A British woman, from a poor family, takes elocution lessons to get rid of her lower class accent and spends time and money on also changing her physical appearance.
Sounds like the plot of the movie My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a girl from the slums who sells flowers on the street. I loved that movie but I never thought it would happen in real life.
Kim Perez, a shop clerk in England, dreamed of a better life after marrying and having a daughter at a young age, then getting divorced 20 years later. So she set out to change not only her accent, but also her looks, style of dress, and erase her background. Why? In order to ensnare a wealthy American.
And she succeeded.
With the help of a website called ILoveYourAccent.com, Perez met David, the rich American man of her dreams. And with the additional help of plastic surgery, an elocution coach, defaulting on her utility bills, and a carefully planned budget wardrobe, she married him and moved across the pond.
Perez sounds like a shallow wannabe. A real golddigger. And some of the quotes from the first person article depress me:
I knew he had to have serious money. This was the man I had been waiting for.
David’s helping me set up a little fake-tanning business to keep me occupied, because there is only so much shopping you can do!
He’s got that lovely quiet confidence which people who are comfortable around wealth have, and it’s very, very sexy.
Apart from my gorgeous husband and our lovely homes, I’ve got a beautiful white Mercedes to drive and a closet full of amazing clothes, not to mention a diamond bracelet and Rolex watch.
Wow, sounds like a match made in heaven. In her article, she does mention that she fell head over heels in love with him in a very short time. Is it possible? The optimist in me says that stranger relationships have succeeded. And on some level, you have to be impressed by her drive and determination to reach her goal of marrying a rich man.
But the pessimist in me says, "No." I give this marriage another year or two. A woman whose own daughter doesn't seem to figure into her life anymore is not someone who I'd want to be in a relationship with. Not to mention all of the friends and family she threw to the wayside when she got married. If they are that disposable, isn't her husband?
Is Kim Perez shallow and pathetic? Or is she a genius?
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