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Like Mother, Like Daughter?

Meet Alicia Douvall. She's a "glamour model" in England who's admitted to having more than 50 cosmetic surgery procedures. As it turns out, she's also the mother of a girl named Georgia, who's about to turn 13. And what does Georgia want for her birthday? Oh, you know, the usual teenagery things: an iPhone, Kate Moss' perfume, and a boob job.

Yes, you read that right. Georgia, whose career ambition is to become a lingerie model, is hoping for breast augmentation. Fortunately, Alicia is a sane mother, and she's said no to the boob job. Well, at least until Georgia turns 16, that is. "I think a 16-year-old with a nice, sexy figure will do really well as a model as long as she's managed well," she said. "That's why I'm happy for Georgia to have a boob job because it will give her a career. She's been at a modelling agency since she was about six. She'll be more famous than Britney!"

All of these outrageous statements seem like a pretty good ploy for media coverage, but it's still disturbing. When eight-year-old girls are getting bikini waxes, you have to wonder what kind of messages parents are sending to girls. And maybe Georgia puts it best: "I think my mum looks good," she remarked. "Because of her, I think it's normal to have surgery if something's not quite right." But is this new normal even remotely healthy for girls?


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