
"It's so inconsequential. And moreover, it's damaging," he says. "She's getting out there and basically preaching Nazism."
Not a good look, Barbie.