Is Extreme Plastic Surgery a Passing Trend or A “New Kind of Beauty”?


There’s no doubt that plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular among Hollywood celebrities and everyday people like you and me, but the question is, why? Do people who undergo extensive cosmetic surgery actually believe that fake boobs and butt implants represent the evolution of beauty, or are they desperately trying to keep up with a passing trend that is sure to go the way of genie pants and tramp stamps? British photographer Phillip Toledano explores this complicated concept in a collection of intimate portraits he calls “A New Kind of Beauty,” in which he photographs those who have gone under the knife in the name of beauty.

Photos of “A New Kind of Beauty” by Phillip Toledano:

Mr. Toledano’s photographs have all the qualities of a traditional portrait, but the subjects he captures are far from traditional. Each has undergone extensive plastic surgery to alter his or her appearance, resulting in exaggerated pouts, enhanced cheekbones and bulbous breasts. Although some of the photographs are rather disturbing at first glance, they are all realistic, which is exactly what the artist was after. “I wanted to make beautiful and distinguished portraits of these people. I wanted to represent a particular part of beauty from our time,” Toledano says of his project. “In 50 or 100 years time, I think humanity won’t look like it does today because of technology. We will be able to redefine what it means to look human and I think these people are the vanguard of that type of evolution.”

It’s easy to look at Toledano’s portraits and laugh or be taken aback, but the truth of the matter is that this is where we are headed as a society. This may soon be the norm. As more and more people choose to go under the knife in the pursuit of beauty, it is interesting to imagine how the definition of beauty will change, and with it, the appearance of humanity.”These are not ‘my plastic surgery hell’ stories lifted from the pages of the Daily Mail,” says Toledano of his collection. “These are individuals who have transformed the way they look through radical reconstructive surgery to the point where they still look human, only a little less so.” Kinda makes you think, right??

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  • avatar Cat says:

    I actually find these scary as in horror-film-scary – they have become caricatures of themselves.

  • avatar Bill says:

    “everyday people like you and me”….. Meghan you’re a fuckin’ idiot, how can you be “everyday people”? Ohhhhhhh, that’s right, that’s what’s happening to our once great country. You are, indeed, everyday people!!!

    • avatar Lily says:

      Says the dolt that looks at a woman with purple implants, fake blonde hair, and ten inches of makeup and says “That’s how every woman should look.” You’re definitely “every day people”—a moron, just like you said!

  • avatar kiki kannibal says:

    its not celebrities that get p.s., its ugly people. ugly ppl does not equal celebrity.

  • avatar FFS says:

    Bill & Kiki….bearers of the same nonsensical “logic.”

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