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Ethnicity and Plastic Surgery

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February 20, 2011

An article of interest recently published in the New York Times notes the growing tendency of women of various ethnicities to seek out plastic surgery. Roughly 5% of Asians underwent cosmetic surgery and 3% of Latinos in 2009.

Earlier in the 20th century, European immigrants would seek out nose jobs and Irish immigrants had ears pinned back – all in an effort to look “more American”, however, this trend has changed.

Now, women do not feel the need to assimilate, or obscure their ethnicity in the same way. They are proud of their culture and heritage – they want to look beautiful within that culture.

Some of the trends:
– women from the Middle East seek out nose jobs
– Russian and eastern European women seek out breast implants
– Latinos want butt lifts because they feel they are defined by their curves
– Asians want double-eyelid surgery (to make eyes appear bigger), as well as enhanced earlobe (bigger the earlobes, the more prosperous you are) and upturned noses turned down (so fortune will not spill out)
– Italian women want knees reshaped (no kidding – Italian women wear a lot of skirts and have to have younger-looking knees)

What do you think about women (there are some men, but few) seeking out so much invasive surgery? Is it an acceptable means of creating beauty in the modern world? Or is it a sign of insecurity in a beauty-obsessed world?

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