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Let’s Stop Judging Iggy Azalea

Posted on October 11, 2016 | by

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Iggy Azalea recently became the topic du jour of online gossip after posting Instagram photos that show her looking more voluptuous than ever. While it’s just as likely that her fabulous curves happened to be particularly visible while lounging poolside, everyone seems to be speculating about what she had done this time.

At times, Iggy Azalea has been forthcoming about what she’s had done and how she feels about plastic surgery in general: it’s an effective way to improve your appearance according to your wishes, it’s a personal decision, and it’s nothing to feel ashamed about. I totally agree, Ms. Azalea! That’s an empowering message for anyone who wants to change something about themselves.

On the other hand, her response to nosy questions about her derriére has been more along the lines of “mind your own business.” Once again, I applaud her. There are times when it’s fun and empowering to share, and times when we want to draw the line.

Back in the day, stars of the silver screen never divulged their age or beauty secrets; today some spill every last detail. I say, whether you’re channeling Rita Hayworth or Kim Kardashian, own it!

Both approaches are right, and each individual can share as many or as few of her beauty secrets as she likes. Back in the day, stars of the silver screen never divulged their age or beauty secrets; today some spill every last detail. I say, whether you’re channeling Rita Hayworth or Kim Kardashian, own it!

The good news is that our society is more accepting of cosmetic medicine than ever before—and that’s not just anecdotal. Approximately 1 in 20 women in the US have breast implants. And it’s not just women: with nearly 13 million total procedures performed in 2015 alone, your next door neighbor or significant other is likely to get at least a little BOTOX.

Let’s stop judging women’s bodies and start applauding their individuality.

Nobody, whether an A-list celebrity or your neighbor two doors down, needs permission from society to do what they want to look and feel their very best. And while some people are happy to tell the world they had a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or BOTOX®, it’s really none of our business one way or the other. How about showering people with compliments instead of questions?

I’ll close by thanking Iggy Azalea for shining a light on the subject. Not only is she gorgeous in her own right, but she exudes confidence in a classy way. I commend her brave and unapologetic openness about her plastic surgeries; she’s telling the world for all of us that there’s nothing wrong with enhancing your appearance if that’s what you want for yourself.