If you watched Good Morning America Thursday or have been surfing the web, you probably heard about the mother in California who gives her 8-year-old daughter botox. (If you want to see the video and accompanying article, you can check it out here http://abcnews.go.com/Health/mom-year-daughter-botox-young-young/story?id=13580804)
Here’s how the story goes. This woman’s daughter, Britney, participates in beauty pageants. 8-year-old Britney would complain about seeing wrinkles and lines on her face when she looked in the mirror. Mom also heard other pageant mothers remark about the lines on Britney’s face. Mom suggested botox and Britney agreed to give it a shot-literally. Britney’s mother, who is a part-time aesthetician and no stranger to the procedure, administers five shots in three different locations on her daughter’s face. The treatments lessen the lines on Britney’s face, but they don’t completely disappear. Although Britney claims that the shots hurts, she believes the results are worth it.
Don’t be completely outraged and angry yet folks, there’s more. Because of the highly competitive nature of beauty pageants, Britney has also had her legs waxed. This process proved too painful for her though, so that is something the 8-year-old will not continued.
Britney’s mother claims that the world of beauty pageants is brutal and that she isn’t the only one doing it. She claims she got the idea from other pageant mothers who daughters complained about the same thing. Although Britney complains that the shots hurt, she still wants to continue with the procedures. In addition, she doesn’t use enough to change her daughter’s face dramatically. Her mother sees no negative psychological or physical side effects from her daughter and will continue doing what’s she doing.
Now I’m no parent. I’m just an unmarried, 2o year old woman. So maybe I have no right to say what I’m about to. But bear with me.I think this mother is DEAD WRONG for injecting her 8-year-old daughter with botox. She’s ONLY eight years old! This girl isn’t old enough to develop such profound “worry” or “frown” lines or age creases that would need cosmetic treatment.
I think mother’s such as Britney’s are trying to age and mature their daughters too fast. If you give your daughter treatments, make up, or clothes to make her look older, grown men are going to think she is older. We all know what could happen in that type of scenario. Instead of pushing their daughters to adulthood, mother’s should enjoy their children as they go through childhood. They should be playing outside, playing with Barbies, coloring and playing make-believe. They should not be worried about the hair on a woman’s legs being “unlady like” or getting wrinkles.
Mother’s like Britney’s send young girls the message that they aren’t good enough. In order to be considered beautiful and of value you need to look perfect. Your skin needs to be clear and even. Your hair needs to be long and straight. You need to be tall and skinny with big breasts and thighs and a round butt. They are sending the message that if you don’t have these things, you’re ugly and not of value. They are sending the message that cosmetic procedures are an easy fix to make you perfect. That you shouldn’t love yourself and feel of value by just being who you are. That you shouldn’t love how your body looks.
What do you think? Do you think it’s appropriate to give a 8-year-old botox? How young is too young for cosmetic procedures? Sound off below!