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Its been a while since the Kylie Jenner scandal of denying that she had work done on her lips but we haven't forgotten, and should we forgive? Holy Mother of God, with celebs like the Kardashians and the beauty industry itself causing so much pressure on us to conform to such high standards, isn't it time we start holding them accountable?
We all want to be pretty. It’s magical. It’s aspirational. With beauty comes love and wealth and with that comes happiness. Right? I mean, that’s what the media shoves down our throat anyway?
Beauty is not supposed to be about blood, and about swelling and bags of money thrown at vanity, oh no, that would only diminish the smoke and mirrors.
It feels as though celebrities are afraid to be honest about their choices when it comes to surgery, for fear of backlash from the media.
Society has a problem with people who have cosmetic surgery for three main reasons;
One. These people must be insecure.
Two. These people must be shallow.
Three. These people are reinforcing the problem in today's culture of “lookism”, by and large promoting and causing a ripple effect of others who want to attain the “ideal” body type.
So celebs don't want to hold their hands up to the body scrutiny police and admit to surgery, because what if they are accused of encouraging young people to do the same.
GASP. MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
Surely, no impressionable person has even half a brain to think before they make the choices they do, and it must all be because of Miranda Kerr with her augmented boobs being famous on the VS runway and her being in the papers for her banging’ bod, all women simply MUST follow in her footsteps, both as an aspiring angel and go under the knife.
Wait. The knife? What? Oh yeah, they forgot about that bit. But maybe they wouldn't have forgotten, had it been less taboo for the celebs to share their stories and their own reasons of why they had the surgery, like maybe, they just wanted too because it made them feel better.
NO PAIN, NO GAIN
Celebs would help by being open about their choices, and the realistic journey they went on to arrive at their hot bod destination. Not all of us were “born this way” some of us went through surgery, through PAIN, to get there and more girls should be aware of it so they can make better, informed decisions.
Like MYA’s own Amy Scott, who went live with her rhinoplasty op on social media, it would be great for those in the public eye to be more open about the more gruesome side of surgery, because there's no denying that it really is gross. I mean, there’s blood. Ew.
Let’s see selfies from the operating table, the bruises, the swelling and the stitches at their check ups, not just the six months post op pics when they’re made up to the nines and everything has settled to perfection.
Iggy Azeala has been very open about her choice to have her nose tweaked and boobs bumped up a few sizes.
She defended her decision and also called on others to be more honest, “I think.. people should be more accepting of the fact that both famous and non-famous women are having cosmetic procedures.”
It is so very impossible to live up to celeb standards of beauty, and its harmful, to women both physically and mentally. If celebrities were more open and honest, we could stand a chance of combating or even preventing that harm.
+++ SOCIAL MEDIA = DEPRESSION
With building evidence of links between time spent on social media and depression, it’s time we faced facts. I regularly complain about my younger sister for playing games online when she could be, I dunno, learning to play an instrument or to speak another language, HELLO, EXPAND YOUR MIND, GEEZE KIDS THESE DAYS. But it’s really a case of a pot calling a kettle black. I definitely once wasted three hours of life watching videos on BuzzFeed and countless are lost to the Ellen Show also including but not limited James Corden Carpool Karaoke, Chewbacca Mom - thank you for the laughs..
But whilst it may all be sing songs, makeup and hair styling tutorials (FYI - DON'T use them to cut your own fringe. It won’t end well.) and funny cat videos, it’s been noted that those who spend more time online are 2.7 times more likely to develop depression.
Whilst these links between social media and depression are not thought to be cause-and-effect relationships it is still evident that the more time you spend browsing the Gram, the more likely you are to feel pretty bad.
It's also important to note that it’s the women, more than the men, that are suffering greatly in the UK from mental health problems. According to BEAT statistics, 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by eating disorders, of these 1.6 million people only 11% of them are male.
When it comes to eating disorders, 14 to 25-year-olds are most affected with the main issues being anorexia and bulimia.
1 in 100 women between 15 and 30 are affected and women are two times more likely to have depression than men.
Its a case of one in five women developing common mental disorder symptoms.
Could this lack of honesty about true representations of body shape be to blame for the large number of women suffering from mental illnesses?
Are famous women, in all their airbrushed, pampered, primped, pinched and tucked stars laying faulty foundations of our perception of beauty? Are we moulding ourselves on impossible beauty standards?
And as people who are reacting to these images, is it our instinct to judge a book by its cover? Should we then feel morally damned when we know it is vain and wrong to idolise someone for only their looks and not their inner beauty, if all around us images are projected that speak otherwise.
One of Americas Top Models, has said that it is unfair on people who resort to cosmetic surgery to be judged by those who have “won the genetic lottery”.
Some of us who didn’t win that jackpot, quite dangerously began sticking our lips into suction cups until they explode in search of the Kylie pout, and some of us sunk to having an unknown substance injected into butts in a kitchen, like The Valleys Reality Star, Lateysha Grace.
And while we are crumbling under the weight of the expectation to be the ideal looking women and making dangerous decisions in hope of achieving the unachievable, our celebrities are being shamed for being too fat or too thin, too frozen or too wrinkly.
We are in danger, and they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
A recent comment on our social media sparked the question. Marie Thomas said, “How can girls live up to these photos, she’s had plastic surgery from head to toe and airbrushed on top. God help our lil’ girls who think this is how a women is meant to look.”
So, let’s clear this whole mess up. It IS okay to have surgery, but do it with honesty.
So that other women and young girls don’t beat themselves up that they didn’t “wake up like this”.
Perfection is the Disease of a Nation
More celebs should follow in the footsteps of Lindsay Lohan, Heidi Montag, Iggy, Hedi Klum, Nikki Minaj, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Rowland and Kourtney Kardashian who said on the subject of having a boob job that it wasn’t a secret, everyone knows and she "could care less”.
The list does go on, but its no where near as long as it should be.
And whilst we still need to overcome the stigma of having cosmetic surgery, the surgery itself is not the problem.
The rise in patient numbers each year proves that it’s a trend that’s here to stay. It’s a tool for women to improve their confidence and they shouldn’t be judged or defined by their choices. They should however have the right to be informed truthfully about the women they are comparing themselves too.
CASTING CALL - WOMEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ALL AGES - MUST BE HONEST AND OPEN ABOUT ALL NIPS AND TUCKS - FOR THE PART OF A REAL WOMEN WHO OTHER LESS FAMOUS WOMEN CAN RELATE AND LOOK UP TO FOR GIVING THEM A TRUE AND SINCERE REPRESENTATION OF THE BODY THAT THEY USE TO PROMOTE AND EXPAND THEIR CAREER AND/OR BUSINESS
Basically, what I’m saying is, if a celeb is using her body to further her career, promote products of lifestyle brands, or selling us their image.. surely when they’re complimented on their body, or their photos, shouldn’t they give a knowing smile and share their secret with us all?
For when a celeb who has undergone surgery doesn't admit to it, isn't it just false advertising?