Published in Catalogue, 2016
I’m apprehensive to write this piece for two reasons. Firstly, I generally hate to acknowledge any wide-scale influence that some coven of insipid cash guzzling waxworks (otherwise known as the Kardashians) contribute to the cultural milieu.
Secondly, I don’t want my opinion of any sort of body modification to be misconstrued as an incitement of moral panic against what is, ultimately, a personal choice. That being said, I believe the popularisation of cosmetic trends such as lip fillers is something that needs to be thoroughly understood. We have to acknowledge the consequences when something so astoundingly ridiculous becomes normalised in a generation of young women.
As you may have noticed, the market for lip injections has boomed profoundly over the past two years for young women in western nations. This has been largely driven by the sudden pressure of ‘real’ social media and has now reached the pinnacle of cultural accessibility with Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian clan.
One UK cosmetic surgeon even claimed that the number of enquiries for lip augmentation at her practice increased70% overnight once Kylie Jenner revealed the secret to her plump mouth on her family’s E! network circus, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.