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Kate Middleton's nose: Latest plastic surgery inspiration

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(Read caption) Kate Middleton's nose has caused quite a stink in the UK. Women have been getting plastic surgery to modify their own noses to look like the Duchess of Cambridge's, according to the Daily Mail. File/2012.

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What’s in a nose? That which we call a nose on any other face would be able to smell as sweet and yet women are paying through the nose to have theirs altered to look like the one on the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

In the land of William Shakespeare the number of women getting nose jobs in order to look like Middleton has tripled since 2011, according to Plastic surgeon Maurizio Persico in the Daily Mail.

It’s not as if women haven’t spent decades shouting “in your face!” at Mother nature as they reach for the phone to ring-up a rhinoplasty. However,  plastic surgeons are getting more and more requests from women who want to replace their own look with that of a celebrity.

I begin to wonder if face patents can’t be far off. If it were my nose I’m not sure I’d want to see it walking around on someone else, much less thousands of others. Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships, but Middleton appears to be ahead of her by a prow or two.

In 2010, Kim Kardashian reached out to a Twitter follower, asking her not to undergo plastic surgery to try to look like her. "Don't try 2 b someone else," she tweeted. Adding she shouldn’t "change yourself for anybody but yourself."

This is somewhere just North of the usual body image issues which drive people to the knife, Botulism toxin injections, and unhealthy weight-loss schemes. This is in the realm of shedding one’s own face in pursuit of a dream becoming more commonly held that if beauty is good, celebrity beauty is better.

As British Actress Jane Seymore once pointed out, “I find it interesting that 16-year-olds are having plastic surgery. People in their 40s used to think, 'I'm aging, I have to do something about it.' Now children are deciding they don't like the way they look.”

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