When I was a kid I was fascinated by people’s wrinkles. I watched them wondering what they was caused by, I considered them a sort of compendium of person’s life. It had become a sort of obsession as much that in family I was scold: “Do not stare at people and even touching them on the face”.
I remind of the advertising campaign for a perfume I was a protagonist last year (Hugo Boss campaign).
That photo was the result of 8h shooting where an hairdresser army alternated to tame my hair to give to my head the desired shape.
Even my tie position was calculated at the millimiter by a committee of experts in marketing, After the retouching to the photos I liked that idealized version of myself: cool, cured, but very unreal.
Perfume spots often intentionally deviate from reality, but some really loses the boundaries between photography and illustration. If in the reality I had that face I’ll look like an alien!
Imperfections make me who I am, recognizable to myself and to the eyes of my friends.
If a real dog, a puppy,found himself in front of a plush dog barks furiously because he sees another animal but it does not perceive the smell.
This causes anxiety and sometimes aggressiveness.
This comparison helps to understand that strange feeling you experience in front of a woman like Jocelyn Wildenstein, who had a plastic surgery to look like a cat.
It’s an extreme case, close to the art, just like David LaChapelle’s muse a tranny transformed in an “extreme Marilyn Monroe”.
But beside this cases, why people often have no worries to submit to cosmetic surgery?
Everyone stare himself in the mirror and sometimes think we have something to fix, fill here and there, lift a sagging cheek or shrink a nose.
In the past considered an exclusive female interest, nowadays cosmetic surgery is used also by men,indeed, male sector is booming, but that doesn’t make the headlines.
Instead when a popular woman submit to cosmetic surgery, even for a lil retouch, the news goes all around the world.
I think it dipends by the fact that women are more competitive.
In the female magazines are on top the list of worst dressed, of much more restored of the worst hairstyles.
A male magazine would never publish something like that. Men do not find satisfaction in criticizing other men physic’s, but they care about appearance, neither more nor less of women.
In my opinion cosmetic surgery involves two major risks.
First of all it risks to be used as status symbol, to assert their wealth, many appreciate it, I don’t.
Second point, taking inspiration by the perfect faces of the actress in the glossy magazines, there’s a danger of chasing an ideal out of reality.
Who says that appearance doesn’t count makes a huge mistake.
It’s the face that we judge in a person and make us choose how to relate with her. And it’s instinctive, crossing a person in the street with whom we will never have anything to do, analyze the appearance based on a complex set of parameters.
Wrinkles on the face, the appearance of a person reveals his character, his lifestyle, the world which he/she belongs to.
If cancelled it could give rise to strange reactions in the observer, even revulsion.
Dogs need to sniff to identify, we look in the face.
Translated By Francesca