“LAST month, Charice Pempengco, the petite Filipino teenager whose knockout voice has wowed Oprah and millions worldwide, caused a stir of another kind.
To prepare for her appearance on the Fox show “Glee” this fall, Ms. Pempengco, who is 18, got Botox injections and a skin-tightening treatment called Thermage. “I want to look fresh when I appear before the camera,” she said on Philippine television during the visit at which her doctor, Vicki Belo, injected her jaw.
Outrage ensued. Doctors, child-rearing experts and others — including New York magazine and Psychology Today — chimed in to lament the regrettable message sent to young fans of “Glee,” a show with a theme of self-acceptance. Even the celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was apoplectic, pronouncing what Ms. Pempengco had done, “SICK!!!”
But like it or not, Ms. Pempengco has plenty of company. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, last year, botulinum toxin, which is sold here under the brand names Botox and Dysport, was injected into Americans ages 13 to 19 nearly 12,000 times, including some teenagers who got multiple doses. The number represented a 2 percent increase from 2008, the society said. ”
— This Teenage Girl Uses Botox. No, She’s Not Alone.
The New York Times
OH-f*cking-KAY…can we finally move forward and go on to more pressing issues?
While the issue of teens getting treatments and surgery for their face and for other parts of the body has come to light (again) after this sensational singer from the Philippines has decided to chop-off parts of her round face, is indeed disturbing (apparently kids can get a nose job for their 16th birthday, if they wanted)— I would be blunt enough to say that at the end of the day, it’s the decision of the kid (and/or her parents, should they are concerned with their child’s welfare).
So Charice, to prepare for her Glee debut, decided to reduce her face. Let’s move on and accept it. It’s her face anyway, and it’s her life. Never mind those who say that she’s sending a wrong message to kid these days, face it–this little wonder is not the first and will never be the last to decide to alter her appearance for the sake of “conforming” to the industry and the general public’s definition of beautiful.
To those who was indignant enough to cast the first stone–yeah, weren’t you the first people who laughed at Charice for having her puffy cheeks. In the Philippines, in spite her immense talents, callous people would call her “siopao” — attributed to the fact that her cheeks are big…
So, would you even blame the girl for succumbing to the pressure and having Botox done?
You know who should be ashamed? The doctor who should have known better to even mess with this kid’s face. She’s 18–and to show on national TV how the procedure went?!? In my book, it’s called TAKING ADVANTAGE. The doctor scored big bucks on PR and promotions when she decided to go all “god motherly” on the poor kid–now, her name gets mentioned on international TV and the New York Times and Perez Hilton without even dropping a single cent. That’s called f*cking publicity, that’s called taking advantage.
So, let’s move forward. After all, more Hollywood-bound kids (and even mere teenage mortals) will have their jaws fixed, their nose reduced, their boobs blown up, their lips injected with collagen, and will starve their selves to death for the “perfect body” — no thanks to what we, the general public and the media, dictate as appealing to the eyes.