Stop at any newsstand in America and you’re almost guaranteed to find countless magazine covers plastered with the ample curves of today’s hottest celebrities. Even the more mainstream magazines—notorious for their promotion of the Eurocentric ideal of beauty–are no longer exclusively interested in the waif figure.
Personalities like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have graced the covers of the world’s most coveted fashion magazines and designers are lining the block to drape their most expensive designs on the likes of these women. You could argue that their star power has reached supernova status and for that reason, designers see dollar signs despite the body type. Whatever the case, these magazines and designers have given women with showstopping figures a platform to showcase themselves to world.
That being said, is there a new standard of beauty being set? Or at the very least creating room for flexibility as it pertains to what is beautiful?
In this age of technology and instant gratification, plastic surgery in order to achieve one’s desired idea of beauty seems to be more popular–and more accepted–than ever. In the past, plastic surgery was something you did behind closed doors and vowed to never speak of again. Mainly, because such actions were seen as affirmation of one’s physical inferiority and an opportunity to forever be placed in the “ugly box”.
However, more and more celebrities are admitting to going under the knife and for reasons beyond mere physical insecurities. One such celebrity is Kelly Rowland. After her recent breasts implants she was quoted as saying, “the thing is, I felt that I couldn’t lie, and I felt like I didn’t have to lie, because now it’s like going to get your teeth cleaned!” As for the reason why she opted to undergo plastic surgery, she stated, “I was sick of not fitting into my tops. …I had a bathing suit that I loved for so long that I put to the side because I thought, ‘I’m never going to be able to wear this.’ But when I put it on [after the surgery], I probably sashayed around my room the whole morning. I put it on and I looked so good! I’m so happy. I feel complete.”
Well, Kelly is right about one thing: she does look good! But it begs the question, “Is fashion worth the altering of your physical appearance?” Maybe it’s because the way we look in clothes evokes feeling and when those feelings are negative, they give way to insecurities. But do you think clothes are a valid reason to undergo plastic surgery?