Has the Botox craze gone too far? Scandal surrounding a recent video showing 18-year-old Charice Pempengco, a contestant on the show “Glee” in the Phillipines – getting Botox injections has led many child advocates to question the beauty standards that are being imposed on young women worldwide.
A muscle relaxant used to make wrinkles disappear, Botox has long been in vogue for masking the effects of aging. But its use on young people calls into question the emphasis on physical appearance in our society… especially the emphasis on physical appearance vs. underlying talent and ability.
ABC News reports:
“Weeks before she steps onto the set of the hit television show ‘Glee,’ 18-year-old Philippine singing sensation Charice Pempengco’s appearance on a TV show of a different kind is creating a buzz – complete with rumors about possible cosmetic procedures.
“A Philippine broadcast making the rounds on YouTube appears to show Philippine dermatologist Dr. Vicki Belo treating Pempengco with a face-tightening treatment known as Thermage along with Botox injections into her jaw muscles.
“…Some child psychologists said they worry that if more emphasis is placed on beauty in entertainment enjoyed by children and teens, the demand for other cosmetic tweaks could rise. And for one pediatric psychiatrist, the possibility that a widely celebrated star like Pempengco could be part of a teen cosmetic trend is a disturbing one.”
What do you think – has Botoxing gone too far?