With brunette tresses, pillowy lips, and a curvy figure, Ava Sabrina London has reveled in the spotlight long before she found herself at the center of Hank Baskett’s cheating scandal. But it took $50,000 and a whopping 18 plastic surgeries for her to achieve her Barbie doll looks — because London was born a man.

The former fashion student and transsexual at the center of the scandal involving Kendra Wilkinson’s husband, was actually born “Paul” in Modesto, Calif., and didn’t start undergoing hormone therapy until three years ago.

“I started in 2011 and got off them,” she said. “I was unsure if I really wanted to do this. But in the summer of 2011, I started back on them.”

And when London made up her mind for good that she wanted to be a woman, she signed up for her first major surgery only a few months later in October 2011, when she got DD breast implants.

Soon, a whirlwind of procedures followed, including two rhinoplasty surgeries, a chin shave and a feather lift, a type of facelift.

Then, in May 2012, London began her full facial feminization surgeries, including a brow bone contour, hairline reduction, pulling back of her eyes, and nose job number three.