Michelle Ivana is a supermodel, who is signed to one of the top agencies in the world. The temptation to get plastic surgery has never been greater. In this short clip, we explore the polarizing response to plastic surgery in our society, and a few things you can do to boost your sense of self-love naturally. You can watch the full episode of the Mighty Pursuit Podcast on YouTube and Spotify, in addition to listening on Apple Podcasts. Mighty Pursuit: Why do you feel like – and this isn’t just women at this point, it’s starting to affect men in some ways – but why do you feel like so many women experience dissatisfaction with their body and their appearance? Michelle Ivana: I definitely think a big part of it is society placing unrealistic standards, filters and Photoshop, and overediting in campaigns. I also think that a lot of the blame can’t just be placed on advertisers and marketers. I think it’s ingrained into people at this point. And so we have to make an active adjustment in the way we look at beauty and women and men. But I definitely think it affects women more to an extent or at least it’s talked about more and how it affects women. Because I think women are guilty of doing it to other women. When women get a lot of work done to try to combat aging, the first people to insult them are other women. They say, “look how much work she has done, look how horrible that looks”. Michelle Ivana: And vice-versa, when women allow themselves to age naturally and they get no work done, I’ve seen this happen with celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, whose never gotten any fillers or botox, and is aging like a normal woman ages, and people say, “oh, she looks so horrible. She looks so old. Have you seen how horrible she looks? She should get a little botox or something. She looks so old.” And it’s like, well, you can’t win. Because if you do anything to combat your aging, people talk about how plastic and fake you are and if you don’t do anything, people say you’re letting yourself go. Michelle Ivana: So I think that we need to be a little more gracious with how we judge others, especially in the spotlight. I feel bad that celebrities have such a strong spotlight put on them for how they're aging and their appearance. Because, I mean, like normal people age too, they just don't have cameras on them all the time, you know? But I definitely think who we choose to applaud and glamorize as a society directly reflects how we feel about ourselves. I think some of the most plastic and unrealistic standards are what we applaud the most. And then we wonder why, as a society, we're so dissatisfied with ourselves. I mean, we don't all have a budget of $1 million a year for lasers and fillers and stuff. But we're comparing ourselves to people who do and not only have an insane, unrealistic budget for all these treatments, but also have professional photographers and professional makeup artists and a whole team of people that are catering to their image and maintaining their image. And I think that celebrity worship and that culture of putting celebrities on such a high pedestal plays into why we're so dissatisfied with ourselves. And it's not just bodies, too, right? People are dissatisfied with their lives, their whole lifestyle, their car, their home, what their partner did for them for a certain holiday because they saw that this influencer couple did this -- he did this for her on Valentine's Day -- and why didn't you do that for me? You know, instead of just being happy with what we have, I think social media and celebrity culture plays into dissatisfaction in a lot of aspects of life, but definitely body. Mighty Pursuit: Do you feel like plastic surgery is a form of self-love or self-hatred? Michelle Ivana: I wouldn’t characterize it as either of those things specifically. People who hate themselves certainly might get plastic surgery in order to feel better about themselves. I definitely think that self-love is a key to not wanting to change things about yourself. But I also don’t think wanting to change things about yourself automatically means you hate yourself. I think it’s okay to want to work on yourself and change yourself to an extent. But I think that, I don’t know if I would say it’s self-love. I definitely wouldn’t say that getting plastic surgery is a form of self-love. I think there are other things that can make you look good that are non-invasive, like lymphatic massage and facials. Mighty Pursuit: It’s more like maintenance. Michelle Ivana: And I think that those things are self-love because they actually contribute to your overall wellness. But I definitely think that how you look affects how you feel about yourself. I can’t say that getting work done can’t potentially help you towards a path of self-love, but it can’t be the only thing and it certainly can’t be the main thing you’re doing to pursue self-love. Because I think ultimately, for the most part, for the vast majority of people who do get work done, they still feel dissatisfied with themselves after doing it.


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