By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Just how far would you be willing to go to take better selfies?
Apparently, trying to take another one from a different angle or putting a filter on wasn’t good enough for Triana Lavey, 38, a talent manager from Los Angeles, who spent around $15,000 on cosmetic surgery solely to change how she looked in her selfies.
In an interview with ABC News, Lavey said she “didn’t like the face staring back at her in Skype chats or in Facebook pictures.”
Evidently, untagging unflattering pictures wasn’t enough to solve the problem. Lavey has been undergoing plastic surgery to change her self-image for the past two years, resorting to a nose job, chin implant and fat-grafting. She recently went under the knife for corrective surgery on her nose, along with regular Botox treatments.
Like the rest of the world, she loves taking selfies. Millions are taken every day, thanks to the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, and plenty are posted on other sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well. So are we as a society becoming more vain, or are selfies helping us create and maintain an online identity?
Lavey clearly thinks it’s more of the latter. In a video interview with ABC News last week, she said, “Your social media presence is just as important as your real-life presence.”
It sounds like she’s got a point there. After all, we can’t hear enough about employers deciding whether to hire an employee based on what they can find on their personal social media profiles, right?
“Today this business is moving at the speed of the internet [where] your selfie is your headshot,” Lavey said. “You can reinvent yourself every single day with simply your iPhone.”
While these are all valid points, most people wouldn’t be willing to go to such great lengths to change how they look in their front-facing cameras — not to mention the price paid.
But hey, to each their own, am I right?