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Are Doctored Bodies “The New Normal”?

Damani Eason

Recently, the rapper Young Baby Tate got criticized for showing off her body at the Afropunk music festival, which led to people leaving some not so nice comments on her Instagram post.

The outfit that Young Baby Tate wore, courtesy of Young Baby Tate Instagram

So, with her facing this criticism of her body,

it raises the question that: If we, as a society, continue to judge and critique people who have natural bodies then we will start to make them question whether they need surgery?

First of all, when it comes to the idea of getting any type of surgery done, whether it’s cosmetic or to fix something that’s wrong, you must look at the cost.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, “the average cost of a breast augmentation is about $4,516.”

The $4,516 that the American Society of Plastic Surgery is talking about is without paying for an anesthesiologist fee, hospital fees, medical test and even the possibility of paying a surgeon’s fee.

So, for example, say you’re one of those people that can afford to pay to have your breast done and now you’re ready to show them off to the world. Someone who isn’t fully physical developed and now want to get theirs done because of you. There has just now been a precedent set that you need to have your boobs done.

Examples of comments that were left on her page / courtesy of Young Baby Tate’s Instagram

Instagram fitness-influencer, Sia Cooper, spoke boldly about how social media has played a major presence in people getting work done.

“A lot of people do look through their newsfeeds and bring pictures to the plastic surgeon and say, ‘I want to look like this girl, I want boobs just like that,” she said.

This idea is further explained in a video segment by the Today show:

 Sia Cooper is speaking from her own experience with having a boob job that went terribly wrong.

Now, the sad thing that happens, is that we critique other people’s bodies so much that now, we don’t even know how to properly support the people who are happy with their body just the way they are.

That’s exactly what happened between Lizzo and Jillian Michaels.

When asked in an interview by Buzzfeed News’ “Am to DM”, if the former “Biggest Loser” trainer support Lizzo’s lifestyle, she said: “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Because it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes.”

Now, it’s almost as if we’re so used to people having these “natural bodies” that we can’t even properly support someone that has a natural body.

Then, the worst aspect of it all is getting the surgery done because you listened to what society said and a few years or decades later, you’re unhappy.

That is what happens to plenty of celebrities and normal people that get plastic surgery done.

Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest Kardashian sister, spoke candidly on the show about getting her breast done. However, she told Showbiz Spy in 2011 that, “If I could go back, I wouldn’t have had it done.”

It would be pointless to get a surgery that you are going to regret in a couple of years anyways.

Society needs to leave people like Young Baby Tate and Lizzo alone and allow them to show off and embrace their nature bodies.

The people that are judging them and are so concerned about their bodies should be worried about themselves.

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