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Cosmetic surgery transforms fan into Superman

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Filopino fashion designer Herbert Chavez dresses like the "Man of Steel" as he stands among his huge collection of Superman mannequins, dolls and other paraphernalia at his home in Calamba, south of Manila, Oct. 13. The 35-year-old fan underwent extensive cosmetic surgery in an attempt to transform himself into his comic book hero.

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Filopino fashion designer Herbert Chavez dresses like the "Man of Steel" at his home in Calamba, on Oct. 13.

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Herbert Chavez before his cosmetic transformation at about age 16.

Wow. Now that's serious idol worship!

According to Reuters:

Just like Superman, Chavez has two identities, working during the day as a dress designer and pageant trainer. His Superman persona comes to life after work.

People in Calamba, south of Manila, refer to him as the "village superman." Children play with him when they see him in the streets.  Full story.