The Price Of Beauty: How Far Is Too Far?

Over the weekend, Tori Spelling stepped out of a medical spa looking like she had been skinned. Seriously. After reportedly having a chemical peel, a microdermabrasion facial and a wax, the 42-year-old was almost unrecognisable as she left the clinic red, splotchy and pained, nonetheless.

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On the same day, Kate Hudson was also spotted leaving a health care studio that specialises in cryotherapy – a procedure in which the whole body is exposed to subzero temperatures. You could basically liken it to standing in an oversized deep-freezer in your panties.

Interestingly, these aren’t even a handful of the unimaginable beauty procedures that women are putting themselves through in their quest to look and feel better. What’s more, we’ve begun to live by the notion that beauty is pain; but at what expense?

“I personally think what is really disturbing now is the way that the expectation of a women to engage in beauty treatments, procedures and cosmetic surgery, is so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even think twice about it,” photographer Jessica Ledwich told the Huffington Post.

“These procedures are almost so mainstream now that you book them to fit between your grocery shopping and your laundry. There are a whole generation of young women who not only think it is normal to do this but that its desirable and worse, expected.”

Ledwich last year released a photo series called Monstrous Feminine which depicted beauty rituals as acts of mutation in a bid to make women re-think femininity. While the images “employ an element of the absurd,” they reveal the extent that women are willing to go to, just to feel beautiful.

“Some procedures might just be uncomfortable, but others are downright dangerous,” she told Fast Company. “All so we can aspire to look like a model that is digitally manipulated in the first place.”

At what point does it stop, ladies?

The price of beauty



 What do you think about the crazy beauty procedures available?

Images via Daily Mail,

August 25, 2015

Old posers on the Block

Old posers on the Block

In the ?Why would you?? story of the week, two men who posed as former members of the boy band New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) have been sent to jail. In the US state of Nevada, the unique duo have pleaded guilty to fraud charges and begun serving sentences at separate federal prisons. In October last year, one of the pair claimed his wallet was stolen and identified himself as NKOTB member Jonathan Knight, providing Las Vegas police with Knight’s Social Security number and date of birth. He then used the report to obtain a Social Security card and Nevada driver’s license in Knight’s name and a credit card he used it to make purchases. The other genius admitted to the same scheme involving the identities of NKOTB member Daniel Wood and Kevin Richardson, a member of another all-boy band, the Backstreet Boys. A judge sentenced the pair to 18 months in prison for one and six months in prison for the other and ordered them to pay nearly $250,000 in restitution. Why would you want to pose as pretty boys from a has-been boy band?

Tori Spelling engaged

Tori Spelling, whose Beverly Hills 90210 character got married at the end of the show’s 10-year run, is tying the knot in real life. On-screen virgin Spelling, 30, and actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34, plan to wed in the middle of next year, says her publicist, Cece Yorke. The couple met on stage last year in the Los Angeles production of the romantic comedy Maybe, Baby It’s You, which Shanian co-wrote. Let?s hope Tori doesn?t follow in the footsteps of fellow 90210 stars and their brief but tumultuous marriages a la fallen TV witch, Shannon Doherty!

Tiger birdies his Swede in Africa

Golfing supremo Tiger Woods has popped the question to his Swedish girlfriend of two years, Eli Nordegren, whilst on safari in Africa. Ashley Cocks, a spokesman for the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa reportedly said the proposal came during a sunset walk on Tuesday. Apparently when the couple departed on Friday aboard a private jet, Nordegren was packing some serious extra baggage in the shape of a “huge diamond on her finger.” Par for the course when you agree to marry one of the richest sportsmen in the world, you?d think!

Diesel?s child-rearing role

Vin Diesel is set to star in the Disney action/comedy The Pacifier. According to Variety magazine in the US, Diesel will play an undercover agent who, after failing to protect an important government scientist, learns the man’s family is in danger. He agrees to take care of the man’s children in an effort to redeem himself, and discovers his toughest mission yet: childcare! No fast cars and fast women in that one Vin!

December 2, 2003