Thursday, July 29, 2010


(CNN) - Nicole Kidman’s nose. Angelina Jolie’s lips. Plastic surgeons say they get these very specific requests regularly and usually oblige. It’s a way for doctor and patient to be on the same page about the desired outcome. But when the patients veer further -- seeking to become a near double for a celebrity, doctors tell CNN they need to draw the line, for ethical reasons and concerns about the patient’s mental health. Last weekend, reality star Kim Kardashian urged one of her Twitter followers not to undergo plastic surgery to try to look like her. “Don’t try 2 b someone else,” she tweeted. In the mini-Twittervention, Kardashian, 29, told the fan that she should not to “change yourself for anybody but yourself.” Last year, Demi Moore used the social media site to try to stop a terminally ill woman who planned to give herself a makeover to look like the actress. The quest to look like celebrities was documented in an MTV series, “I Want a Famous Face,” in which cameras followed young wannabe Doppelganger. Although such drastic requests are uncommon, they do occur. “The quest to look like somebody else is never going to be healthy,” said Dr. Eva Ritvo, psychiatrist and associate professor at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine in Florida.

“Each person should be the best version of themselves, not be another version of somebody else. Each person has unique talents, abilities and appearance - you should maximize that instead of hunting down a desire to look like Angelina Jolie.”
Trying to transform a person’s look to mimic a celebrity is a glaring sign that he or she suffers from low self-esteem or possibly even more complicated mental health problems such as borderline personality disorder or psychosis, Dr Ritvo said.
The pursuit of beauty is healthy as long as it doesn’t morph into an unhealthy obsession such as anorexia, bulimia or body dysmorphic disorder, said the psychiatrist.

“It’s morally wrong to do that - especially when they are young and have low self-esteem - to take advantage and take their money to make them look different,” said Dr. Tony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Michigan. They want to be like the celebrities because they do not value themselves. They don't find love within them and are ignorant that there is an Inexhaustible Source of Love.

Love is a very powerful positive force, which can solve most of the existing and upcoming problems, but the immature and corrupt mankind shuffling between craze and infatuation, can scarcely incubate containers transmitters and receptacles of genuine and dynamic love. Deficient love ends ephemerally and the absence of light of love creates darkness from which evolve the vindictive forms of neglect, hatred, conflict and hostility. ... A tranquil mind automatically submits itself to the tools and forms of righteousness. Unfortunately, this tool of submission can not be sensed by the mundane beings, driven in to the deep gloom. It is a very powerful force in spiritual philosophy and also the simplest way of execution, by which keeping aside individual capability and incapability, knowledge and ignorance, one has to totally commit himself to a beneficial and powerful source, God.

Śrī Prasanna Venkatachariar Chaturvedi Swami
Acarya of Ramanuja Sampradaya
“Yoga and Vedanta as Tools of the Technology of Life for the Modern Society”
“The Power of Love - Power of Submission”

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