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your look ● bodyshaping By Dr. Ronald Bergman CHEERS TO EARS: Will Smith says his ears are the secret to his success.The After Earth actor credits his big ears for his popularity. He told MTV in an interview, “America loves ears, you know? Mickey Mouse started it; Goofy and Dumbo followed behind. And America just loves the ears.” Listen to This Your ears can be large, pointy, or just downright goofy, but there are quick and easy surgical procedures available to help you get over them and move on 76 PAGEANTRY L ike a finger print, every ear is unique. But when that uniqueness becomes too distinctive, it can sometimes become a source of embarrassment, or even a target of ridicule. People who feel uncom- fortable with their ear size, shape or position go to great lengths to try to hide them. They wear their hair long, don hats and invest in “interesting” glasses to draw attention away from their ears. Even actress and singer Selena Gomez once admitted to Seventeen magazine that she frequently hides her ears behind her hair. About 5 percent of the population has ears that stick out, and still many more have various other irregularities and if you are one of them, you have probably tried your own concealing tricks. But when you are standing on stage or walking the runway in an evening gown, hair in an up do, ear muffs are not an appropriate accessory. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2012, more than 25,000 people underwent ear surgery— or otoplasty—to correct the shape, position, or proportion of their ears. A relatively minor procedure, reducing the angle that ears protrude from the head is the most common correction performed by ear surgery. Many people feel that their ears are too large. However, those patients often have normal-sized ears that simply stick out too far, making them appear larger. Surgery to