LOS ANGELES – "Extreme" makeover patients of cosmetic surgery are expected to fearlessly flaunt their new bodies at a cosmetic surgery fashion show and expo in Long Island this Thursday. According to the press release blasted to hundreds of news outlets, the unique event was to be hosted by "Real Housewife of New York" starlet, Ramona Singer, who was apparently also debuting her new jewelry line.
However, when Pop Tarts contacted Singer for comment about the event on Monday afternoon, she claimed knew nothing about it and requested we e-mail her the information, although we were assured by the event publicist that the reality TV starlet had signed a contract. Singer did not respond for further comment.
Welcome to the weird, conflicting world of entertainment.
On Tuesday morning a rep for the event said there had been a “misinterpretation” and Singer would now be attending just as guest. Not surprisingly, the event is sponsored by Park Avenue Surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg, who will now take over hosting duties.
But Singer aside, the event has been touted as an “emotional coming out party for real life swans that were previously insecure about their appearance.”
So is it a step forward for society that these “transformed” ladies can now show off their procedures with pride? Or are we simply giving credence to an ever-evolving, shallow aspect of our culture?
“We need to encourage people to be happy with the skin they are born in, or put in the hard work to change something about themselves they don't like, instead of quickly going under the knife,” said Leslie Harris, CEO and founder of “Women on the Move,” a group that focuses on promoting positivity and empowering women to work together. “It's a step forward to be able to embrace what you do, and the decisions you make in public, but we have to be mindful of what we are actually embracing. Our society has long suffered with the need to be so thin, or to have various procedures done to the extent that people have been disfigured, or worse, have died.”
Or perhaps it is time that we simply just accepted that these types of surgeries have become a prominent part of the world today.
“We live in a society where youth and beauty are prized, especially for women, who are often depicted as the objects of desire rather than as speaking, feeling subjects with their own agency,” said Professor Judy Battaglia, Clinical Professor of Communication Studies at Loyola Marymount University. “Obviously, if the women feel better about themselves after getting the surgery, or even the non-surgical procedures, and if they can afford it, then who are we to judge?”
And according to one of the masterminds behind the “coming out” show, Todd Shapiro, these women deserve the chance to promote their not-so-natural physical transformations.
“Hundreds of real life housewives from Long Island will be attending and will be showing off their new goods,” Shapiro said. “These women have the right to show and off and be proud of who they were and who they are today.”