Break My Nose and Make Me Pretty: Why I Said No to Plastic Surgery

Paul Appleyard

By Z Zoccolante The doctor holds his finger against the bridge of my nose, covering the small bump. In the mirror, my profile looms. Little fairies jump on a trampoline in my belly. Black Sharpie lines conjoin in a fractured map along my nose, outlining the nose I've always wanted. I am sixteen and time spills before me like a … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Asians Get Eyelid Surgery

Julie Chen before and after her "Westernizing" plastic surgeries.

by Min Lee Here’s a trivia question for you: Which country has the highest rate of plastic surgery? Think it’s the US? Nope. Russia? Guess again. Give up? It’s South Korea. Among women ages 19-49, the most popular procedure is eyelid surgery where excess skin is reduced on the upper lid to create a more prominent double … [Read more...]

Becoming Chaz: The Making of Masculinity

Becoming Chaz

by Kalil  Cohen Chaz Bono's body has been a focus of media attention for the past five years, from when he publicly came out as transgender in 2009 to his latest highly publicized weight loss efforts featured on the reality show The Doctors. Throughout this time, he’s been both the subject and object of media coverage. As an … [Read more...]

Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

Angela Bassett (right) playing Tina Turner (left)

By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]

Mama Needs a New Vag? Plastic Surgery Trend Preys on Post-Pregnancy Vulnerability

Uterus Art by Hey Paul Studios

By Ashley-Michelle Papon If you’re not familiar with Brandi Glanville, consider yourself lucky. The one-time model and current star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” rose to a mediocre level of celebrity as the woman scorned by established B-lister Eddie Cibrian. In 2008, Cibrian, after nine years of marriage, jilted … [Read more...]

Ironing Out The Wrinkles of Wanting Plastic Surgery

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by Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor "You look different but I'm not sure what it is," I prod my Argentine friend Marcela. "Botox," she says with a smile. "Now I know why your eyes look bigger." "Oh really? Great!" "Where did they inject it?" "I had my eyes and forehead done. Looks good, no?" she says running her … [Read more...]

Are You an Ugly or a Pretty? Technology, Nature, and Beauty in Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies”

Uglies

By Sayantani DasGupta What if everyone was beautiful? No, I don’t mean inner beauty, prettiness that shines from the inside out. I mean, wide eyes, perfect noses, proportionate bodies, and symmetrical faces. The same approximate height, weight, skin color? Could making everyone look the same even the social and economic playing … [Read more...]

You’re So Perfect…Except for Your Boobs

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By Melanie Klein "Look! I married you a certain way! I like women who look a certain way! It's my right to like women who look a certain way and I shouldn't have to spend the rest of my life not being happy," Brad exclaimed. The retort from my friend Jasmine's husband was a reaction to her staunch refusal to get 'another … [Read more...]

Terrifying Trend: Models and Mini-Liposuction

The size 2 model who sought mini-lipo featured on The Today Show

By Valerie Kusler Earlier this week, in my half-asleep daze, I flipped on the Today Show for background noise while getting ready for work. When I heard Matt Lauer introduce one of the segments, I stopped in my tracks, turned up the volume, and braced myself. “Why are thin, fit women getting liposuction?” he inquired. Oh boy. … [Read more...]

Plastic Wrap–Turning Against Cosmetic Surgery

by jassy165

  Trend Line is Clear: Decline since 2004 By Margaret Morganroth Gullette It was a shock to find after I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from the side of my nose that I needed cosmetic surgery. I trusted my surgeon, and I trust she did as good a job as she could. But as I feared, the repair didn’t go well: the … [Read more...]