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Botox Is the Latest Craze for the Appearance-Obsessed. Wrinkled?


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JIM CHIN
Age 32
Resides Westchester
Occupation Technician

Would you use Botox?Personally, no. Botox is related to the potent toxin botulism. I can imagine using botulism for medical procedures, but not for plastic surgery.

What bugs you most about your appearance? Now, because I haven't been working out, I'm bugged by the extra 15 pounds I'm carrying around.

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body? I thought about getting a tattoo, but I didn't want to choose one from the tattoo parlor, because I didn't want to be an 80-year-old man saying, "Yeah, I picked my tattoo out of a book one day because I thought it looked kind of cool."


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BORIS RASIN
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Would you use Botox?I don't think so, although I don't have a problem with people using it if it makes them feel better about themselves. Excessive plastic surgery is what's abnormal. What about that woman who wanted to be remade in the image of her cat?

What bugs you most about your appearance? Maybe I look in the mirror and think I'd like to lose a little weight around my stomach. But then I watch as my extremely perfect girlfriend looks at herself in the mirror and complains about her body. I think to myself, "There's something a little off about all of this."

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body?Nothing. I never dyed my hair a funny color, or got some part of myself pierced.


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JOÃO BONELLI
Age 29
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Would you use Botox?Philosophically, I'm against plastic surgery. I'm originally from Brazil, where people are obsessed with plastic surgery, especially for their breasts. My cousin had a beautiful big nose. When she cut it off, she lost her personality. Now she looks just like anybody else.

What bugs you most about your appearance?I like my body.

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body?I once shaved my head. It was a nice experience, but I couldn't get any ladies.


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JOY JAMIR
Age 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Would you use Botox?Would I submit to an injection that paralyzes the face? No, never.

What bugs you most about your appearance?I have horrible feet. Open-toed sandal season is a challenge for me. I once went to the podiatrist for something and she said, "You're fine. You just have ugly feet." So I got confirmation of this from the medical establishment.

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body? I did get my navel pierced when I was 18, but I think we all adorn ourselves. There's a difference between adornment and plastic surgery.


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ELLIE
Age 42
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Executive assistant

Would you use Botox?No. I think it's an obsession, and it's strange to have an old body with a young face on top of it. You look at pictures of Michael Jackson when he was a young man and he was very handsome.

What bugs you most about your appearance?My lower stomach. It used to be flat, but now every month it seems to poke out a little more.

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body?I once shaved off my eyebrows entirely.


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RICARDO QUIÑONES
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Artist

Would you use Botox? Yes and no, depending on who I was when I had wrinkles. If I was a celebrity and needed it for my career, I would use Botox. Cher wouldn't be able to sell CDs or movies if we saw all her wrinkles.

What bugs you most about your appearance?My nose. I'd like to get rhinoplasty to correct my crooked nose.

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body?I did pierce myself, but I think the craziest thing I did was to ingest something called a Half Moon, a drug that came in the shape of a wafer the size of a quarter. It was a celestial experience.


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SHANNON WEARING
Age 24
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Studio manager

Would you use Botox?No. I believe that faces are meant to be full of expression.

What bugs you most about your appearance? I complain about my body a lot, but I'm afraid of how addicted people are to plastic surgery. I wear contacts and I'd like to get laser surgery to improve my vision, but that's not really an aesthetic issue.

What's the craziest thing you've done to your body?My hair used to be frizzier than it is now. In high school, I used to sit in class and pull out the curliest little hairs one by one.

 
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