And the bride wore bandages

Brides who will take time ot heal if they win their "wish lists of nips and tucks"Recently, I watched episode of a new show called Bridalplasty. I can’t recall being more appalled by a TV show — and these days that is saying something. I was relieved to find out that my friends, even the younger ones, where as aghast as me. And as days go by, I am please to note that the backlash against this show has grown.  

 
Bridalplasty encourages young women to debase themselves as they compete for a splashy wedding and a laundry list of plastic surgery.
 
I have no issue with plastic surgery, cosmetic injections, or any other beauty procedures, as long as they are used properly. But the idea that any normal young woman would need multiple procedures to look “perfect” is obscene. The young women on this show range in age from 20 to 32, and not one of them is deformed. Some are a bit heaver and some are bit thinner. Most want breast augmentation, liposuction, and Botox to start.
 
The host of this self-esteem demolition derby is former beauty queen Shanna Moakler. I would say she should be ashamed of herself, but she is a veteran of this type of TV. She was also the host of Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, a disturbing mother-daughter pageant show.
 
I could not believe my eyes as the first “bride,” who won “the right to attend an “exclusive injectable party,” grabbed a syringe and ran down the stairs squealing. Then she and the surgeon, Dr. Dubrow, jumped up and down hugging each other. The behaviour made Dr. 90210 look positively staid. 
 
It was even more uncomfortable to watch him draw lines, as surgeons do, on these young women’s bodies. He marked and remarked all their imperfections as they stood for inspection, wearing only bikini bottoms. Surgeons do this, but usually privately. He seemed to focus on the smallest flaws. I could hardly believe it when he jabbed one woman’s face with his pen. “You have a pockmark,” he said, circling the offending blemish. The pockmark was so tiny, but now this insecure woman will be fixated on it until it is filled. How unnecessary! How cruel!
 
But that is what this show is about: cruelty, inadequacy, and a lack of self-esteem. No matter what the smiling blonde host says or the "famous" doctor might want to believe, it is not about transformation. The women on this show are emotionally needy. Some are desperate for attention. One complains bitterly that another contestant “already has her chance for fame” on another reality show. Heaven help us all if this mess is what anyone becomes famous for.
 
I am still reeling from the fact that one young woman repeatedly referred to her "butt-face" — and not one person, including a licensed physician, corrected her. I also found it disturbing that women were made to appear in robes and face masks, while they voted out one of the contestants. They looked ridiculous; they were supposed to. This show strips women of their dignity, and sadly, they are too naïve to notice.
 
Beauty is powerful and desirable. It is every woman’s right to experience her own beauty. But this show is not about owning or discovering beauty, it is about exploiting insecurity. According the show’s doctor, Dr. Dubrow, “everyone has self-esteem issues”. He says the women on the show have no more than the average person. I wonder if that will be true after weeks of exposure to his magic marker, full-length photos of their flaws, and constant talk of “perfection”?
 
Actress Heidi Montag recentlyhad 10 cosmetic procedures in one day. She has been ridiculed for it. I didn’t see why. To me it seemed like a cry for help. Now she says she would like to undo it all. I think she was pretty girl before the surgery and she still is very pretty.
 
Heidi has brought herself a lot of pain, suffering, and embarrassment, trying to find “perfection” through surgery. Sadly, too many young women today think the answer to all their prayers lies at the tip a scalpel. Plastic surgery can be fabulous, but it shouldn’t be cure-all or a game show.
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