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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Child Beauty Pageant Winner

Child beauty pageant winner
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For Nelson, the fact that the elaborate hairstyles and makeup that define “beautiful” in pageants are forced upon young children is something truly astonishing—and overlooked (Katie, age 9, winner of the Universal Royalty Texas State Pageant). “The work is a reflection on cultural brainwashing, and a reminder that our behavior has become quite extraordinary without us really noticing it,” he says.

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