It’s become fairly normalized in celebrity discourse to discuss whether that celebrity has or hasn’t had plastic surgery.
Of course, this kind of dialogue isn’t victimless, and it can be easy to forget that one, sometimes even experts can be wrong, and two, celebrities are people with feelings too.
Such was the case when Life & Style Magazine wrote an article hypothesizing that Sarah Hyland had received plastic surgery.
The magazine compared photos from her in 2013 and 2017 and speculated that differences in appearances between the photos were due to plastic surgery.
Even Doctors Were Quoted
It wouldn’t be quite right to say that the magazine was engaging in baseless speculation. Reputable doctors were quoted, adding their own thoughts on what procedures Hyland might have received.
Which is fairly part and parcel for this type of article. Certainly, multiple Kardashian pouts haven’t gone overlooked by cosmetic professionals throwing in their two cents.
But in Hyland’s case, not only did they step on her toes, but certain medical circumstances by have thrown any speculation out the window. Hyland suffers from kidney dysplasia–and asserts any changes in her appearance were due to the positive effects of medication for her condition.
Of course her scathing criticism doesn’t end there. As Hyland puts it:
“People like you are the reason why young girls feel the need to alter their face. MY face has been altered by LIFE SAVING medication.”
Fair or Unfair?
Scandals like this call into question the journalistic ethics of speculating on celebrities and their cosmetic treatment. Certainly, even if they are pursuing cosmetic treatment, prying into their private lives seems mean spirited.
Part of that is, of course, that as celebrities being public figures — who make a point of being especially attractive and youthful — is sort of part of the job.
And to some degree, it’s harmful for these kinds of open secrets to not be out in the open–lest young girls think that certain standards of beauty are simply what celebrities were born with.
In the case of Hyland, at the very least, just a little bit of due diligence on Life & Style’s part would have alerted any article writers to her condition.
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