“People in the UK just don’t seem to get me,” self-confessed plastic surgery addict and “Human Barbie” Sarah Burge of Cambridgeshire, England, said Wednesday.
The 51-year-old mother of three has made headlines by spending more than $800,000 getting herself surgically enhanced — and for encouraging her young daughter to go under the knife as well.
“I really do wish the media would concentrate more on my professional side rather than this absolute baloney that they’re dishing out continuously,” Burge told Ann Curry on TODAY.
In addition to being a mom, Burge is a self-styled author, model, businesswoman, aesthetic medicine consultant, TV star and international public figure. “I actually help thousands of people every year with the correct path to plastic surgery through accident, disease and disfigurement. Most of them are from America because they don’t have a NHS system [Britain’s publicly funded health system] out here, and I put them to the right surgeon for the job,” Burge said.
Burge’s charity “Don’t Mess With Me” is committed to ending domestic violence, of which she has been a victim. In her memoir “The Half a Million Pound Girl,” she maintains that experience motivated her to undergo plastic surgery; she first received reconstructive surgery after she was violently assaulted.Video: ‘Human Barbie’ gives daughter liposuction voucher (on this page)
Burge became emotional as she discussed her charity work with Curry. “I have e-mails from people who are desperately, desperately saddened by gunshot wounds … I help these people, and I’m shocked that the media want to portray me in such a negative light when all I do is help millions of people.”
‘Poppy the Diva’
Burge is in the U.S. so that her 8-year-old daughter, Poppy, can compete in beauty pageants. According to reports, Burge has condoned Botox for her teenage daughters, hosted a pageant party for Poppy's 8th birthday that included spray tans, hair extensions and manicures, and has given Poppy vouchers for breast enhancements and liposuction.
“It’s actually a tax-free gift that she can cash in at the age of 18 years old and take herself off to become the professional she wants to be,” Burge said of the vouchers. “Poppy actually wants to be a plastic surgeon when she’d older, and I think the media is getting all hyped up over this sensationalism, which is coming from the brutal press in England.”
Poppy has a page on Burge’s website called "Poppy the Diva" where Poppy says she’s the “youngest girl in the world representing the youth of today on stage, screen and all print media for all things fun and girly.” She also writes, “From pink limousines to my pink pamper party bus, I know how to do it in style.”Slideshow: Beauty before age
Burge says she shouldn’t be criticized for encouraging her daughter to take the “Toddlers and Tiaras” route because she wants to take pageantry back to its traditional roots. Burge defended pageantry, saying it’s “not particularly about beauty. It’s about grace, it’s about poise and it’s also about raising money for charity as well.”
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