A mother who has written anonymously to an online forum has written how she regularly tells her daughter she 'needs plastic surgery' has been met with anger online.
The unidentified woman wrote to The Guardian’s Mariella Frostrup looking for advice on how to 'encourage her daughter to undergo Rhinoplasty'.
The letter reads, 'My daughter looks very masculine and not in a good way. In childhood she was badly bullied. In her 20s she moved to different countries, underwent therapy and overcame her social anxiety. She is a changed person, but still spends most evenings alone on the phone with me.'
She went on to explain that her daughter has had relationships with men, but she gathers 'they have all failed due to lack of interest on their part'.
The unidentified woman also added in her letter that she had encouraged her daughter to have her ears pinned back.
'I worry that if I keep on talking about it, it will hurt her confidence.
'I’m her only close confidante and can tell she is rather lonely. I dread to think how lonely she’ll be when I’m gone,' the mother finished.
Giving her word of advice, the replier of the online forum suggested that the mother focus on her own wellbeing before her daughter’s.
'Before you start your daughter’s next phase of physical makeover, my advice to you would be to embark on your own mental one.
'Low self-esteem is an epidemic even more widespread than our newfound penchant for cosmetic contouring. So build your girl up, focus on her assets and set aside your ambitions to surgically enhance her.'
This article originally appeared on New Idea.