In what could subtly pass as an obvious response to Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) stance on plastic surgery, OAP Toke Makinwa has taken to her social media page to slam critics of people who perform surgeries to enhance their looks/body.
|Toke Makinwa and Richard Mofe Damijo|
Taking to her InstaStory, she wrote:
“Who are you to tell a grown man/woman what to do with their body??? Why all the fuss? If you believe in cosmetic surgery, by all means. If you don’t, that is okay too. Stop trying to condemn those who do. Live and let others live too”.
She is making the post just days after Veteran Actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo kicked against the act of enhancing one’s looks with surgery, hinting that it does not give true happiness.
RMD had written said ;
“Having been there and done that, I can tell you for free that weight loss, weight gain, butt enlargement, boob lift, marriage, buying/building your own house, having kids, wearing expensive clothes and shoes CANNOT make you truly happy.
Mostly, the things we do to show others we are beautiful, made, tough and/or connected are things that magnify our insecurities. A man who is secure in himself has no urge to flaunt wealth, I’m yet to see Alh. Dangote post a picture of his “machines” or of him “chilling in his private jet”.
A woman who is secure in her looks has no urge to go under the knife for enhancement, think Michelle Obama.
True happiness comes from knowing who you are (self discovery) and loving yourself, “even though…” Anyone who can live without caring about the validation of others is the one who has found true happiness.”
An Internet Influencer., Otto Orondaam and Dencia have also responded to RMD’s bizarre termed opinion on Plastic surgery.
Otto who believes people should be allowed to do what they want for their bodies wrote;
What’s the difference between a lady who does cosmetic/plastic surgery to take out some belle fat and tuck it into her hips, and another lady who works out 6 times a weekfor 2 years to burn the same belle fat and build her hips by squating regularly?
What’s the difference between one who does a one time facial cosmetic surgery to erase dark spots, acne, wrinkles so she could look 10 years younger and another who applies deep layers of cosmetic make-up everyday to have the same look?
I have heard several religious people say that plastic surgery is a “sin” because she’s altering what God created, but what does the gym do? Isn’t that also a form of alteration?
Why do we even have to judge other people using our stereotypical cultural or religious standards?
When we apply cosmetic make-up and look totally glammed up, build our chest and muscles, dye our hairs, wear beautiful tattoos or even put on artificial hairs, aren’t we altering our “natural looks”? Or are these lesser “sins”?
You might say the gym is safer, but who’re we to define what’s safer if a surgeon certifies a procedure to be safe. I’ve seen people break bones, dislocate joints & die from accidents or heart attack in the gym. So a bad procedure could happen in the gym or on the surgical bed.
I’ve also seen women who give birth to their child through Cesarean Section being shamed and condemned because the same people who judge others say CS is an “unnatural” process and she’s less of a woman.
While the lady at the gym has $1000 to spend for 6 days a week over 2 years to get her result, the other lady is happy to pay the same $1000 for only 6 hours to get the same job done & it doesn’t mean she wouldn’t keep exercising. Same goal, same result but different strategies.
There are also numerous types of plastic surgeries to correct deformities, scars from accidents, reduction or removal of a threatening body part. So not all plastic surgeries are purely cosmetic but who are we to decide what is functional for one person and aesthetic for another.
When we say people are not confident in their bodies, who’re we to say they aren’t and why don’t we judge those who wear braces to improve their dentition to have a better smile, those who wear expensive artificial hairs or wear expensive cosmetic make-up to look more beautiful?
Many years ago, women who wore artificial hairs were said to be attracting evil spirits and considered sinners but today things are progressive. Years ago women weren’t even allowed to wear eye lashes or skirts above the knee. The society always tries to control and condemn.
If you don’t like your job, fix it. If you don’t like your relationship, you should fix it & if you don’t like a part of your body do fix it.
Not everyone does things for external validation, some people just want to feel happy internally & beautiful in their body & that’s fine.
What works for Oprah is different from Beyonce or Kylie. There isn’t a single perfect formula to find true happiness, so let’s respect the choices of people if it makes them truly happy. Let’s advocate for best practices so far as people can afford it and it doesn’t hurt others.
Dencia, on the other hand, is of the opinion that a elderly man like RMD should not engage himself with issues or topics about plastic surgery.