Cate Blanchett, Kate Walsh, and Kate Winslet form the Anti-Plastic Surgery League

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett has revealed in a new interview that she is against two things when it comes to beauty—using one’s own urine as a cleanser and getting Botox or plastic surgery.

“There’s been a decade or so of people doing intervention with their face and their body. Now that we’re emerging from that people are seeing that long term it’s not so great,” Blanchett tells Fashionista.com. “I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do, but I know what works for me. I’d just be too frightened about what it means long term. If you have all that stuff done, in the end … you just see the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration, it fills me with pity.”

Interestingly, she is far from the only Kate to declare themselves against cosmetic procedures recently.

Kate Walsh tells this month’s Shape Magazine that the idea of cosmetic procedures don’t sit well with her either.

“We live in a strange time when getting plastic surgery is as common as dyeing your hair,” said Walsh. “But in my profession, I need a malleable face. Everyone has her line in the sand. I draw mine at facials and laser treatments. If others want to go a step further, it’s their call.”

However, Walsh got far more outspoken while tweeting during the Oscars last month. “Dear Hollywood actresses, stop fucking up your faces, it’s looking like the bar scene in Star Wars,” she wrote.

And of course, there’s Kate Winslet—who is one of the most vocal celebrities out there when it comes this issue.

“I will never give in,” Winslet told The Telegraph last summer. “[Plastic surgery] goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty. I am an actress. I don’t want to freeze the expression of my face.”

Then again, this is also the woman who objected when GQ magazine airbrushed her photo in 2003, saying, “I do not look like that and more importantly I don’t desire to look like that.”

I have to agree with these Kates.

I really try to keep an open mind when it comes to plastic surgery. I try to tell myself that it’s just like dying your hair or wearing a pair of Spanx—one little tweak that can make a person feel amazing. I try to tell myself that everyone has the right to look their best, and to spend their money the way they want to. If that’s on a cosmetic procedure, who am I to object?

But the truth is that when it comes to surgical alterations of the non-reconstructive kind, I philosophically object. If you boil it down to its most basic level, plastic surgery is about conforming to a narrow vision of what’s beautiful. It’s about taking whatever features are inherently yours, in the zillions of permutations they come in, and forcing them into the cookie cutter of the same five noses, the same poofy lips, the same spherical breasts, etc. Plastic surgery eliminates differences.

I almost see it as if women, as a group, are on strike, trying to push back against the unreasonable beauty ideals that are driving us all freaking insane. Which kind of makes the woman who gets plastic surgery the scab who crosses the picket line. I understand why she does it. But ouch.

Then again, I realize I’m speaking from a highly privileged position here. I’m 31, so haven’t really had to confront aging yet. And I’ve always been relatively pleased with my features and fully acknowledge that, even if they might not be perfect, they are very much in the range of what our society considers attractive. Also, I have zero pain tolerance and am squeamish as hell, so can’t imagine voluntarily going under the knife, or even needle for that matter.

So I guess what I’m asking is—would you ever consider plastic surgery? How about Botox? And if you’ve gotten either in the past, are you glad you did it? Would you do it again?

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2 thoughts on “Cate Blanchett, Kate Walsh, and Kate Winslet form the Anti-Plastic Surgery League

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