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Stranger Things’ Natalia Dyer doesn’t need to be “fixed.”

Once Netflix has released Season 4 of stranger things, the series quickly became the hottest thing in the entertainment industry. Viewership skyrocketed, making the show the biggest English-language Netflix series of all time. There were many reasons for this stranger things‘ success, including a gripping horror vibe, a terrifying villain and a glimpse into Upside Down mythology. Now, a month after the release of Volume 2, the internet is still awash with all sorts of offbeat fan theories, including one involving Mrs. Karen Wheeler.

However, fan theories are not the only ones stranger things-related content that’s going wild on the internet right now. Recently, Natalia Dyer (who plays Nancy Wheeler) received unwanted beauty advice from a nurse on TikTok. Completely unprompted, Miranda Wilson suggested several plastic surgery options that would improve Dyer’s appearance. There are so many issues with hypothetical advice, but here’s a good place to start: Natalia Dyer’s looks have never been an issue.

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The viral TikTok suggested a slimming procedure for Dyer’s masseter muscles (attached to the jaw), chin filler (to make her chin more pointed) and lip filler (for a stronger pout). It even suggested Botox to raise Dyer’s eyebrows. The whole “advice” was designed with the intention of making Dyer’s head more of a “heart shape” with clearer features. Instantly, stranger things Fans rallied in Dyer’s defense, calling the TikTock rude, offensive and unnecessary. Due to the backlash, Wilson stopped her “consulting” and released an apology video with the caption:

“#greenscreen hoping to clarify that I wasn’t implying that Natalia NEEDED any of this work, it was just an example. Of course, Natalia is absolutely stunning the way she is…that’s why she’s so successful. Your photo was just an example. I’m sorry if people took that as mean or rude, that wasn’t my intention at all.”

While Wilson’s apology may or may not have been accepted by stranger things Fans, it only proves their folly. It’s clear she was trying to take advantage of that stranger thingsPopularity to promote their own profession. While some would consider that good marketing, ultimately it’s a problem because it was at someone else’s expense. Until now, Natalia Dyer hasn’t responded on TikTok due to limited social media presence, but the issue persists.

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In fact, the problem goes deeper than Natalia Dyer. Wilson’s “advice” is actually just a symbol of the unrealistic beauty standards that define social media. So many people (especially young people) spend countless hours trying to find the perfect angle, filter and background for their status and profile pictures. It’s like their Instagram/TikTok/Snapchat profiles are worth more than their actual lives. So when someone — who specializes in plastic surgery — suggests that a super successful movie star doesn’t even look good enough for social media, that’s transcending a business ad. It affects how children see themselves.

The bottom line is that individuality should be celebrated, regardless of the agenda social media is trying to push. Attempting to fit everyone into some sort of perceived pattern is an absolute disservice to the well-being of society and the individual’s self-image. People need to be built up, not taken down – and all too often social media is used to promote an unrealistic and unnecessary standard. Happily, stranger things Fans recognized that for Natalia Dyer. Hopefully the rest of social media will take notice.

Stranger Things seasons 1-4 are now streaming on Netflix.

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