• Thu, Oct 13 2011

13-Year-Old Long Island Girl Gets Plastic Surgery To Avoid Being Teased


Former child model Nicolette Taylor is 13-years-old. She’d gotten teased “multiple times a week” for a while because of her nose. What made matters worse was feeling like wherever she went, her bullies could access her: Nicolette was harassed on social networking sites when not in school. Nicolette’s mother, Maria Taylor, told Nightline correspondent JuJu Chang:

“They went on Facebook, and they started posting, ‘Hey big nose. It happened probably about five times that week. … I came in when she was on the phone with the boy, and I took the phone from her, and I said, ‘Listen, you need to take them off Facebook.’ I was crazy, crazy.”

So, after enduring regular harassment and subsequent insecurity, Nicolette simply went and got a nose job:


So, the teasing was the major factor here. As a sidenote, we’re lucky to have not really had robust social networking sites in junior high, so perhaps we’re not understanding: can one not unfriend bullies on Facebook? (We’re not being glib, we’re sincerely curious how one might be harassed on Facebook with adequate privacy settings). For whatever reason, we’re also told that Nicolette had broken her nose twice (which contributed to its appearance) as if that offers further insight into why a 13-year-old has gotten plastic surgery. Thanks to celebrities, people everywhere are familiar with the “plastic surgery as healing” defense.

Nicolette’s parents compare what they’ve done to getting her braces: ”You send them to a good school,” her father Rob Taylor told ABC. “You’d buy them shoes. You’d get them braces, which we did. It’s that kind of thing.” It’s worth noting here that Nicolette’s not a terribly unusual case: earlier this year, ABC news reported that plastic surgery “to avoid being bullied” was on the rise. In 2007, around 90,000 teens opted for cosmetic enhancement.

Plastic surgery has been a pretty popular subject around TheGloss lately, with a lot of commenters passionately defending their right to utilize cosmetic procedures as an act of self-esteem building. Several commenters have revealed that they were specifically teased about their noses and don’t regret getting them fixed. Presumably, none of them were under 18.

As for Mr. Taylor’s justifications: getting a thirteen-year-old a nose job is very, very, very different from sending them to the University of Chicago. It’s also very different from buying them shoes, because one can remove shoes and change shoes depending on mood and whim. And ultimately, yes, getting a nose job is different from getting braces (on the most basic level, one is a surgical procedure and the other is not).

However, the braces comparison does touch on an interesting point. We–like a lot of kids in our generation–got braces young because we didn’t have perfect teeth. Not so imperfect, granted, that we got teased about them. Most parents who provide braces for their children figure that one goes further professionally with good teeth. The same logic can reasonably be applied to a more conventionally attractive nose. Still, we wonder how often plastic surgery is used as a (very drastic) Band-Aid for genuine issues with self-esteem. We also tend to suspect that a lot of the self-loathing and insecurity–that are a regular part of one’s teens–will endure until self-esteem develops the old fashioned way.

Also. Remember Botox Mom? The (hoax?) woman who injected her little girl with botox and gave her “virgin waxes” because she wanted the child to be a successful model/actress? People were outraged over it, perhaps because Botox Mom was pretty upfront about her actions being motivated purely by shallowness (and not harassment, like here). Are people going to be less outraged by this because of the difference in a few years?

It’s striking that all parents involved were happy to tell their stories on television.

Some people will say that Rob and Maria are good parents concerned with their child’s future and current well-being. Others will surely call this child abuse. At least one poll has it at a pretty even split. What do you say?

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(via HuffPo, Daily Mail)

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  • Fabel

    Hm, I don’t even know– my first thought was, well, won’t the bullies just continue to make fun of her? As long as she’s at the same school, now won’t she be “that-girl-who-got-a-nose-job”? Or is the mindset now-a-days more like “Thank God she got that fixed!”

    • Fatima

      Exactly! When bullies target someone it’s not about whatever they’re teasing you about, it’s about the person. There’s something about her that made her that made them hone in and her fixing one aspect most likely won’t stop them from teasing her. Most likely it will empower them to tease her even more to see what else she’ll change about herself based on what they say. Terrible life lesson.

  • Eileen

    As Fabel said, there are a lot of reasons to make fun of kids. Hopefully she didn’t actually like her old nose – that would be the worst, I think, to be made so ashamed of a feature you liked that you actually changed it. And I do think it could happen more easily at 13 than at pretty much any other age (especially since your face changes between 13 and adulthood)

    As for braces…eh, maybe. But not entirely. Some people get braces for cosmetic reasons, but if your teeth are really crooked/you have gaps, it can cause serious dental problems down the road. If she’d been having breathing problems it would be a better analogy.

