Leah Cambridge looked fine just the way she was. Neighbours described her as “absolutely stunning” while her partner told her she was “a natural beauty.

None of this stopped Cambridge from choosing to undergo a “Brazilian butt lift”, a procedure which transfers body fat to the buttocks from areas such as the stomach and back. The 29-year-old suffered multiple heart attacks and died on the operating table.

Tragedies such as these tend to prompt one of two responses. First, there’s concern about a lack of regulation in the cosmetic surgery industry, particularly in cases where customers have travelled abroad. Then there’s dismay that women are taking these risks to begin with. Has popular culture really made them so shallow?

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