Once believed to be a luxury that only rich and famous Caucasians can afford to enjoy, cosmetic surgery now attracts an increasing number of minorities wanting to enhance their looks.
According to this MySA.com article, the number of members of ethnic minorities who had their breasts augmented, their faces lifted, their noses sculpted or even their buttocks enhanced has prodigiously increased last year.
Along with D'Angelo and 50 Cent, hip-hop artist and occasional Hollywood actor LL Cool J is perhaps one of the buffest guys in the business. But he's been beset with speculations that he had to resort to taking steroids and undergoing plastic surgery to get those six-packs.
LL Cool J of course denies such rumors. Featured in the July 2006 issue of Ebony Magazine, the 38-year old rapper thus spake:
In 1997, we were treated to a movie that required a great deal of suspension of disbelief to enjoy. In the John Woo-helmed Face/Off, super FBI agent Sean Archer and archvillain Castor Troy, played by John Travolta and Nicolas Cage respectively, were both drawn into a situation where they had to have their faces swapped. Literally. Hence, the film's title.
Over-the-top action sequences notwithstanding, the movie drew more than just a few hoots of derision for its preposterous premise: that a person can have somebody else's face surgically transplanted onto theirs. And the conceit that the characters also had their voices and body types exchanged further contributed to the ridiculousness of the movie's plot.
It's been nine years since Face/Off was shown in theaters. And boy, what a difference almost a decade of advancements in science and plastic surgery technology makes. What we deemed a ridiculous idea in 1997 is now almost a reality, with news of British doctors preparing to conduct the world's first full face transplant.
We guys have always been fascinated with sports cars. Images of these sleek and stylish automobiles have been toying with our imaginations ever since we were old enough to watch TV and read. Most of us have daydreamed about getting behind the wheel of one of these babies, which are typically known for their great power, high-speed capability, and really smashing good looks. It also helps that these sports cars worthy of James Bond have this rather clichéd reputation of being chick magnets.
Sadly, the chances of us regular guys getting the chance to prove or debunk that particular reputation for ourselves is as distant as Proxima Centauri is to the Earth. The damn things, it goes without saying, are just too expensive.
Show me someone who says he or she hasn't dreamed, at least once, of looking like a movie star, and I'll show you someone who has been living under a rock for decades. Women mostly dream about looking as hot as Salma Hayek , having Jennifer Connelly's lovely breasts or getting Jessica Alba's all-too-perfect body, while we guys sometimes wish we could look like Cary Grant, George Clooney, or Brad Pitt.
Most of us are just content with whatever face or body we were born with, that fantasizing about looking like some celebrity is just that: a fantasy. But there are some who are willing to do whatever it takes just to fulfill his or her dream of being a facsimile of his or her favorite celebrity. And only cosmetic surgery can help them get what they want.
We have often been at the receiving end of endless lectures about how we're going to be successful in whatever career paths we take as long as we have the necessary qualifications, an unwavering passion for whatever it is we do, and just a bit of luck.
But more often than not, these lectures miss something that's so important and so real: we also need to look good to succeed in the traditional corporate world. Not just the nice-suit-neat-hairstyle variety of looking good, but "looking good" of the more physiological sort.
Let's face it, we guys love women who have ample breasts. If we're sitting on a bench in a shopping mall and we catch the sight of two pretty girls walking our way, the chances of us staring longer and more intently at the one whose blouse or shirt is seemingly struggling to keep those puppies in check are higher.
Truth to tell, bigger breasts do catch our attention. This is probably why many flat-chested women suffer from "boob envy". Wishing they have more than just A-cups to fill their tops, many turn to breast augmentation, to the point that the size of some jobs border on the ridiculous.
Video games, especially today's more graphics-intensive, albeit violent ones, are almost always associated with younger people. Try entering an amusement arcade in a shopping mall and see if you'll find somebody's 65-year old grandma mixing it up with zombies on House of the Dead 4 or shooting criminals dead on Virtua Cop. Chances are, you won't.
In Japan, however, the sight of elderly people playing video games is not exactly a surprising thing. As a matter of fact, more and more older people there are playing video games designed to help them keep their brain cells active despite their advancing ages.
Next to liposuction, rhinoplasty is the second most –sought after cosmetic surgery procedure last year. According to the annual report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a total of 298,000 nose reshaping procedures were done in 2005.
With its popularity, you would think that nose jobs are just a modern fad that has steadily grown in demand through clever marketing and word of mouth. That rhinoplasty is just a recent invention that numerous individuals want to have a piece of because it is the "in" thing.
Some celebrities get mad when the media endlessly speculates on whether they've had cosmetic surgery or not-Britney Spears' breasts and Ashlee Simpson's nose are prime examples. Teri Hatcher also had cosmetic surgery-related talk thrown her way, but of a different-and infinitely more insulting-sort. And the gorgeous Desperate Housewives star is livid about it.
It's one of the biggest clichés in the dating world: a witty pickup line betters your chances of getting the girl.
But we know it's not always the case. After all, the short and often crude nature of pickup lines makes chances of a "conquest" quite slim. More often than not, pickup lines are viewed as nothing more than pathetic attempts to get into someone's pants, an observation that often leads females to not think much of you.
In today's world of information at your fingertips, men are becoming more aware of cosmetic surgery than ever before. Armed with better knowledge, a growing number of men are turning to plastic surgeons to help them look better and younger.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' annual report, men constituted twelve percent of cosmetic surgery patients last year. The report also contains information on the top five male cosmetic procedures in 2005.
Everyone who knows a thing or two about computers knows there's never a right time to buy one. Just when you think you're the coolest guy in the world because you've got the latest innovation in PCs, the personal computer powers-that-be would launch another model that would make you want to pop every single bubble in the bubble wrap still draped around your just-delivered, oh-so-last week PC.
Just like the way Dell Inc. launched new personal computers last week.
Getting bulging biceps, pectorals, or calves when working out is easy enough. Getting ripped abs like Brad Pitt, however, is an entirely different matter.
A flat and tight tummy is not the easiest thing to attain. You could do 2000 abdominal crunches a day, add 700 daily sit-ups for good measure, eat the right food, and forever forsake sodas and beer, and still have extremely annoying baggage clinging around your midsection.
As a kid, watching my dad do his necktie before going to work was one of the high points of my day. I've always been fascinated with the way he did those complicated tying movements that eventually resulted in a perfectly knotted tie. Never mind that his neckties back then were so wide they reminded me of a boat's oars.
When my turn to wear one finally came, I was hit with the realization that, for all the times I watched my dad do it, he never taught me how to tie a necktie. For years, I wore my neckties in a way that would have made Dilbert proud: rumpled, crooked and sloppily knotted.