In case you forgot, the internet is a cruel, cruel place.
In the last few days, Kendall Jenner has been accused of lip injections, accused of being pregnant, and mocked for her acne.
The latest attacks came when Kendall attended the Golden Globes this past weekend, where she showed up looking *amazing.* But all anyone wanted to talk about was her acne and her lips. How dare she walk the red carpet with acne? What was she thinking?! And the lips — were they fillers, overdrawn pencil? The world had to know.
Well, actually, the world doesn’t need to know. Not only is it not anyone’s business, but it’s also incredibly insensitive to mock someone’s insecurities.
Kendall has been pretty upfront about how impacted she was by teenage acne and previously wrote on her blog,
“It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them.”
As for the alleged lip fillers, Kendall hasn’t spoken out either way and she certainly has no obligation to. Could you blame her if she did? Kendall was only 12 years olf when KUWTK first premiered. She’s been in the public eye for the last 10 years; she’s been put on the cover of tabloids and magazines, fawned over and criticized and everything in between. Even the strongest woman would crumble to that kind of pressure.
And even if Kendall did get lip fillers because of her insecurities (and I’m not saying she did), she wouldn’t be the first in the family. Her baby sister Kylie said that she got lip injections when she was only 15 because one of the first boys she kissed told her, ‘I didn’t think you’d be a good kisser because you have such small lips.”
These horrible attacks on Kendall’s appearances are just the tip of the iceberg. At the end of the year, Kendall posted a selfie to Instagram where he stomach wasn’t absolutely, completely flat, as is expected in our very shallow society, and fans were quick to claim that Kendall was pregnant. How insulting is it that a supermodel posts one picture of herself with a tummy and all the sudden she’s pregnant?
You don’t have to love Kendall Jenner to see that this is wrong. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the biggest Kendall fan — I’m not thrilled about all the cultural appropriation and her lack of political awareness. But that doesn’t mean we can attack her willy-nilly — especially about her appearance, which is so irrelevant to her character.
People wonder why women lack self-confidence and it’s because of attacks like these. Kendall Jenner is the dictionary definition of American beauty — tall, slender, flowing hair, — so when even she feels insecure about her looks, what hope is there for the rest of us?
I know I’m not the first one to say this, and I won’t be the last, but clearly, the Twitterverse isn’t getting the memo: It is NOT ok to pick apart someone’s appearance. Even if they’re a celebrity. Even if they’re a celebrity you don’t particularly like. And even if that celebrity is a Kardashian Jenner.
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.