Last night, during the Rupaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour 2019’s performance in Köln, Michelle Visage took to stage and talked candidly (like she knows any other way?) about her breast implants, removing them after 30 years, and what she wants every young girl and boy to know before undergoing the knife for enhancement purposes.
If you know me or have read at least a couple of my personal essays, you know that I am pro-choice. I believe that every man and woman should be allowed to do what they think is best for them, and face the music should things go south. However, I am also fully aware of societal pressures (I am 30, married for 6 years, and yet to procreate), and know that sometimes people do things that they think will help them fit in to the societal mould better. They make choices that are directed by people around them. This pressure is even more intense for teenagers and young adults, who are bombarded with both expectations and social media pressure, while they are figuring out who they are and want to be.
This is my reason for sharing this 2-minute video from last night. I believe that everyone you needs to listen to what Michelle Visage has to say about the implants she got more than 30 years ago, her misguided reasons, and life after she has had them removed.
It’s Michelle Visage, so the language isn’t exactly PG13. But don’t let her colourful language overshadow the very powerful message she has for you and me.
Life is short. Love the skin you are in. And be fierce.