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Is Plastic Surgery a New Religious Rite of Passage?

By Jeremy Biles

“The worldwide pursuit of bodily improvement,” Photographer Zed Nelson claims, “has become like a new religion.”

In Love Me, Nelson turns his lens on the global obsession with obtaining perfect bodies. His photos depict in loving, if sometimes lurid, detail evidence of body fanaticism from around the globe: a preposterously muscled bodybuilder in Las Vegas, prosthetic nose implants in Beijing, a billboard in Senegal advertising a skin-lightening product, and the winner of a maximum-security-prison beauty pageant in Rio.

The pursuit of physical perfection as a new religion? There’s reason to think so.

Read the original article at: Religion Dispatches

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