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29th October 2014

Silicon Robots

Perisha Kudhail cuts into the world of cosmetic surgery

With cosmetic surgery becoming more and more of an accepted practice, does this mean the future of unique bodies will soon cease to exist?

A scary thought, I know. From Heidi Pratt’s well-publicised transformation to Nicki Minaj’s butt implants, perhaps the future of the body will be perfection, or rather the conception of it that is created by the media. Clearly, questionable methods of how to achieve the ‘designer body’ are being considered by celebrities and VIPs alike. However we have to ask ourselves if a silicon robot-ridden society could ever be a reality?

Alongside the horrendous amounts of money paid to look ‘bootylicious’, I am sure the idea of looking like an action figure does not appeal to the average person walking down the street. As students, I would question that cosmetic surgery is at the top of our wish list for the future. But with more young people affected by body image than ever before, it would not be a surprise if the younger generation made cosmetic surgery the next YOLO trend. With speculations that teenage reality star Kylie Jenner has had her lips plumped, for example, impressionable teenagers could well be influenced into going under the knife in a quest for perfection.

With the fear that procedures such as face lifts and fillers might be the next items on a women’s make-up list, celebrities like Beyoncé assure us that natural beauty is perfect. Her songs promote strength in other ways, reassuring us we are all ‘flawless’. On the flip side, Renée Zellweger, who recently came under media fire for her ‘new face’, maintains that when it comes to physical appearance, what matters is your own happiness; other people’s preconceptions of surgery do not matter at all. With such a divide in the celebrity world about cosmetic surgery it seems highly unlikely that society will ever be 100 per cent pro-plastic surgery. However, with successful results of cosmetic surgery becoming more prominent, could people be swayed?

Is cosmetic surgery a sad reflection of the society we live in? Or is it merely a means of boosting your confidence in your own skin? Tweet us at @mancunionfash and let us know!

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