Kylie Jenner made headlines at 16 when fans noticed her lips looking much plumper than usual, fueling speculation that she had got some work done. While her pout seemed to increase in size over the next couple of years, Jenner didn't admit to using fillers until 2015.
"I have temporary lip fillers, it's just an insecurity of mine, and it's what I wanted to do," she finally revealed years after opting for a fuller pout. She added, "I'm just not ready to talk to reporters about my lips yet because everyone always picks us apart."
As she got older, Jenner faced an onslaught of plastic surgery rumors – which she denied up until recently. In a recent episode of The Kardashians, Jenner and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian had a heart-to-heart moment in which Jenner explains that her siblings had a "huge influence" on beauty standards.
Jenner revealed that she's edited her pictures due to her insecurities in the past, while also debunking surgery rumors when it came to her face. "One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that I was like this insecure child, and I got so much surgery to change my whole face, which is false," she explained. "I've only gotten fillers."
Now, Jenner is stating that she did get surgery, and she wishes she never did at such a young age. “I wish I never got them done to begin with,” she said on The Kardashians finale. The 25-year-old gave birth to her daughter, Stormi, when she was 20. She continued, "I would be heartbroken if she wanted to get her [Stormi] body done at 19 … I wanna be the best mom and best example for her, and I just wish I could, like, be her and do it all differently. Cause I wouldn’t touch anything.”
However, the mogul's candidness was not met with sympathy, for good reasons. "she was okay f*cking up everyone else’s daughters but her own is where she draws the line," @Slatsizm wrote on X.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a ridiculous amount of U.S. citizens received lip augmentation in 2015 due to the rise of social media and the "selfie" craze (which, by the way, was popularized by the Jenners and Kardashians). The statistics showed that "lip implant procedures grew by double-digits in every region of the United States in 2015."
Then, months after admitting to getting lip fillers that same year, Jenner capitalized on her admission and sold Kylie Lip Kits (although it was most likely her momager, Kris Jenner). Her liquid lipstick and lip liner set were a hit, particularly among women and teenagers.
Around this same time, the horrifying Kylie Lip Challenge was born. The hashtag #KylieJennerChallenge prompted thousands of young girls to use a small bottle or glass as suction, placing it on their lips for several minutes until they can no longer stand the pain. The result was enlarged, inflamed, and sometimes bloody lips.
And in 2017, several news sites announced that women were flocking to plastic surgery clinics to get the Kylie Jenner pout. In a Women's Wear Daily interview, Jenner's surgeon, Dr. Simon Ourian, said the celeb influenced a "whole generation" to go under the knife. “When she first talked about her minimal cosmetic procedures, I saw a new trend of younger women who suddenly felt empowered to unapologetically want to look more beautiful," he said, although there's really nothing empowering about altering your face to appeal to society.
Dr. Ourian continued, "It’s like Kylie singlehandedly gave a whole generation the ticket to a more enhanced version of themselves." Thank you, Kylie, for your service, I guess?
I hope as Stormi gets older, she'll learn that her natural-born features are beautiful and that she doesn't have to change a thing. Hopefully, Jenner sticks to her word.
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