No Changes: Loving Our Boobs, Lips & Hips
Coming from a family of women with particularly large boobs, not finding much going on there is kind of a downer. Also, feeling like I don’t have a cute-as-a-button nose doesn’t help my self-esteem either. But as a pre-teen, never did it cross my mind that I could fix my flaws. As far as I knew, girls back then were never presented with a solution for their “imperfections.” We just got lost in a daydream that one day a guy would look past what was “wrong with us.”
When I was 13-15, the story about Kylie Jenner, the 18-year-old baby of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, and whether she had lip injections didn’t exist. For all I know, Kylie was focused on collecting Silly Bandz like the rest of us. But now things have changed. Considering plastic surgery before even hitting puberty has caused many debates about whether this is wise. The fact that my 9-year-old sister might feel she can easily change anything on her body she doesn’t like is frightening and completely degrading. In my eyes (and hopefully in my sister’s eyes) she is perfect the way she is.
It helps that our parents aren’t like those parents that gift their daughters with double D’s for their 16th birthday. Unfortunately, there are many adults who think this is OK. In 2013, American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics showed about 63,623 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on youth age 13 to 19 years old.
But in my view, there is no way girls should be given the choice to get cosmetic surgery. Instead, they should be given the time to think such a drastic decision through; they should be given the chance to embrace and love their imperfections before they actually start keeping up with the Kardashians.
By: Laura Flores, Columbia College Chicago