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These are billboards I see every time I drive down the local highway. They no longer shock me.
When did it become become more beautiful to have obvious plastic surgery (as noted by the plastic, frigid or inflated face that many celebs and socialites sport) than sagginess and wrinkles? Many of these women are under 40. Wasn't the point of having plastic surgery to look younger naturally? Apparently that memo got lost a decade or so ago. Do you still feel shock when you see these women?
I didn't bat an eye flipping through People magazine while I was on the treadmill at the gym last night.
Growing up we used to laugh at those women who looked like Joan Rivers. When did we stop laughing and want to be more like them?
Is it because plastic surgery has become a status symbol among the elite? A race to see who can turn the clock back the longest even when they've long since gone past the point of looking "natural"? Is it about who has the money to have the most procedures? Or is it deeper than that? A need to control something so out of our control-the fact that we are all aging every second of every day.
I used to think these women were deluding themselves. After all, their hands gave them away every time?
Or so I thought. Now you can apparently even get a hand lift.
That shocked me.
Recently, I read an article that said you should not use the terms "exercise" or "diet" with your children but more positive terms such as "healthy eating" and "physical activity". This is to counter the upward trend of eating disorders and unhealthy images among tweens and teens. Shocking? I thought so.
My closet and drawers are filled with push-up bras, slimming underwear, figure enhancing jeans, and the list goes on. At the gym last night my eye caught sight of a flyer for small group personal training, something new the gym is offering. I stopped and read the flyer. Baby #3 isn't even here yet and I have found myself already thinking about my post-baby body.
Where do we draw the line? Where do you draw the line?
I always saw plastic surgery as something limited to Hollywood but the reality is it isn't, not anymore.
This morning I called Emily "Princess Emily" because she had a blanket wrapped around her like a robe and a crown on her head. She looked at me and said, "I'm not a princess. I Emily". I hope she takes pride in that fact always and that she always sees herself as beautiful when she looks in the mirror because she is just as beautiful on the inside. Hopefully, others will look to see it to.
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