“Do you think 50 years ago in America they would have been considered icons of beauty?” Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridell asked this question at a recent conference, pointing to photos of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lucy Liu. While a seminar exploring surgical techniques deep in the heart of Texas hardly sounds like a font of female empowerment, one fascinating and pertinent finding emerged: Thanks to the international embrace of multicultural beauty icons, our standards of what is considered the aesthetic ideal is evolving dramatically.
This isn’t a completely new concept. A 2006 paper by evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry “projected that by the year 3000, human beings will interbreed to become a single race of coffee-colored beings with a genetic upper class of tall, slim folks with even features.” Like Beyonce, with some extra inches added to her petite frame.What is somewhat new, or at least a continuation of a trend that started back in 2000, is that the rhinoplasty business in general has been in steady decline. Why are people getting fewer nose jobs? It may have to do with the concept that the popular and oft-requested long, thin “white” nose is going the way of acid-washed jeans and Bedazzlers. With more exposure to women who are valued as great beauties and also happen to be different races with various nose types, the demand has shifted to a more natural-looking schnoz, or what Canadian surgeon Peter Adamson termed “the global nose.”
Not that plastic surgery is going anywhere. If anything, it’s more prevalent than ever. But there’s a slightly optimistic message here, no? On the other hand, perhaps we’re simply on the precipice of a future of surgery-addicted Beyonce look-alikes. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]