Okay, you know you watch too much TV when you turn on The Tyra Banks Show and actually watch for a few minutes.
Recently, Tyra’s show included a discussion about women who will do anything for fashion. I only stuck around for two such women – the first had hammer toes and had surgery to shorten and straighten the second toe on each foot (only one had been done at the time). Uh, gross and ouch. But almost understandable. ALMOST – most everyone I know has funny looking feet, so why stress?
The second woman, though, kind of disturbed me. Her complaint was that she wore high heels every day at work – 8-9 hours on her feet, and it was getting to the point she was in so much pain she (gasp) couldn’t go out at night in even higher heels! Oh noes! She also complained that it was affecting her knees and lower back, and whinged about having to resort to wearing sneakers, and sometimes even flats, to work.
This was unacceptable. She wanted her heels, dang it all! So what did she do? She went to the doctor and had collagen injected into the balls of her feet. No more pain, yays. Now she can wear her heels all day and have no problems. Really? Collagen miraculously removes the side effects of bad knees and bad back?
When asked why he performs these surgeries, the doctor replied (paraphrase), “I’m liberating women. I’m giving them the chance to wear what they want, what fashion calls for.” Here Tyra confessed to hating heels and thinking they were very unnatural…but that she couldn’t stop wearing them. Yeah. Liberty and freedom for all feet.
Okay, now. Whatever. People can do what they want…but it really makes no sense to me that this woman found it more acceptable to inject collagen into her foot than to simply wear shoes with a smaller heel. There are plenty of cute shoes that have heels shorter than 3.5 inches. I should hope women would only be willing slaves of fashion if it didn’t damage them in some way.
Apparently that’s not always true. Why do we do this to ourselves?