The most recent poster child for plastic surgery has been Ashlee Simpson with her completely reshaped button nose and breast augmentation (and possibly about 7 other major feature changes): taking her from plain to the It Girl, straight out of the paper-doll cut-out series we all used to play with when we were little alongside of Barbie dolls. And let's not forget, she is only 21-years-old.
The result: more and more teen and even tween girls requesting and getting plastic surgery for their 14th or 16th or 18th birthdays. And so the strive for perfection - - and artificially crafted will do - - has spilled over from Hollywood to the suburbs. Forget braces, acne medicine or haircut changes: bring on the surgeons for both minor and major surgical procedures.
Now that Ashlee is flaunting her new look, one which Us Weekly declared the biggest makeover of the year, tabloids are scrutinizing her sister Jessica and other young celebrities to muse about what work the may have gotten done on the sly. Upon recent inspection of Jessica's face, surgeons announced they feel she has received an eyelift, nose reconstruction, cheek and lip implants, as well as chin injections. Note to mention Jennifer Anniston's new nose (wasn't her old one really cute?).
The trickle-down reaches teen girls depressed over one body feature or another: completely disturbing. Remove it, change it, suck out the fat, bring on the injections, and voila: you will not even resemble your old self. In fact, toss all those childhood photo albums while you are at it and embrace the new YOU. The new generic you. "The Ashlee."
Plastic surgeons are now saying that patients are coming in and asking for "the Ashlee" wanting their unsightly nose humps removed. So much for someone who once remarked that her nose gave her "character."
Young celebrities splashed on teen magazines embody the ideal for what teen girls strive to look like, from their dress to their body. And gone, hopefully not for long, is the "natural look."
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