For their eighth birthdays I imagine most little girls want a bicycle or a doll or maybe even in this day in age a cell phone, but Botox injections?
According to The Sun, “beauty-pageant obsessed single mum” Kerry Campbell gifted her daughter Britney with Botox injections for her eighth birthday last year. Botox injections are now a regular part of Britney’s beauty regime – once every three months – which also includes waxing.
We’ve often worried about the sexualization of girls at younger and younger ages, especially those competing in beauty pageants. Botox injections and waxing take it to a whole new level of concern, but Kerry does not see it like that at all. In fact, she would argue that she is helping pave her daughter’s way to Hollywood ensuring a life of fame and fortune:
“I know one day she [Britney] will be a model, actress or singer, and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer.”
“All I want is for Britney to have the best start in life, so it is easier for her to become a superstar.”
“She is a lucky little girl and is going to be famous because of the benefits I am giving her so early.”
“When she’s a superstar earning millions, she’ll always be grateful for what I did when she was so young.”
And what does Britney have to say about her detailed beauty regime?
“My friends think it’s cool I have all the treatments and they want to be like me, says Britney. “I check every night for wrinkles, when I see some I want more injections. They used to hurt, but now I don’t cry that much…I also want a boob and nose job soon, so that I can be a star.”
How will Britney ever develop a healthy self-image if she is looking for wrinkles and thinking about a breast and nose job at 8-years-old? How will she ever learn to accept and appreciate her body if she’s given a quick “fix” – botox, waxing, plastic surgery – for every “problem” area she finds?
And what about the health risks of injecting Botox at such a young age?
Doctors and plastic surgeons recommend that only adults use Botox, but Kerry purchases Botox and Restalyne over the internet and uses a home-assembled kit of needles from the local pharmacy and a diabetic friend.
This does not sound safe or legal but according to The Sun there are no criminal laws preventing parents from doing this. If this is becoming a trend among beauty pageant parents, like Kerry suggests in her interview with The Sun, serious consideration is needed to protect children so they can actually be children – not frozen version of themselves with a lifetime’s worth of crippling self-esteem.
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