"Instagram Lips": A Discussion
Recently, I was disappointed to see one of my all-time favorite makeup artists giving a shout-out to the man that gifted her with "voluptuous" lips. So many comments were praising her for her pout. Because she bought it, I guess?
The same day, I sent a screenshot of an Instagram interaction I had been incredibly annoyed by around to a few loved ones. A social media maven (who I genuinely like and appreciate: her honesty is refreshing and she is very talented at what she does) had posted a few snaps of herself donning an adorable outfit.
A woman who appeared to be in her late-teens or early twenties had commented, saying what an inspiration she was...and how she was going to be bringing the influencer's photos with her to the doctor later this year. Not to her trainer. To the doctor. The plastic surgeon, probably.
I get that being in the beauty business puts you front and center. People are cruel, especially about the physical appearances of public figures.
However, this embrace of over-the-top, unnatural—because, just to be clear, I well-aware that many folks are born with big lips—cartoonish lips by the masses blows my mind. Now, are over-plumped lip injections or implants the most extreme cosmetic procedure available? Of course not. But it is still being shilled to young girls (and young men) as an easy-peasy way to collect compliments for your looks.
One of my favorite quotes when I was growing up was: "You laugh at me because I am different; I laugh at you because you are all the same".
Scrolling through Instagram, you see the same nose, the same hair and the same teeth, over and over and over again. And, now, the same very pronounced set of fake-looking lips. Like a sea of dolls.
Honestly, if you want to fill your face with whatever, god bless. Just be aware that altering your face or body to fit a fleeting aesthetic standard might not be the best decision across the board.
Will a lip augmentation make it hard to speak? To eat? To laugh? Does that even matter though?
If only people cared this much about the words coming out of women's mouths.
So what if your features don't fit the current mold? Your worth comes from you. From what you do and from who you are. Not whether or not you have "an envy-evoking kisser".