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Why Women Are Getting Plasic Surgery To Look Like Ivanka Trump

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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