This week, some international news media outlets have published stories purporting that Chinese women are “flocking” to their nearest plastic surgery clinics in order to go under the knife to look more like Ivanka Trump. And yet, we’ve yet to see a single woman walking around here resembling the first daughter. So what gives?
Well, it turns out that the stories appear to be sourced only from one section of an article by the Washington Post about how Ivanka Trump had recently become a bit of a hot commodity in China with Chinese companies trying to trademark her name, including one small plastic surgery clinic named Yiwanka, Ivanka’s name in Chinese (依万卡).
A company in the southern city of Foshan had the foresight to register its name — Foshan Yiwanka Medical Management — just before the election. With just 15 employees, it offers cosmetic surgery around the eyes and nose, as well as liposuction and breast enlargement, said human resources manager Li Yunxing.
“Young women in China like to change their looks to copy film stars’ eyes, noses and lips,” he said. “No doubt young women here want Ivanka’s big eyes, her pretty nose and lips and her flawless figure.
“Her facial features, disposition and appearance are perfect,” Li added, “no matter whether they are judged by the beauty standards of the East or the West.”
Apart from this tidbit, as far as we can tell, there is no other evidence of an Ivanka Trump plastic surgery craze sweeping China, or even a single Chinese woman going under the knife to look like the president’s daughter. But apparently some international media outlets believe that a small plastic surgery clinic in central Guangdong province trying to trademark her name, and vague comments made by the clinic’s human resources manager is evidence enough. Here’s a few headlines:
“The Ivanka Trump makeover phenomenon hits China” from The New Daily.
“The Ivanka Trump effect: Women flock to plastic surgeons to copy blonde bombshell’s looks” from the Daily Star.
“Women in China are flocking to plastic surgeons looking to copy the ‘big eyes, pretty nose and flawless figure’ of Ivanka Trump” from the Daily Mail.
“Chinese women want to look like Ivanka Trump” from News.com.au.
“Experts Say Women Are Getting Plastic Surgery To Get Ivanka’s Signature Traits” from Elite Daily.
Even if there were one or two Chinese women who did go under the knife to look like Ivanka, these headlines would still appear to be just a tad hyperbolic. After all, nobody reported that Chinese men were flocking to plastic surgeons to look like Jack Ma after one ardent young fan spent 1 million yuan doing just that last year.
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