LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12: Model Alessandra Ambrosio attends the 2013 amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR)

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR

When I think of Victoria’s Secret Angels–besides seeing a sea of poorly-named bras that only kind of fit–I instantaneously imagine two faces: Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. I can’t really think of any other campaigns either are known for, but I think that they have the iconic Angel “look” that epitomizes what the brand is aiming to market toward its customers. That is, stunningly beautiful, bronzed Brazilian women.

So, I was admittedly surprised when I had heard that the latter experienced a serious issue with a botched plastic surgery. I know, I know–models getting plastic surgery isn’t exactly a big ol’ shock, right? But Ambrosio’s story of her own procedure is sad (with a happier ending, though):

“I always knew I wanted to be a model so I decided to have my ears pinned back, because they stuck out a bit. I found this doctor in my hometown [of Erechim] in Brazil who had only done it once before, so I was a guinea pig. The first few nights, it felt like someone had cut off my ears. For a year, I had to go back for mini-surgeries. Doctors say they can fix them, but cosmetic surgery freaks me out now.”

This may not terrify all of you reading this right now, but it really frightens me because–eh, this is a little embarrassing to admit–it’s the one plastic surgery procedure I’ve been seriously debating.

Ever since somebody pointed out that my ears stick out last year, I’ve been incredibly self conscious of them. I almost always wear my hair down unless I’m around my family or close friends because I feel like they look ridiculous, oversized, protruding, and ugly. Whenever people would tell me they went under the knife because they couldn’t see anything in the mirror besides their nose, hips, lips, whatever, I would nod my head, but I didn’t really understand it until now.

All that said, I’m in no financial position to be really debating any sort of cosmetic procedure. And I won’t lie, Ambrosio’s tale does freak me out a bit (although if I ever were to have the surgery done, I would find somebody who hadn’t done it just once before), so I’ll probably just stick to my ears the way they are.