Want Plastic Surgery For Your Selfie? There’s An App For That!
Today the pressure to be perfect is everywhere, on TV, on the Internet, and now on social media. One app is trying to help give people a more confident selfie, but not without a fair share of controversy.
Modiface is an app that allows you to enhance your selfies in a whole new way, and for free. The app includes a Beauty Mirror that allows you to filter out wrinkles, change the shape of your face, plump up your lips, or lift your eyebrows. Sort of like a practice run for what type of surgery you want.
Parham Aarabi, the CEO of the face-altering software says, “Our idea was to apply a subtle, realistic change to a person’s reflection so that when someone put it on Facebook no would know it was an altered video.” Sounds sort of like what every great plastic surgeon will do for you. And in a world where we spend more time online sharing Selfie photos than ever before, this could be the new way to keep up with appearances.
L’Oreal’s version of the app is called Makeup Genius, it allows users to upload a photo of themselves and then change the color of their hair, eye shadow, lipstick, or whatever, in order to help women discover new cosmetic products. Modiface takes it a step further with the Beauty Mirror; altering users’ faces in ways you’d need cosmetic surgery to achieve in real life. Which obviously causes some to argue if the app is really helpful for people in a world so obsessed with impossible perfection.
The creator of Modiface doesn’t see anything wrong with her face-morphing app. Mrs. Aarabi believes her app is useful in many instances. Including, people won’t have to put on makeup or get ready before snapping a photo, knowing they can use the app as their cosmetic touch up. But what about when you have to go out in the real world—is there an app for that?!
Not to mention, some of these look-obsessed apps are being considered inappropriate. One mobile game called “Plastic Surgery For Barbara” has actually been removed from both the Google Play and Apple App Store. This came after one Twitter user started a campaign against the app. This user was @EverydaySexism, and clearly as their Twitter name suggests, they found the app sexist. And after reading information about the app, you will see why, especially considering girls as young as 9 were regularly downloading it.
While Mattel claims no involvement with this now-removed app, “Plastic Surgery For Barbara” starts out with an overweight version of Barbie and the following description: “This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her.”
Now come on, that’s just horrible! Plastic surgery can be a great thing, but healthy weight loss is always the best option. And for some, bigger is more beautiful. To each their own, in reality being true to yourself is the most beautiful gift you have—with or without cosmetic alterations.