04 | Face value Empowerment or exploitation? – Sunday supplement

The decision to get a cosmetic enhancement is complicated. It can be triggered by childhood bullying, influenced by social media, or stem from the belief that you’re not good enough.

The beauty industry encourages you to tie your identity to your appearance. It promises to empower you.

In the latest episode of Face Value, we dig deeper into why so many people are being pressured into changing the way they look. Who are they doing it for? And do cosmetic procedures make people happier or more confident?

Yves Saint James Aquino – physician and philosopher who studies the ethics of cosmetic surgery.
Kirstie Clements – former editor of Vogue Australia.
Imaan Joshi – aesthetic doctor.
Jordan Kay – had numerous cosmetic procedures; influencer and ambassador for a cosmetic clinic.
Gemma Sharp – clinical psychologist, researcher in cosmetic procedures and body image.
Jake Sloane – facial aesthetic physician.
Heather Widdows – moral philosopher, author of Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal.
Kina – teenager.
Natasha – had many cosmetic procedures; marketing consultant for a cosmetic surgery clinic.
Various primary school children.

Siobhan Marin – presenter/producer
Sarah Allely – supervising producer
Amanda Smith – executive producer

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