Heidi Montag & Plastic Surgery: Low Self-Esteem Cuts like a Knife

People love to hate Heidi Montag (or Heidi Pratt since she is married to the most hated reality TV villain, Spencer Pratt). She’s been the butt of many cruel jokes revolving the staged ‘candid’ shots of the couple hamming it up for the paparazzi and her failed attempt at a music career. When she went under the knife, it only added fuel to the fire.

The Hills star has transformed before our very eyes. In season one, she looked sweet, bubbly, happy, and natural. Then a few seasons later, she opted for a nose job and breast implants. Then in November, she went through 10 plastic-surgery procedures in a single day and came out looking like this. (Watch the Access Hollywood interview to hear Heidi Montag speak out about her experience.)

I actually thought Heidi looked gorgeous before her surgery – she had this sparkle in her eyes that I can’t quite describe. When she smiled, her whole face smiled.

I’m also not against plastic surgery. I’ve fantasized about having breast implants someday, but threw that dream out the window because I always come back to the same conclusion: I don’t want to rely on surgery to make me happy. I want to become stronger from within and learn to accept myself as is. That is what a real feminist does – deal with hard problems instead of resorting to quick fixes. And I never want to define my happiness solely on the size of my boobs. That would just make me depressed.

Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery got me thinking about how closely a woman’s self esteem is tied to her looks. There’s a suffocating amount of pressure on us to look a certain way – fake.

Even though we know that the photos of those models have been airbrushed and even if we know that there’s nothing real about that woman, we still think, “Wow, she’s beautiful” and then pulled out the mental yardstick as we compare our physical ‘failings’ with her positive attributes. It is this process by which we gradually loathe ourselves and make it our goal to look like someone entirely different.

You could say that we learn to disrespect ourselves.

But it was something Heidi Montag said in the January 25, 2010 issue of People magazine that pissed me off and made me pity her. When asked if it worries her that people will fixate on her large breasts, she replied:

“I hope so. They better! That’s kind of the point. Sex appeal is really important and it’s not saying that you’re only sexy if you have big boobs. That’s not true at all, and honestly the way I got Spencer, I had no surgery. It was my inner beauty that he loved.”

So she wants people now to notice her because of her boobs. Lovely. So many women have fought so that we could come as far as we did since getting the right to vote. But now ignorant statements like this throw the stick in the bicycle’s spokes.

And she claims that Spencer Pratt loved her inner beauty, and that’s what he fell in love with. Well, what about Heidi? Does she also not love herself for her inner beauty? Apparently not since she was quoted as telling someone during an interview that she’d rather die than to be flat-chested. Nice.

Things like this bother me because it’s proof that women still have such problems linking their self worth with how others perceive them. Instead of being happy, you’re happy because someone else is happy.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tabby's Truth on April 2, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    It is sad that she had to go to these lengths. She looked awful in the trailer MTV just released. The scene where she was crying to her mom was so heartbreaking. Her image of herself is so distorted and it’s so sad. Before all this she was a beautiful young successful women. Now all Heidi is seen as is a joke to everyone. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and they should own that. Alot of younger teens watch MTV and look up to those girls on that show. I just hope none of them see Heidi and think they are not beautiful enough. Beauty is only skin deep, and true beauty comes from the heart. I just wish she would have realized that before doing this. It is a shame that Heidi Montag will never look the same.

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    • Posted by Mary Shaw on April 18, 2010 at 6:14 PM

      I only just saw the MTV trailer for The Hills a week ago, and I feel so bad for Heidi. Sure, she can be really annoying, but who really knows what she’s really like. ‘Reality’ shows are always severely edited and never really depict what the people are actually like.

      It was awful how when she was asking her mom if she looked good, her mother couldn’t even answer. Poor Heidi has such low self-esteem, and she’s not the only woman who suffers from this. That’s what makes it tragic.

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