Simon Cowell, the famous judge from American Idol told then 18-year old Katrina Lee that he “wished he could put her voice in someone else’s body.” The young singer took this to heart and set out to change her appearance with the help of a plastic surgeon, a dentist and a personal trainer.
According to The Daily Mail, the X-Factor contestant spent a handsome sum of money to lose weight and improve her appearance so that she could face the judges again.
Katrina reportedly had laser surgery on her face, liposuction, cosmetic dental work and also hired a personal trainer to help her maintain her new figure. She also dyed her hair bright orange for her audition in Glasgow this summer. Her investment may have paid off, because Ms. Lee managed to impress the judges at the audition and she proceeded to the boot camp round of the contest.
Simon Cowell had confessed that “That’s not a nice thing I said” when Katrina faced him after his very-public critique. The conversation made UK headlines, and Katrina claims that after that particular audition, her confidence was crushed and she also battled an eating disorder. She has spent the past five years ‘perfecting herself’ so that she could meet the star standard and start auditioning again.
She told The Sun, “I had to go back and rewrite history. What happened to me the last time nearly tipped me over the edge. It was terrible.”
Since her plastic surgery transformation that has included a significant amount of weight loss, facial surgery and dental work, Katrina feels like she’s a new woman. Her transformation has given her the boost of confidence she needed to get through her auditions with flying colors, and Katrina says, “I’m really pleased I’ve come this far.”
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