  • Lauren

    At 13 everyone is weird looking, or thinks they are weird looking. I don’t think plastic surgery as an adult is wrong, but plastic surgery while your face and body are still changing is. Most people have an awkward stage, and it’s usually at 13. If I had gotten plastic surgery every time I hated something about my face or body when I was that age, I would probably look like Mickey Rourke right now.

  • Kayla

    Although middle school was years and years ago, I still remember all too clearly the sting of being constantly teased and bullied (just because I was the new kid). Adolescents already think everybody is looking at them, and they’re also more likely to react violently (on themselves or others). Being a teacher now, I see things haven’t changed and it’s much of the same, if not more extreme with younger having access to Facebook and cell phones.

    Ideally, this girl should have been raised in a society where straight, pointed noses aren’t expected to be the norm. But she wasn’t, and as it stands, kids are mean. Really, really mean. If getting a (what I’ve heard) relatively simple cosmetic procedure is going to make her feel better about herself, and she has parent permission, I say go for it. My partner’s mother apparently had a “weird” nose growing up, and got a nose job when she was a teenager. I had no idea until I was told about it months after meeting her. NBD.

  • Allie

    Am I the only one who thinks this is pretty normal? I mean, usually the girls got their noses done at 16, so 13 is kind of young. But really? News coverage for that? I’m mostly just surprised she didn’t take the normal route, go to “camp” for a couple of months the summer after her sophomore year of high school, and then come back and deny that anything had changed about her looks.

    • Fatima

      Who do you know? This is so not normal. Maybe in “rich people” circles but not where I’m from.

  • Aj

    I feel for this girl and her parents. I think it is a tough spot. But personally I don’t think I would have let her do it. It sends the message that it’s ok to let people bully you into hating yourself and you should either continue to hate yourself or change whatever it is that they pick on you about and let the bullies get their way. Those aren’t the only options, but a 13 year old probably doesn’t get that, but her parents probably should. But as a parent, you want your kids to be happy ultimately, so I hesitate to say they are just bad parents. I just hope they really spent time thinking this through.

    And the Facebook part, I’m sure she could have unfriended them, but I’m thinking they were talking about her on each other’s walls, instead of just on her wall. I’m pretty sure she could still change her privacy settings so she wouldn’t be able to read them on other’s walls, but that wouldn’t stop them from saying things anyway.

  • Kat

    A few points here:
    1) Disclosure: I have had plastic surgery as the result of an accident.
    2) I became far more self-conscious after my issue was ‘fixed’. I started trying to ‘fix’ everything else – and I fear that’s what’s happening here. Not only has her nose been changed, she’s also tanning, wearing makeup and false eyelashes/lash extensions.
    3) I think that young girls suffer from this snowball effect – they will never feel perfect and thus will always suffer from low self esteem, until we get them to understand how being imperfect is OK, and that confidence isn’t just about looks, it’s about brains and abilities as well.

    • SM

      I dunno, it’s pretty normal for girls to start doing their brows, tanning and getting into makeup around her age. Getting the nose job might of made her more comfortable with trying out different styles with her looks.

  • Jillian

    I am not opposed to a 13 year old having plastic surgery, but I’m not sure this is the end of her problems.

    I think it is okay as long as it was cleared not only by the doctor that performed the surgery, but another doctor. I can see how it is similar to getting braces. Also, it was as a result of a broken nose. If your child had a big scar across their face, you’d get them plastic surgery to hide it or make it less obvious, right? Besides, she’d probably get one herself once she’s old enough, so why not now (unless it is a medical risk)?

    However, I’m not sure it will solve the problem. She has already established herself as “bulliable”. I worry that they will just find something else to pick on. There is more to it than her having an unconventional nose. She may come off as weak or as having low self-esteem (or maybe she’s actually a total snob and they are retaliating). Not everyone with a big or weird nose is bullied. Some popular teens are awkward looking, but have a confident personality that makes other teens want to be around them (and therefore, not push them away with bullying).

    I hope for her sake that this clears it up, but I think if they start bothering her about her ears or something, the next step is to visit a life coach or counselor to help her cope, and not a second trip to the plastic surgeon.

