Plastic surgery is one of those complicated things that can be extremely polarizing. It’s not something we should make light of or something we should be judgmental about either. It’s unrealistic to believe that we don’t live in a culture that adores and privileges a certain kind of beauty. It’s also pretty ridiculous that about 99% of humans don’t fit into that very specific mold. Celebrities face constant scrutiny about every inch of their bodies (Let’s face it, we’ve all commented on how a celeb looks at one point or another.) so it shouldn’t be surprising to us that many of them take more extreme measures to preserve or enhance their beauty.
I refrain from passing judgment because a) most of us wouldn’t know what we would do if we had the money for cosmetic surgery b) it’s not hurting anybody and c) some people have been told very negative things one too many times and are genuinely satisfied and happier after they get surgery. Although, plastic surgery is even more complicated by the fact that seeing images of absolutely perfect people can alienate regular people from their own bodies. Yeah, we’d like for everyone to be happy but sometimes seeing the result of one person’s superficial fulfillment can make another person that much much more dissatisfied by their own bodies.
Nevertheless, I think we should all stop judging ourselves against others. If you want to look exactly as you have been born that’s fantastic. If you think your image is something to be mastered and transformed into your vision of yourself, that’s great too. Today we praise celebs who have a YOLO attitude about their plastic surgery. They don’t deny it. They don’t hate it. And sometimes they are brutally honest about it.
Ashlee told Us Weekly when asked about her nose job, “As long as people have two eyes, you probably know the answer.”
Tyra fully endorses plastic surgery, “I hate when models say ‘Oh, plastic surgery is just a wrong thing. What are you talking about? You won the genetic lottery. You look like this specimen that’s making people everywhere feel insecure and you’re going to ridicule someone for getting plastic surgery?”
Heidi Montag was so ecstatic about her plastic surgery she didn’t care if she died on the table?! She told Us Weekly, “I’ve always been very insecure about my body. My whole life, I looked at my chest and was like, OK, they’re going to grow. This is my year! And it never happened. I was less than an A-cup. I wore pushup bras, which cut into my skin . . . I hated my nose too. I have my dad’s nose, which is huge. It took up so much of my face, when I looked down, I could see my nose. I couldn’t get away from it! Right before I went in, I was like, What if I don’t wake up? Oh, this is scary. Then I thought, I don’t care. If I don’t wake up, it’s worth it.”
I think the fact that Janice Dickinson’s memoir is called Everything About Me Is Fake – And I’m Perfect is pretty telling enough. In her memoir she discusses her many plastic surgeries and I recall an episode of America’s Next Top Model in which she instructed a contestant, “Don’t like your nose? Buy a new one!” Something to that affect . . .
In Kathy Griffin’s memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, she writes, “I was told repeatedly, ‘You would be pretty if it weren’t for that nose. You’d work more if it weren’t for that nose. Hey have you considered getting a nose job?’ You would think I had a nose the size of Texas. I was young and impressionable and I was told that enough that I started to believe it, so I got a nose job.”
Joan Rivers is utterly shameless about her plastic surgery and it is pretty awesome. She told Entertainment Weekly, “I just hosted the Miss USA Pageant and, let me tell you, beautiful gets you everywhere. The New York Times had an article maybe six months ago: Babies respond to pretty faces. So stop telling everyone it’s okay not to be pretty! If you can fix it, fix it! If it makes you happier. I love to look in the mirror and say, “For 77, you look good.” That’s all. I don’t care what anyone says. Not bad for 77.” Ain’t nothing wrong with that as long as you’re happy.
Donatella Versace said about women looking natural, “I don’t even know what my natural color is. Natural? What is natural? What is that? I do not believe in totally natural for women. For me, natural has something to do with vegetables.” Why shouldn’t we be allowed to transform are images?
Tara Reid told Today about her botched plastic surgery, “I originally did it because I had one breast bigger than the other but I also gained and lost weight so they were getting saggy and in Hollywood you have to look great.” After poorly researching her doctor the results were not what she expected but she did a little more digging and went back under the knife and is totally cool with herself, saying, “I feel like a girl again,” she smiled. “I walk out of the shower now and it’s like wow I’m back.”
Check out the rest of the celebs in the gallery below!