A recent graduate in the UK who is a member of the intellectual organization Mensa underwent plastic surgery to reduce the size of his nose in order to increase his chances of getting a job.
Owen Cheshire, 21, of Southampton, England, says having a nose job was the most clever thing he has ever done, the Daily Mail reported.
Cheshire, who had the surgery done on his nose before graduating from Southampton Solent University last year, says, “It was a no brainer for me. I wanted to enter the job market at my best and I couldn’t be that with confidence issues about my appearance.
“I hated meeting new people or having photographs taken. I shied back from the spotlight,” he said.
Cheshire says he inherited a large and bumpy nose which embarrassed him, and it was the reason he was bullied. He focused on working hard at school and was invited to become a member of Mensa in 2012 with an IQ of 132 — the passing score for joining the genius organization.
But once Cheshire was ready to graduate with a degree in media and marketing from Solent, he was afraid of not being hired for a job because of the way he looked.
"You don’t have to be a genius to work out that in the current job market only the very best will win the few jobs available,” he said. "I felt sure that couldn’t be me because I simply wasn’t the best I could be because of my confidence."
He started researching plastic surgery companies and ultimately paid over $6,700 to have the bump on his nose reduced and make the tip more refined.
According to the Huffington Post, Cheshire is working for his alma mater’s research team, a job he landed before his surgery, and is also an aspiring designer.
“Everyone knows how tough it is for graduates to find work right now,” he said. “I’m so pleased I made the decision to have surgery ... because now my chances are just as good as the next man's.”
Cheshire is pictured below before his nose job:
After his nose job:
(Photos via the Daily Mail)