  • Maggie

    This is a tough issue. I will say, Facebook really has expanded the bullying scene in junior high in an awful way, and it’s tough to deal with as a parent. I’m older than my brother by seven years, so I sort of fall in a grey area between sister and parent, so I definitely get the parents’ protective reaction. He’s been bullied on Facebook, and I’ve found myself wanting to go slap some 12 year olds upside the head and curse them out. Hell, I’ve even gotten phone calls from my best guy friend at 1 a.m. asking if he could chew out my little brother’s “friends” on Facebook for being such assholes (I said no, but ahhh, that’s how tempting it is!). It’s like, you know middle school is hard because it was horrible for you (or at least it was for me), but there it is, right in front of you, kids being menacing little brats to your loved one, and it can really make your blood boil and make you hate humanity. Changing privacy settings can feel like displaying weakness and admitting to letting the people get to you. It might be the right option, but I don’t know if I would do it either. And there are still plenty of other places on Facebook for them to bully. One guy at my brother’s school even left a mean comment on a picture of my brother on my mother’s Facebook. So the kids are creative, and it means your kid is dealing with that awful middle school bullying way more than just 8 to 3. Most likely, he wakes up to it and falls asleep right after seeing it.

    That (long-winded) anecdote being said, I don’t think I would let my daughter get a nose job at 13. First of all, as dark and twisted as it is, I know bullying built up my character a ton in those days and made me a better person at the end of it. Second, your face is going to change so much between 13 and adulthood, there’s a chance that expensive plastic surgery is going to end up looking more ridiculous than the original nose when she’s grown up. Now, since the bumps were due to two accidents, I wouldn’t judge at all if she got a nose job after she had fully-developed. Hell, I have a bump on my nose, and I play around with the idea of it. I think I’ve got too much pride to actually do it, but I have several friends who went and had it done after they were fully-grown adults and they’re plenty happy with it and way more confident. I wish it didn’t have to be like that, but as someone with a bump-nose, I understand. The thing’s right smack dab in the center of every picture you’ll ever take, and your constantly self-conscious about which angle you’re getting photographed from. Now, this comment’s gotten waaay too long so I’m just gonna leave it at that. She was too young to get the surgery, but if she wanted to later in life, go for it!

  • pattya

    i grew up on long island and know first hand that plastic surgery for teenagers has a long tradition. coming back to school after holiday break the hallways were littered with girls and boys with bruises under their eyes highlighting their new petite nose, some also had smaller chests and in more then one case smaller thighs. to be honest no one really cared. while i often perferred their face pre-surgery if they were happy – yay for them!

    i am going to make a judement here, becuase that is what the comment section is for – this girl was not bullied because of her nose, sure that is what they picked on, but this girl was bullied because of a another reason. i am going to guess she has an insufferable personality, i make this judgement based on the opening line of the story “she was a child model.” yes kids are cruel, and they also call bullshit quickly…this girl tried to use her childhood career to gain street cred and it didnt pass the smell test…perhaps instead of giving in to a 13 year-old and making slim rationalizations her parents should have sat her down and said “honey we think you beautiful and talented but you didnt get the lead in the school play because susyq was better, so stop crying and play rock #3 like your life depends on it, we are so proud of you no matter what!”

    • tara

      I have to disagree that something in her personality made her deserve to get bullied. The child model part probably played a part in her parents being cool with paying for surgery, but I know from experience that middle school age kids will pick on anyone. I have a sort of beaked nose and was bullied for it everyday back in the day. However, I was pretty much a mute and when I did talk I was overly nice to everyone. I don’t get bullied for it anymore, but in the back of my mind I’ll always be self conscience. I wish I could get a nose job so I wouldn’t have to worried that I’m being dismissed as ugly as soon as people saw my nose.

    • pattya

      i am sorry about your experience, I do understand that sometimes people do just get picked on. if you were in my school i would have stuck up for you. no one deserves it. plus, i like a distingished nose, so i probably would have thought you were pretty.

      i think i am having a hard time articulating my point. i will try again, but i don’t know if i will be more succesful. i grew up where this girl lives and i have know a lot girls like her and my experience is that they arent innocent in the exchange. its like when someone is rude and you are rude back and then they get all offended. this is the land of that.

      i guess what it comes down to is we both brought our own life experiences to this story they are just different. yeah this probably didnt help at all.

