Cosmetic surgery

Sammy is 11 years old. She is young, healthy and attractive but for some
reason, she is not happy with her looks. “When I grow up, I’m going to
be a singer or dancer. It’s hard to get into show business. Looks are
important and I’m going to do everything I can to become famous. I’m
saving all my pocket money so I can have a nose job for my sixteenth
birthday.”

Sammy’s mum, who is an actress, agrees. “Sammy’s nose is OK now, but by the time she is a teenager, it’ll be enormous – like mine was at her age. If Sammy has a big nose, she won’t make it in show business. If she wants cosmetic surgery, then she can have it.”

Dr. Steve Harding, a child psychologist, says: “Sammy is a good looking kid, but she thinks she is going to need a nose job to succeed. I say, look at those stars who have made it in spite of their noses – Barbra Streisand, Gerard Depardieu. The problem with cosmetic surgery is that patients are never satisfied. First it’s their nose, then it’s their eyes or something else. People can easily attach their life problems to their so-called physical defects. But surgery cannot change the person you are inside.”

Glossary 

cosmetic surgery – kosmetická chirurgie
looks – vzhled
show business – zábavní průmysl
enormous – ohromný
a nose job – (slangově) kosmetická úprava nosu
physical defects – fyzické nedokonalosti

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