Tara Reid's painful desire for perfection
Now I don't do gossip about stars and delving into their personal life, but this story comes from Tara Reid herself, and she wants people to know about the struggle she's been through with her body and plastic surgery. I think this is an important story to be heard and there's a very strong message coming through here. It's very apt in our day and age, not just for stars but for all those influenced by the constant bombardment of unhealthy looking skeletal models and airbrushed and altered images.
Over at IMDB they have some quotes from US Weekly's story on Tara Reid about her struggle with plastic surgery and the obvious battle to gain a perfect body for the film cameras the easy way. At the same time she wanted the perfect six pack and decided to have lipo-suction and body sculpting.
"I got my breasts done for the first time because my breasts were uneven. I was a 34B, but the right one was always bigger than the left. I weigh 110 pounds now, but I always used to fluctuate by 10 pounds, so my skin was kind of saggy. I figured, 'I'm in Hollywood, I'm getting older, I'm going to fix them.'"..."I got lipo because even though I was skinny, I wanted - I'm not going to lie - a six-pack. I had body contouring, but it all went wrong. My stomach became the most ripply, bulgy thing."
It all went wrong.
"First of all, I asked for big Bs, and he (the doctor) did not give me big Bs. He gave me Cs, and I didn't want them. At all. Right after the surgery, I had some bumps along the edges of my nipples, but the doctor said, 'Don't worry, it's going to be better.' But after six months it started to get worse and worse...
...Guys I was dating would be like, 'What's wrong with them? They look really bad. You know, you should really get them fixed.
Her story sounds incredibly devastating, but not just physically, mentally too. However after lot's of painful reconstructive surgery she's happier with herself again, but I'm sure she wishes she never started down this road.
"I'll never be perfect again, but I've got my self confidence back."
There is certainly a lesson in there to be heard, and I have to tip my hat to Reid for revealing all and talking about it openly. Everyone has issues with their own body, but to have plastic surgery go this wrong must be one of the most painful things, and it's a warning to everyone considering it that it went wrong at that level.
My advice is hard work, exercise, good diet, and you can get that six pack. As for issues with your own body, you need to learn to love and accept it as you, and try not to conform to the marketed image of beauty. As for Reid herself, she's always been stunning, surgery or not.