Lebanese Girls and Botox

If you lived in Lebanon or even visited it in the last 10 years, you would know exactly what i am talking about. Ever since Nancy Ajram made her breakthrough with “Akhasmak Ah” song back in 2003, this is what girls started to look like:

Small nose, augmented cheeks, filled lips.

And these are just basic interventions. Facelift, Brow Lift, Eyelid lift and the list goes on.

Not so good looking girls (not to say ugly), used these surgeries to “enhance” their looks. In most cases, it was a complete makeover and you’d barely recognize them after surgery (we all received those celebrities before/after pictures).

But this is not the point behind my post. My point is that I may understand those girls, even though in most cases they got uglier, not to mention the whole plastic/fake look, but I can’t understand the beautiful girls, and more, former beauty queens.

Check these very recent photos of Nadine Nassib Njeim (last saturday). My first reaction was: WHY?
Maybe she looks more beautiful. So what do you think? Does she?

This is just Nadine, I’m sure lots of other beautiful girls did and will be doing the same and this is just sad. I can’t help but questioning the motive behind it.
Did these surgeries establish a beauty standard that even beautiful girls should abide by? Is natural beauty just not enough anymore?

*Updated* Nadine Njeim during Miss Lebanon election.

*PS. I love both Nancy Ajram and Nadine Njeim, fans don’t insult me!

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17 Responses to Lebanese Girls and Botox

  1. johnny says:

    Lame blog!

    • Marie says:

      oh wow 😀 got my 1st negative comment! Thank you Johnny for participating to my blogging experience. You’re free not to read the blog if you don’t like it, I don’t expect everyone to like every single post 🙂

  2. A Bare Truth says:

    I don’t know what she looked like before but the work she done is definitely more natural than other Lebanese starlets

    • Marie says:

      I added a picture at the end of the post. Yes, she is and she is still beautiful. I’m just saying that she didn’t need it.

  3. dee3ana nadine, i used to think she’s one of the prettiest girls in lebanon. and i also thought she had lots of confidence. i wonder what kind of peer pressure they go through that makes them mutilate themselves as such.

  4. kalynor says:

    Me too i don’t know what she looked like before, and she does look pretty. Now why even “beautiful” girls are undergoing surgery, well don’t forget we are in Lebanon, so everyone and it’s neighbor want the exact same thing the other has, and they base their beauty on a certain criteria, not on their uniqueness..I always resort to Meryl Streep as an example, i find her gorgeous even though she doesn’t fit the “lebanese” beauty agenda!

  5. Amira MOURAD says:

    Marie are you sure she did it? cause sometimes photos make us look so different than how we look in reality!
    It happens sometimes that if we have big lips or big cheeks to look bigger in a certain photo 🙂 and i can give u proofs!
    Still i do totally agree that it is tooo bad that beautiful girls are using these surgeries to enhance their look!!

  6. joycemouawad says:

    Hey,

    I really like that someone mentioned this BOTOX phenomenon that is making all Lebanese girls look alike…
    I hate how every girl wants the same nose, the same lips, the same cheeks! why don’t they just be satisfied with how they were born and if they wana undergo a surgery , simply change some minor details and not their entire aspect!

  7. Marie I think you should have a bit more attitude. Don’t be reluctant to point out the role that these women who are in the spotlight play in promoting the idea that it’s business as usual for girls to get “fixed”. Don’t shy away from making the social commentary that you’re slipping in between the lines, and if some fans take it personally because their adored starlet has been criticized.. well as Bender would say they could “kiss my shiny metal ass”.
    Cheers !

  8. It actually saddens me and evenmore sickens me the way plastic surgery is being abused in Lebanon. People fail to realize they’re each created with unique beauty and it is in fact their “flaws” that make them special. Instead they all want to look the same, have the same nose, face structure and all. I personally find girls with not so perfect noses to be extremely attractive, because it gives a whole character to the girl. It’s sad how girls (and even guys!) just want to get rid of what makes them unique so they can look all the same.

  9. Why would a girl in her late 20s, early 30s need to inject botox into her face and puff up her cheeks?

    Yes, many Lebanese are self absorbed and narcissistic as the article below indicates however, the author does not know the underlying reason for Beirut surpassing other international hubs in plastic surgery is not rooted in vanity. Albeit, it seems the outcome and the norm, the real reason is a fascinating social phenomenon stemming back to the history of a war torn country and its infrastructural upheaval.
    War and Botox, what is the correlation?
    Known as “The Phoenix,” Beirut is a city rising from war torn ashes again and again to be the vibrant metropolitan center everyone flocks to for a good time. And no one knows better how to have a good time more so than the people of Beirut.

    However, as friendly, hospitable and generous the Lebanese are, they also have severe negative attributes in personality that halt the society from advancing and combating the stigma and stereotypes indicated in this article. Envy, gossip and extreme exaggeration of the truth are prevalent among neighbors, extended families and friendship rivalries due to the competition for resources. So it is true, to get a job in the field you graduated from you not only have to be aesthetically appealing, but you also have to bribe someone to get you in to be interviewed and hired. It is about who you know, what you have, and what social class you come from. This causes great frustration and the youth flee for equality and a better standard of living elsewhere. No one likes to be cheated from an opportunity they earned because they don’t know the right person or looked good enough for the part.
    Thus, the unfortunate exodus of the educated youth, taking their talents and incomes to international borders, is inevitable. Every family has someone living abroad and supporting them. Remittance funds are an integral part of the country’s sources of income and proud old mothers are known to exaggerate excessively about their children’s occupations and lifestyles abroad. A culture of envy, conceit and shallowness emerges, always trying to outdo each other.

    Lebanon, one of the smallest countries in the world has more emmigrants than it has inhabitants. You can find a lebanese family or community in almost every country in the world. When these young men return for holidays and vacations, or if they are over the hill and socially inept to find a lebanese wife in their city, they go looking for a bride chosen by mom and aunts back in the homeland. There a 50 year old man has his pick of fresh young Melania Trumps, because statistics show for every man returning there is an average of 5 to 7 maids waiting for a groom to give them a green card ticket out of there.
    So there you have the answer as to why a girl in her late 20s, early 30s does botox to her young face. She is willing to marry a man, even the same age of her parents, to take a chance at a better life with fair opportunities for her children. She will make sure to “tweek, tuck and pull” as much as possible to ensure she has the best chance among her clique of fake friends to nabbing the incoming suitor.

    It is this fierce competition among females that drives the plastic surgery industry in Beirut. Everyone is having “something done,” wearing the latest in fashion and living beyond their means.
    They make the most of each day not knowing if tomorrow will come in a region of great political unrest.

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