Deep in my soul, I believe that society would be a far better place if we spoke less about what women look like.
At the same time, I’m willing to put a significant amount of money on the fact that Bella Hadid has a fundamentally different face to what she did five years ago. I also believe Kim Kardashian was not born with a waist-to-bum ratio that doesn’t exist outside the Kardashian family, and that the size of Kendall Jenner’s lips have grown to approximately twice their original size.
WHY ARE MY BELIEFS SO DEEPLY IN CONFLICT WITH MY VALUES.
As a result, I click on stories I really wish I didn't. Stories with headlines like:
Kim Kardashian's plastic surgery timeline.
Surgeon's warning to Jen: Stop having plastic surgery.
Botox, fillers and rhinoplasty: Plastic surgeon weighs in on Bella Hadid's changing face.
For some reason, likely rooted in my own deep insecurities, I'm obsessed with the evolving appearances of celebrities. I want a plastic surgeon to say that some of the world's most familiar faces have had a nose job, or fillers, or botox.
Maybe it's just an attempt to keep a grasp on reality - to know that I'm not crazy in thinking that the faces I'm seeing all over social media are objectively changing.
But according to Dr Naomi McCullum, a cosmetic physician and the founder of The Manse Clinic in Paddington, our attempts to know for certain what procedures celebrities have had are a "total waste of time".
In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, McCullum shared the standard response she gives when she's asked to comment on celebrity's cosmetic transformations.
She simply replies: "I would not like to comment on any celebrity’s work unless I have seen them in real life or with accurate and authentic clinical imaging. The photos we see are so apped and shopped, that there is little point in discussing them from a cosmetic medical point of view."