In an age of social media, the pressure to both attain and conform to certain set ideals is a major issue. The considerable increase of ‘selfies’ is having a significant impact on the facial plastic surgery industry according to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The study has made claims that a whopping one in three facial plastic surgeons in the survey reported an increase in requests for procedures due to wanting better social media image.
Such considerable statistics have produced considerable satire. Albuquerque-based photographer Wes Naman is one such example. Naman uses Scotch tape to alter the faces of his subjects. According to the website Ryot Note, "These people look ridiculous! It’s awesome to see people confident enough to take hilarious photos such as these." Columnist Brittany Greenquist affirms, "I AM THAT GIRL is working hard to teach young girls that same thing — confidence — and is helping them turn self-doubt into self-love."
Says Greenquist: "By wrapping the tape around their heads, Naman distorted their features and captured some of the most hilariously wonderful expressions ever. Instead of plastic surgery, why not just use tape?"