After scrolling through your Instagram feed for just a few minutes, you’re bound to see several retouched photos of women. These days, women are using graphic capabilities to remove blemishes from their faces, give the appearance of a slimmer waistline or even give themselves a larger backside through digital manipulation.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures has been on an all-time high. It is documented that buttock augmentation has increased by 26% between the year 2015-2016. The African American community has played a major part in these statistics. Black women have built up the courage to improve their appearance and have taken the steps to become more confident.
Once stigmatized as something "Caucasians" do, celebrities such as Actress Vivica Fox, Wendy Williams, Blac Chyna, Lil Kim, and Nicki Minaj have brought awareness by being open about their procedures. It's finally making black women more comfortable with admitting that they have gotten work done. It's no longer considered taboo as the plastic surgery industry has been constantly growing with African Americans as a major contributor. Black women are now open about their cosmetic procedures are no longer “ashamed” of their procedures. They are embracing it like never before. Having the ability to change what makes them unhappy is no longer looked down upon but widely accepted.
Black women no longer fall into to societies role of mediocrity. They have evolved into entrepreneurs, professionals, fierce human beings with a driving force that's unheard of. Their independence and success can only be admired as they have taught the world how fight the odds. With the new wave, African American women have been stepping their game up and boosting their egos by trying to have their appearance fixed to perfection.
Whether a black woman chooses to have a cosmetic procedure done to boost her confidence or correct a physical abnormality, it’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced doctor to perform the surgery. The growing number of Black women who are going under the knife also sends a clear message that body confidence should be discussed and encouraged within the Black community, as opposed to spreading a message of shame and ridicule for having “work done.”
The conversation of plastic surgery is no longer done shame and secret. Now black women give surgery compliments and go as far as to ask, “who is your surgeon?”. It's no longer taken as offensive but is confidently acknowledged with a quick referral. Black women are now embracing cosmetic surgery and have become even more fearless, empowered, and powerful more now than ever, being fully confident in themselves and presenting the best version of themselves to the world.