I have never had plastic surgery. But, I'd like to think that if I ever do decide to in the future, that I wouldn't be judged by unknowing strangers for my own, personal choices. That said, it's a good thing that Iggy Azalea just admitted to getting a nose job in the new issue of Seventeen magazine, because, in essence, she has made the world a bit less of a scary place for those who have and who will go under the knife for cosmetic purposes. The rapper's confession — if you can even call it that, considering she doesn't seem to think it's a big deal — to the mag is important. She states pretty clearly that she is not for or against plastic surgery, but that she's simply unwilling to be shamed because of it or defined by it. And that is pretty wonderful.
That sort of well-adjusted outlook comes from taking complete control of the situation and being at peace with her choices. Basically, by proudly admitting to her rhinoplasty, the rumors and gossip over it are no longer valid. Yes, she changed the way she looked. Important word there? She. She changed her look. Why then does that have any affect on someone else's life? It doesn't. Except, perhaps, that in an indirect way, she's helped to normalize it. If you want to argue that she's preaching anything, she's preaching acceptance.
She told Seventeen that,
"'m not denying it. Denying it is lame. I don't think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I've spoken about the changes I've made, like with my breasts.
Though the rapper is steadfast in her personal decision to get her nose done, she isn't glorifying it. She impressively maintains an objective opinion. She's vocal in her understanding that plastic surgery is not for everyone, nor should it be. Her point is that being right with yourself is what matters, as Seventeen points out, so long as you don't make a permanent decision impulsively. And, that really goes for anything in life.
Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time, so I think it's important to wait and make sure it's the right choice. I read a lot about nose jobs online. Some women are really happy they got them, and some women changed their noses when they were younger, and when they got older they wished they didn't.
As the mag asserts, she proves that heart is at the center of the decision, despite the superficial connotations it may carry. It's so important that she dives in this deep, because it gives a voice to those who identify with her but don't share the same public platform or confidence level. And, it gives others who have never felt the urge or need to get plastic surgery an eye opening insight. She explains that,
Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It's no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself—and it's no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it's a tough journey. There are things that I didn't like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I've learned to accept. It's important to remember you can't change everything. You can never be perfect.
Azalea's candidness over her plastic surgery experiences only serve to educate, really. As she stated, it isn't a ploy in an effort to get the masses to sway in either direction. Rather, it's a way for her to explain that doing what is right for you is what is actually right.
And to that, I say, "Yaas, Queen."
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