Emily Aiken ’20, Feature Editor
It is a Monday morning. You are scrolling through your Instagram feed and notice Kylie Jenner posted a new photo. As you look at it, you might notice that she is near perfection or at least she looks photoshopped. She has perfect makeup, a crazy, slim figure, and everybody is talking about her. As you pass by your mirror, you notice that you do not look like this. You look at yourself and feel your insecurities because you probably do not see what Kylie Jenner sees when she looks in the mirror. The truth is, pretty much nobody sees this as their natural self.
Plastic surgery is very common nowadays, and it is okay to change things you do not like about yourself. Jenner even pointed this out when she did an interview with Teen Vogue about her lips. “It has always been an insecurity of mine, and I wanted to make a change,” Jenner said. But the problem arises when the people who are in the spotlight and who look like this cause many people to think it is ‘normal’ and how they should look, too. These people are in the spotlight, making it easy for their followers to feel insecure, which mentally, is not healthy. “I do not even get why these people are famous. Simply for being? Being attractive?,” freshman Nikole Matovski said. Matovski makes a good point in that the majority of people who get all this fame and money are not doing much to get there. Once they are at the top, their appearances are causing there to be a need for young girls to be ‘beautiful’ and ‘perfect’.
To add on, Kylie Jenner and many other Instagram models promote doing things that are not necessarily healthy. Many of the Kardashian sisters and other Instagram models promote something called, “Waist Training”, where they wear tightly fitted corsets in order to cause their waists to become unnaturally slim. It has been found that this activity has caused internal organs to move out of their original positions and can also cause skin irritation, acid reflux and many more health issues. Kylie Jenner has also caused a lot of controversy back in 2015 when the trend, “The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge” went viral on the internet. This challenge is where you would take a shot glass, insert your lips and suck all the air out in attempt to make your lips larger and more plump. Because the shot glass can break, the trend led to many serious injuries.
One of the biggest critics to these dangerous activities are doctors. “The new trend in trying to DIY lip plumping is quite concerning,” Dendy Engleman, a dermatologic surgeon told Seventeen Magazine. “Not only can significant pain, swelling, and bruising result from these suction techniques, but there is potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts.” These risks are not worth the permanent damage that could occur from this trend. “I have a cousin who tried the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge and her lips stayed huge for many days. They were also really bruised.” freshman Ashley Barber said.
These health issues do not stop the followers of the Instagram models. Because society puts so much pressure on young girls, they feel as though they have to live up to these expectations, no matter what it does to their health mentally or physically. So, the next time you walk past your mirror, try not to think of Kylie Jenner or any other Instagram model. Instead, think of the positive features that you have because I can guarantee you that you are more beautiful than you think.