By: Zoey Woldman
On July 8th, Kylie Jenner posted an Instagram pic that left the internet hereby shooketh. Posed alongside her long-time friend Anastasia Karanikolaou (a.k.a. Stassiebaby), something looked a little off...a little like Kylie circa 2014 (pre-lip fillers). Some of her very dedicated followers noticed that something seemed a little different, and were quick to calling the attention to her lips - the very lips that started her success toward one billion dollars (check out Kylie in Forbes). One follower, @haleithorn commented, “she looks like the old Kylie here idk why,” and Kylie responded, “I got rid of all my filler.” Well there you have it folks, concrete proof that Kylie Jenner did in fact remove her lip fillers. In the past, we’ve seen that whatever the Kardashian-Jenner clan does, the rest of the world - or at least their loyal followers - follow suit. So, what does that mean for the lip-filling, botox-injecting cosmetic surgeons around the world? Let's dive in!
Over the course of the last several years, we’ve see a shift in cosmetic procedures from the likes of elderly women interested in self preservation to fame-seeking youngsters, but why is that? My guess is that it has a little something to do with our prized phone application, Instagram. Just yesterday, I was looking at all the perfectly toned women working out at the gym in their designer sports bras, and it really sunk in that being a female during the Instagram era is nothing short of rough. I mean, how many of you scroll through your explore page daily and compare yourself to the other women you see? If you just said “not me,” you’re lying!! Practically every girl does it, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of, but let’s make sure that it’s not turning into an unhealthy obsession.
We should absolutely be appreciating other women, especially in a time like now when women are somehow STILL being torn down just because they’re women. What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to be just like them. Each of us are made uniquely to be different from the rest. I will admit that I scroll through pictures of Instagram famous girls and wish I had their toned abs, or their thick hair, but I don’t and that’s okay because I am me. Okay, maybe it seems like I’ve gotten a bit off topic and strayed into some kind of prophetic banter, but I swear it all connects. My point is that we have seen so many young girls and women altering themselves physically, and in some cases permanently, to look like Kylie or other members of the Kardashian-Jenner fam, and this needs to stop. At Making it in Manhattan, we are major proponents of embracing your individuality.
I want to make one thing very clear. I am not against all forms of plastic surgery. If taking part in a cosmetic procedure will truly enhance your quality of life, I say go for it, but please do not commit to something that will change your physical appearance just to seem cool or to keep up with the current fad. There are so many other ways to maintain your appearance and stay youthful without being invasive (like rolling!). Maybe going au naturel will be the new trend??? We don’t really know the reason why Kylie decided to remove her lip fillers after years of having them, but maybe we can consider the possibility that she wants to set an example for baby Stormi (who btw is absolutely adorable). Just remember, we all have insecurities, and if Kylie, who is mega famous can look past hers, so can you. Let’s celebrate them instead of obsess over them!
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