You’ve probably seen the picture by now: Kylie Jenner has officially removed her lip fillers after four years.
The internet has pretty much gone crazy, and for good reason. It’s actually a pretty big deal.
Kylie has been in the public eye since she was 10 years old and grew up with gorgeous sisters so it’s no wonder she was insecure about her appearance. Although she didn’t confirm her fillers until she was 17, it was speculated she first got them when she was only 15 (which would mean she needed momager Kris Jenner’s consent).
She later admitted that she was super insecure about her lips from a young age. On her show Life of Kylie, she said,
“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.’ But I took that really hard. Just when a guy you like says that, I don’t know, it just really affected me. I just didn’t feel desirable or pretty. I really wanted bigger lips. I would overline my lips with lip liner just to create the illusion of bigger lips. And then finally I was like this lip liner isn’t doing it. [I] ended up getting my lips done.”
You may not give a crap about Kylie Jenner and you may roll your eyes every time you see her in your news feed. But the reality is that millions of girls do give a crap about her. Like, a lot. She’s become one of the most famous KarJenners, if not the most famous one. So what she does matters.
Girls want to look like her so much that there are 1.7 million YouTube search results for “Kylie Jenner makeup tutorial.”
So for Kylie to go back to her natural lips is sending a big message to her fans: you don’t need to make changes to your body to be beautiful.
I realize that this probably not what Kylie intended when she ditched the lip fillers. By all indications, Kylie doesn’t aspire to be a role model.
The truth, I imagine, is that Kylie is finally getting comfortable in her own skin and I couldn’t be happier for her. I don’t always approve of what she does — the constant cultural appropriation is definitely not ok. But there’s a part of me that really feels for her.
Yes, she’s grown up with a lot of privilege and no, she hasn’t exactly put that privilege to good use. But just because she’s had many things handed to her doesn’t mean she doesn’t have insecurities like the rest of us. And whenever someone, anyone, becomes comfortable with their own body, it’s a win.
So congrats, mama Kylie, on finally overcoming one of your biggest insecurities. I only hope this continues as you grow and mature.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.