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Why Women Are Getting Plasic Surgery To Look Like Ivanka Trump

Why Women Are Getting Plasic Surgery To Look Like Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump has turned out to be one of her father’s biggest secret weapons this election, as millions praise her beauty and intelligence. But for a tiny percentage of women, it’s turned into an obsession, resulting in expensive plastic surgery to look like her.

According to New York, a significant amount of women is getting plastic surgery in an attempt to look like Ivanka Trump. Tiffany Taylor and Jenny Stuart, two Texas women, were followed by Nightline to get a better idea as to why these plastic surgeries are occurring.

Meet Taylor & Stuart

In the special, reporters followed the lives of Taylor and Stuart, who reportedly spent thousands of dollars to try and look like the daughter of President-elect Trump. Taylor referred to Ivanka as her “idol”, and therefore spent a whopping $60,000 to undergo a breast augmentation, two rhinoplasties, cheek injections, an eye-lift, and liposuction. Taylor felt her decision to get plastic surgery shouldn’t be something to judge, as the outcome made her body “look like perfection”.

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Meanwhile, Stuart’s friends and family, including her 6-year-old-daughter, were not a big fan of the idea, but she had surgery done on her anyway. To be exact, nearly $30,000 on liposuction, a Brazilian butt-lift, a nose job, a breast enhancement, and injections of facial fillers, were spent on the surgery.

Dr. Raffi Hovsepian, a Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, knows a thing or two about these young patients who decide to go for face reconstruction.

For some, the patients bring photographs of their favorite celebrity whom they want to look like, according to Dr. Hovsepian. Around the country, plastic surgeons are starting to see more patients paying for facial reconstructions of celebrity models and musicians.

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Why Look Like Ivanka?

In psychology, women who are not satisfied with their body and seek expensive reconstruction surgery, more than likely suffer from some sort of mental illness. The link between obsession with plastic surgery and psychological problems have increased in recent years, thanks to several research studies.

One such illness, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), is said to play a major role in women obsessed with getting plastic surgery or facial reconstruction. Women who suffer from BDD are preoccupied with what they regard as defects in their bodies or faces, according to the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-5).

Patients suffering from BDD may also run the risk of developing eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Additionally, depression and anxiety can also follow the same steps as eating disorders, as BDD patients hold a strong, fixed dislike toward their self-image.

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So, instead of fixing the root of the problem by seeking psychological treatment, women with BDD are spending an eye-watering amount of money on plastic surgery, in which after a few months, depression will kick in regardless of how well the surgery went.

With BDD patients, one of the most dangerous attributes of the illness is the risk of suicidal idealization. In depressed patients, there have been countless cases of suicide as a result of BDD. Additionally, depending on the illness’ severity, patients may also experience delusions which, in most cases, can impair daily functioning.

Potential causes for BDD include genetics, developmental, psychological, social and environmental causes. In other words, yes, pornography in the media plays a major role.

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However, despite the warnings from psychologists, plastic surgeons will continue to make a profit and the big business of facial reconstruction will likely increase. All we can do is raise awareness and hope that change will soon come.

One day, Cheri Erdman rightly said, “Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images.”

Featured photo credit: Photo Credit: Kevin Whiteman via kevinwhiteman.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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