File this under absurd: A new reality TV show where women compete for plastic surgery procedures in a quest for the creation of a “perfect” body for their walk down the aisle.
Bridalplasty, which premiered on E! this past weekend, also rewards the final standing woman with an all-expense paid celebrity style wedding where she reveals her new look to her husband-to-be for the first time.
Here’s a sneak peak:
Now, I realize there are much more important things going on in the world but there is so much wrong with this show that I couldn’t help but share my two cents here.
First and foremost, our culture’s obsession with thinness and the perfect body has never been so all-encompassing. If you don’t get the message from magazines, advertisements, music videos, or catwalks you can now watch arguably attractive women compete with one another to win plastic surgery procedures on TV. The women’s bodies and faces are brutally scrutinized by themselves, the other contestants, a surgeon, and all of America in hopes of achieving the unachievable – a “perfect” body.
This “perfect” body, however, is not possible without surgery. Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2009 according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The most popular procedure was the breast augmentation, a procedure on the checklist of many of the brides-to-be on Bridalplasty.
Having women compete against one another for surgeries in an attempt for the “perfection” is a crushing blow to women’s self-esteem and confidence. Forget inner beauty – this show banks on women caring more about how they look on the outside then who they are on the inside.
Not only does this show perpetuate the idea that to be beautiful women need to be thin, have large breasts, small noses, and blemish free faces, but it also amplifies many negative stereotypes about being a woman. The show portrays women as vain, self-absorbed, catty, conniving bridezillas who care about nothing else but their appearance and a big lavish wedding.
What message does this send to young girls? That thin is beautiful no matter what the cost and that getting married and having a big wedding is the most important thing as long as you have the perfect body? These are messages we should be breaking down, not building up for entertainment on TV.
Did you catch the show? What are your thoughts?
I think I’ve seen enough.
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