    • geneo

      I’m shocked and disgusted by this original comment and have to say this “blame the victim for the crime” mindset is the reason why bullying is still such a factor with our kids (deny and shove your head in the sand). My own daughter, who’s 20 now, was bullied through much of middle and high school for the shape of her jaw and the size of her forehead and would come home, not say anything about it to us until it became incessant. We had always, since she was little, told her that she was beautiful and talented at everything she put her mind to. It didn’t matter what we said or how many times we dealt with the bullies, their parents and the school, they were vicious for no reason that my daughter caused and her close friend who had a similar sweet personality was also bullied by the same kids. You can not understand the damage that bullying does to a child, their self esteem, their thought process and their family relationship, until Your CHILD is faced with it. Have we not seen enough stories of kids being bullied, resorting to them killing themselves, injuring others and even for those that trudge on through life with emotional scars to understand that bullying is wrong no matter what and that we have to stand up for the victim, NOT throw stones at them!!!
      Bravo to this family for being in touch with their daughter and what she was going through and having the balls to look into options when the “suck it up/pretend it doesn’t hurt” crap didn’t make it go away! This girl broke her nose at 8 and for that she was tormented until 13 when it obviously became unbearable. Thanks god we live in a country where we have options and if I had had an options for my own daughter I would have gladly done anything to reduce the pain and scars she suffered from the bullying..I didn’t have an option!
      God Bless this family for doing whatever they needed to help their daughter and God Bless this girl for her maturity and for her courage to make and go through with her decision. This story touched me at a deep personal level and seeing the emotional reaction of this girl after the surgery took me back to the pains my own daughter endured during her torments. We all have to realize the deep impact of Bullying, put our feet down and pass tougher laws to stop it!!!!

    • Jun

      geneo, I completely agree with you. The original comment here has that “blame the victim” attitude and it totally grosses me out.

      So one gets bullied because she has a bad personality?
      One gets sexually harassed because she dress slutty?

      STFU. This mentality is gross.

    • pattya

      no one is throwing stones. i just don’t see this particular situtation as you. different lives, different experiences. again, i do agreed that people sometimes do get bullied for no good reason and that is terrible. this story just doesnt seem like one of those to me.

      also, it doesnt take maturity to go through with plastic surgery it takes money. i think her parents taught her the wrong lesson. every person has something, can’t throw money at every problem and fix it, but amazing if you could.

    • pattya

      don’t let anyone victimize you. stick up for yourself and move on, end of story.

    • bluem

      yes!

  • Amy

    Um, can we talk about the fact that the before/after photos look like two completely different girls? Obviously she’s tanner in the after shot, but her eyes look like they’re a different shape and she no longer has creases around her mouth. Honestly I couldn’t get past the drastic change and the terrible “sexy pout” on her face in the after photo to even think about the ethical and/or moral implications of 13-year-olds having plastic surgery.

  • Amber Dawn

    If her nose being broken contributed to the shape, I can see wanting to “fix” it with plastic surgery.. but honestly I see someone who has a unique, memorable face wanting to look just like everyone else. Every teenager thinks that what makes them unique is a disgusting horrible thing that makes them a freak of nature…. and many of us appreciate those attributes more when we are grown. I’ll admit, I’m partial to a strong nose, and didn’t see anything “wrong” with the way she looked. Also, I am not at all convinced that something like this is a good reaction to a kid being bullied. I understand that teen bullying can be really serious, but what kind of person does it teach you to be if you are told, “Oh, people don’t like you because you’re different? Well, be just like them, that will make it all better.” Hmm.. no personality, no backbone, seems like the outcome of that, and that’s not what I would want for my kid. (I don’t really think girls should get nose jobs at 16 either. But maybe that’s just me.) It’s a fine line, and I don’t think the act itself is inherently right or wrong.. but I really hope her parents are teaching her something more than being prettier will make it all better. Of course, this is coming from a girl who never got braces because my family couldn’t afford it…

  • Kat Gautreaux

    If I had a really difficult facial feature that made self-esteem hard, even if there were no bullies, I’d hope to god my parents would let me get it fixed. If my daughter gets my husband’s nose, and when she is 13 it makes her cry every day, I’m going to let her decide whether or not she wants to get it fixed.

    • Jo

      I understand the sentiment, although something about the choice of the word “fix” is really eerie to me. Her nose was totally functional and there was nothing “wrong” with it, aside from society’s stereotype of beauty, so maybe let’s use “conform” instead of “fix.”

  • Tania

    I broke my nose when I was six, and it’s had a lump in it ever since. I was never bullied specifically for my nose (everything else, sure – I suppose being informed I was ugly includes my nose), but I have always hated it, and if my parents had let me/could have afforded it, I would have had it fixed in a New York Minute.

    Still would, twenty years later!

