We are constantly bombarded with images from the media to tell us what is beautiful, what is popular, what to buy, and it shapes how we see ourselves and our surroundings. You might think to yourself when looking in the mirror, only if my nose was a little smaller, only if my jaw line was more defined, only if I could have a better shaped mid-section, only if my behind was more like Kim Kardashian, then I would look good. If you let it get the better of you, you may even find yourself extremely self conscious and with low self esteem.
Its one thing to get the latest in beauty products and clothes, but what we should not do, is to go to the extremes of plastic surgery to achieve what we think is beautiful, or to become anorexic or bulimic to attain a certain weight or body image.
Plastic surgery is an ever increasing trend worldwide. The demand for plastic surgery in Saudi Arabia has increased ten fold in recent years. The majority of the work is done on women, however, many men are increasingly going under the knife as well. The most popular procedures are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), and breast enlargements. People are even going to the extent of applying for loans to pay for procedures that are not necessary, such as procedures to make you have similar features to famous actors, actresses and musicians.
Why is plastic surgery an increasing trend? Are there deeper issues and emotions behind the reasons to go under the knife? Have we become so obsessed with perfection?
The images of celebrities we see on T.V, online and in the magazines are almost always photoshopped, with the help of additional lighting and the result of personal trainers, stylists, make-up artists and hair stylists. These images that we see seem perfect, but most of these people in the images do not actually look like that in real life and especially so when they wake up in the mornings.
We need to remember that we are beautiful as is. No one is perfect! Each one of us is unique, our beauty and value is derived from who we are as people, not how we look, what language we speak, whether we are carrying a “Guess” or “Prada” purse, or if we are rich or poor. Our beauty and value comes from the content of our characters.
So always remember that you are beautiful, you have great value and if you could be anyone is this world, you should be you!
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