Look in almost any list or article that discusses bad plastic surgery, and you will likely find a photo of a woman who is known as “the Catwoman.” aka Jocelyn Wildenstein.
Jocelyn is one of the most well-known examples of what happens when plastic surgery goes horribly, horribly wrong. For those of you who want plastic surgery for the wrong reasons, want to go to a cheap doctor, or want to go through an extreme makeover that people are warning against, her story is a warning that you should heed.
For Jocelyn, her insane transformation started when she married the super, rich socialite Alec Wildenstein. She had everything that she wanted in her life as a New York City socialite – money, fame, great clothing, connections, and friends. However, her life with Alec soon became further and further from the perfect dream life that she had so wanted.
From what sources say, Alec was actually rather abusive to Jocelyn and made no qualms about sleeping with other women. This led Jocelyn down a very strange path. During her marriage, Jocelyn often visited Alec’s personal collection of live big cats in his enclosure as a way to reduce stress. Yep, he owned lions and tigers as pets. According to Jocelyn, he loved those animals more than anything else in the world – even her.
As the years went by, Jocelyn became more and more desperate to try to win back Alec’s affection. By the time she hit 50 years of age, she decided that the only way she could get him back is to go under the knife. The first couple of surgeries seemed to have a positive effect on her relationship with Alec, but it didn’t take too long for him to decide that she alone was still not enough for him.
This is where the story takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Jocelyn decided that plastic surgery worked, and that it was time to take drastic measures. In her clearly unstable condition, she decided that it was perfectly logical to ask the plastic surgeon to make her more like the big cats that Alec loved so much. Somehow, she managed to convince the shocked plastic surgeon to do it.
As one would expect, the plastic surgery outcome didn’t exactly go over as well as she’d hoped. Rumor has it that once she had left the plastic surgeon’s office, potential clients who were in the waiting room immediately bolted in fear that they would end up looking like her. Another rumor suggests that Alec screamed when he saw her face after the surgery. Disheartened, she decided to go back under the knife to correct the surgery. (It only made things worse.)