The Pretties

There was a certain kind of beauty, a prettiness that everyone could see. Big eyes and full lips like a kid’s; smooth, clear skin; symmetrical features; and a thousand other little clues. Somewhere in the backs of their minds, people were always looking for these markers. No one could help seeing them, no matter how they were brought up. A million years of evolution had made it part of the human brain. The big eyes and lips said: I’m young and vulnerable, I can’t hurt you, and you want to protect me. And the rest said: I’m healthy, I won’t make you sick. And no matter how you felt about a pretty, there was a part of you that thought:If we had kids, they’d be healthy too. I want this pretty person…. It was biology, they said at school. Like your heart beating, you couldn’t help believing all these things, not when you saw a face like this. A pretty face.


A society that uses plastic surgery to turn everyone into a beautiful average as a means of reducing conflict.

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Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Westerfeld, Scott (2011-05-03), Uglies, Simon and Schuster, Retrieved on 2014-12-03
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