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Friday, July 15, 2011

Perfection... Attainable?

Has anyone heard of the show called Bridalplasty?? It's a reality show that aired last year on the E! Network. The premise? Women competed to win their dream wedding and, along the way, plastic surgery procedures on their wish list.

I watched one episode and is it just me or does this seem insane? I think this show was taking advantage of these women who already felt insecure about themselves and were under the pressure that most brides face when they are planning their "perfect" wedding. The idea that without this show they couldn't achieve a perfect wedding nor will they be perfect themselves was bandied about so much it made me sick.

I really don't have any problems with plastic surgery as long as you are doing it for yourself, have thought long and hard about and aren't going overboard with it. This show presented a buffet of plastic surgeries and I'll explain what I mean by that. You know when you cook for yourself or go to a regular restaurant you tend to eat a smaller portion. You'll have an appetizer (maybe), an entree, and dessert (again maybe). However, when you go to a buffet there's always a feeling like you have to get your money's worth. There's also so many choices that you can't make up your mind and then you pick a little of everything. No wonder you leave feeling like you are about to burst.  It's the same on this show.  There are free plastic surgeries up for grabs.  Because you don't have to shell out for it yourself, you may consider doing surgeries that you wouldn't have before.  There's also peer pressure.  You see other women focusing on their problem areas.  You may have been insecure about your nose and only your nose but seeing other women talk about their breasts you may consider breast augmentation as well.  I mean why not?  It's free right?  Now are you seeing my point?!

This reality TV show just highlights the message that outer perfection is attainable only through surgery and a lot of money, that you need to look perfect ESPECIALLY on your wedding day.  There should have been a therapist on this show because clearly these women have issues.  Didn't they think that their fianc├ęs and husbands at home must already love them and how they look and that is why they proposed/married them?  Let's not even begin the conversation that their partners are not included in their decision to alter their bodies.  What if their partners don't like the changes that were made?  Is it fair that they essentially pulled a bait and switch?  Here you are, you proposed or married someone then one day BAM they look totally different from the original.  

I just hope that at the end of the show these women ended up being truly happy with themselves and not regretting their impulsive and permanent decision.  I also hope their partners were able to live with the "end product" and that it didn't change their relationship.

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