This week’s readings reminded me of the reason I wanted to take this class— I wanted to explore how different cultures view beauty. I grew up in Medellin, Colombia, a place where you don’t leave the house unless you look your best. when I moved to the United States, I started living on a small island off the coast of Seattle, Vashon. It was basically filled with hippies and people much more interested in farming that beauty work. On Vashon Island, people were completely against anything that seemed unnatural, plastic surgery included. I rarely saw anyone who had work done, and they certainly didn’t talk about it. So when I went back to Colombia the summer after moving to the states, realized the huge cultural difference between where I was from and where I grew up. One day, while I was a taxi cab to get my nails done with my mom (classic Colombia) , the radio started talking about a new contest. They were giving away free breast implant surgeries as though they were concert tickets. It was sponsored by a “famous” plastic surgeon in Colombia. This would never happen in the States, for obvious reasons. But in Colombia plastic surgery and breast implants in particular, are hugely popular. Like in the discussed in the Alexander Edmonds piece, “Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery”, The discourse of self-esteem is used to justify the beauty practices Americans think are crazy. In Colombia women without breast implants are essentially a minority. Had I lived my entire high school life in Colombia, I would have probably seen a lot of my friends get implants for graduation, or some other big occasion. I didn’t find this reading particularly shocking because everyone from business women to maids have access to some form of plastic surgery in Colombia, and the practice itself is not frowned upon.Alexander discusses an advertisement that says “raise your breasts, raise your self esteem”, in Colombia the discourse of plastic surgery is more easily summarized by “raise your breasts, raise your social class.” Edmonds discusses the idea that “improving the body and rejuvenating the face, it’s known, helps maintain self-esteem, with consequences for personal and professional life” (30). In the United States plastic surgery has a stigma, but we still see attractive people have more opportunities in terms of the job market and the way that they interact with society. In Colombia, the way that plastic surgery can alter a person’s daily life is accepted, it becomes a way for people to change their circumstances. Perhaps this latin hence is a more effective way of looking at beauty culture and plastic surgery. Instead of judging the person who got the procedure, the society that makes beauty an advantage is more readily accessible for critique.