Iden­ti­cal Cri­sis to Get a Face Saver

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Two iden­ti­cal twin sis­ters and the twin broth­ers they got mar­ried to fi­nally de­cided to un­der­take plas­tic surgery be­cause they couldn’t tell who was mar­ried to whom, re­ports Daily Mail. All four of them, that too. This elicited com­ments rang­ing from the waste­ful­ness of all of them go­ing un­der the knife, when just one woman and one man need to al­ter their ap­pear­ance for all four of them to over­come their iden­tity cri­sis, to ar­dent ad­vo­cates of tat­toos pitch­ing for this less in­va­sive method of at­tain­ing ex­clu­siv­ity. Some­one promis­cu­ously in­clined won­dered why any­one would want to tam­per with this nat­u­rally or­dained four­some. Yet an­other em­pathised with the dif­fi­culty in di­rect­ing the ques­tion, “Am I less pretty than my sis­ter?” to the right hus­band. What th­ese snipers seem to have over­looked is the sheer sense of em­pow­er­ment this abil­ity to al­ter one’s ap­pear­ance en­dows on those choos­ing plas­tic surgery. Hu­mans have al­ways changed some part of their iden­tity at will, by mi­gra­tion, by chang­ing jobs, ac­quir­ing new skills, choos­ing a part­ner very dif­fer­ent from one­self, chang­ing re­li­gion, adopt­ing a new name and so on. Michael Jack­son changed his skin tone as well. Choos­ing how one wants to look is the next step in em­pow­er­ment, at least for those who stop short of tak­ing a selfie against the back­drop of parched earth.

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