Before and After Pics: 7 Amazing Transformations

1The Zombie Boy who underwent amazing make-up transformation for a commercial

With almost 80% of his body covered in skeleton tattoos, fashion model Rick Genest is best known by his stage persona Zombie Boy, but the Canadian artist hit the headlines for a different reason in an incredible video for Vichy's Dermablend foundations. Genest is currently starring in the brand's "Go Beyond the Cover” campaign. The video opens with an unrecognizable tattoo-less Rick with a flawless complexion. However, as he takes off his shirt and begins scrubbing with make-up remover, his extensive tattoos gradually begin to appear.

There's no airbrushing, and the whole video was done in a single take. Dermablend says it took three makeup artists and four tubes of Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, along with Leg and Body Tattoo primer and setting powder, to take Genest from sexy zombie to cute, if not as remarkable, dude.

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2The personal trainer who gained 40kg (88lbs) to understand obesity

Paul ‘PJ' James, a high-fashion model and personal trainer from Australia, gains an extra 40kg (88lbs) of fat, quits all forms of exercise and documents his journey from 80kg (176lbs) up to 120kg (264lbs) and back again, as he sets out to understand obesity and how difficult it really is to go from fit to fat and back!

He ploughed through the junk food - up to 30 slices of pizza in one binge sitting - and the money. "It's just very expensive to be unhealthy (…) "I used to spend about $80 on food a week. I could easily spend $300 now."

3The former skinhead who underwent 25 surgeries to remove his face tattoos

A former white supremacist gang leader has undergone months of painful laser treatment to erase hate-filled tattoos from his face. Bryon Widner, for years an "enforcer" for some of America's most notorious racist groups, shunned his beliefs after marrying but struggled to get a job due to his appearance. He was so desperate to hide his tattoos he even contemplated using acid to disfigure himself but eventually found a sponsor for expensive laser treatment.

The process, which cost $32,400 (£20,233), was so painful that he had to be put under general anesthetic each time and it took 25 operations over 16 months before it was complete. Now his face is completely clear and scar-free and his hair has grown back.

His arms and torso are still extensively tattooed but he is inking over the "political" designs such as Nazi lightning bolts.

4The website that collects amazing before and after pictures of convicts addicted to meth

We all know that drugs are bad for you, but how much damage do they really make? Here you have some mugshots of drug addicts that use meth, it is part of the project “Faces of Meth” by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. You can see two mugshots of each person, and they show different time periods so you can see how much drugs can change your appearance in just some years or even months.

All of these drug addicts use some drug called Methamphetamine or “meth” as everybody calls it. This drug has high potential for abuse and addiction, so when you take it once there is no turning back, you are just going to take more and more. The faces of these people show what chronic abuse of this drug can do to you.

5The forensic artist who can predict your face in 10 years based on your drinking, smoking and eating habits

When it comes to cigarettes, alcohol, and junk food, the focus is often on the impact on health, but not necessarily how it will affect appearance in the long term. Besides staining your teeth from red wine or smoke, or putting on a few pounds from excess carbs, how bad can it possibly make us look?

Pretty bad, according to 42-year-old freelance journalist Anna Magee. She was guest-editing a magazine called Expert Beauty when a surgeon named Charles Nduka commissioned a piece on smoking. He put Magee in touch with Auriole Prince, a forensic artist who creates digital images of what people will look like over time based on their lifestyles. While Magee herself has noticed small signs of aging and has received cheek fillers and Botox injections, she wondered what she'd look like 10 years from now given different lifestyle factors.

Prince created three projected images of Magee showing her face one decade from now after smoking a pack a day, drinking two glasses of wine a day, and indulging in sugar, cakes, junk food and refined carbs.

6The woman who had a full face transplant after being attacked by a chimp

A mum whose face and hands were ripped off by a crazed pet chimp had a revolutionary face transplant op. Charla Nash, 55, was trying to catch her boss's escaped monkey, Travis, in February 2009 when he lashed out. In a frenzied attack, the 200lb ape blinded Charla while severing her nose, ears, lips and both hands – leaving the single mum close to death.

Travis, 14, was shot dead by police while Charla was rushed to hospital in her hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. Seven hours of emergency surgery saved Charla's life – but left her hideously disfigured. Two years later, she is finally on the mend after the pioneering face transplant operation. She was the second person in the world to undergo this surgery. Her wounds were said to be so horrific that local hospital staff received counselling after treating her. The painstaking op involved dozens of doctors and took 20 hours.

The work on her face was deemed a success although an effort to reattach hands to her injured arms proved unsuccessful – as her body rejected the new limbs.

7Brazilian's most famous transsexual who was dubbed "the world's most beautiful model"

Roberta Close (born in Rio de Janeiro on 7 December 1964) was the first pre-operative transsexual model to have posed for the Brazilian edition of Playboy. She is probably Brazil's most famous transsexual woman. As an adolescent, she began to adopt feminine attire and secretly began taking female hormone injections. By the age of seventeen, Close's career as a model and actress was beginning to take off. For a period of time, she was associated with the travestis, a Brazilian subculture of biologically male transgendered prostitutes.

Close won the "Miss Gay Brazil" beauty pageant at the age of twenty. That same year, she made headlines and was dubbed "The world's most beautiful model". She has played a cabaret singer on a popular soap opera, starred in the 1986 movie Si tu vas a Rio... tu meurs, hosted a late night talk show, and was the inspiration for a hit song by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos.

In 1989, Close underwent sex reassignment surgery at Charing Cross Clinic in London, England. Afterwards, she appeared in an extensive photo spread in the Brazilian men's magazine Sexy, and was subsequently voted the "Most Beautiful Woman in Brazil."

Roberta's Portuguese-language autobiography, Muito Prazer, Roberta Close ("Pleased to meet you, I'm Roberta Close") was published in 1998. In it, she claims to have been involved with numerous American celebrities including Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, and Robert De Niro. It has not been published in the United States.

Close was involved in a lengthy legal judicial battle to challenge the Brazilian laws which prevented her from declaring her sex as female on official documents. On March 4, 2005, Roberta Close acquired legal status as a female in Brazil after Judge Leise Rodrigues de Lima Espiritu Santo of the 9th Family Court of Rio de Janeiro legally recognized Close as a woman. She was issued a new birth certificate by the Office of Public Records of the 4th district of Rio de Janeiro, which states that on December 7, 1964, a child of the female sex was born and was given the name of Roberta Gambine Moreira.