The Unnecessary Danger of the Kylie Jenner Challenge
For the past few weeks–months, rather–social media has been flooded with the youngest Kardashian’s curvy figure, luscious lips, and colorful locks. There has been some speculation about whether or not these “enhancements” are paid for, and this has caused an uproar of conversation almost as large as the Tyga controversy.
And recently, teens of all ages have been taking on the newest trend: the Kylie Jenner Challenge. This task requires the participant to stick their mouth (lips) in a shot glass for a certain amount of time in an attempt to achieve Jenner’s trademark pout. And, just like the cinnamon challenge that went viral years ago, people everywhere have taken up the challenge and have posted their “results” all over the web.
As expected, some of these results have been less than amusing. People have suffered bruising, extreme pain, and swelling from trying to achieve this “look” that Kylie confessed to have purchased. NY Daily News reported that Kylie admits to her use of temporary lip fillers, and this is only enhanced by the additional makeup and her own genetics. But because the public has decided to take on this procedure in their own homes, many participants have succumbed to possibly permanent damage. E! News quoted dermatologist surgeon Dendy Engelmon, who listed possible outcomes that could come of this silly challenge, including disfigurement and scarring. All this for a pair of pouty lips?
It’s Not Worth It
This challenge game has gone too far. Not only are people trying to recreate something that is both genetic and expensive, but it’s becoming detrimental to their health. How obsessed with Hollywood have we become to put our own well-beings on the back-burner so we can gain a trademark look from a 17 year old?
Whether you are serious or out for jokes, this must stop. Either buy some lip plumper, lots of lip liner, or be okay with your natural lips. Our own health shouldn’t be overlooked just so that we can TRY to mimic a look that isn’t even attainable without awesome genetics or a hefty paycheck.