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Body Shock

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A close-up of the nail-like strands that grow out of Shanyna Isom's back.

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American society places great value on physical beauty and those who achieve a firm and fit body. In Hollywood, Fla., Rajee is a transgender woman who took part in black market plastic surgery. In Massachusetts, Moustafa ("Mo") is known as the real-life Popeye; he has an obsession with growing his biceps. In Texas, Patrice has a condition that causes her to have severe reactions to chemicals, which forces her to wear a mask in public.

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