Skin Deep (VIVID) [Sydney]
Skin Deep (VIVID) [Sydney]

Event Information


Tuesday June 13, 2023
6:30 PM


Vivid Ideas Exchange – Telstra Customer Insight Centre
Level 2, 400 George Street,
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Marnie Van Vliet & Isabella Haigh

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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As cosmetic surgery becomes the norm, what’s next? Join one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons and a panel of experts for the beauty forecast you actually need, as they discuss designer bodies, perfect skin, surgery-as-hacking and the shifting foundations of what is normal or natural.

As surgical and non-invasive procedures become normalised, is a transhuman future on the horizon, where our bodies are modified with technological implants? Or is the pendulum swinging back towards a more ‘natural’ look – an ideal that shifts widely across cultures, communities and generations. And in the digital world where no-one knows what’s real anyway, does it matter?

Join veteran beauty journalist Stephanie Darling, who has tried every treatment and seen countless health and beauty trends come and go, in conversation with leading plastic surgeon Professor Anand Deva and Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney, Dr Jane Park. Together with moderator Pip McGuinness, the author of Skin Deep, they’ll tackle the new frontiers of beauty, as well as the racial and gendered prejudices that shape social media trends, beauty products and cosmetic procedures.

Auslan Stage Left thanks the Vivid team for supporting Auslan access again in 2023.

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