My Beautiful Mommy – Kids’ Book on Plastic Surgery
“My Beautiful Mommy” is a book to explain plastic surgery to kids. And by “kids,” I mean it’s targeted at 4-7 year olds, because some plastic surgeon was worried that the little ones wouldn’t understand that mommy wasn’t really “hurt or sick” when she came home from the hospital with bandages and bruises after her boob job or tummy tuck.
Look, do whatever you want, but I have a problem with a plastic surgeon working to normalize these procedures for little kids and including a message of always striving to be “prettier” for girls who haven’t even hit puberty yet. As Newsweek indicates, the book:
“…features a plastic surgeon named Dr. Michael (a musclebound superhero type) and a girl whose mother gets a tummy tuck, a nose job and breast implants. Before her surgery the mom explains that she is getting a smaller tummy: ‘You see, as I got older, my body stretched and I couldn’t fit into my clothes anymore. Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better.’
Mom comes home looking like a slightly bruised Barbie doll with demure bandages on her nose and around her waist.. The book doesn’t explain exactly why the mother is redoing her nose post-pregnancy. Nonetheless, Mom reassures her little girl that the new nose won’t just look ‘different, my dear—prettier!'”
Argh. I’m not linking to the publisher for the book, but BoingBoing has an image of the cover. Apparently cosmetic surgery causes you to be surrounded by fairy dust and butterflies, and your kid will throw open her arms because she finally loves the new, not ugly you.