In a world that appearances mean more than the value that one has to offer, elegance can be said to be compromised. People without much of self esteem are going through some pretty drastic changes just to fit that Hollywood picture perfect image. From the celebrities who are supposed to be helping in molding the young, to the young kids themselves.
It is still very possible to be elegant even without lots of wealth and numerous plastic surgeries. Simplicity (although overlooked) is one great way of becoming elegant without having to transform yourself. However, people are very different from each other and at the end of the day, one is bound to do what he or she pleases.