Get Plastic Surgery…Because You’ve ‘Earned’ It. Say What?
Reading XiaXue Left Me Banging My Head On My Desk
I’ll admit it. Sometimes I read the fashion blog penned by the infamous, unbelievably popular, Singaporean ingenue, XiaXue. Reading her blog was hard at first, but, with enough concentration, I could ignore the author’s bleached blonde hair, baby-blue contacts and unnaturally pale skin (all visible thanks to the huge self-portrait that adorns her site’s banner) and actually pay attention to its content. Occasionally, the content is useful. For example, XiaXue’s in-depth breakdown of how to use Invisalign, or her critical reviews of how certain skin care products may not be all that they’re cracked up to be were well done. But, after reading her article “Pysche of a Plastic,” my room was filled with the sound of my head repeatedly hitting the desk in front of me.
‘Earning’ Plastic Surgery
In this blog post, XiaXue gets as down-to-earth and as brutally honest as she can possibly get about what it means to be a person who gets a lot of plastic surgery. And, I mean a lot! According to the knife-loving blogger, plastic surgery is merely permanent makeup and is not that big of a deal. She doesn’t go under the knife because she’s cripplingly insecure, rather she does it because it’s a hobby. I guess the best thing I can say about this post is that XiaXue doesn’t pretend that she was born with her plastic looks, and she disses on other “plastic” people who deny that they have been under the knife. But then, XiaXue suggests to her readers that it’s more fair for people to buy their perfect looks via plastic surgery than it is for them to be born with them. You see, in her world those who were born naturally beautiful didn’t do anything to “earn” their good looks.
Yeah. I too said “WTF?!”
This time she has gone too far. According XiaXue’s reasoning, those who get plastic surgery can be proud of themselves because they “earned” these looks (by paying in pain and cash), and damn those lazy, good-looking bastards whose good looks came to them naturally via good genes. This type of inane reasoning will do nothing but further the plastic surgery craze that is already on the rampage (consider that in Korea, 1 out of 10 adults has undergone some type of cosmetic procedure). People, there is a reason why synthetic diamonds are not as precious, coveted or as costly as real ones. Please don’t make a mockery of nature and its power to create true beauty simply because you’re bitter that someone else was born with what you were not. Furthermore, let’s drop the “fairness” shit when trying to justify getting cosmetic surgery. The last time I checked, life isn’t, never was and never will be what a vast majority of humanity considers to be “fair.”
Don’t Judge Me Because I’m Insipid & Promote Low Self Esteem
XiaXue goes on to say that it’s BS that ugly people can get plastic surgery and society accepts this practice, but that when a pretty or normal looking person undergoes plastic surgery to improve on their already reasonable good looks, people scoff and judge them as being vain. Well, of course they do. Hasn’t she ever heard of the phrase, “Don’t fix what ain’t broken”? Whether we want to admit it or not, the facts of each individual’s story changes how “acceptable” society finds their actions. If someone is horribly scarred and needs facial or body reconstruction in order to function normally in society, that’s a totally different story from a girl who chooses to get a double eyelid surgery because she doesn’t want to look too “ethnic.” One is a damn near necessity, and the other is a “just because I can” binge. Unless you can find a way to tell me that the Japanese pop sensation Ayumi Hamasaki improved the quality of her life by making her eyes bigger than saucers, you’re just not going to convince me to feel that she “deserved” or “earned” this procedure.
And please, let’s not begin to suggest that XiaXue is just encouraging people to improve their self esteem by condoning the buying of “perfect looks.” All the plastic surgery in the world will never fix a poor self-image, because, as far as I know, there is no surgery to “quick fix” matters of the heart. The fact that it’s actually encouraged for young women in Korea to get plastic surgery because it’s “normal,” and that these women feel they’ll never be successful or marry well without going under the knife is simply messed up. If all we have to do is “work hard and buy perfection,” where’s the impetus for us to discover our inner beauty?
I guess in the world of the XiaXues the catch phrase of the times would be, “Maybe she’s born with it; but more likely she bought that shit.”