Nose jobs, we’re always hearing, are a rite of passage for Jewish girls (and guys)—but are they really anymore?
Today in Tablet Magazine, Rita Rubin reports on the evidence that suggests that, among Jews, nose jobs are no longer as popular as they used to be. Rubin explains:
In 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 37 percent fewer Americans got nose jobs than in 2000. The economy surely played some role: Surgical cosmetic procedures across the board declined by 17 percent during that period, coinciding with the economic downturn, which left people with less money to spend on nonessential surgery. But rhinoplasty, or “nose reshaping,” saw one of the sharpest drops among all procedures, from 389,000 in 2000 to 244,000 in 2011.
However, Rubin notes increasing numbers of Hispanics and Asian Americans seeking rhinoplasty, which leads her to conclude, “If the total number of nose jobs in America is rapidly declining, while their popularity rises among certain non-Jewish groups, one likely conclusion is that rhinoplasty is declining among Jews.”
To pay tribute to the role of the nose job in the American Jewish consciousness as the procedure nears cultural extinction (or something), we figured we’d showcase the most talked-about Jewish nose jobs and remember a simpler time, when rhinoplasty was rampant and imperfect schnozes were so last season:
Sarah Jessica Parker: From Girls Just Want To Have Fun to women just want to go to Abu Dhabi.
(Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Hospital of Chicago)
Tori Spelling: Beverly High’s own Donna Martin becomes a reality TV star.
ScarJo: The big screen’s Russian-born Black Widow whose maternal family comes from Minsk IRL.
Natalie Portman: the Israeli-born, Long Island-bred actress formerly known as Natalie Hershlag.
Jennifer Grey: the Dalton grad who will always be Baby to us.
Just saying, ladies: