Posted by: audreydk | August 24, 2010

Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken

Poor Nancy Ajram, I’m making an example of her (haram!). You may remember Nancy from such Beirut blogposts as “Football Fever”. She is a famous Lebanese singer, who is also famous for her remarkable plastic surgery makeover as pictured above. She is not alone in her well-known transformation, other Lebanese celebraties have had them as well (…ahem…Haifa Weibe…cough…Rola Saad).

Then again, plastic surgery isn’t that rare in Lebanon. While I was there, I heard a French-language news story that claimed Lebanon had outranked Brazil in the competition for the country with the most plastic surgery, but I’ve found little evidence to support this (In fact, most sources I found ranked the U.S. as #1 in this shining category). I’m guessing the numbers about surgery in Lebanon get spiked by other Middle Eastern tourists who come to vacation in liberal Lebanon and get their nosejob on.  Nonetheless, in Beirut particularly, I saw a remarkable amount of bandaged noses and manicured cheekbones and chins, on both men and women. Please keep in mind, however, that many Lebanese are opponents of plastic surgery.

The music video above is entitled “Funky Arabs”, and its Lebanese singer, Jad Choueri, guarantees that Arabs are “modern” by way of flashy cars, revealing clothes, general hypersexualization, and of course, botox! It’s unclear how much work Jad and his videomates have had done.

This music video, as creepy as I find it, does carry one redeemable message that Westerners need to hear: being an Arab is not synonymous for being a terrorist. Beyond that, American right-wing politics and the media must stop spinning fear-mongering messages that propagate negative stereotypes about Arabs, Muslims, and people of the Middle East more generally (more on that later). Yet, Jad seems more concerned with fetishizing superficial “funkiness” of botox that apparently signifies a “modern sense”.

A woman with a nose like me (or a young man), would most certainly get their shnoz done, which I think is sad. Noses are beautiful, sexy and so unique, why make them all look alike under the knife? Luckily, I’ve grown quite fond of my Schexnaidre bump and have no intentions of changing it! And, I can save that potential plastic surgery cash for buying all those rhinestone-encrusted five-inch high heels.



  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post and agree with every single word in it!!

    • thanks! hope all is well with you!

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