Bridalplasty and the Ongoing Obsession with “Perfection”

January 6, 2011 at 7:27 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 9 Comments
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Bridalplasty is just the latest TV sensation that highlights Americans’ obsession with paying for perfection.  A guilty pleasure for reality TV lovers, the show highlights women vying for a chance for their perfect wedding — complete with a new face, or whatever other bodily imperfection they see fit to fix.  The idea of the show is just insane and rightfully controversial, which makes for great TV.  People love train wrecks.  But the premise of the show, at its core, channels women’s insecurities just as many shows, ads, magazines, movies, and products have done before.

When I was in high school, there were a handful of girls getting the “deviated septums fixed” and beyond high school I’ve seen many a boob job.  While I have not gone so far as to surgically change my appearance, like all girls, I wanted: a smaller tummy, thinner thighs, bigger boobs, a smaller nose.  But I honestly never thought about getting surgery. I knew it wasn’t in the cards financially, for one thing, and for another, who knew if I’d be happy with the results.  I was reminded of this when I read an article on AOL earlier this week about a girl’s twice failed attempts at getting her nose fixed.  Does changing your nose really change who you are?

I am definitely not above paying for perfection. I won’t front.  When I was in high school, I got electrolysis done on my upper lip every week for several months, insecure about dark hair and light skin.  Electrolysis is not a cheap or pain free procedure, but it sure beat being called “Mustache girl,” (not that I ever got called that, not to my face at least).  The truth is, most people probably didn’t even notice my peach fuzz, but I did, and in order to walk around with my head held high and strut my stuff, I felt the need to get this done.  I just happen to draw the line at cutting my body open and stuffing plastic into it just to make something bigger or smaller.

As of today, the only procedure I would consider is laser eye surgery (which I’ve blogged about before — not senile yet) and that’s really more out of convenience, though I would be more confident not relying on contact lenses (what if there is some sort of natural disaster and I’m without my contacts?  I won’t be able to see anything forever!).  When I’m older and gravity takes over, maybe I’ll change my mind…

We can’t change the media, and we can’t change what sells.  It’s the human condition. But in the words of TLC:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make-up that mac can make
But if you can’t look inside you
Find out who am i, too
Be in a position to make me feel so damn unpretty

RIP Left Eye (4/25/02)

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