by Zoë Pollock
Plastic surgery attracts Brazil's underclass:
For many consumers attractiveness is essential to economic and sexual competition, social visibility, and mental well being. This “value” of appearance may be especially clear for those excluded from other means of social ascent. For the poor beauty is often a form of capital that can be exchanged for other benefits, however small, transient, or unconducive to collective change.
(Photo: Brazil's Plastica magazine by Flickr user Hollywoodsmile78)