Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Beauty is only skin deep... or is it?

The other day, I had a conversation with some co-workers about plastic surgery. One of my co-workers is obsessed with her looks. Everyday she asks our opinion or makes some kind of comment about her nose, her eyes, wrinkles, blah blah blah. She's had a face lift, at least two chemical peels, botox and some kind of roseacea procedure. How much is enough and, will it ever be enough?? Quite frankly, I don't see that much of a difference after her procedures. It's like she's chasing an eternal fountain of youth. I ran across an article about the Top 5 reasons women have plastic surgery. Men, Career, Beauty, Coveting the neighbor's looks, and to look like a movie star. I could easily see which categories she falls into... #'s 3,4, and 5!! I feel bad because I believe she is already a beautiful woman inside and out and it's sad to see her and millions of women go through so much to seek beauty they will be comfortable with. Heck, the industry is even seeing a rise in the number of women having Vaginal Plastic Surgery That's a bit too much for me too handle!

Why do we let others define our beauty and then put what God has given us in the hands of another human being to shape according to their creativity? I'm guilty. I had a breast reduction in 2005. I like to think that my reasons were more medical than anything... You know~ hurt back, grooves in the shoulders from the heavy duty support needed to keep the girls still while at work and in the gym. It was a medically approved surgery but I know deep in my heart, I was simply not comfortable with the abundance I'd been blessed with. It was a chore to shop for clothes, two piece bathing suits were totally out and I could never wear cute tops to the club... It wasn't a hard decision to go under the knife...


I was a different woman as soon as I woke up from the surgery and I had a renewed confidence in the difference I was going to make in the world now that I'd altered my looks. Or... was I a new woman?? Did it change any of my inner beauty or the light that shines from within me? As I reflect, I'm still the same person. I still have a bleeding heart for injustice to any living thing. I still live life, love hard and give everyday my all. In the end, the woman in the mirror is still the same. I'm convinced I won't be like my co-worker and chase that eternal fountain of youth. Especially at today's plastic surgery prices! Gotta pay for gas ya know! Anyway, I'm at peace with me and my beauty. I'm satisfied with how I look whether someone else finds me attractive or not...In the end, that's what's most important... I gotta say, I LOVE ME!!

7 comments:

12kyle said...

@ Dione
Very good topic. I think most women seek some type of enhancement b/c they are in competition. In a strange way, you're in competition with yourself. If you were a size 4 in college and now you're an 8...in your mind, you're competing with the person that you "used" to be...even though you're still the same. I think that's a part of human nature.

that plastic surgery is wack, tho.

Mizrepresent said...

I wouldn't do it, although i was fascinated with the butt uplift or whatever they did, removing fat from other parts of your body and adding it to your buttocks...now that sounded interesting. LOL, i don't think i will do it though, i'm used to my little hump, i even bought a pair of butt panties, yep, wore them once, but i couldn't bring myself to wear them again. I guess i felt pressured because i know most men look at butts, and well, my tribe got boobs instead. So, i believe for the most part i am comfortable in my own skin.

12kyle said...

Hoooolllup!!! Did u say butt panties??? What is that? I'm rollin ova here! LMAO!!

Dione said...

@12kyle and mizrepresent-
I have a friend that got the butt panties. She wore them to Homecoming and got several compliments! No one (but us best friends) knew the difference. It's a great investment. She loves them and that's all that counts, I guess. I won't be needing any of those though!!

writers dream said...

Great topic. I really try to understand why women go through the extreme to please a man, when men have to do nothing at all but eat, shit, and sleep. I guess they can never be truely happy with themselves. I think its a shame, and that it needs to stop, but in order for it to stop is to stop the promoting. Women would know nothing about this if it wasn't always in their faces. Hey to each his own though. I just have to say that im happy with the way God made me, and there could never be anything better than that. P.s. thanx for the comment, check with me soon.

Mizrepresent said...

@12kyle - Don't you be laughing at me...Butt panties work!

12kyle said...

@ Miz
LoL. I'm not saying that they don't work. But when you take em off...you don't want the dude to be surprised. Haaaaa

That'd be like a dude putting on some tight pants and then stuffing his boxers. You're thinking that he has a "shotgun" and he has a .22

LMAO!!!