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Ohio Boy Spent $72K to Become Britney Spears Lookalike Via Sex Change Operation

In Celebs by Kim Muraro , on Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:42 AM (PDT)
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He Was Kody, Now She's Kara Hayes

Remember the "Leave Britney alone!" guy? He's got nothing in Britney Spears fandom on 26-year-old Kara Hayes, an Ohio-born male who spent $72,000 on surgeries -- including a 14-hour gender reassignment procedure -- so he could look like his idol.

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Kara, who also got breast implants, reports the U.K. Daily Mail, says becoming Britney wasn't just about the looks. She also saw Spears as an example of a strong female.

"When you feel like you're a girl living in a boy's body and you try to change, you want that validation that you look like a girl," she says. "I viewed her as a very strong woman; everybody wanted to date her."

Unfortunately, Hayes also emulated some of Spears' episodes, too.

Read: Britney Spears Pays $25,000 A Month To Live On A Golf Course [PHOTOS]

At age 12, as Kody (seen in the photo insets at left), his classmates in his small town were shocked when he showed up at a school dance dressed like Spears in her red vinyl "Oops, I Did It Again" video.

By age 15, Kody was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and began taking female hormones, began to dress like a woman and changed his name to Kara, but the stress and pressures of dealing with his situation led to a phase of drug and alcohol experimentation.

And when Spears had her public meltdown in 2007, which included shaving her head, Hayes did the same thing.

"I felt like I was put under a microscope," Hayes says. "I felt like I couldn't have any form of scandalous situation because I was already a scandal in itself. It was almost like I went through puberty twice."

After a stint in Los Angeles, Hayes moved to New York City to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She graduated last year and is now pursuing a degree in public relations.

Read: Christina Aguilera Talks "Friendship" with Britney Spears

"I focused on Britney and Christina Aguilera for my inspiration," Hayes says. "They were the stars that were around when I was younger, they are who you looked up to. Nowadays people have Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

"I was just thinking, 'I want to be a girl now, who do I emulate?'"


 
 
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