03 March 2011

Model Laura Summers, who starred on last night’s episode of Channel 4’s Beauty and the Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice as the ‘beauty’, attributed her self-confidence and personality to cosmetic surgery. The 26-year-old, who has had more than seven procedures so far, including four boob jobs, two nose jobs and otoplasty, was severely bullied at school for the way she looked. Since turning 18, the Nottingham-born model who now splits her time between London and Manchester, has changed the areas of her face and body that she was unhappy with and feels happy and confident as a result. The programme brings together beauty obsessives and those with facial disfigurements to show viewers the very different reasons why people choose to undergo plastic surgery. The latest episode included footage of a day Summers spent with Michael Boateng, an Olympic hopeful who has facial scarring and a prosthetic ear from burns sustained when he was just eight months old. Both discussed details of their surgery experiences frankly and left understanding each other’s views on cosmetic surgery.