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    • Reading the future to change the present

      You know when you go to a fortune teller, and put your hand out to be read, and they make up some crap about your future, based on the grooves in your palm? Well apparently, the converse is now true of our faces. According to new Scottish research, the facts of life are written on our faces as it ‘may’ be possible to learn about a person’s childhood simply by the lines in their face. It’s definitely a stretch from the old wives tale which explains that the harder your life, the more wrinkles you have.

      Because it is rather astonishing what these researchers have deduced, after concluding that “those with asymmetrical faces tended to have more deprived childhoods than people with symmetrical faces.”

      Call this a tenuous link, but I was always of the belief that the more symmetrical your face is, the more beautiful you are, which must mean, therefore, that those with privileged backgrounds are better looking than those without. I could end the argument right here and blow the theory out of the water by stating that Cheryl Cole grew up on a council estate. But I won’t. Because there’s much more to say.

      Let’s start by looking at a few choice, unarguably gorgeous, celebrities. Heidi Montag, star of The Hills, is famous purely because of her lavish upbringing. And Salma Hayek, Hollywood actress, was raised in a devoutly catholic wealthy family. So far so good, right?

      Well not really. Because back to the Cheryl Cole argument, model-turned-actress, Megan Fox, was also born into a poor family, and British actress Kate Winslet, despite not being destitute, has admitted that she “didn’t have a privileged upbringing” and that her daily life was “very hand to mouth.”

      Quite simply therefore, this research is rubbish (in my humble opinion, anyway). Rather than trying to concoct a hypothetical link between one’s natural appearance and their childhood, perhaps it would be more prudent to focus on the current and growing trend of plastic surgery bewitching our teenagers.

      It’s no coincidence that I decided to use the aforementioned celebrities in this piece. Because whereas Heidi Montag and Megan Fox are famed now for the amount of plastic surgery they have undertaken to make themselves even more ‘beautiful’, Salma Hayek and Kate Winslet, along with Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz, have just launched the “British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League.”

      Winslet fittingly commented that it “goes against (her) morals, the way that (her) parents brought (her) up and what (she) consider(s) to be natural beauty.”

      It comes amidst other recent research which shockingly reveals that thousands of children want plastic surgery because they think their looks are not good enough.

      But with other reports that “women are persuading doctors to perform free cosmetic surgery on the NHS by exaggerating their unhappiness with their looks”, with surgeons being “cajoled into offering patients thousands of pounds worth of treatment they do not need”, it seems pretty obvious why so many children are following suit.

      A recent survey conducted by Liberate Cosmetic Surgery found that many women who have work done actually started considering the operation in their teens, according to an article online. The results suggest a huge 25% of teenagers are considering cosmetic surgery, and the women polled said they first considered plastic surgery around the ages of 10 to 15 years old.

      The only role (and granted, it’s a big ‘un) our parents play in determining our looks is through the DNA which they pass on to us when we are conceived. To think anything else is just deluded. But rather than get swept up in little more than useless conjecture, perhaps they should start using the influence they do have in preserving the natural beauty of their impressionable children and start minimising the desire for plastic surgery which has become so disturbingly apparent. Otherwise it will be more than just their face which loses its childhood.  

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