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Oprah's plastic surgery queen struggles to accept herself after sudden weight gain

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Transformation: Jenny Lee, a plastic surgery addict who appeared on Oprah in 2004 (left), still struggled with body issues seven years later (right) after a weight gain caused by fibromyalgia

A woman so addicted to plastic surgery that she's had 59 procedures has told how she still struggles with her obsession with beauty, especially after a recent weight gain.

Jenny Lee, who shocked Oprah and viewers with her Barbie-like looks in 2004, made an appearance seven years later on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which will return for a new season on Sunday.

In the episode, the mother-of-two from Austin, Texas, opens up about learning to accept her body after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a painful disease that caused her to gain weight.



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Dissatisfaction: When she first met Oprah, the talk show host told her that she looked like Barbie. Jenny responded: 'I'm trying very hard to find acceptance. But when I look in my reflection, I still don't like what I see'

'Initially my self-esteem took a huge blow,' the blonde tells Oprah.

'I was just like, "Are you kidding me?" Because I look at some pictures. . . where I was really thin. But I was the healthiest and the happiest at that time, and I miss those days.'

Indeed, Jenny appears completely different in the episode, displaying a puffier face and noticeable weight gain.

'I had to really come to terms [with] the fact that for once in my life, I'm not in control of my body,' she confesses.

When she first met Oprah, the talk show host told her that she looked like Barbie - to which Jenny responded that she had always struggled with accepting her looks.

She talked about 'a battle' with her self-esteem that started when she was young, and which she hasn't been able to kick to this day.

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Enduring habit: Seven years after her first Oprah appearance, Jenny had undergone 33 more procedures - including a fourth rhinoplasty

'I feel like my spirit was broken,' she says. 'And I'm trying very hard to find acceptance. But when I look in my reflection, I still don't like what I see.

'If I could be just OK with it, just OK, I would be very happy,' she added.

'I'm trying to find acceptance, but when I look in my reflection, I still don't like what I see'

Jenny's dissatisfaction led to her getting 26 plastic surgeries by the time she was 28 years old, including three lip implants, two boob jobs, three breast lifts and liposuction.

After her first appearance on Oprah, Jenny and her husband had a baby, and she briefly kicked the surgery habit in order to be a more attentive mother.

But soon enough, she was back on the bandwagon and had undergone 33 more procedures - including a fourth rhinoplasty.
Jenny Lee

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Side effects: 'I am in constant pain, all the time, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,' Jenny (pictured with daughter Priscilla) said of her condition

In the follow-up episode, Jenny says her final nose surgery, which took place in February 2008, was finally to her satisfaction. 'Now, I look at my nose and go. . . it's perfect!' she says.

But other events in her life have not gone according to plan - like her diagnosis with fibromyalgia, a disorder that makes sufferers feel chronic widespread pain.

'I am in constant pain, all the time, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,' said Jenny, who cuts a noticeably fuller figure now, due to the disorder.

Still, while Jenny continues to struggle with her own body image issues, she has tried to make sure that her oldest daughter, Kaleigh, will never have to do the same.

'Where Kaleigh's concerned, I've always made it very clear that she needs nothing,' Jenny says in the episode.


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Instilling confidence: While Jenny continues to struggle with her own body image issues, throughout the years she has tried to make sure that her oldest daughter, Kaleigh (pictured), will never have to do the same

Carving her own path: 'I don't think I'll be following in my mom's footsteps with plastic surgery,' says Kaleigh. 'I just. . . at this time in my life, I really don't see anything wrong with me'

'She's beautiful the way that she is and personally I would prefer that she don't do anything to change that.'

For her part, it seems Kaleigh has got the message. 'My appearance isn't too important,' she says.

'I don't think I'll be following in my mom's footsteps with plastic surgery. I just. . . at this time in my life, I really don't see anything wrong with me.'



One thing that has been a saving grace for Jenny during her body transformation is her husband's enduring acceptance.

'He's crazy madly in love with this Jenny,' she says, pointing to her new figure. 'Having that reassurance from him has made it a lot easier to deal with.'

The new season of Oprah: Where Are They Now? will air Sunday, July 18 at 10pm on OWN.

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I feel bad for her, one of my biggest fears is that I should become injured or sick to the point where I can't exercise anymore.

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