This post was inspired by a conversation I had with my girlfriend earlier today. Just a little insight into the background behind the concept. She had been watching day break and they were discussing the rise of the number of women turning to plastic surgery after divorce. Now I’m sure most you have heard of the ‘break up’ hair cut but plastic surgery is quite a drastic measure. I recently wrote a post exploring how we view body image which you can go back and check out. This got me thinking about the motivations behind women’s choices to change their image and what they hope to achieve by doing it.
Women have various different reasons behind wanting to change their image. However, I’m going to start with one that I’ve already briefly touched on; divorce or break up. Many women choose to have a change of image after a divorce or break up as it almost provides a new lease of life. Some just want to feel better about themselves after what is probably an upsetting affair. Starting life again on a new leaf with a fresh look. On the other hand others may want to make their ex partner jealous or miss ‘what they had’. Whether or not this particular motivation is healthy is debatable and it could potentially be one of the reasons some women resort to more drastic image changes such as plastic surgery. I know drawing upon my own experiences if I have ever broken up I’ve always felt like I need to do something different. Whether that be changing my image or reassessing my life goals. However, hindsight is a funny thing, looking back now I would question my own motivations.
Weight loss is a powerful motivator for all areas of life. However the impact it can have on one wanting to change their image is quite obvious. If someone has experienced weight loss they are going to want to celebrate their achievement. There is no better way than updating and refreshing their image. I know flicking through slimmers world magazine (they have some tasty recipes) they always have features on people that have lost weight and indulged in a make over with fabulous results. If the weight lost is a substantial then sometimes updating your image is a necessity.
Career change can also be a motivator for a change in image. They say dress for the position you want to be in not the position you’re in. Particularly in the current job market your first impression and overall presentation can give you the edge other another candidate. If you’re already in employment changing your image can signal your intent to your co workers or bosses that you take your role seriously or your desire for a promotion.
There are many more motivations that can be behind an image change.
If you’ve had a change in image in the past I’d leave to hear the reason behind it
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