Colombian Plastic Surgery, Diets, and My Personal Struggles

I had this epiphany in Cali. It’s like one day everything clicked and I realized all of the huge Colombian derrières are fake, everyone (or it seems like) has plastic surgery. I then realized Kim, Khloe, and Kylie’s asses are 100% fake news and my world crumbled. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But at one time I was a huge supporter of the Kardashians and refused to believe they would lie about going under the knife. From then, I started reevaluating some of my favorite fitness celebrities (Lyzabeth Lopez for example) and realized that maybe, just maybe, EVERYONE’S ASS IS FAKE! *dramatic faint*

I want to be clear, my problem isn’t the fake asses. If you go under the knife or get fat from your stomach put into your booty, it’s cool, I get it. And I support your right to look how you want to look. It’s the lying part that irks me. It’s when someone says doing 50 squats a day with a few weighted hip thrusts can develop your ass into the famous Kardashian and Nicki Minaj “ant booty.” It’s that Khloe and her fake behind created a show called Revenge Body and deemed herself a role model for other woman for losing weight/building the booty you want. Khloe, I don’t mean to knock you while you’re down, but COME ON!

I understand there is an incredible amount of pressure for women especially in the entertainment business to be perfect, have perfect bodies. But why lie about it? Women are dying from cheap toxic fat injections to make their butts look like a Kardashian booty. Celebrities are promoting fit teas and body wraps but behind closed doors, getting expensive anti-cellulite treatments and enhancement surgeries. Their bodies are unattainable.

Women that I’ve talked to here say that most Colombian women are super open about their surgeries. It’s part of their culture that dates back to the 70s when illegal drug trade took off. The term “narco-beauty” or “narco-aesthetics” was coined. The famous Pablo Escobar and others involved paid for women to get plastic surgery to look like the air brushed models in Playboy. The men had such wealth, they were able to turn any woman into their ideal woman by adding large breasts and voluptuous curves. Pablo Escobar was the leader in normalizing plastic surgery in Colombia. Colombian women were (and still are) objectified and feel pressure to be what men desire. Better yet, women in general. One woman I met in Cali said she had liposuction when she was younger, almost all of her friends had it done. She felt pressured to keep up. Another Colombian friend claimed she is against all plastic surgery but her three female cousins all had procedures done. It’s not as taboo here from what I’ve heard, women will openly talk to you about their implants or Botox.


When I hear stories like this, my first reaction is “why don’t they just eat healthy and build a waist and booty they want in the gym?” I think this might be a bit of privileged thinking. Not everyone has the education or the convenience to go to the gym multiple times a week, get a trainer, and educate themselves on how to bulk/lean with diet and exercise. Also, every body type is different and reacts differently to food and exercise. Thanks to my mother, my natural body type is a smaller waist and curves. My mom tells me stories of growing up in the 70s and 80s, she was called fat for having large thighs and a back-end. These days she could be Instagram famous. It’s all dependent on current men’s desires.

In Lima, Peru, our Colombian Airbnb roommate had both chest implants and butt implants. She potentially had liposuction, lip injections, and other procedures, but I didn’t ask. Her body was “perfect.” She went to the gym every single day and wore a “Spanx suit,” it was like a waist trainer but for your entire body. It looked like a surf suit and went all the way down to her knees and covered her arms until her elbows. She was not embarrassed. She wore it under her open robe around the house all day. She cooked all her meals, mostly meat and vegetables along with 2 or 3 protein shakes. She seemed to be doing everything a fitness magazine would advertise, but at night she would finish off bottles of wine. This incident was the first time I was exposed on a personal level to Colombian plastic surgery and how “normal” it is. At first it shocked me, but then I came to Cali and I realize now it is a cultural difference that I was not yet accustomed to. Yes, there’s plastic surgery in the United States, but it’s more hush-hush.

I worked at a corporate gym right when I got back from my last international trip. I had just experimented with vegetarianism in Guatemala and taught yoga and Zumba. I was determined to become a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I ended up selling personal training packages along with giving free sessions to members. I was so excited at first. I flew home from Guadalajara, Mexico where I lost myself a bit and gained about 20 lbs in the last couple months of my trip. Too many micheladas and beef tacos. One of my bosses at the time recommended taking fat burner pills. I ended up taking them for a little bit. They don’t work, don’t waste your money. Not to mention, they are terrible for your body. I knew this, but I was annoyed at my body for gaining so much weight. I was impatient. Almost all of my male coworkers and managers at the gym were on steroids. My female coworkers complained about their bodies. My male boss was recommending clients to go on “chicken and broccoli” diets and no carb diets to lose weight fast. I realized after a month that I needed to get the hell away from corporate gyms. I refused to recommend starvation to clients for a nice “summer body.” I absolutely love lifting weights, but I was turned off from gym culture at the time. It can be a suction for eating disorders and unhealthy lifestyles. A percentage of those people with beautiful toned bodies at the gym could be struggling with disordered eating, taking multiple diet supplements, or taking steroids to maintain their “perfect” physique. Do not compare yourself to any of them.

I question myself and try to self analyze, do I actually love the gym because I love my body or dislike my body? Do I eat healthy for my overall health or to be skinny? I want to claim that all of my reasonings are for my overall health, but I’d be lying. Yes, I care about how I look. Yes, I want my booty to look like Beyonce’s. I use weights to build the body that I want. I love the look of muscles and strong legs. With that being said, can I accept and love my body for where it is now? Or 20lbs heavier? The answer should be yes.

If you’ve creeped my Facebook pictures, you know that I’ve gained and lost weight a bunch since high school. I know what it’s like to feel uncomfortable in your body. I had the typical American college experience. I drank a lot and didn’t care what kind of food I put into my body. I would get horrible hangovers then stuff myself with McDonald’s breakfast for a hangover cure that never helped. My body was communicating to me through health issues and pain that it didn’t like meat or sugar or alcohol, but I refused to listen. I refused to give it the respect it deserved. There’s some weeks traveling where I feel my pants getting tighter and decide to restrict myself. I’m terrified of regaining the 30 lbs I gained in college. Of course that week always ends with me indulging in brownies, cookies, and Oreos. And I question why I even restricted myself in the first place. I’ve found a plant-based lifestyle is best for my body. And also letting go of alcohol. I’m not saying this is for everyone, but if you have two beers and you wake up with a headache and feel angry and sad all day– your body might be telling you it doesn’t like alcohol. I feel similar when I eat large amounts of meat or dairy. When I dropped those things from my diet, it seemed rather quickly my body went to the size it felt healthiest at.

This is picture isn’t to show: hey, look how much weight I lost. Weight gain and loss is part of life for a lot of us. The weight I’m at now feels more comfortable for me. I still feel self-conscious at times regardless of my weight. The key for me is to (try to) accept and love my body at every weight.

I don’t think everyone’s healthy body weight has to fit into a perfect 15 pound range. I think you can be plus sized and healthy and happy. I love and appreciate women taking part in the body positivity movement. It’s beautiful watching women rebel against unrealistic beauty standards and be proud of their bodies at any size.

Whether you decide to get plastic surgery or love your body for how it is or decide to squat heavy to get a booty, I love you for it. I’m here in support. We are all on this journey together trying to love our bodies and fuel our minds. ❤





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