A mum has undergone a $30,000 transformation, which has resulted in her looking like she could be the Duchess of Sussex’s ‘twin’!
Tanya Ricardo, 30, from the US says after years of battling body insecurities she went under the knife to transform her body and face, using Meghan Markle’s looks as her inspiration.
She had six hours of surgery, which included liposuction to transfer fat to her buttocks, fat grafts to her cheeks, liposuction under the cheeks and chin, breast augmentation, lip fillers and other treatments.
Now, she’s delighted with her transformation as it has also left Tanya resembling her royal idol.
Tanya said: “I have always been a very skinny girl, so I never really felt like I was a woman and surgery has been on my mind.
“I hoped from the surgeries I would appear a lot more like how I wanted to look, which is a grown woman.
“I didn’t know when my adult, woman’s body was going to decide to show up.
“Everyone just told me to wait and it would catch up with me, but I turned 30 and it still hadn’t ‘caught up’.
“It’s something I have been waiting for years to do but being a single mum, my priority was my son so I wasn’t thinking about myself.
“Now I’m ecstatic, I can’t wait to be able to hit the gym with extra weight in the right places and then I’ll be good to marry another prince.
“I do think I look more like Meghan Markle, I see it in the shape of my face.
“We have always resembled each other, we both have dark hair, big brown eyes and a structured fine nose.
“But now that I have had a couple of surgeries on my face it accentuates her look on me even more.
“Meghan not only has a great sense of style, she is very classy and sophisticated all in one.
“When people say they see the resemblance it makes me feel like it was a mission accomplished.”
Growing up Tanya always felt uncomfortable in her body, not buying fitted jeans for years after the years of insults and unfair comments.
Then after giving birth to son Gavin, now five, she was left with baby fat on her stomach and her breast size dropped from a full to a small c-cup after breastfeeding.
Tanya said: “I was extremely self-conscious with what I wore, I didn’t like showing my legs – I just wasn’t happy with what I saw in the mirror.
“My bottom half, so my butt and thighs didn’t really exist, I looked very young and didn’t have the curves I wanted.
“People would tell me I was beautiful and to be thankful for being slender, but all of the negative comments overrode all the good things I heard about myself.”
But since undergoing the surgeries Tanya feels more confident and hopes to dispel her self-doubt by continuing to empower herself.
Tanya said: “I feel like a different person and happy, hopefully the negative comments will stop and won’t affect me.
But she’s not the only one seeking Meghan’s look!
Tanya’s clinic called Utopia Plastic Surgery and Med Spa have seen a spike in those seeking to look like the duchess.
Dr. Franklin Rose said: “Many women want Meghan Markle nose and cheeks, she has quite an attractive face and pretty body.
“Meghan Markle is so in the mainstream with the baby, she’s probably number one even above Kim Kardashian-West.”