If you could make money off women’s insecurities, even if there was potential harmful side-effects, would you?!
Last week, Kaitlyn Bristowe, who was made famous for being a contestant on the Bachelor, did an Instagram post promoting Botox.
Before I get started, let’s be clear – THIS IS NOT JUDGEMENT FOR GETTING BOTOX.
But there is judgement when it comes to getting monetary kickbacks for promoting it, and we need to talk about it.
So back to THIS POST that Kaitlyn Bristowe did.
She has 1.7 million followers, and her general demographic is women. That’s the perfect audience for someone like #BotoxCosmetic. What she says to many of her followers is gospel, and if she’s offering a discount code, plus freedom from your insecurities, women are freaking pumped.
But hash-tagging #OwnYourLook alongside a Botox ad, doesn’t make it ethical – in fact, it’s just feeding into this current cultural belief that women are not attractive as we age.
It’s a betrayal to women, the self-love & body positive movements, and truthfully the advances we’re trying to make as women with equality.
Case in point: If you scroll the hashtag #botox on Instagram the only men you’ll see in the pictures are the plastic surgeons making money off it.
Please take a hot minute to let that sink in.
I’m not sure if you know who Jameela Jamil’s is, but she’s a serious badass, and she’s on a mission to fight the people that profit from shame, and has a radical inclusivity stance online. I love it. She wrote a powerful Twitter post last December 15th, 2018, saying:
“It is never too late to check yourself and right your wrongs. I used to be slut shamey, judgmental, and my feminism wasn’t intersectional enough. Nobody is born perfectly “woke”. Listen, read, learn, grow, change and make room for everyone. We aren’t free til ALL of us are free.”
SHE ALSO SAID:
This is me. I’m woke. Just like I have food-freedom now after years of obsessive exercising and restrictive eating, I also have freedom from the fear of aging and looking ‘perfect’.
The two most powerful and influential lessons I got from losing my Mom to cancer and getting sick with breast implant illness, was becoming woke when it comes to this shit, and you can never un-see the seen.
I want women to question why it’s becoming culturally celebrated when women ‘admit’ and promote they’re getting elective cosmetic surgery like Botox, while we’re simultaneously (and rightfully) criticizing social media influencers promoting things like:
- Kim Kardashian’s diet & appetite suppressant lollipops
- Kylie Jenner’s diet (diuretic & pooh promoting) tea
- We’ve also recently banned ads on social for people under 18 when it comes to harmful things like the above
- And you have accounts like @i_weigh that are fighting the people that profit from your shame
How does promoting Botox fit into this?
Is this not still profiting from shame?
We are trying to recover and make changes from being a fat-phobic society with the #bodypositivity #normalizenormalbodies & #selflove movements, so let’s not become an age-phobic one.
It feels like betrayal of a sisterhood we are working so hard to correct.
Some people may say “don’t watch it if it bothers you”, or “don’t be part of the call-it-out culture” but my stance on that is how do we become woke, make changes in social issues, and challenge each other to be better if I just sit here in silence.
My daughter deserves more than this, and so do you.
If the number one concern women have when getting Botox is that others will know, I’d say there’s a lot of shame around this elective cosmetic surgery. And it’s not just because there’s a stigma around it….it’s also because we have shame around the fact we feel shame about ourselves.
I’m confident this is a pretty accurate stat when 80% women have body-confidence issues.
So before you give Kaitlyn Bristowe a virtual high five for admitting she gets Botox, consider how these things have harmful side-effects to all us women socially, physically, mentally and financially.
Want to learn more on why we feel so hellbent about this
Listen to our first episode of #HOTtopics HERE while we chat Kaitlyn Bristowe and Botox.
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