A World Without Facelifts

A World Without Facelifts


Do you think plastic surgery looks healthy?

“I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.”
― Marilyn Monroe

imagesIn 1966 Diana Rigg made men gasp when she hopped on motorcycle as Emma Peel in the TV series ‘The Avengers.’ A glorious auburn haired beauty, Rigg had the sexy curves of a Playboy pinup, the keen mind of a member of Mensa, and a girl next door quality that melted hearts. Recently, I saw Diana Rigg on one of my favorite shows, ‘Game of Thrones.’ She plays Lady Olenna Tyrell, the grandmother of Margaery Tyrell, the conniving bride of King Joffrey Baratheon. I was impressed by how beautiful Rigg is at 75 years of age. Her beauty is natural and elegant. If she had any work done to preserve her beauty, it is not evident. She looks her age and her age looks perfect.

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Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell

Unfortunately, many celebrities have succumbed to the idea that youth is beauty. They get themselves caught in a cycle of having to continually make surgical adjustments in order to maintain a youthful appearance. But according to 74% of 1World voters, plastic surgery does not look natural. So what could so many stars be thinking? Well, celebrities aren’t the only ones who get cosmetic surgery. According to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, 1,668,420 plastic surgeries were performed last year. Breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and liposuction top the list of procedures performed.

Instead of praising youth, some artists glorify aging well. If you look at the photographic images in the portfolio ‘Reflections’ by Tom Hussey, you will recognize the tenderness the artist has toward the aging process. The figures in his portrait look into the eyes of their younger selves with wisdom, pride, and understanding. Another artist, Anthony Cerniello, created a video progression called ‘Danielle’ by taking photographs of a single family and animating the transitions between actual family member photos. The result is a seamless progression showing how we age. You can see the video below.

No matter how you feel about cosmetic surgery, I hope you will take a moment to praise beauty in its many shapes and forms, and to cheer the late in life actors as they continue to make the shows we watch so rich. And, while you’re at it, I hope you will enjoy your own aging process, too.

Jackie Norgord

Expert Community Manager at 1World Online
Jackie Norgord is the Expert Community Manager at 1World Online. She lives in Silicon Valley and holds a BA in English from University of Wisconsin and an MA-TESOL from San José State. In addition to teaching writing, she enjoys travel around the SF Bay and beyond, fine dining, and sport in the Sierras.