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Arguing With Your Mother About Appearance

Do You and Your Mother Argue About Appearance?

We're excited to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Allure!

During a recent WE TV press event, Melissa Rivers spoke up about her mother Joan's numerous plastic surgeries. "In my opinion, it's, like, enough," Melissa said. "Stop it. It is a source of conflict, it really is. It bothers me." Mama Rivers, who has admitted to more than a dozen plastic surgeries, sees no problem with going under the knife (as she discussed in last year's documentary about her).

While we know that Joan and Melissa's plastic surgery clash is an extreme case, it's true that plenty of mothers and daughters have different ideas about beauty. In fact, it's such a big topic that Georgetown University linguistics professor Deborah Tannen wrote a book in 2006 devoted to the subject.

We might not have to tackle greater issues like cosmetic surgery addiction, even the small questions like, "Am I wearing too much makeup?," can turn into a battle. For me, the source of conflict sometimes revolved around my hair. When I went through a phase of religiously ironing my wavy hair, my mother kept telling me that my natural look was prettier and had more volume. Now that I look back at it, she was right...but the teenage version of me would never have admitted it.

What beauty battles do you have with your mother?

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