It’s not unusual for people to not be satisfied by their bodies and seek plastic surgery to change that.
Personally, I don’t think there’s a problem with that. If you have the money, really want it, then go for it. However, when the reason someone wants that is because of expectations curated by modern culture, then you have to question whether it’s necessary.
This woman appeared on the BBC Three show My Unusual Vagina, as she went under the knife in order to alter her vagina.
Antonia, who described her own genitalia as looking like a ‘Big Mac burger with the filling hanging out’, says she has been tormented by men after they saw it.
Unfortunately she didn’t feel comfortable with her vagina, and so avoided having sex due to feeling anxious about it, as well as it hurting her physically.
“The skin flaps are like elastic bands, if I was to pull them I could get them down to my thigh,” she said. “For me sex is difficult, because it can hurt and feel uncomfortable.”
She decided that she’d spend £3,100 on a private clinic as the NHS wouldn’t provide surgery, despite her enlarged labia causing her swelling and discomfort.
Though the price is a big amount, it seems justified given her feelings of insecurity towards her private parts. In the past she’d received comments such as ‘I can’t wait to sleep with someone with a normal vagina’ and ‘you’ve got a pair of balls’.
|Antonia drew a ‘normal’ vagina, and what hers looks like. Credit: BBC Three/My Unusual Vagina|
In modern culture, especially for women, the ‘perfect body’ is an image that has been created by social media, meaning that people often feel insecure about their appearance.
But for anybody who gets down looking through their social media feeds, Anna Victoria has presented two images of herself side by side that demonstrates how pictures posted online might not be what they seem.
The picture shows how different angles can give a entirely different impression of belly flab.
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Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don't change your worth ❤️ I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn't see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I'm getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren't going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal "flaws"? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it's happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it 💗💗💗 If you're following my page, you're a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement - thank you. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides
What people see on sites like Instagram is only a small snippet of the bigger picture. Behind numerous filters, different angles, lighting and so on, things will always be different.
However, as celebs and ‘internet famous’ people post more and more stuff, the lines between reality and fake become very blurred. All in all, the things that are seen are taken as face value, which subsequently creates these false expectations.
During the documentary, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report that in the last decade five times as many labiaplasty surgeries are being carried out across the UK, thanks to the image women think they have to live up to.
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