  • JAB

    I think this young teen would have had the nose job just as soon as she legally could have on her on. Kids in school are so cruel to each other. I had one person say to me one time “If a kid can survive grade school and high school, then the rest of your life is a breeze.” He was right. If this nose job made this young girl happier and stopped the ugly comments then it is worth it, even at age 13. And yes it’s just like getting your child braces.

  • Wayne Kotke

    I keep thinking about this line from Stephen King’s preface his his novel, “Carrie.” He talks about girls he knew in high school who were relentlessly bullied and how he now regrets never having stood up to those bullies. “It’s hard to stand up when you’re fourteen,” he writes. Even harder at thirteen, I’d imagine. As someone who was bullied almost constantly in elementary school and junior high, I wish this girl could have stood up for herself and not given in to bullies. But I know how tough that can be. I know how hard those school days can be and how you’d do just about anything to make the bullying stop.

    Sometimes, we just suck as a society. This girl’s nose died for our sins.

  • crackerjackie

    Is it me or are her lips different too?

    I just hope she remembers how she felt when people treated her beforehand and shows others who are bullied and teased respect and support.

    • jo

      word to the second half of that.

  • Rosie

    I’ve never left a comment on any website/blog, but I felt so strongly about this particular piece that I had to. I have a fairly large, broken nose and while it isn’t Gonzo-sized, it’s prominent. I was teased, bullied and harassed MERCILESSLY in grade school through middle school, and even parts of high school when, at prom, someone said I looked like “a Jewish dyke”. Not only is that offensive to both lesbians and the gay community in general, the Jewish comment was targeted at my nose. I had to switch grade schools twice, and middle schools as well to get away from my tormentors, and it did quite a number on my self-esteem. Although I think that thirteen is quite young for cosmetic surgery, I completely understand why this girl would want to do it. If I had the opportunity to get my nose fixed at that age, I absolutely would have done it to avoid the cruel teasing. I’m still considering the surgery at 21. I agree that bullies target people and will tease them no matter what, but when 10 year olds are telling other 10 year olds that, “No one will ever love you because you’re ugly”, anything that can be done to boost a child’s self esteem should be done.

    • Sid Leroux

      Um, i hate to tell you this but cosmetic surgery isn’t going to fix anything. It’s not looks that kids pick on, its low self esteem and the person’s inability to stand up for themself. It’s about picking on some one who is easy to pick on. Trust me, I was bullied horribly too. I was the kid in school where EVERYTHING I did was critisied by EVERYTING and was always the subject of gossip and torment. All because i was awkward and depressed. But then one day i looked at one of my bullies in the eye and said, “why are you guys so obsessed with me?” he scoweled and said “Ew, i’m not!” and i replied “then stop bullying me.” and guess what? he made a face like he just took a shit and walked away. and the bullying stopped. No one made fun of my gross curly hair anymore. No one accused me of being a lesbian. No one snorted in class when i didnt understand something. The only way to make bullies stop is to stand up for yourself, to show them their words arent affecting you anymore. Not to be agressive, but to just laugh off what they’re saying like you’re both just joking around. I’m a senior in highschool and now and im even freinds with some of the kids who used to bully me. Conforming to this kind of plastic surgery is just giving in to what society demands of you, but if you cant accept yourself and love yourself and be above the bullying, you’ll never be happy. You’ll just keep getting plastic surgeries and fake tans and botoxes until you’re just a big fake person.

  • Bluem

    Good grief. How did the nose job make her more tan?

    Listen. Yes, she looks superficially better with her new nose. Yes, people will like her more because she looks more appealing. But isn’t apart of growing up adapting? I get that bullying can be really bad. I had a very questionable grill until I decided to pay for my own braces. It was awful. Kids need people around them to tell them that they are okay the way they naturally are instead of agreeing that yes, you are imperfect, let’s fix this! This is like jumping too far ahead. Immediately trying to please other people instead of learning to be pleased with yourself. It’s totally superficial. And awful.

    And besides, if she’s already broken her nose twice, she’ll probably undo this magic real quick.

  • Ana

    I’m sure someone has mentioned this but I can’t find it so… at 13, her bones and facial features aren’t done growing yet, and plastic surgery doesn’t grow with you, I wonder at how that will be addressed. Also what kind of message does this send to her peers. If others can affect what you do, you can affect what others do, even at the young age of 13, she should be held accountable for her actions, she just effectivly told everyone, “I agree, it was ok to bullt me, my nose was ugly so I fixed it” and possibly related the message that others should follow. Originally “bullying” was a way to get an unhealthy person in the group/tribe/early cultures to conform into something that was best for the group and individual so that humans could survive. It’s still necessary, but now it’s aimed at the wrong things, and so causing problems instead of solutions.

