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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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