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“Everybody is starting to look the same. It is bizarre how everyone has the same facial features now. One person dyes her hair brown, everybody dyes her hair brown. I think people lose all sense of themselves. It’s unfortunate.” - Actress Milla KunisYoung selfie-addicts around the world are now trying to re-create themselves, through the aid of professional-quality “contouring” makeup techniques and even plastic surgery, in the image of the filtered and photoshopped versions of themselves that they portray on social media.
“In the same way that you would point out to your friend if her shirt was misbuttoned, or if her pants were unzipped, you should have the decency to Meitu her face if you are going to share it with your friends.” - Cai Wensheng, chairman of the popular Chinese social network, Meitu’s chairmanMeitu by Meipai is a hugely popular Chinese photo-sharing social media app, similar to Snapchat, at the centre of this new wave of widespread identity and body dysmorphia. Playing into consumers’ natural vanity and desire to be popular, the app is designed to make its users look at attractive as possible, so that they will keep taking and posting more photos with the service.
MEITU HERE I COME pic.twitter.com/s9j1cl3FRx— Z. (@hoonsire) April 11, 2018
“[Social media] absolutely perpetuates one aesthetic. It’s like looking at a bunch of clones. They’re botoxed, filled and surgeried to look like Kim.” – “‘Instagram Face’: Is It the End of Good Makeup?”, New York Times
If we talk about trends in plastic surgery we have to talk about social media...
Frank Graewe 8 Jan 2018