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Ageing and the 'beauty paradox'

By November 14, 2011 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Attractive actresses rallying against plastic surgery may be doing as much harm as good, argues Vivian Diller.

News about the formation of an “anti-cosmetic surgery league” in the UK earlier this year probably made most women of a certain age smile – at least those whose un-Botoxed faces still allowed them that expression.

How inspiring it was to read that Kate Winslet had enlisted her British pals Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz to the cause. Winslet told the UK’s Daily Telegraph, “[Cosmetic surgery] goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty.” Weisz agreed, saying, “People who look too perfect don’t look sexy or particularly beautiful.” Thompson, the eldest of the three, added, “We’re in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60.”…

With women being so self-critical anyway, they just do not need more to feel bad about. “Immoral” is a strong word, and women who choose to improve their appearance already feel conflicted. They hear “50 is the new 40”, and if they don’t look and feel that way, they are told to “reinvent, revitalise and rejuvenate”. What follows for most women is ambivalence, a collision of values I call the “beauty paradox”. Do we focus on our bodies and faces because it will make us feel better or because we are victims of the anti-ageing craze? Are we choosing to look younger than our years to stay competitive …dental implant London
Plastic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic dental London procedures arose because they promised “simple” solutions to women’s complicated fears of ageing. They were viewed as hope in a jar, magic in a needle, transformation by scalpel, especially as they became more refined and easily accessible. ..

But is an anti-cosmetic surgery league the best antidote to a youth-obsessed culture gone wild? Need we condemn women who opt for dermatological or cosmetic procedures if they chose them to feel better about themselves? Do these famous – and gorgeous – celebrities need be so sanctimonious about it all?..

Let’s support this important movement and all that it stands for. But, most of all, let’s support women who stand for the freedom to choose….Read more

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