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  • Almost any magazine you pluck from the shelf will present you with a similar promise: get this celebrity’s eyebrows, that celebrity’s style, so and so’s fresh-faced look, or what’s-her-name’s lovely locks. I personally am a total sucker for what celebs are selling. I’ve bought makeup products I have absolutely no intention of using just because Rachel McAdams looks good with red lipstick. I’ve carried pictures into beauty salons to get Victoria Beckham’s edgy, lopsided haircut and, more recently, I’ve been browsing photos of Emma Watson’s new do, because (I’ll admit it) I pretty shamelessly borrow my style from celebrity trends.  But some people are taking their celeb-envy a step further with plastic surgery.

    Boob jobs, butt augmentations, lip injections, rhinoplasty – all of these procedures can aim to achieve a certain ‘famous’ result. But there’s no guarantee guys are going to look at you like they look at Megan Fox just because your nose now vaguely resembles hers. Sometimes it seems like airbrushed celebrity photos set a dangerously unrealistic standard for ‘normal’ people to live up to, especially young women or teens. But at the same time, celebrities are usually the subject of our adoration because they possess certain features that adhere to our universal perceptions of attractiveness. So when is it okay to seek surgery in the pursuit of a famous body part, and when does it border on (or illegally cross the border into) unhealthy obsession?

    Celebrity Role Models… Or Nose Models, or Butt Models

    According to Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, a highly specialized Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Los Angeles, “Megan Fox and Jessica Alba are common requests for noses. [So is] Kim Kardashian, even though I think she’s had her nose done. Blake Lively is another one.” Since rhinoplasty is a procedure Dr. Ghavami performs quite frequently, he says he usually appreciates when women bring in photos, as it allows him to “get an idea of their sense of beauty, their aesthetic… [if they want] a sharp tip, smaller nostrils, concave, etc.” However, he says he’s also careful to caution women that he can’t guarantee them any specific reproduction of celebrity features.

    Some celebrity features are so well-known you probably wouldn’t even need a photograph. Angelina Jolie’s perfect pout, for instance, is a much sought-after look that requires only a phrase to conjure up that image of full, full lips. Kim Kardashian’s bountiful booty is pretty widely known and as Dr. Ghavami says, “a lot of times, [women say], ‘I do or I don’t want to be as big as Kardashian’ – Kim Kardashian is sort of a gauge for [buttocks augmentation].” Other celebrity behinds that are oft mentioned? Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Menaj (who’s probably had a little work done in her own trunk, if you get my drift), and Beyonce.

    Celebs with distinct features are more apt to be imitated, it seems. Madonna’s prominent cheekbones, for instance, are a commonly requested look for cheek implants. And Jessica Simpson’s double-D’s are frequently cited as the desired result of breast implants. Dr. Ghavami says he actually doesn’t get that many requests for celebrity breasts, instead he’ll get “random pictures from Maxim or Playboy – it’s more about cup size.” Who’d have thought Bunnies would have boobs women want? But it seems they do.

    No Amount of Surgery is Going to Make your Legs Longer

    Okay, maybe if there were some sort of leg-lengthening operation. But there’s not (as far as I know) and that’s that. As Dr. Ghavami suggests, “I can’t modify someone’s legs, knees, calves, or overall bone structure. If someone comes in wanting Jennifer Aniston’s legs, I make sure I really talk to them and bring them down to reality.” Being someone with tragically stumpy legs myself, I understand the desire to have those gorgeous gangly limbs that look good no matter what. But no amount of jealousy can grow your bones for you, and no ethical doctor is going to try and mold you into Marilyn Monroe or stretch you out into a leggy lady.

    Another important thing to keep in mind if you’re seeking look-alike surgery: ethnicity/ natural body type. If you’re a twiggy little white girl, it’s probably not going to look great if you’ve got a tush that juts out into the next room. And if you have a wider nose, Megan Fox’s foxy little nostrils probably aren’t going to look right on your face. Dr. Ghavami says, “Retaining ethnic features is important, so even if I could accomplish something really drastic, I wouldn’t.”

    So perhaps this is the lesson to be learned. It’s okay to try and look like someone else if that someone else represents an improved version of yourself. Imitation is the sincerest form, blah, blah, blah and all that. Celebrities wouldn’t exist if we didn’t need people to look up to, or certain aesthetics to which we can aspire. That’s just the way our society works, and there’s nothing wrong with it as long as we’re not trying to deform ourselves in the pursuit of some airbrushed ideal that is unattainable even for the person who’s actually in the airbrushed photo. And that’s all I have time to say right now… there’s this article in Cosmopolitan about getting toned legs like Jennifer Aniston that I’ve been dying to read.

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