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Japanese mom has her 9-year-old daughter undergo double eyelid surgery to be ‘beautiful’

  • Rucchi, one half of a mother-daughter YouTube duo, paid thousands of dollars to have her 9-year-old daughter Micchi undergo double eyelid surgery to change her appearance.
  • “A girl needs double eyelids,” Rucchi tells Vice Asia in a recent video. “I have never seen a girl with monolids who I thought was pretty. Double eyelids are beautiful. Double eyelids are the beauty standard. I say this again and again.”
  • Cosmetic surgeries are legal for anyone under the age of 18 in Japan if they have a parent’s or guardian’s consent.
  • Last year, a Japanese clinic conducted a survey and found that nine out of 10 teenagers hoped to undergo plastic surgery. Two years before that, seven out of 10 teenagers wanted the same.
  • In 2020, a survey from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) discovered that eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, made up over 64% of all surgical procedures in Japan that year.

A Japanese mother had her 9-year-old daughter go under the knife for a double eyelid surgery and is already considering future cosmetic operations, such as a nose job and breast augmentation.

The mother, only identified by her nickname Rucchi over her fear of being criticized by the public, shocked the internet after revealing to Vice Asia in a recent video from their “Deadly Beauty” series that she urged her daughter Micchi to undergo the surgery because her success would depend on her looks.

The Western Eye: How I Learned to Live With My Eyelids

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Editor’s Note: Louise Hung is a Chinese-American writer living in New York who contributes and researches for the Order of the Good Death and Ask a Mortician. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

When I was not even 10 years old, I remember standing in front of my cousins’ bathroom mirror comparing eyelids. Kara*, my oldest cousin, had just learned about “Asian eyes**” from her classmates, and she’d come back home to share her findings with her younger sister-cousins. (We all grew up in the same house.)