Fans and the media are obsessed with Tameka “Tiny” Harris’ recent cosmetic change to her appearance. Why? It seems as though people are always concerned about what celebrities are doing with their money. Again, I ask why? I don’t know. That’s just the way it is. In any case, Tiny has decided to address the backlash she’s received and justify why she made the decision to change her eye color.
Tiny explained during an in depth interview on Good Morning America, that she wanted something different and the procedure was done in Africa because it’s illegal in the U.S.
“They are ice gray. That’s the color I purchased. They go into the eye and they make a little slit. They take an implant and it’s folded up. They open it [and] spread it over your eye. They told me that the procedure was going to be quick, five to 10 minutes an eye. They woke me up. It was very blurry, then it kind of fades in. I looked into the mirror and I was like. They are amazing. I love them.”
When asked about her husband and rapper, T.I.’s reaction to her new look, Tiny stated “He was like, ‘What are you doing?’ but now he is okay and loves them.”
Tiny’s Instagram posts regarding her excitement about the procedure ignited the controversy. She posted: “Huge thanks to the incredible doctor(s) for the amazing experience and for making my dream come true! I hated wearing contacts just for the color and it made my vision blurry! Blessed to say my vision is #perfect after my #ice-gray implants! Special thanks to the Bright Ocular staff for ALL that you’ve done to make this process happen, you’re amazing & thank you to the hospital’s staff for your exceptional customer service as well. Bright Ocular can help you.” This was in reference to people with eye conditions such as ocular albinism, aniridia and iris coloboma. She continued: “No one has gone blind with Bright Ocular and the success rate has been close to 100%.”
Of course, some of her followers on IG responded to her posts. A few saying that she had the procedure because she is uncomfortable in her skin and wants to resemble a Caucasian woman. This is ignorance at its best since there are some African American women with natural gray, green, and hazel colored eyes. Also, if they were REAL fans of hers, then they would know that Tiny is mixed with Caucasian (i.e. Her Mother). So she doesn’t have to pretend since she already is.
One follower wrote: “The things money can do. Is this self hate or what?”
Tiny told Roberts on GMA ” I have the right to do that. It’s my body.”
I’m a fan of Tiny. That’s not saying I agree with everything she does. People get cosmetic surgery done every day of every hour; especially celebrities. I do not believe her decision to change her color is as serious as everyone is making it seem. If that is what Tiny decided to spend her money on then so be it. She knew the risks and wanted the surgery anyway. So why are people so upset? Granted I loved her brown eyes. I think it fit her very well. Again, if SHE wasn’t happy with it then my opinion along with everyone else’s doesn’t matter. Pulling the race card is low but for some reason people feel it supports their ignorance. The color of someone’s eyes has absolutely nothing to do with what race they are.
Is she promoting or saying women and young girls should change their appearance to feel beautiful? I don’t think so. Too many parents like to blame celebrities or public figures for the reason their son or daughter is a juvenile delinquent. How about we blame the parents for not monitoring their children and taking the time to explain why they should love who they are and not base their way of living on someone else’s life. Or is that asking too much? Does media have a heavy influence on image? Absolutely, but we are also smart enough (well some of us) to know what is real and what isn’t. Again, this goes back to good parenting, upbringing, and knowledge of self-worth. Personally, I can care less about what Tiny did. If she and T.I. love it that is all that matters. None of us invested money in her procedure so our feelings are null and void.
I would rather spend my time focusing on more important worldly issues instead of judging someone else’s’ life choices, that clearly have nothing to do with me.