Are Young Hip Celebs Destigmatizing Plastic Surgery?
Joan Rivers once quipped, “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.” She was always an ardent supporter of plastic surgery, but I don’t imagine that she ever truly helped destigmatize plastic surgery procedures. The truth is, celebrities get work done. Lots of work. They often gloss over it, deny it or hide out until the bandages are off and the bruises have faded, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Why? When A-listers tweak their looks, it’s often a crime punishable by a mug shot or an accusatory before/after piece plastered across the web and the magazines at the checkout aisle. What’s the crime in fixing the things you don’t like? Why must the media admonish stars for doing so, while they simultaneously continue to set expectations of perfection from celebrities (and ourselves)? Frankly, this only leads to women feeling self-consciousness and inadequate. It also helps perpetuate the stigma surrounding wanting to change.
Luckily, there seems to be a shift in celebs bucking that trend. Recently, Iggy Azalea added herself to the growing list of young celebs that have talked openly about their plastic surgery, which also includes: Kourtney Kardashian, Ashlee Simpson, Ashley Tisdale, Dianna Agron, Trista Sutter, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Kelly Rowland, to name a few. Azalea copped to getting a boob job and loving it.
It’s pretty liberating when you realize some of those beautiful people that represent unattainable goals are just as flawed as we are. I’m not saying small boobs are a flaw. I’ve been rocking 34A’s for decades. I’m saying, celebs aren’t perfect… they too have things they’d like to change and it’s refreshing when they don’t feel the need to lie about it or have guilt over it.
Will this full disclosure trend make plastic surgery less of a gossip piece for rag mags and more of a “yeah, so”? I think it’s already making an impact. It’ll be nice when individuals can feel comfortable making a choice based on their personal desires, rather than the opinions of others.