Beauty shouldn’t come from a knife

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By Kristin Beal – Opinion Editor

Halloween is less than a week away now. Every time I turn on the TV, a ghost hunting show or a horror movie is on. All the haunted houses are hitting their strides, and spooky costumes and decorations greet me every time I walk into a department store.

However, despite all the horror surrounding me at this moment in time, nothing was as frightening to me as opening up this week’s issue of People magazine and staring at Heidi Montag’s plastic face.

That was truly cringe-worthy.

For those of you who may not know the full story, Montag is a reality TV star who underwent ten plastic surgeries in one day last year. She took it to the extreme, from breast implants to liposuction to even getting her ears pinned back.

Back when she got her surgeries, she defended her decision by saying she just wanted to feel comfortable in her own skin, that everyone wanted to feel attractive and that no one should judge her for wanting to rid herself of her insecurities.

If you haven’t seen what Montag looked like pre-surgery, I recommend you do a little Google search. I may not be a fan of her or her reality show career, but it’s hard not to admit that she was absolutely gorgeous. I know plenty of girls that strive to look like she did.

In this week’s issue of People magazine, however, she claims to regret everything.

“I will never have surgery again,” Montag said.

Granted, she goes on to say that while she still loves her new face and body, it’s too dangerous for her to go back under the knife. I applaud her for swearing off any more surgeries, because she’s right. Cosmetic surgery is dangerous – it runs the risk of death due to complications and a surgery gone wrong. It’s a real problem that has taken the life of people such as Donda West, Kanye West’s mother.

However, Montag’s damage had already been done, not just to herself, but to every young and impressionable reader who has read her story and seen her transformation.

She’s not the first celebrity and she won’t be the last to go under the knife to correct “imperfections.” The message that this sends out to the impressionable is this: if you feel imperfect, then it’s OK to change your body.

Montag claims she was bullied as a child, and when she moved to Hollywood she was ridiculed even more for her features. Given all of the recent issues with bullying happening across the nation, it’s obvious that bullying and  rude opinions are part of the problem when it comes to cosmetic surgery. After all, if no one ever told you what they thought was wrong with your body, why would you ever think you’d need to fix it?

There is no such thing as perfection, even after ten cosmetic surgeries. I don’t want to get religious here, but I also believe that God or the Creator or whoever you believe in doesn’t make mistakes. I don’t think He plans to give people crooked noses or small breasts or larger ears and then laughs about how ugly it will look.

The point is that we’re all unique. We all have something different from everyone else, and our differences should be celebrated, not corrected. That’s where true beauty lies.

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