Plastic surgery has been around for decades upon decades but why does it seem to be such a phenomenon in today’s society? Well for starters the pressure to look ‘perfect’ has reached a whole new level due to social media. Women around the world are constantly being shoved with images of women with ‘perfect’ hourglass figures. The more we see these images, the more we question, should I look like that? What about all the other women that don’t have the popular hourglass figure? Are we not beautiful? Well, I’m here to tell you that you are! Women come in different shapes and sizes and we should all feel beautiful with or without plastic surgery!
The aim of this post is certainly not to bash anyone who has plastic surgery or desires to have plastic surgery but to raise awareness of the deception within the media and to remind you that you are beautiful as you are!
Huge platforms such as Instagram have the biggest influence on women in our time, you can start a whole career simply with an Instagram account. Instagram models advertise a product such as flat tummy tea or doing 100 squats a day, deceiving women, particularly, young girls into believing this is how they will achieve the body they see on the model. This is hugely deceptive and can have dire consequences on young girls who have insecurities, eating disorders and mental health disorders. Often these models have had surgical procedures to achieve the desired figure which consists of large lips, wide hips, an enhanced large butt, a tiny waist and large perky breasts. Misinforming the public that achieving a certain appearance is as simple as drinking a tea and squatting which convinces women that there must be something wrong with them. This simply is not the case! The likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner who are considered ‘perfect ‘in the eyes of the media have had several procedures such as lip fillers, Brazilian butt lifts, liposuction and the removal of ribs. I think these women are both beautiful and I admire their business acumen, but it is important for women to be aware that the bodies they have are unnatural so should not be compared to natural bodies.
It is also important to be aware of the modifications made to pictures. With technology expanding rapidly, apps to photoshop your body are readily available to anyone with a smartphone! Everything is really not what it seems. Popular fashion brands such as Fashion nova have been caught out using photoshop to alter the bodies of the models. This makes normal women with normal bodies feel as though in order to be a ‘nova babe’ they have to have the coke bottle figure, leading women to plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can be beneficial to many women who want to improve their appearance for themselves, but many young girls have not reached a level of self-confidence to make an informed decision but are heavily influenced by the media and are not fully aware of the implications of the procedures.
I believe we all have a responsibility to help each other feel good and many influences in the media are socially irresponsible in the content they choose to post without disclaimers. We should all be free to do as we wish to our bodies but still be consciously aware of the effects it has on the women around us.
On a more positive note, there are many ways to improve your appearance and feel great about yourself. Fitness is a great way to tone up and feel great about you! It may take more time to achieve your dream body but enjoy the process and take that time to learn to embrace and love the body you’re in!
Contributed by: Mayfield Ngondonga Blogger @ Unsuccessfully Cliche