27 January, 2021

Obsessed With Selfies And Afraid Of Body-Shaming, Teenagers Are Turning To Cosmetic Surgery

Bombarded by peer pressure and impossible beauty standards, Indian children as young as 15 are turning to cosmetic surgery

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Obsessed With Selfies And Afraid Of Body-Shaming, Teenagers Are Turning To Cosmetic Surgery
outlookindia.com
2018-09-26T14:21:03+05:30

Barbie wrapped in a Manchester United footie scarf—pinned, scarred and misshapen, like a memento left behind by a vengeful sorceress going at a voodoo doll—is your Exhibit A. It shares space with things you would deem to be part of the normal, ­rea­ssuring ecosystem atop an urban teenage girl’s chest of drawers: a Harry Potter collection, a high-end Bose Bluetooth speaker set and bobble heads of Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. What gives? What brought this turn to the macabre in this reg­ulation picture of girlish innocence, with its coy asp­irations to ideals of beauty?

Well, the grotesque doll is a reminder of the months of dep­ression this girl went through early this year—pockmarked by bouts of hysterical rage that she vented on the toy. Why? Because she was trolled and body-shamed for her small breasts. She was asked if she was from ‘Man-chester’—a cryptic taunt that swiftly opened the sluice-gates for a torrent of plain ­in-the-face filth. She pulled away from her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and...

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