Breast Augmentation: A #MustDo in Your 20s?

When I think about everything I must do in my lifetime, the list gets rather long.

I must be happy.

I must be in a successful and fulfilling relationship.

I must strive for personal growth and development in all areas of my life.

Of course, I’m in my thirties now. When I was in my 20s, the list was a bit more succinct and–perhaps–naive.

But nowhere on my must do list did I ever include breast augmentation. Or a Brazillian butt lift!

Angeleno magazine, an LA-based publication, recently released a series of #MustDo items, focusing on every decade of a woman’s life. And in theory, I love the idea. My goals and aspirations are so different now when I compare them to my dreams of a decade ago. Aren’t yours?

But Angeleno dropped the ball {and pissed me off in the process!} Rather than emphasizing the talent and range of abilities through the years, the magazine focused on the aesthetics of women by detailing which surgical procedures they need to do and when. For example?

Angeleno Mag

“This is the time for the selfie generation to remedy body issues that have prevailed since the teenage years,” the article says. According to the Angeleno {and the quoted doctor sources who–coincidentally–prominently advertise in the magazine}, the best way to handle this is with the recommended must-do surgery of your 20s: breast augmentation.

In case the dripping sarcasm in my tone isn’t obvious, let me clarify: I’m disgusted by this. It’s clear that we live in a society that is far too focused on our appearance. That said, I’m not horrified at the notion of plastic surgery. Different strokes for different folks, and all that jazz. I can’t judge.

But what I can judge is deeming a “body-enhancement” surgery as a must-do when all you are suggesting is that a woman is not beautiful enough to begin with. I’m a size B cup; should I be desperately running to a clinic to make myself “beautiful”? Or, since I’m in my 30s, did I already miss my window of ever becoming beautiful by leaving my cup size so small?

Back in 2012, Hillary Clinton jumped into the limelight when an issue of Elle magazine quoted her aides moaning over the fact that she wore minimal makeup and always pulled her hair back with a scrunchie. Clinton’s response still has me cheering for her:

“If I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to pull my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back. You know, at some point, it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention.”

Bam.

In the 21st century, how is it possible that we are still bemoaning the hair style of one of the most prominent female politicians in our country? And further, how is still possible that we feel we have the right to judge female body types in order to determine what is “best” and what needs “enhancement”? Honestly, who the hell do we think we are??

To the Angeleno: you should be ashamed of yourself. Yes, I saw the response that you posted and truthfully, I’m still unimpressed. It’s all excuses for body shaming when you should be apologizing.

And as for me? I’ll be over here, working on my #mustdo list: living a life that I love.

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21 Comments

  • Reply Hayley@healthyregardshayley at

    This is terrible! Seriously? I am shocked that this would be the “need to do” for the beginning years of self discovery and finally finding yourself after your teens!

  • Reply Penélope at

    Everyday I get more and more convinced that the life we’re living (outdoor power!) is the best one! Dirty nails and dirty hair – who cares? We are happy and we’re living the life as we should do. Exploring the world and practically just being ourselves without any pressure from lifestyle or fashion magazines. There is a good reason why I doesn’t read them… Nature tells me how to dress in the morning, and it’s just pure fact. If it’s raining – wear your rain clothes! If it’s sunny – wear your shorts and t-shirt! No shallow comments about that. I believe that if you have nature as (one of) your best friend it truly brings out the best of you. Just be yourself.

  • Reply CARLA at

    WOW seriously?!
    Im grateful not to be in my 20s now and yet fear for my daughter.

  • Reply Angela @ Happy Fit Mama at

    This garbage makes me furious! For all the hard work that goes into trying to build up girls (and womens!) self esteem, crap writing like this takes us back 50 years. In my early 20s, I might have believed that stuff. In my 30s, I’m enraged. And scared for my daughter.

  • Reply Jennifer FIsher at

    that article is very offensive, I can’t believe a magazine would publish — oh, well, actually yes I can. While I don’t have 20 something girls to worry about, I do have 3 teenage boys and we talk about these impossible, ridiculous standards for perfection — there is no reality in it.

  • Reply misszippy at

    Amen, sister (and Hilary!). I’m 49 and embracing the sagging boobs, wrinkled skin, the whole nine yards. Just so much more to do with my time and money. Not to mention a 10-yr old daughter who watches my every move. Do I want to teach her appearances should be altered? Nope. Great post.

  • Reply Natalie Ford at

    This is disgusting. I work with teenagers everyday, and I see firsthand how attitudes like this manifest themselves with both boys and girls. Thank you for speaking out about it-well said.

  • Reply Erin M. at

    It’s bad enough that people write this stuff, but even worse that others listen to it. I think I’m just going to pretend that article is an April Fool’s joke.

  • Reply Patty @ Reach Your Peak at

    all I have to say is wow….seriously? Something that we must do in our 20s? idk who thought that article would be a good idea…

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine at

    Wow, that’s really….weird..and messed up! Are you kidding? Haha! I know that won’t be me and that is the last thing on my list!

  • Reply Elle at

    This would be funny if it weren’t supposed to be taken seriously. REALLY?

  • Reply Tina Muir at

    Wow, that is awful! And yes, good for you! I am all about embracing who YOU are, and loving what is unique about you, so this post is just what I like to hear. Thank you for sharing, and opening my eyes up to this. Be Strong be Brave be YOU!

  • Reply Michael at

    That side of life will, sadly, always be there. I think that blogs like this one and attitudes like the comments show the good, positive side of life. You guys sharing your strong, outside souls move mountains. More power to you all, good on ya!

  • Reply lindsay Cotter at

    oh man, i hate that this is still part of our society. Shame shame. Let’s move on and celebrate life, no appearance!

  • Reply Katie at

    I thought this was an April fool’s joke… I’m sad to see this was a real article in a real magazine. (Love the Hillary Clinton quote btw!)

  • Reply Alyssa Rimmer at

    I seriously can’t even tell you how much this gets under my skin. It’s proof of why we have this misconstrued view of femininity and what the “perfect body” looks like. I just want to jump up and down and scream how wrong they are and yes, SHAME on them for printing garbage like this.

  • Reply GiGi Eats at

    OMFG! I cannot believe that’s a “must do” – ha ha ha ah aha!! Of course it comes out of the mouth of someone from Los Angeles – this is the land of the “nothing is good enough”… It’s a rough one out here. I say, you do what you want to do for YOURSELF and NO ONE ELSE!! If getting new boobs is something you want to do FOR YOU, then go for it! Do not let ANYONE make you alter yourself.

  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits at

    It’s such a shame that publications like this keep perpetuating false notions of beauty. How about we remedy those body issues by teach natural beauty?? Can’t believe that people make money off of this garbage.

  • Reply Anagha Bharadwaj at

    As a person in her early twenties, this both freaks me out and doesn’t surprise me. I mean, so many people have suggested that I get lasik, contacts, or braces and as of now I have plans to get exactly none of the above. These are all expensive procedures, and I’d just rather spend my money on law school, travel and adventure, and books. And in answer to this article; I love my itty bitty titties! Running, jumping, and working out are all activities that get more painful and more expensive when you’ve got bigger boobs to carry about; I can’t imagine changing my tiny torso when it serves me so well in doing the things I love doing!

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