    • Ana

      Bully not bullt*

    • Leo

      Apparently girls’ noses stop growing at an early age.
      So it’s probably not going to grow again…

  • jazmin

    to me i prefer the way her nose looks now if i were her i would have done the same i know it sounds rediculious but im saying the truth i would have done it if i was being teased beacuse of my nose she looked horrible before but now she looks beautiful i love it

  • jazmin

    well she did the right thing by getting her nose fixed cause if i were her i would have done the same nobody will like to get teased over how they were borned and to say the truth that nose was hiddious thank god she did that it was the best and only thing to do……….

    • THE SMART ONE

      Look their is no such thing as UGLY OR BEAUTIFUL! It’s just a features that some people are attracted to. Some people aren’t. Just like some people like others with long hair and others like those wIth short. But It doesn’t really matter what they like, becasue the world shouldn’t be something that your trying to impress anyways, you just need to be yourself and love yourself for who you are. They way you were born is the way your were born, oh well if people don’t like it becasue it’s not what’s attractive now of days, people need to realize that and get over it,move on,ignore,and just live your life, just be happy your alive. Getting surgey is unhealthy anyways, and you should only get it if its a life ore death situatiation, or if its causing medical problems. If your being made fun of let the critism make you stronger and if your hearing it so much it shouln’t even bother you after a while anymore beacsue you are use to it and you dont care. If you were born with a feature that is just diffrent and people are constatly making fun of you, it helps you find real friends fatser, becasue you know who makes fun of you, so that cant be your friend, and the one that is nice and dosen’t make fun of you could be your friend that you can trust. I was attacked by a dog when I was in the 2nd grade. I use to have that look that everyone thought was just so beautiful and and attracted now of days. But after the attack people started teating me different becasue of my looks. So I was like “Oh ok, ya’ll wanna treat me diffrent because of what I looked like, then whatever I’m glad I found out early that you ain’t my friend. So I just treated people nice and with respect no matter what they said or thought abot me, and true friends came to me,after a while becasue I knew I loved myself and didn’t care how I looked or what other people thought of my looks. I just went out there and was just happy to be alive, I was just like whatever, I don’t give and damn and you shouln’t either. Beacuse just like your clothes and items dont define you, your looks dont either. ITS ALL ABOUT CHARACTER!!!!! CHARACTER,CHARACTER,CHARACTER!! THATS IT! THAT WHAT MAKE YOU WHO YOU ARE! Psotive attitude, leads to positive actions, and decisons, and you will find postive people too. No matter what! FOR THE AS LONG AS THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD NOBODY WILL EVER LOOK (EXACTLY) THE SAME, EVERRRRR! So people pleassssssssssee, stop stressing yourselfs out over nothing at all, becasue this something big in the world that should me so tiny, and I mean it shouldn’t even exist. People pick a cobonation of human features that THEY LIKE AND THEN SAY PEOPLE WITH THESE FATURES ARE PRETTY! WHO ARE THEY TO TELL ME WHAT I SHOULD LOOK LIKE! THEY AINT NOBODY,SHOOT! AND ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY BEILEVE THEM AND ACTUALLY DO CHANGE THEM SELVES ARE RETARTED AS HELL! INSUCURE
      LOOKS ARE NOTHING THOUGH! ITS LIKE SAYING THESE TOES ARE CUTE “umm…..ok…? they are just toes who calls toes cute who cares they are just toes that help to balance you dont need to make them look a ceatain way. all you need to do is take care of them so they can continue helping to walk.” same thing with noses,ears,eyes,skin color. People’s genetics are cause for a reason to help you survive. If you live you live in Africa you genetics are more likey to give you dark skin becaseue it will help you survive in the hot sun becasue you are darker. If you have a large nose its for a reason, becasue your gentecs, t will most likely help you survvie better. if you have a big nose You will be able to breath more easily in stuffy areas. If you live some where and you get genes that have nothing to do with your area its probally becasue it takes yeras and generations for the humans characteristcas to change and adapt to their area and get better fearures to survive in this specific area better. its like animals.People looks are nothing it just helps you survive and its life!!!!! LIVE AND JUST MAKE YOURSELF (HAPPY!) BECASUE ISN’T BEIGN HAPPY IS JUST WHAT EVRYONE WANTS AND TRYS TO ACHIEVE!! right?THINK ABOUT IT

  • Stefano Dallas

    IIt is really interesting case. At first glance, when I saw the title of the article I said no because she is too young. It is so bad for our society to “judge” a girl for her physical feature. On the other hand, watching her photo after the operation I realized something else. This girl doesn’t look 13 or 14 years old, no innocent to her face. Why the girls want to be like a woman on their 13?
    Simultaneously, I have the opposite opinion. Why the prominent ears correction is accepted to be performed at the age of 6 before the child go to school and not a rhinoplasty? (of course after a facial skeleton growth has been achieved). An otoplasty is acceptable at younger ages, why not a rhinoplasty at the age of 15?

