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Edited by on November 10 2011 at 3:02 PM

VICE‘s Charlet Duboc took a trip down South American way to attend Colombia Fashion Week in Medellin — formerly the stomping grounds of drug czar, Pablo Escobar – in the third installment of the mag’s unconventional documentary series, Fashion Week Internationale.  There, she found a startling contrast between the country’s coked-up past and its bid to be taken seriously as a fashion capital. Whereas the models of Columbia Moda were the usual breed of leggy, thin, Anglo catwalker seen in Milan, London, Paris and New York; at a separate fashion week, Columbia para el Mundo, booty was king.

VICEs Fashion Week Internationale Blows Through Colombia

Colombian women of all ages seek out the coveted hourglass figure of the Latina bombshell, in hopes of a better life and a better sense of self. Butt, at what cost? While gluteoplasty — i.e. butt implants — cost about a third of what they would in the U.S., some women risk everything, even their lives, in the pursuit of gluteal perfection. Duboc witnesses one of these surgeries for herself when a rather ravishing 45-year-old woman goes under the knife.  ”If you’re squeamish you might find it challenging to watch through til the end!” Duboc warns, and it really is harrowing/disgusting/vomit-inducing watching a doctor gingerly shove a piece of plastic into a sedated butt cheek. After all was said and done, however, Duboc admitted to feeling a bit of “ass-envy.”

Check out the first part of the doc below and check out for more Fashion Week Internationale!

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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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