Monday, August 14, 2006

Pot Calling Kettle

As many of you, I receive the beauty and fashion publication, Marie Claire, in the mail monthly. You can imagine my surprise when I received the July issue, featuring a post-operative Ashlee Simpson, accompanied by an article highlighting how much she loves her unique body and wants teenage girls to have confidence in the quirks they were gifted.

I stared at the cover for a moment, looking at Ashlee's new nose, wondering if she simply "forgot" that she underwent plastic surgery recently. In the article, Simpson says, "Everyone is made differently, and that's what makes us beautiful and unique. I want girls to look in the mirror and feel confident."

Word on the street is that Marie Claire subscribers are outraged at the hypocrisy. Marie Claire even went as far as to offer a public statement of apology from new Editor-in-Chief, Joanna Coles, “We’re dazed and confused — and disappointed — by her choice, too!” However, I find it hard to believe that Marie Claire didn't realize some sizeable changes in Miss Simpson's nose before the publication went to press...

Personally, I'm a little disappointed. I liked Ashlee's old nose because it was created uniquely for her. And I'm even more puzzled at why Ashlee would agree to be featured in a cover story promoting individuality in womens' bodies, when she herself obviously doesn't believe it.

I don't necessarily want to open up a big debate about the the good vs. the bad in plastic surgery, but I do want to ask you, Las F reader, how do YOU feel about this?

Photos courtesy of iVillage.