We’ve all heard the stories. Girls who would do whatever it takes just to get their one big break… We explore why going under the knife is almost a pre-requisite in Hollywood!
Have they or haven’t they? That’s the biggest question we ask of aging Hollywood actresses who all seem to defy the mechanics of time and gravity. There are so many beauty treatments out there now and the temptation to nip and tuck we imagine gets harder and harder to resist. Last year, we all gawked when Renee Zellweger walked the red carpet for the first time in a long time and looked, well, rather different. Not herself. In fact, her looks had changed so drastically that some had trouble even recognising her. She, however, swears her drastic appearance change was simply a case of living a healthier lifestyle.
This year, Uma Thurman was also put under the spotlight when she too turned up at a red carpet event not quite looking like we remember. She too dismissed the speculation by hitting back that her makeup artist had used an experimental makeup method on her which nobody liked!
These plastic surgery speculations gained much traction in the media mainly because both Renee and Uma are A-listers. There are however, countless lesser known stars who have gone under the knife to turn the heads of the ever fickle Hollywood elites so they could get that Hollywood break they need to make it. We explore just why physical image altering is almost a pre-requisite to get ahead in Hollywood.
BEING PART OF THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
Halle Berry has recently come out and said that the temptation to go under the knife is strong even when someone as beautiful as her is constantly pressured into maintaining their looks. She has even likened those who push you to get surgery to crack pushers and says, “It is pressure. When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, ‘To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?’ I won’t lie and tell you that those things don’t cross my mind, because somebody is always suggesting it to me. ‘You know if you just did a little bit of this and that, lift this up, then this would be a little bit better.’ It’s almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That’s what I feel like.”
If Halle is feeling the heat then you can only imagine what us mere plebeians must feel when LA culture indoctrinates that being beautiful is the only way to get ahead. This is probably even more apparent when a dating website called BeautifulPeople.com has even got some of its users getting plastic surgery done just so they’d get accepted into the site.
On BeautifulPeople.com, new users are allowed to upload one photo. Then members of the site vote on whether the person in the photo looks gorgeous enough to stay or gets the boot. Women vote on men, and men vote on women. If your photo doesn’t get enough votes in the first 48 hours, you’re kicked off. One user named Tawnie Lynn said she was rejected the first time she tried to sign up, so she got a nose job. After going under the knife, Lynn said she uploaded another photo and was accepted.
FIX IT TO FIT IN
According to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2012, more than 76,000 surgical cosmetic procedures were performed on those between the ages of 13 and 19 and a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that 76% of plastic surgeons believe young adults opt for surgery as a result of being bullied and wanting to enhance their looks in order to fit in.
With the advent of reality TV and get-famous quick shows, it is no wonder that reality TV has become one of the biggest contributors to young people who have their eye on Hollywood or who want to make it in the entertainment industry to want plastic surgery. From Kim Kardashian to Jersey Shore’s JWoww, young reality TV stars are no strangers to plastic surgery and the ‘reality’ of it is that they’re influencing younger and younger girls to want the same for themselves. Reality TV makes it more accessible to the viewer and advocates the message that plastic surgery can somehow make you as popular as these overnight
Stars like Heidi Montag, who was one of the main characters on reality show The Hills have made it clear that plastic surgery was the go-to method for obtaining body and self-confidence. The star has confessed to being ‘obsessed’ with cosmetic surgery and has had over 10 procedures done. She admits, “I was made fun of when I was younger, and so I had insecurities, especially after I moved to L.A. People said I had a ‘Jay Leno chin’; they’d circle it on blogs and say nasty things. It bothered me. And when I watched myself on The Hills, my ears would be sticking out like Dumbo! I just wanted to feel more confident and look in the mirror and be like, ‘Whoa! That’s me!’ I was an ugly duckling before.”