Deepika discusses the pressure to get cosmetic surgery

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Deepika Padukone recently spoke to Filmfare magazine about sharing the best and worst advice she’s ever received, opening up about how someone suggested she get plastic surgery early in her career. Deepika said the worst piece of advice she ever received was, “To get breast implants. I was 18 and I often wonder how I had the wisdom not to take him seriously.

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It’s clear that no one, no matter how “perfect” according to preconceived notions of beauty, is immune to the cutthroat expectations of society. What does this say about the world we live in? Why are women constantly told that something is wrong with them and that they need to change? What is this excessive obsession with physical beauty?

Deepika discusses the pressure to get cosmetic surgery
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When people blame actresses for having surgery, do they realize the pressure they’ve been under?

Bollywood women rarely talk about doing work, as there is a huge public backlash against people who are seen as “plastic” or “fake”. Everyone wants actresses to not physically age or look like they did when they were 20. Everyone also wants actresses to keep changing and “correcting” their physical appearance until they become “perfect” enough to silence the critics. But at the same time, everyone expects it to happen naturally. Is it so hard to see the ridiculous here?

Deepika discusses the pressure to get cosmetic surgery
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Deepika’s statement proves that many celebrities are pushed into having surgery because they’re told they’re not good enough the way they are. The way trolls comment on women’s social media appearances proves the public isn’t helping matters either.

Yet the same audience that criticizes a woman’s appearance also refuses to acknowledge their own role in a celebrity’s decision to have surgery. It’s a truth we still don’t want to face, lest we have to bear the burden of being complicit in this injustice.

Not just industry insiders, but public scrutiny of women’s appearance is to blame

Deepika discusses the pressure to get cosmetic surgery
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Actresses and other women known to the public are regularly criticized for their appearance. They are always called too thin, too fat, too voluptuous, too tall, too short, too light or too dark. One or the other will always find something to say about his nose, lips, eyes, ears and other obscure features. When people do this, do they realize the kind of insecurity they create in the minds of not only those they criticize, but also the people around them?

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If a little girl sees a family member making fun of the looks of Deepika Padukone – a woman widely seen as the epitome of beauty – won’t she grow up scrutinizing her own look with the same objective, constantly feeling inadequate about yourself?

Deepika discusses the pressure to get cosmetic surgery
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Ultimately, “beauty” is a construction. To think that women’s or anyone else’s professions depend on their looks is just ridiculous. An actress’ job is to act. A model is to showcase the products. A fashion blogger can teach you how to style clothes or find the best ones. It is not the job of these women to change their appearance to please anyone. Yet people feel they have the right to comment on something no one can change: their appearance.

Deepika discusses the pressure to get cosmetic surgery
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The next time someone defends their body-shaming streak or criticizes someone’s appearance, it’s important to remember that no matter how fit or “perfect” someone is physically, they are always subject to scrutiny. You really can’t please everyone, and there is no end to such “suggestions”. If this happens to you, it’s important to remember not to internalize it and to remember that you are beautiful and worthy of who you are.

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