The Greatest Cosmetic Surgery-Inspired Fashion Editorials

The Greatest Cosmetic Surgery-Inspired Fashion Editorials

The best photographers to have captured the phenomenon in all of its contentious glamour.

The best photographers to have captured the phenomenon in all of its contentious glamour.

Text: Brandon Tan

Plastic surgery has been a topic of controversy as long as it has been around. That said, it has not shied the fashion industry away from sourcing the phenomenon of vanity as inspiration for some of its most polemical editorials. Tastefully done, a number of these shoots have proven more beautiful than they have contentious. After all, the topic at hand is one of the most glamorous. So why the criticism? Vanity, for some time, has been followed by shame—frowned upon as a value or priority by the morally superior. With the rise of media and shifts in pop culture, however, that's all changing. Today, cosmetic surgery has found its place at dinner conversations, television screens and more popularly, Instagram posts.

In that manner, fashion preceded reality—some could say even shaped it. In 2005, Vogue Italia released an iconic editorial by Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful titled "Makeover Madness," while in 2012, V featured Valeria Lukyanova in its pages, a Ukrainian model whose Barbie-like proportions drew a media frenzy surrounding speculations of her cosmetic procedures, dubbing her the "Living Doll". More recently, Margiela's latest campaign features Luka Sabbat under the knife. Below we round up some of the best fashion editorials to have drawn inspiration from nip tuck culture.

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful for Vogue Italia

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