  • Nathalie

    I’m not against the plastic surgery as altering your appearance, even at 13. It’s whatever. I do not know very much about plastic surgery but i’m sure it has heath repercussions, that is what i’m against.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    I had a friend growing up that was teased mercilessly because she had a big nose. She was so sweet and a wonderful person, but no matter what she did, there was always some asshole around to rain on her parade with some sort of cruel comment. As a result she was horrifyingly shy.

    any parent that allows their kid to suffer when something could easily be fixed, is a form a child abuse.

    • Ali

      That qualifies quite a few things as child abuse, doesn’t it? I don’t like it when that term is thrown around so loosely, as the interpretation you created encompasses MANY things.

  • Rebekah Mae

    People are making such a big deal out of this but I honestly see nothing wrong with it. This is not like she has tiny boobs and the kids are teasing her about it so her parents say “Oh my God, stop calling out daughter itty bitty titties” and then turn around and say “Honey do you want bigger boobs because the kids are teasing you?”

    This is something else. Her nose looked deformed from it being broken in the past. They were merely giving her the option of having a normal looking nose.

    My parents did the same thing for my brother when he was her age (no seriously he was 13 at the time). He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and part of that, I guess, came with hearing loss and deformed ear lobes. So, when the kids were teasing him constantly in school they asked him if he wanted surgery to make them look relatively normal. There is nothing wrong with this. They are merely fixing a deformation and making their child’s life a little bit better.

    Just like my parents did with my older brother.

    • Reality Check

      Well, I would have to disagree with this. For two main reasons, having a “big nose” is not a real deformity. It is based on the opinion of some jerk who has no idea what he’s saying. Second, hearing loss is not a deformity. People who are completely deaf function normally in society, and their are a wide variety of ways to adapt to hearing loss. Trust me. My brother who is seven copes with it everyday. Also, having a real condition or a congenital defect is completely different. I can sympathize with this little girl, but her parent’s actions are totally uncalled for. It is just a temporary fix for a long term problem.

    • Amanda Gun

      I agree with this, in a way. If she had broken it in the past and that contributed to its apperance, it’s likely that she already felt bad about it and the bullying just exacerbated the problem. If she’s getting plastic surgery to appease the bullies, that’s absolutely terrible, and I don’t think it’s right, but if it’s something that’s coming from inside her I think plastic surgery can be a great way to correct something that’s standing in the way of her happiness. It’s only dangerous if you think it’s going to fix all of your problems if you just have one more surgery.

  • Ally

    I think getting a nose job so young is probably a little bit iffy just because her features have not ‘settled’ yet. She still has quite a few more years to grow so maybe once she’s fully grown, her nose will look awkwardly small, who knows?
    Also, her nose job is really obvious and that could actually cause her to be the target of more bullying. Something along the lines of ‘oh we made fun of your nose, so you got a new one’. It’s a really sad situation that bullying has caused her to feel so insecure.

  • jolien

    i really hope she is happy now. And to be honest it looks way better! What people don’t reallise here that saying: accept yourself, this is who you are, be happy with how you look and bullshit like that but it’s way to easy to say that if you have never been bullied. they say there is a lower then 1% chance that in 4 years here face looked normal, but that’s 4 years of bieng bullied 5 times a day, 35 times a week,1820 times a year 94640 times in 4 year! can you imagine how that feels? as an insecure teenager? teenagers a judged on there appearance way more than adults. when youre older than 30 people don’t expect you to look perfect anymore, but add the age of 13 your soposed to look better than in the rest of your life. and 4 years might seem like nothing to adults but 13 year is just a little over 3 times 4 plus she has been bullied even before she was 13. and 13 to say 18? is soposed to be the best time of your life. great being bullied every day. i think it’s wonderful that her parents allowed her to do something like that. they gave her a chance of not getting bullied. ofcourse it’s possible that she will get bullied again but her biggest insecuritie is gone so she can start bilding up her self-esteem i hope she will go to a coach or someone els to help here with that.

