This weekend I worked the Whole Life Expo, where I not only was a speaker, but a shopper in turbo-mode. I arrived home, stocked up on chia seed oil, milk-thistle tea and gluten-free brownies. So, it seems ironic that after being surrounded by holistically-minded people and such positive energy for two full days, that I came to learn about new reality TV show “Bridal Plasty”.
The show which premiered on E! follows 12 brides-to-be who will compete each week for the uber-prize of receiving all the plastic surgery on their change-me dream list before their big day. Yuck! And, what disturbs me most is the fact that they do not see their groom-to-be for four months during the competition, and have their final reveal on their wedding day – where he will life her veil to see her newly shaped face for the first time!
The whole thing is ridiculous – but while I can try to reduce it down to media gimmickery and dismiss it, I find it difficult to ignore the unhealthy, unloving messages it promotes. According to the show’s description, contestants who are voted off risk “walking away with nothing and losing their chance to be the perfect bride.” Sigh.
What is even more shocking to me is the needlessness of it – I now its all needless, but one contestant even has eight types of liposuction on her wish list. This can simply be done by eating better and exercising more! Why doesn’t she just go on a Kapha-reducing diet? This show showcases harmful ideals in which women are portrayed as superficial, in competition with one another, and just down-right lazy. Hell, it doesn’t just showcase this, it celebrates it.
And I know I would be a hypocrite to say I didn’t have parts of myself that I didn’t wish were a little firmer or shapely, but aren’t these ideas and self-inflected judgments something we try to work on, breathe through and overcome? I think its called personal growth…Well, I don’t know about you, but in protest, I’m gonna eat a vegan, cupcake from Sweets From the Earth.
Lord knows I’m going to need something to get this bad taste out of my mouth.