Navigating the World of Plastic Surgery With Bella Hadid

Photo posted by @BellaHadid on Instagram

It’s no secret that Hollywood’s finest have — as a collective — had their fair share of plastic surgery. Fashion icon, Bella Hadid, is no exception. In a recent interview with Vogue, Hadid opened up about her insecurities, admitting that her nose job at 14 solved nothing and has become a regret for her.

Like so many of us, Hadid spent much of her youth comparing herself to her siblings. She described growing up with Gigi Hadid as an older sister, detailing the constant comparisons, both by herself and others. “I was the uglier sister. I was the brunette. I wasn’t as cool as Gigi, not as outgoing. That’s really what people said about me,” says Hadid.

She continued, “And unfortunately when you get told things so many times, you do just believe it.” For Hadid, these insecurities led to a rhinoplasty at the impressionable age of 14.

Photo posted by @BellaHadid on Instagram

Hadid spoke candidly to Vogue about her nose job, stating with no compunction that she regrets it. “I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors. I think I would have grown into it,” says Hadid.

Hadid is fully aware of the public’s speculations that she has completely transformed herself with plastic surgery. Whether that be an eye lift or lip filler, she adamantly denies that she has had any other work done.

“I have never used filler. Let’s just put an end to that,” says Hadid. “I have no issue with it, but it’s not for me. Whoever thinks I’ve gotten my eyes lifted or whatever it’s called — it’s face tape. The oldest trick in the book.”

She describes how accusations have furthered her “imposter syndrome,” making her feel that she doesn’t deserve the success she’s seen.

Hadid’s Vogue interview feels like a breath of fresh air in a world of pristine public images. It tells us, “She has insecurities just like me,” but are we owed this intimate peek into the lives of every celebrity who’s ever gotten filler?

There seems to be a sort of moral standstill on whether or not celebrities should disclose cosmetic work. On one hand, strangers owe us no information about their lives (no matter how much we feel like we know them).

On the other hand, as a public figure, there needs to be some sort of standard on the messages you send to your audience. The prevalence of eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder among young girls begs for a change in how we expect women to look, and arguably, some of the responsibility for this change falls on the individuals who (whether intentional or not) promote unrealistic beauty standards.

However, it is also important to keep in mind that many of these celebrities were victims of society’s crushing beauty standards as well, like Hadid.

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