Beauty and Plastic Surgery

As a little reminder of my second brief post, for the Visual Communications module we are currently completing we have to pick a number of words to portray visually. These words are the following:

Energy, Illusion, Metamorphosis, Isolation, Depression, Transition, 

Texture, Nostalgia, Seduction, Decay, Tranquillity, Beauty, Contrast, 

Phobia, Euphoria.

If you would like to revisit the brief post, click the link below ^.^

Visual Communications Brief

To kick this brief off, I have decided to choose one word to focus on for now. The word I have chosen is “beauty”.
So, what is beauty? By definition of the english dictionary beauty is:

noun: beauty; plural noun: beauties
  1. 1.
    a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.
    “I was struck by her beauty”
    • a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect.
      “the artistry and beauty of football”
      denoting something intended to make someone more attractive.
    • modifier noun: beauty
      “beauty treatment”
  2. 2.
    a beautiful or pleasing thing or person, in particular:
    • a beautiful woman.
      “a blonde beauty”
    • an excellent example of something.
      “the fish was a beauty, around 14 pounds”
    • the pleasing or attractive features of (something).
      “the beauties of the English countryside”
    • the best aspect or advantage of something.
      the beauty of keeping cats is that they don’t tie you down”
It is pretty clear to me that beauty is a term used for something visually pleasing, particular people. I would like to focus on the human aspect of beauty, but there is a lot more depth to this than a pretty face. What lengths do people go to for the ‘perfect face’? What drives them to look a certain way? What is perfect?
Something that immediately comes to my mind when people talk about beauty is the media and how they portray beauty in women, there are all kinds of stories about people who go to extreme lengths to look like the waif thin, symmetrical faced models in vogue. These extreme lengths include things such as starvation, anorexia, bulimia, plastic surgery, botox, fillers and much more.
The media’s portrayal of beauty has a huge effect on how women see themselves and because it is something we see everyday on magazines, tv and advertisements, it is hard to ignore this standard of ‘beauty’.
So what I’m trying to say is that women are going to ridiculous lengths to get their desired face or body, even when others see them as beautiful for who they are and who they were born as, it is never enough and there is always something they would like to fill or chisel away under the knife. Many ‘beautifying’ procedures cause permanent damage to people, to mention the money this costs!Some examples of before and after facial plastic surgery are below:
20131202_underbitesurgeryjaw-and-dental-plastic-surgery-1 that really caught my eye when looking at plastic surgeries was the extremities people go to, particularly in countries such as South Korea where plastic surgery is so intense, people need new ID’s. Yes, the girls above are the same person, they were all on a popular South Korean TV show called “Let Me In”. This show takes a young man/woman (or in one case, twins) who has facial deformities or simply deems themselves ‘ugly’, then gives them a full plastic surgery makeover, the show is in partnership with ID hospital Korea. The girl on the right (Huh, Ye-Eun) had a total of 4 surgeries on the show and now looks like an entirely different person, I think it’s not too hard to believe that South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgeries per capita.
It seems to me that girls are abandoning their own identities in the pursuit of beauty, not caring they they bare little or no resemblance to the person they were born as and certainly not paying attention to what is really beautiful on the inside.
I have researched into beauty and come to the conclusion that I shall be putting a twist on ‘beauty’ and looking at the mentality behind it, focusing on the point that no matter how beautiful a person is, there is always someone who will point out their flaws and something that can be ‘corrected’.
In the next post I shall be showing my research and development for the word “Beauty”.

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