Nothing surprises me these days and yet I’m shocked at the uproar this story has caused recently.
In case you missed it, pageant mom Kerry Campbell injects her daughter with Botox to prepare her for her future as a superstar (Kerry’s words). The young girl is only 8-years-old and parents around the world (moms, mostly) are calling Kerry’s actions outrageous, even criminal. In fact, Campbell is now being investigated by the San Francisco Human Services Agency.
What surprises me most about this story is not the fact that this woman decided to use her daughter for her own 15 minutes of fame but the idea that women around the world are placing judgment and questioning this mother’s parenting skills.
If I’m to take sides on this issue, I’d stand up for the little girl whose innocence has been lost and childhood taken away from her. There are too many young women already who grow up way too quickly, without being injected with Botox by their mothers.
But my question is this, “When does Botox become age-appropriate?” When will we look at our daughters (for the record, I have two sons) and tell them that, “Yes, you are now old enough for Botox.” Because it’s coming.
When 8-year-old girls are being injected in the privacy of their own home, before we know it, teenage girls will be having Botox parties and stealing it from their moms to inject themselves before school.
Personally, there will never be a day when I will think Botox is right for me, but I have to wonder, with girls wearing make-up and dying their hair in junior high, will Botox be the next ‘beauty solution’ for young women?
Our society continues to show and tell young girls that changing their appearance will make them look younger, more beautiful and feel better about themselves. But we all know that’s not true. When questioned about true beauty and what makes women feel beautiful, the answers have nothing to do with physical appearance.
The other day, I saw a photo online, posted by a grown man who I know and respect, of a gorgeous woman with naturally silver hair. She’s beautiful and he thought so to. He placed this picture under a category he created entitled Sexy Things for a Man to Look At.
When are we women – as a culture – going to understand and recognize that aging gracefully – and naturally – is a truly amazing, and beautiful, thing? Because our young daughters are looking to us as role models and in my opinion, we’re not doing them justice.
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