Plastic surgery is in the midst of a golden age, and the practice is more popular than ever before. One downside of that popularity is that stories about plastic surgery, whether based in fact or speculation, are more popular then ever before too. And while the press is perfectly at liberty to idly speculate on which celebrities have gone under the knife, some stars are starting to speak out.
Most recently, "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland took the magazine "Life & Style" to task for running a piece wherein various plastic surgery experts examined changes in her appearance and conjectured about what which cosmetic enhancements she may have undergone. On Twitter Hyland wrote that doctors giving their opinions on her face was "ridiculous" and "degrading." The star then went on to say that she'd recently gone through the worst medical year of her life and that suggestions that her changing appearance was due to plastic surgery were “insulting.”
In fact, Hyland's appearance has long been the subject of speculation. Eagle-eyed TV viewers and have been keeping a close eye on the star's looks almost since the show's inception nearly a decade ago. Ultimately, this led to Hyland speaking out about a debilitating kidney disease that she's been suffering from since childhood. It is likely this disease, and not cosmetic enhancement, that is the reason for Hyland's ever-changing appearance.
Not content to only speak out about her own mistreatment, however, Hyland once again shamed "Life & Style" after the magazine ran a similar piece wherein plastic surgery experts speculated on what type of work Taylor Swift had undergone. In the end, Hyland pleaded via Twitter for the magazine, and others like it, to stop judging women based on their appearance and instead focus on empowering them.
To be sure, Hyland's point is valuable. On the one hand, we live in a society where looks matter and physical beauty is prized. As a result, women are pushed to look a certain way, and that pressure is heightened even more for female celebrities. However, there is more to these stars, or every woman for that matter, than their physical appearance.
Some stars choose to embrace their cosmetic enhancements. In fact, Hyland's "Modern Family" co-star Ariel Winter was very open about her breast reduction surgery a couple of years ago. That kind of honesty is valuable. It teaches women and young girls to take a proactive approach to self-improvement. But that doesn't mean that every star should feel compelled to talk about their medical procedures, and it doesn't mean that every physical change is the result of surgical enhancement.
In the end, there is no way to stop media outlets from speculating about celebrity plastic surgery. But in the future, outlets would do well to take Hyland's words to heart and do so responsibly.
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