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Film school: No plastic surgery

By Zheng Xin (China Daily)

09:42, February 16, 2012

BEIJING - Those pursuing dreams of stardom might be wise to think twice about making permanent changes to their appearance after the performance institute of Beijing Film Academy announced that those who have tattoos or have undergone plastic surgery will be disqualified from entrance examinations, which are underway this month.

"The changes in their faces or other parts of the body, and the tattoos too, might affect their performance when they are trying to depict a figure in a play," said Wang Jinsong, deputy director of the performance institute of the academy.

Many people are in favor of the institute's decision, saying the plastic surgery is like cheating and against the principle of fairness and justice.

"It's too utilitarian for those people to undergo cosmetic surgery," said Wang Yousen, a high school student in North China's Shanxi province, who came all the way to the capital for the enrollment examination.

"That's fraud," he said.

The 20-year-old student said it would make no sense for all actors and actresses to look exactly like each other and fit a certain "aesthetic standard". Having an oval face or double eyelids does not matter. What matters is your performance, he said.

"It's your acting that makes sense, not your face," he said.

"The kids are too immature physically to undergo the plastic surgery, and most of the kids have no idea what they are doing," said Jiang Hongmei, a woman from East China's Shandong province, who accompanied her son to the academy's examination for the second time.

Because their bones are still growing, kids this young should not undergo operations for double eyelids or higher noses, Jiang said.

Jiang's opinion was echoed by Li Jianning, director of the Department of Plastic Surgery of the Beijing University Third Hospital.

He said that those under the age of 20 are advised against plastic surgery because they are not mentally prepared yet.

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