  • Rebekah Mae

    To Reality Check:

    I’m not saying that hearing loss is a deformity, I just threw that in there (that was my own fault, the main focus in that statement should have been on his misshapen earlobes[so I apologize if I offended you]). Nor am I saying that having a big nose is a deformity either. From the front view of this child’s nose, it looks normal to me, but from the side view, the bridge of it looks strange. which is, what I can only assume, from it being broken in the past, which has caused it to be misshapen and deformed looking.

    though I see your point, you’re right, it is a temporary fix for a long term problem.

  • HjayEm

    She looks like she had her lips plumped a little bit.
    I’m 17 years old and was teased for my nose all through school and I would NEVER get plastic surgery I was born with it, everyone has faults .

  • Kim

    Two words: Barbra Streisand
    She could have “fixed” her nose, but she didn’t.
    People even told her she should.
    Cindy Crawford had her modeling agency “suggest” she loose the mole. She didn’t.

    • Rozy

      Kim, that’s exactly what I was thinking… Barbra never changed for anyone… and look at her fly like an eagle :)

  • Rozy

    if it makes HER feel better (NOT HER tormentors) i would let her get it done… switch schools after that and a new fresh beginning without people harassing her.. schools need to do something about the bullies… kids can be sooooo soooo cruel… i was lucky enough to look average i spose, i never got teased in that manner

  • babs

    Good for her! She is proactive with her life..I laugh at the bs from people who think she should stay the way she is …if you don’t fight in this life to be the way you think you should be, you will be very unhappy..do what you think you should do and not conform to others’ ideas..

  • Leo

    I’m ok with this.
    If you break an arm bone, you go to the doctor and fix it.
    If you break your finger, you go to the doctor and fix it.
    You don’t want it to heal up and get set into place and now you got a freaking messed up finger or arm.
    Same concept except it was less major damage.
    She broke her nose. It only makes sense to fix it.
    It just takes a while because her nose was still growing.
    But now it’s stopped so it’s only right to fix it and let her move on with her life.

  • SometimesElla

    You all are focusing on her nose, but it definitely looks like she got her lips done too. Does a 13 year old really need her lips done?

    If you take the “well if she’s self conscious about it…sure!” approach that so many are taking, I’d have to ask – Why would a 13 year old even know to be self conscious about her lips? I don’t recall knowing about differences in lip shapes until HS.

    That said, while I’m not entirely against fixing the construction of a now-healed break, I have to wonder if allowing for cosmetic surgery at 13 teaches some not so healthy lessons – “If someone doesn’t like something about you, go out and change it!” “You have to be pretty because it’s your most important asset!” etc.

    • guest

      I agree, while I can understand the nose job, it definitely fixed her lips as well. I guess she can go back to being a model now, can she?

    • MR

      Again the self-esteem issue. A young adolescent woman needs to establish pride in her own indentity. When I was young, I knew such first hand. I don’t agree with all this emphasis on comestic appeal. Seems shallow, as though a woman can have no identity without it.

    • Candy

      I don’t think she got her lips done, she’s just a vain little girl in love with her new look and obviously pursing them together in her best blue steel “after” shot. I briefly did the same thing for about an hour after being allowed to finally wear lipstick until my mother laughingly wondered aloud in front of company whether my lips had gotten permanently stuck in that position.

  • Patricia

    Why not get surgery? It’s very easy for us to say “take it like a champ, it’ll make you stronger”. Kids can be so damn cruel, so if a srugically reconstructed nose is the ticket out of it, I sure as hell would pay for surgery if my kid asked for it.

    I wasn’t bullied over my physical appearance in high school, I was bullied the first year in my new school just for being the new fucking kid, and let me tell you, if I could have just switched schools, I would have. Sometimes the easy fix isn’t necessarily wrong.

    But I do have to raise one question: is the fake tan necessay? And the pouty lips? Now that’s just creepy.

  • Deb

    My step-sister had large ears that stuck straight out from her head. When she was in her 30s, she had them worked on. The Dr did a beautiful job and now the first thing you notice is not her ears but her beautiful green eyes. And she positively blossomed as a result. I don’t know how things might have been different for her if this could have been done when she was a teenager, but I wish our parents could have afforded it then.

  • Sugar

    I am completely with you, Sid.

  • parentalfailure

    she got a nose job and now has a tan and some blonde highlights…whats next? “mom they make fun of my small boobs,” “dad they make fun of….” come on

  • Jasmine

    Her lips look way different as well.

  • Jasmine

    Her lips look way different as well.

  • Judy

    Sorry but she still is ugly for me!