Natural beauty destroyed for celeb trends
It turns out that there has been quite a shift towards plastic surgery in recent years.
This wouldn't be a shock if it weren't for the fact that this influx of new perfection-seeking patients are young women in their twenties.
I don't think I will ever be comfortable with the fact that people willingly put themselves through massive operations simply to improve their looks.
Social media and online rose tinted views of attainable beauty are to blame for this because now we have an entire generation that believes the photoshopped and filtered images that they are exposed to night and day are in fact, real.
Impressionable young girls are left feeling inadequate and like ugly ducklings because they don't measure up and there is nobody telling them that they don't have to adn that what they are seeing is really an illusion.
While there have always been beautifully photographed and edited models and celebrities in the media, the media itself has never been more powerful and there is no switch-off from it.
The problem is that where once 'fans' coveted the hairstyle of a celebrity they now covet their lips or breasts and go under the knife to get them.
These young women are surrounded by something which they believe to be real and often they are on a quest to get it for themselves.
How many of them truly understand that most of what is posted online is just an enhanced version of reality. Nobody wants to broadcast the worst parts of their life, the worse profile picture, the worst outfit and so on.
Healthy body image and the positive mental health which comes with that cannot be highlighted enough. How can parents and educators compete with this omnipresent Kardashian-syndrome where everything is so carefully staged, managed, manipulated and where image is everything?
While the young women of Ireland might not be flocking into plastic surgery clinics just yet, if a trend is emerging in other countries you can bet it's only a matter of time. How can we send the message that in your early twenties youth itself, in all its natural beauty coupled with confidence is the most precious gift which could be destroyed with fillers and implants.