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No Teen Girl Needs Acids or Poisons for Fat Lips to Pose on Social Media

“I was 15 and I was insecure about my lips. I have really small lips. And it was like one of my first kisses and a guy was like, ‘I didn’t think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips’… I don’t know, it just really affected me. I just didn’t feel desirable or pretty. Kylie Jenner

Annemarie Berukoff
5 min readFeb 21, 2021

My 15-year-old niece, Alice, recently asked me a favor, her brown eyes, big and earnest as ever.

“Can you ask my mom so I can get lip injections like Kylie? Or maybe Botox might be better for that upper lip curl. She did when she was 15 and she says it’s easy to be beautiful like her.”

I glanced away knowing the illusion of social media. So many kids didn’t realize those people have been filtered and morphed with Photoshop. That is part of the education and discussion process that teens should go through before anything is done.

She insisted again, “You may not know but it is extremely common for high school girls to have their lips plumped up as a reward for graduating.” I didn’t know that.

But I had read enough about real risks for young people who have sought more affordable services from inexperienced or unqualified injectors that resulted in swelling, infection or even more severe complications, such as necrosis or blindness.

“Alice, let me do some research and we can sit down and talk with your Mom and yourself. But what if you don’t want big lips for a lifetime? Always remember that you’re pretty enough already.” She only answered with a grimace.

But as more facts were discovered, the greater the realization of the shocking reality about what social media was doing to our society and its effect on our vulnerable teenage girls. There were even new Game Apps so kids could have fun performing plastic surgery on cartoon characters.

Some General Facts

Kylie Jenner once owned a cosmetic company called Kylie Cosmetics which had 2019 revenue of $200 million built on the back of a social media…



Annemarie Berukoff

Retired teacher — Affiliate Marketer, Big Picture Wisdom, author 4 e-books: social media teens, eco-fiction ecology