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I’ve always found Sir Simon Cowell’s comments to be harsh, but often true. This time, however, I think the brutish Brit’s gone a tad too far. It was five years ago, actually, that Simon spoke the words that would change a young woman’s life — and body — forever.

During an audition for the “U.K’s largest talent search,” according to its Web site, known as X Factor, Cowell told then 18-year-old Katrina Lee, “I just wish I could put your voice in another body.”

Apparently the young girl just wasn’t pretty enough for Mr. Cowell’s tastes. Blonde, green eyes, a well proportioned face and body… What’s so wrong with that? I mean, the girl was certainly no Susan Boyle, and no offense to Ms. Boyle.

Lee was so upset by Cowell’s stinging comment that she took action; serious, immediate action. Simon said, and Ms. Katrina Lee did, exactly what he asked. She changed her entire body.

As reported by Mail Online, the now 23-year-old Lee had laser surgery on her face, liposuction, dental work and hired a personal trainer to lose weight so she could again try out for the show this year. She also went from bleach blonde to bright red.

This time ’round, Cowell told Lee she was a “good-looking girl.” (I personally think she looked better before.)

In case it hasn’t hit you like a bulldozer by now, the point I’m trying to make here is how sad it is that the media, essentially, have such an impact on our lives. A single comment from the oh-so-perfect Mr. Simon Cowell meant dangerous and drastic surgery for one young woman, a desperate attempt at looking “better” in his eyes.

Who cares about Simon Cowell’s perspective on beauty? Has anyone taken a look at the women he’s dated? C’mon. Seriously!

To me, this story is plain sad and in fact embarrassing to me. No person should have to change their face to fit someone else’s perception of beauty. And certainly not Simon Cowell’s.

Brittany @ September 6, 2009

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