Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Cosmetic Surgery / Role Model Argument

There's something I've been thinking about for a while now, and feel the need to discuss. On Celebrity Big Brother recently, the housemates were asked, during to ask, to discuss whether or not people who have cosmetic surgery are good role models or not.

I object to this question. I think it's the wrong thing to ask. Of course, it's Celebrity Big Brother, so with housemates such as Alicia Douvall, Katie Price, Michelle Visage and Cami Li, who have all had cosmetic surgery, and Katie Hopkins who had previously made comments about Alicia's appearance, it was all to cause arguments and TV. A good debate is not what they were after, but instead for people to get wound up.

But who says a person who has cosmetic surgery - whether they are in the public eye or not - should be a role model at all? I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure when a person decides to have surgery to change their appearance, whatever their reasons, they're not really thinking about whether they'll be a good  or bad role model. It's a personal choice. It's their choice, and I don't think we should be laying blame at their doors for low self-esteem and self-confidence in some young men and women, or whatever it is we're blaming them for by considering them bad role models.

For context's sake, I have not had cosmetic surgery, nor do I imagine I will, unless it was for medical reasons. As far as I'm aware, nor do I know anyone who has had plastic surgery. So I'm not coming at this as someone who is a fan or for cosmetic surgery, I'm kind of neutral on the topic. My only thoughts are worries about the possible self-esteem issues of those who have surgery, but that's a conversation to have with individuals who would allow me, rather than a "preachy" blog post.

I just think it's wrong that we think it's any of our business to comment one way or the other on what a person chooses to do with their bodies. Look how we all started criticising Renée Zellweger when those photos appeared last year and people were talking about her alleged surgery. I'll put my hands up and say I myself made some comments I shouldn't have, until I saw a Tweet that has made me view those who choose to have surgery differently.

At the end of the day, I know that how I look, how I present myself and what I choose to do with my body was my business alone. That's what we all think, right? Maybe we should start thinking the same about others, as well as ourselves.

Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice, and it's not our business or place to comment on other people's bodies.

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