'Fembots' Take Over the World

All you need to be famous nowadays is plastic surgery
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2010 1:25 PM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2010 8:00 AM CDT
Heidi Montag arrives to host an evening at the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace early February 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Heidi Montag, Larry King’s soon-to-be-ex-wife, and all of Tiger Woods’ mistresses: They’re “fembots,” and they’re cropping up everywhere you look these days. This “species of walking, talking Barbie dolls appears increasingly likely to take over the world,” writes Rebecca Dana for the Daily Beast. They look artificial and are probably immortal, and unlike the fembots of yesteryear (like the surgery-enhanced Meg Ryan), these ladies “are increasingly bold about the work they’re getting done.”

Plastic surgery seems to be replacing talent as the only requirement for getting an agent, a manager, or at least a lawyer—well-preserved ladies make up “Gloria Allred’s entire legal practice.” Like it or not, reality TV and the Internet have “fundamentally changed our ideas about privacy and shame—and in the case of Montag and some of the most extreme examples, just flat-out demolished both.”

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