PHOTOS: The Distressing Worldwide Boom in Cosmetic Surgery

Photographer Zed Nelson traveled the world documenting how body improvement has practically become a new religion

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Crying beauty pageant contestant

Crying beauty pageant
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“Beauty pageants are an outdated and yet still very present manifestation of the creation and enforcement of a beauty ‘ideal,’” Nelson says (Miss Essex, a losing contestant in the Miss England competition). “They are terrifying, hilarious, bizarre, and absurd.”

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