Linda Evangelista lawsuit shows dangers of plastic surgery – and denies aging

When I read that former model Linda Evangelista was pursue Zeltiq Aesthetics on what she claims to be a sloppy fat removal procedure all i could think of was, if she can’t accept that she is getting older she surely can afford a therapist to help her cope ? After all, she was notoriously cited in Vogue three decades ago, saying she didn’t wake up for less than $ 10,000 a day.

I didn’t realize this when I was younger and struggled with my self-image, but not being able to meet society’s standards of beauty and sex appeal is a problem. gift.

However, if the problem is in fact that she is desperate to stay in the public eye, there is a much better option that doesn’t risk cosmetic surgery going wrong: She could turn into a spokesperson for the Support Aging Gracefully movement. (SAG). Its first campaign could focus on the risks inherent in cosmetic procedures, among which death, disfigurement and endless teasing in the public arena from people like me.

Granted, that wouldn’t be as glamorous as the modeling stuff she did 30 years ago, but how many of us are doing exactly what we were doing 30 years ago? Life changes. We change. To paraphrase the Prayer of serenity, there is wisdom in accepting what we cannot change. (And while a plastic surgeon can change it, the fate of Evangelista and others celebrities victims of poorly performed procedures provides a compelling argument as to why we shouldn’t.)

Sloppy plastic surgery is the most tangible proof that natural aging is a healthier option, not only physically, but emotionally. I’m a fan of actress Jamie Lee Curtis approach to aging-one that she adopted after having undergone the work she says now has done more harm than good. As she said More magazines in 2002, she didn’t look or feel better, and she ended up addicted to Vicodin the doctor prescribed for a eye work that wasn’t even that painful.

Linda Evangelista models a dress at the opening of London Fashion Week September 18, 2005.Alastair Grant / AP file

Curtis posed au naturel in More 19 years ago because she wanted to show readers what she really looked like: a woman in her 40s with “really big breasts and a little soft fat stomach” and thighs that weren’t “great”. In other words, not the specimen of physical perfection that she portrayed as an aerobics instructor in the 1985 film. “Perfect”Back when she was in her mid-twenties.

I was never a perfect 10 myself, an awareness that chipped away at my confidence from the time I was a chubby prepubescent. Snotty comments like the one Evangelista made to Vogue were yet another unwelcome reminder that I hadn’t won the genetic lottery.

I resented the way she fired those of us who had no choice but to get out of bed for far less than a model’s pay. At the time, I was a recent MFA graduate who brought home just over $ 10,000 (per year, not per day) to teach 8:30 a.m. lecture writing and English classes. freshman at the Ivy Leaguers, many of whom shared Evangelista’s feelings about waking up. up early.

If I had had long limbs and perfectly sculpted cheekbones, maybe someone would have offered to pay me millions to preen me on camera in fancy designer clothes. Given my build, teaching was a more realistic option. And considering the latest titles on Evangelista, I’m grateful.

There is a part of me now that pities Evangelista and Paulina Porizkova and Madonna and the other 50- and 60-year-old women who were seen as role models of beauty and sex appeal when I was an adult and are now faced with the reality that they are no longer seen as vital and attractive. Back then, I was struggling with my self-esteem because I knew I would never reach the standard they set. Today, they are the ones who are struggling.

Maybe in the early 80s they will have understood what Jane fonda a: that it’s time to stop looking for acceptance through surgery and try to find it by looking within. It’s not going to be easy, as Fonda acknowledged, but I certainly admire her for trying, especially in a culture that places such importance on how we look rather than who we are.

I didn’t realize this when I was younger and struggled with my self-image, but not being able to meet society’s standards of beauty and sex appeal is a problem. gift. I had a choice between wasting time hating and trying to change myself, or accepting myself for who I was and focusing on my talents and abilities.

As I have built a marriage, a family, a network of friends and a career, I have come to understand that my self-esteem depends a lot less on my appearance than on how I feel about myself. myself. And how I feel about myself is dictated by a constellation of factors, the most important of which are my relationships with family, friends and community.

I hope that Evangelista will obtain the satisfaction that she seeks with this trial. But more importantly, I hope she finds peace and acceptance no matter what she looks like. No amount of money can buy this.

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