My blood is boiling because I just heard that 8-year-old beauty queen Britney Campbell got Botox. She didn’t just get Botox. Her mother gave it to her. Why? Because Britney complained that she had wrinkles, and now, post-Botox, she feels like she "looks way better, like, beautiful, pretty, like, all those kinds of nice words."
Britney and her mother Kerry were on Good Morning America, talking about her extreme beauty regimen, which includes waxing and Botox. And according to Stylist.com, they showed “a slew of photos depicting Britney with bruises, puffy cheeks and ice packs.”
According to the Huffington Post, Britney’s mom is unapologetic about her decision to give her daughter Botox. I’m all about being unapologetically YOU, but seriously -- this crosses my line. Shame on you, Mama. This is just not cool. As far as I’m concerned, this is child abuse and should be illegal. Someone should call Child Protective Services.
No wonder our daughters grow up and have eating disorders, get 20 plastic surgeries on extreme makeover reality TV shows, and wind up suicidal when they lose their looks. Poor Britney. I wish I could get my hands on that girl and teach her what I teach my gorgeous 5-year-old daughter -- that true beauty lies within, and the sooner you learn to accept that a rich, fulfilling life is filled with pimples, bad hair days, wrinkles, sagging breasts, muffin tops, varicose veins, blotchy patches, and turkey necks, the sooner you’ll find inner peace with the body you’re blessed to live in.
Please, my dear, it’s not too late to turn this around. Admit that you made a mistake. Pull your daughter out of the beauty pageant world -- at least for a while -- so she can get a reality check and enjoy being a child. Tell her every day how beautiful she is -- inside and out -- just the way she is, without makeup or fancy princess hairdos or Botox. Demonstrate to her a healthy attitude towards beauty and aging and skip the Botox yourself so Britney can learn to love your wrinkles -- and you can too. Step fully into what really matters -- your Inner Pilot Light, that always sparkly, 100% authentic, perpetually beautiful part of your core that never has to worry about wrinkles because they’re irrelevant.
Let your daughter know now, before it’s too late, that she is a perfect creation of the Divine, and anyone created in the image of the Divine is beautiful -- no matter what. And know that this is true for you too. You are beautiful. She is beautiful. Just the way you are.
Kerry, my love, do you have any idea how much damage you do to your daughter when you raise her to believe that she’ll never be good enough? I had a GREAT mother, and I’ll never forget when she looked over my shoulder as I was getting ready for my senior prom and she said, “Lissa, you’d be so beautiful if it weren’t for your nose.”
Ouch. Kids don’t ever forget things like that. So don’t say things like that. And for the love of God, don’t give your kid Botox.
So please, stop the madness. Please world, stop pressuring women and even young girls to live up to some unnatural image of beauty. Wrinkles in an 8-year-old? Who ever heard of such a thing? But if they were there, who cares?
What do you think about this? What would you do if your daughter asked to get Botox or waxing? Does this make your blood boil? Where do you draw the line? Will you let your 8-year-old experiment with makeup? Shave her legs? Wear high heels (mmhmm…yes, we’re talking to you, Katie, Tom, and Suri)? Get her ears pierced? Tell me what you think!
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.com, Pink Medicine Woman coach, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
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