Love Island has well and truly invaded social media, with trending hashtags and every platform resembling a mine-field of spoilers if you miss one night’s episode! Although there has been a whirlwind of love and support for some of the characters (Dani and Jack=couple goals), there has also been some serious hate comments. Particularly a certain floosey doosey, Megan. Now I’m not gonna sit here and discuss her decisions in the villa, that’s an entirely different blog post, but I am gonna talk about some of the hate comments made about her on social media.
If you haven’t seen already, there has been several posts and memes made about the fact that Megan has had cosmetic surgery done. It has been publicly deducted that she has had around £25K worth of surgery to completely transform her face. Whether this estimated figure is correct or not, from the comparison pictures which have surfaced on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc, there is definitely some noticeable differences in her appearance.
After reading literally hundreds of tweets and memes made about Megan with multiple references to her cosmetic surgery, it got me thinking about cosmetic surgery itself. In everyday conversation it is such a non-taboo topic between friends. A friend who announces she is thinking about getting lip fillers is never met with the same hostility that Megan from Love Island has received. However, as soon as a form of hatred is created for someone, the fact that they have had cosmetic surgery immediately becomes the point of attack. ‘You’ll never be pretty.’ ‘You’re so fake.’ ‘At least I didn’t need to pay money to be able to look in the mirror.’ ‘Get back in the whole you crawled out of before plastic surgery‘. (FYI that last one was a genuine tweet I found online.)
So grab a cuppa and a snack, lets indulge in the topic of cosmetic surgery.
Why do People get Cosmetic Surgery?
Personally, I can understand why people want to get cosmetic surgery. I am a full believer in living the most happy life you can, and if by changing a part of your body will help boost your personal confidence and overall well-being, then why not? Your body, your choice. Especially now, where mental health is becoming more publicly discussed and acknowledged, I think people are gradually understanding why some people may choose to have surgery done. At the end of the day I’m all for self-love.
Of course there are arguments that people have so much work done that they become unrecognisable, where self-love is unachievable because they no longer look like themself. Does this mean there should be a line? How much surgery is too much? Who decides this, trolls on twitter?
Reality TV stars from the likes of Love Island and Geordie Shore have highlighted cosmetic surgery and how it has benefited their personal happiness. Geordie Shore star, Charlotte Crosby was very open and honest on social media about the insecurities she had about her nose. Following her nose job which she also made public on her Instagram and Snapchat, she confirmed the relief and bliss she felt following her nose job. A very positive example you could comment. However another story, Chloe Ferry, also a star on Geordie Shore, is rumoured to have spent over £50K on cosmetic surgery and still wants more. What could be described as excessive, Chloe’s fans have began to become fearful for her health with all the surgery she has undergone. Chloe even claimed that she ‘just loves injections and getting filler’.
A word that always circulates during the topic of surgery: FAKE. The amount of times Megan is called ‘fake’ on twitter and social media is never ending, where her ‘fake appearance’ has also transpired into a fake personality. So does this mean anyone who has ever had surgery is fake? Is there an underlying battle between natural beauty and fakeness? Personally I can see how getting surgery done could make someone feel more comfortable in their own skin, so does that not relate to a sense of natural beauty?
Even though I am a full believer in not listening to people’s comments about yourself, and not needing the acceptance and approval of others to be happy, human beings are judgey. We comment, make judgments and voice our opinions, particularly on social media when we can hide behind the anonymity of an online avatar. With such copious voices and comments, is it any wonder why people’s insecurities and self confidence disintegrate into nothing. In my opinion, cosmetic surgery sparks attention from people who feel the need to comment. It’s inevitable. Even if the comments aren’t posted online, they hide in the whispers and gossip in cocktail bars and coffee houses.
Take for example Sophie Gradon (Love Island 2016 contestant), who was found dead in her apartment alone just weeks ago. She spoke frequently about how negative comments online, targeting the way she looked and talked, affected her mental health. Yet here we are not even less than a month later, seeing thousands of tweets and messages of the same personal and damaging nature being thrown towards another year’s contestants. People were so loving and sympathetic to the friends and family of Sophie after her death became public, with an emphasis on mental health…are people that forgetful? Do certain people not realise the impact of things they post online?
Is Cosmetic Surgery Accepted?
In my personal opinion, I don’t think getting cosmetic surgery has been completely accepted into society. The entire reaction and hate towards Love Island’s Megan just highlights the stigma that is still attached to cosmetic surgery. Or at least it is still regarded as a target for insults and hate.
Essentially you could argue that celebrities and social media influencers are slowly reducing the stigma and making cosmetic surgery less of a taboo topic. The Kardashian/Jenner empire embrace what body enhancements and cosmetic surgery can do for someone. Their look arguably does not fit inside the category of ‘natural beauty’, but they are praised globally for being unbelievably stunning. If you compare the tweets towards Megan and Kylie Jenner, who have both had dramatic appearance alterations, Kylie is still adored by sooo many people despite her surgery… Perhaps it is a case of we expect celebrities of a certain status and image to have surgery done. Is this acceptance in a sense?
Would I consider getting cosmetic surgery?
Being entirely honest, I have parts of my body which I do not like. I wish my lips were more plump and juicy. I wish my boobs were bigger. There are definitely changes that could be made, but would I ever get in a chair and go through with the surgery? That’s a completely different matter.
Right now, at this moment in time I have no desire to get surgery done. I don’t judge or look down on anyone that has or is thinking about it- honestly you do you. Your body, your choice. It’s just personally something that I haven’t thought about. (Plus I’m a student with course fees to pay for, no dollar spare for surgery prices! $$$)
Since I don’t want to be sat writing in a coffee shop all day, and I’m pretty sure your cuppa will have either gone cold or be just sitting there an empty cup…time for a conclusion I think. Well…if you’re going to take anything away from this it would be we should all try to be nicer people. If people want to have cosmetic surgery, fab, I hope it brings them a bucket load of self-love and confidence. At the end of the day, trolling and commenting on someone’s appearance online can have damaging effects which has even been proved by recent tragic events. Yes people going on Love Island should know that people will comment, judge and talk about them, but does that really justify basically online bullying them? Thought of the day.
I mean of course I’m just one gal, who’s never had surgery, just voicing what I think and debating what I’ve read on twitter. It’s just my opinion and I genuinely don’t mean to offend anyone by anything I’ve written.
Until the next time…
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