Olivia Wilde wrote in Glamour magazine, “DON’T cut your face: I am so saddened and grossed out by young women who look like creepy, old aliens because of their new Barbie noses and lips. Is that a smile or a grimace? Did you melt hot wax on your face, or is that your skin? A better approach: Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard.”
Plastic surgery is a difficult issue to discuss. Do you encourage people to conform to conventional beauty standards or do you support their agency and autonomy to make their own choices about their bodies? I have known people who have gotten plastic surgery, a boob or nose job, and were much happier after the fact. They were more confident and no matter where your confidence comes from it is the most empowering feeling that will essentially make your life better in every way. How can I deny them that?
Olivia’s comments are just mean and condescending. You’re grossed out by someone’s body? That’s one opinion that you need to keep yourself because that kind of thinking is exactly why people feel pressured to change their bodies. It’s this kind of discerning, judgmental eyes and voices that suggest you’re not good enough the way you are that drive women and men to physically alter their bodies. Not to mention that body dysmorphia and plastic surgery addictions are real psychological issues, often those with very extreme and obvious plastic surgeries are mentally ill. Even if they aren’t ill, maybe they just enjoy looking the way they do and so what if they look that way?
Some people see their bodies as works in progress to be mastered and manipulated. Some are more than happy to have whatever they were born with. I fall into the latter category but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand why people change their bodies. I got picked on for having gapped teeth when I was younger and if someone told me when I was nine years old that I could get veneers I may have done it. I don’t feel the need to do those kinds of things now but hey, we can pretend like peoples’ opinions of us don’t matter, and to some of us they don’t, but to others words can become some serious emotional blows.
What gives Olivia Wilde or anyone the right to judge peoples’ appearances or their decisions just because she isn’t into plastic surgery? If you don’t like plastic surgery that’s your personal preference not something you get to make people feel bad about because you decided it’s not for you.