Is Hollywood a Driving Force for the Plastic Surgery Industry?
Kitty is Jennifer Lawrence’s biggest fan, so much so that she spent $25,000 in plastic surgery procedures in attempt to become a spitting image of the ‘’American Hustle’’ star. Jennifer Lawrence’s stunning features, personality and self-esteem are what inspired the 30 year-old Texan to become just like her.
Kitty abandoned her dog training business and family for 4 weeks to undergo this drastic transformation at the First Surgical Hospital in Houston. “I am a strong woman,” she said. “I am in charge of how I look and I can change that and then change that again if I want.” Her plastic surgeon, Franklin Rose, took special care to ensure that her eyes, nose and mouth all resembled that of Jennifer Lawrence. Rose said patients often bring him pictures of famous celebrities and request the alteration of a specific body part. “Patients come in wanting to have lips like Angelina Jolie, breasts like Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox,” he said.
Is it mentally healthy for these young women to go under the knife to look like a Hollywood superstar? Dr. Rose said some of his patient’s requests were so extreme that he had to refuse to operate on them. Kitty’s plastic surgery procedures total to a massive cost of $25,000—excluding the discount the doctor gave her for making a television appearance. The procedure consisted of rhinoplasty, fat grafts, breast augmentation and liposuction. After a 6 hour operation and several weeks of recovery, Kitty walked out of the hospital feeling like a million bucks.
Kitty says that before plastic surgery, people always told her she looks like Jennifer Lawrence, now more than ever. Her reason for getting the plastic surgery was not only because she admired the ‘’Hunger Games’’ star, but she also wished to regain the confidence lost after having her first child. Since the plastic surgery, Kitty’s confidence and self-esteem has skyrocketed and despite the expensive cost, she is happy with her decision. “Of course I look like Jennifer Lawrence,” she said. “I thought I had a resemblance to Jennifer Lawrence before my surgery and now I think after, my features are more refined to where they resemble her more.”
Strong Celebrity Influence
Kitty is not the only patient who went under the knife with a celebrity in mind. 43 year-old Rosie had fat grafting done to look like actress Michelle Rodriquez. The plastic surgery industry continues to thrive thanks to celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence, whom women strive to be like from a very young age. This is partly due to the fact that celebrities themselves undergo countless plastic surgery procedures. The media has such a strong influence on women’s perceptions of themselves that they are becoming less satisfied with their looks and as a result, dishing out more money to change it.
What’s next? Will people begin altering their voice to sound like a celebrity? It is good that there are options available for those who need a change, but a line has to be drawn at some point and people must look within to find their inner beauty.