This headline caught my attention a couple of days back and I have been pondering over it ever since. 12 plastic surgeries ? And a young man all of 22 dies because of complications resulting from these surgeries :(:(.
Many years back I had watched an Oprah Winfrey show where people who have got plastic surgery done spoke about why they did it. One lady was beautiful to begin with, but was not satisfied with the shape of her lips or her nose and she had undergone 26 plastic surgeries to correct different parts of her body !
She was just 28…. and watch this short clip below. There is a before and after pic of hers and you will notice that she is truly beautiful and didn’t have to change a thing.
But I don’t want to just dismiss this plastic surgery addiction as vanity. Any addiction has genetics behind it and it has to be treated just like a flu or cancer or any disease. It’s not about will power or the unwillingness of the person to step out of his/her addiction.
This particular headline about the Canadian actor Saint Von Collucci caught my attention because he was just a young man of 22 and it was about getting to look like a Korean star Jimin for a TV series. Couldn’t makeup do the trick ? rather than going under the knife. Nothing can be more important than staying alive, that too for one so young.
The reason I am posting about this is because we need to take a good hard look at the kind of pressures our young folk face today. I don’t think either their parents or the education system is preparing them for these pressures. Just a couple of days back a friend of mine and I were discussing about mentoring young 18 to 20 year old girl students.
My friend mentioned the fact that when he mentored a set of young undergrad students from financially challenged backgrounds, their biggest fear was about how they looks. He also mentioned that their classmates would tease them about this. Am thinking back to my younger days …. yes I was far more concerned about the zits on my face than I am right now, but no one teased me about how I looked.
There seems to be a lot more pressure on everyone to look a certain way and no coping mechanism if they don’t match up :(. Especially TV and movie stars go in for all kinds of treatment that keeps them looking a certain way. Too high a price to pay and no one can stop the aging process anyway.
All I can say to the youth of today – unless you have a major aberration that makes you look terrible (in your assessment), just focus on being healthy. If everyone looked the same then what’s the fun. We all look different and that’s the beauty of nature. And what someone else thinks of you doesn’t make you any lesser or uglier. So just chill and take it easy …