Trending: The New 25 Is Old And Haggard
The daughter’s opinion:
Hannah Burge, age 16, said: “I wanted to have Botox for two reasons – it prevents wrinkles and everyone at my school was talking about having “B”.
I had a couple of lines on my forehead and around my mouth, which I was unhappy about.’ Appearance is important to me and I don’t want to look haggard and ugly by the time I’m 25.”
The mother’s opinion:
“I know some parents will be horrified but this is my way of protecting my daughter from back-street rip-off merchants.
Also, considering I have had so much surgery (holds the record – over a 100 cosmetic procedures, including 3 face-lifts before the age of 49), I’d be a hypocrite to tell my daughter she couldn’t have Botox.”
My personal favorite: “My opinion is that parents should be much more involved in their children’s lives from an early age and I know that Hannah doesn’t mind me knowing about her love of B.”
And back to the daughter:
“Teen Toxing is just part of life these days, which is why I share it with my mum.” (A family who Botoxes together stays together).
“With her help, I won’t get that frozen-face look when I’m older and will never have a line or wrinkle on my face.”
They’re nuts. Beyond that I’m not sure what to say except this is a boon to the cosmetic procedure industry and anti-aging product industry. Their market now includes teenagers…as young as 15. With a little more marketing, they’ll be getting the tweens soon. Sigh.
I shouldn’t be surprised that mothers of teenagers are willing to change their child’s looks; there’s BabyBangs for bald-headed baby girls. Granted fake hair isn’t a toxin but the behavior still displays a non-acceptance of the natural way a person looks at a given age.
An integral part of beauty pageants for children (which I’ve written about before) is mothers putting make-up and false eyelashes on toddlers. Parents are also bleaching and coloring their young children’s hair for the pageants. We know long-term bleaching destroys the hair and I hate to think about the chemicals in the bleaches and dyes that are being absorbed into the body of a developing child.
So again, why am I surprised (and sickened and saddened) that there would be a mother who would inject her teenage daughter with Botox?
But I do remain bewildered, befuddled and bemused. Aside from the alliterations I see nothing positive in all of this.
What’s your opinion?