Today's burning question; if you're shopping for a bigger butt, exactly which butt enhancing method should you choose? Thankfully, Dr. Oz weighed in on this pressing and newsworthy topic during Wednesday's Wendy Williams Show.
Sounds like Wendy may be in the market for a new hiney. But so are a lot of people, especially if they're Brazilian, where plastic surgery sounds about as routine as going to the dentist. According to NPR, 1.5 million plastic surgeries took place in the South American country last year, a full 13 percent of the world's cosmetic tinkering. Surgery is cheaper in Brazil too (like the price of one month's rent on a New York or Los Angeles apartment cheap). A butt lift at the Ivo Pitanguy Institute in Rio de Janeiro cost one woman just $1,600.
Price aside, the question of whose standard of beauty surgical customers are reaching for comes into question. In Brazil, anthropologist Marcelo Silva Ramos says your average woman is mixed-race thanks to the historical slave trade, so they are often brown, curvy on the bottom and small up top with curly hair. On the other hand, the country's advertised standard of beauty is Gisele Bündchen, a tall, thin woman with blonde hair. This creates a chasm that NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro writes women are filling with plastic surgery because places like the Ivo Pitanguy Institute boast the motto that "The poor have the right to be beautiful too."
It's a hairy debate, but where do you fall? Should everyone be able to afford plastic surgery? Should people maintain the bodies they were born with because unrealistic beauty standards are just that and tinkering leads to madness?