The Perfect Body

Rebeca Duarte, Writer

More than 7.8 billion people live on the Earth. We have great diversity in color, gender, ethnic, size, language, weight and so many more differences. But even the best that we have, became a competition because of the pride to be better than the other or just because we were taught to act like that. 

   How can someone declare one standard of beauty for 7.8 billion people? How can our diversity fit just in one model? We face comments like: you are fat! Better work out more and eat less, or just skip some meals. Or, you are so skinny! Your body doesn’t have muscles; you are not attractive. Your lips are so small and your nose is so big! Why don’t you fix it with some surgery? 

  The cosmetic surgery market has been increasing  in recent years and is going to grow even more in the next few years. According to The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the country that is on top with more plastic surgery, in terms of population percentage, is South Korea, followed by Greece and Italy. The United States of America takes the sixth place in that list

    $16.7 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S (not counting this year, 2020). Just in the Rocky Mountain region (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY) in the year of 2019, there were 107,017 procedures . More specifically, in Utah, Dr. Renato Saltz, Park City resident and president of the international Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said that they do a lot of body contouring, where young women that have already had five, six kids , try to undo what pregnancy and breastfeeding has done to them. 

These numbers are not about necessary cosmetic surgeries, like because of an accident or for health. It is about people that don’t feel comfortable with themselves, that don’t accept their own bodies. How could their choice be judged when everyday we are bombed with the “perfect” bodies on social media. When the influencers that we follow are normalizing the necessity of cosmetic surgeries to  fit in our society. When our bodies are compared all the time with others that are “prettier”. How could someone endure all that pressure? 

    Perfection does not exist. It is not you that needs to be fixed, but our society. Your body should not define your life, relationships or how people treat you. What about stop asking “what you look like” and be more interested about who people are? What if instead of a standard of beauty, the society preached ” Each one of us has our own beauty” and ” You are loved just the way you are”. How much would be different today? Maybe now can be harder, but not impossible to change it. You are perfect! And the best ones can tell you, the rest do not matter.