I could have chosen to describe these two women in many different ways...Real vs. Fake, Smart vs. Stupid (harsh but true), Newsworthy vs. Not Newsworthy, but I chose Classy vs. Classless, which I think sums it up quite nicely.
The first picture, is Sarah Burge, a self-proclaimed 'Human Barbie', who has had so much plastic surgery to alter her appearance, that she apparently holds the world record for the most cosmetic procedures done. Anyway, Ms. Burge made the news this week, when she announced that she had given her 7 year old daughter a gift certificate for breast implants. Don't worry folks, it's not for her to use until she is 16 years old, so don't be called Child Protection Services just yet. She's just setting the lil' girl up now for a life of self-loathing and torture. What wonderful parental foresight. (Insert eye roll).
I'm not really sure where to start with this woman, or if even I should bother. She's a lost cause. I'll just suggest that perhaps there are better (less-selfish and conceited) uses for $800,000 than spending it on surgery to look like a plastic Mattel toy (the amount Ms. Burge has reportedly spent on cosmetic procedures). I can also think of an endless list of gifts that I would have loved to receive from my parents at age 7, none of which involved anaesthetic or a scalpel. Finally, I guess this story is proof that no matter what you look like on the outside...or how beautiful you think that defying age or gravity or nature makes you, you can still be a horrendously ugly, misguided, selfish person on the inside, and there's no surgery that can change that.
The second picture, in stark contrast is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a picture of strength, poise and tenacity. Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head in January, in an attempted assassination as she spoke with constituents at a supermarket. She's had plastic surgery too - although Ms. Gifford's surgeon used the plastic to replace part of her skull that had been removed to permit her brain to swell after the gunshot to her head. Anyway, Ms. Giffords certainly didn't choose to spend the last 6 months in hospital; she has (and this is my whole point) better things to be doing with her time. She was sworn in as the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress in 2007. In her inaugural speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Giffords advocated an immigration reform package. In her first month in office, Giffords voted in favor of increased federal funding for stem cell research and for increasing the minimum wage.
Sarah Burge and Gabrielle Giffords: two very, very different women. Which one is your daughter's role model? Who will your family be talking about over dinner? Which one is more newsworthy? Who is more "beautiful" - if it matters, and whatever that means?