Can surgically enhanced beauty ever compare to the natural kind?
A new book, A New Kind of Beauty, by New York-based artist Phillip Toledano, tackles whether plastic surgery is poised to create a new paradigm of what we see as beautiful, and if beauty that never existed previously can be created artificially.
The book features classical-type portraits of people dubbed the Botox Botticellis — those who have all undergone extreme plastic surgery procedures in an effort to appear physically perfect. The results are starkly less-than-perfect, but Toledano argues there’s still something “transcendent” about his subjects.
The images call to question whether plastic surgery enhances beauty, or simply mocks the quest to achieve a better individuality and aesthetic.
Take a look at some of the intense, real-people portraits (no Photoshop used, just some fancy lighting) and see if your feelings about plastic surgery and beauty are affected by these results:
All images and captions courtesy of MrToledano.com
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