Thursday, March 18, 2010

plastic surgery



i would never have plastic surgery. this is not an idle, random statement, rather one that originates in the very soul of my being and reflects so much of who i am, what i believe and what i stand for in life. i pass no judgment at all on those who choose to nip, tuck, lypo, enhance, augment or reduce what god gave them. i just don't have an interest. long ago, i accepted all my flaws and i'm proud of the wrinkles, gray hairs, age spots and skin imperfections my wonderful life has given me.

however, when i looked at this photo that bill snapped of me in my art room i did wish 2 things:

1) that i hadn't plucked the daylights out of my brows for over 40 years, resulting in negligible hair where most people have lovely full, arching brows

2) that my mouth was a bit more lush. my thin-lipped, sagging mouth often makes me look angry, sad or stern when inside i am feeling none of those things.

so, bored and full of mischevious energy, i used the liquify tool in photoshop to create how i would look if i DID have plastic surgery:




notice the harpo marx brows and the picasso lips? scary, huh? lesson for the day? be happy with what life gives you AND careful what you wish for!!!

hee hee

23 comments:

Diane said...

:D Julie, I cannot stop laughing. You are beautiful before the "plastic surgery".

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

So funny! I think you look beautiful just the way you are and now with your "enhanced" photo, we can prove it! Most celebrities who have gone under the knife just don't look quite right to me. Won't be my thing either!

Kristy Worden said...

haha!! You look fine! I know what you mean about looking 'mad' when you're not though... I have these creases between my eyes that I think actually scare children! Also, there is a closeup of me with the new grandbaby that I can't deal with because of the closeup on the neck wrinkles, I printed the one that was taken 'farther away'. What can you do... might as well love it!

Mary said...

Julie, Julie, Julie!!!!!!
I roared!!!!!!! :) :) :)
This is too funny!!!

and I know what you mean about those in the moment taken photos!!!!

I have not gone the route of plucking the crap out of my eyebrows, but darn it if they aren't thinning on their very own, growing when they have no business to, and graying!!!!!

I am with you on the plastic surgery thing. What's so wrong with aging I ask???? :) :) :)

Thanks for the giggles!!

Tess said...

HA Ha HA, I too wish I had fuller lips and created a altered photo of myself on my New Year journal with someone elses lips. Funny! You are beautiful even before the photoshop surgery.

Kim Hambric said...

I've often been asked why I'm so angry when I'm not. The older I get, the thinner my lips and the more "angry" creases I get. Oh, well.

Your post made me laugh hysterically. I really needed that. It is not very often I see an "after" photo of a celebrity and think they look better.

Often, women (or men) have cosmetic surgery because they are unhappy with their lives and not necessarily with their looks. I seriously doubt they feel that much better on the inside after they have been remade.

The fact that you are happy with your life and yourself is the key. Thanks so much for this uplifting (no pun intended) post.

Shannon said...

Too FUNNY! Love the lips, though! ;)

supplies overflowing! said...

EW! EW! EW! EW!!!!
This is so funny!!
Many years ago I decided that, for good or bad, a woman with wrinkles has lived a full life.
Of course, I am eating my words now, and trying to believe in that statement for myself!

Karen said...

Ha.. this post made my day! I think I will be happy with what I got!

Terri Stegmiller said...

You are an inspiration in how you face the world and show the real you! I think we all have little things we'd like to change, but I'm with you...couldn't go through with the plastic surgery. I'm learning to live with the changes that are happening as I age, some take more getting used to than others.

julie king said...

thanks, ladies!! if you're laughing then my mission is accomplished!!!

steviewren said...

Too funny! I notice the same things going on with my face too. If I'm not smiling my whole face droops downward...not my best look. As to eyebrows, mine are too thin too and they fall out at the center edges.

My daughter used to hate her body because it wasn't skinny model perfect. Finally one day I told her she better enjoy it because it was probably the best it would ever be. I know I didn't appreciate what I had when I had it.

PrairiePeasant said...

Oh, you made me laugh out loud! Thank you!

Jacqui said...

Yes I really enjoyed this post too Julie - very sharp and funny. Your beauty just shines out of your blog. xx

maggie's garden said...

Julie...this was so funny. I hear ya on the eyebrows. And I just recently gave up the notion to color my hair. You've given me courage today, and lots of giggles!
Thanks,
karen and maggie

lori vliegen said...

oh julie, how you make me laugh!!!! i sure would prefer to see you be liquified in photoshop, rather than go under the knife!!! hee hee :)))

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. Wonderful insight in this funny post. You are beautiful as you are.!. Those picasso lips are toooo much. Still laughing...

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Great post...I love those new eyebrows!

Porch Days said...

Love your sense of humor. I used Photo Booth on my Mac to take my picture then a filter to twist it. Really funny!

Dawn said...

Very cute love it !!

cindy said...

i think you look great!

Brandi said...

Loved your post! I'm on the fence about plastic surgery myself. If I had the money, I might consider an enhancement, but I don't know for sure. For now, I'll stick to super stuffed braziers! :)
But, I noticed you are reading a book by Stephen King (written under the pen name Richard Bachman) I wondered if you've ever read a collection of short stories called The Bachman Books. It's so good! In it is Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Long Walk, Stand By Me, and several others. Anyway, just thought I'd share that if you haven't already read it.
Have a nice day!
p.s.
Love the lips! :)

Kimmie said...

That's funny :)
I like the before picture way better though!

I am a new follower of your blog .... I will enjoy it! Your art and photography are great!