Pete Richardson looks around the globe (Mainly towards LA!) to find out what the rich and famous say about botox and how the world of celebrity is driving the explosion of aesthetic treatments.
When Kylie Jenner announced her love of fillers in her lips the world of fillers went wild. And there are celebrities across the world that have announced they are equally fans of botox helping to drive a seemingly limitless rise in the numbers of that procedure.
Those endorsements are incredibly powerful and have helped drive the trend for facial procedures – to the extent that there are now estimated to be more than six million botox treatments every year and that number is growing exponentially.
But who has come out and admitted to treatments – admission still being seen as a bit of a risk of public criticism.
Linda Evangelista believes she was one of the first to go public. She said: “I was the first person to ever admit that I did botox, and my mom was upset,” the model once told Harper’s Bazaar. “I said, ‘Mom everybody does it,’ and she was like, ‘Yeah but they don’t say it.’ So, if I was the first one to tell the truth about using it then, why would I lie about it now?”
The very fact that some celebrity botox fans are reticent about admitting to the treatment reveals that there is still an element of stigma towards to the procedure.
And most believe that it is all a matter of choice.
Halle Berry believes that botox is a personal choice. “I think that’s something everyone needs to decide for herself,” Berry told InStyle Magazine. “I’m not going to preach about whether it is good or bad. What I don’t agree with is young people doing it. When I heard a girl talk about getting Botox for her bat mitzvah, I thought my head was going to blow off!”
Cindy Crawford is one a fan. In another interview with InStyle Magazine she said: “I’m not going to lie to myself, past a certain age, creams work on the texture of your skin but, in order to restore elasticity, all I can really count on is vitamin injections, botox, and collagen.
“I have a very simple, healthy life, which works miracles. I drink a lot of water, watch what I eat, and exercise… but I owe the quality of my skin to my cosmetic surgeon.”
Kelly Ripa also admits to the procedure: “I got Botox because people kept saying ‘Are you OK’ and I’m like, ‘I’m fine, why?'” she revealed on Live with Kelly and Michael. ‘You look like you’re angry.’ I was like, ‘Then it’s time to get Botox.”
And some are more vociferous than others and claim botox use in celebrity land is more widespread than you may think.
Robin Wright is one of those and said: “Everybody f***ing does it,” she told the Telegraph. “I suppose I can’t say ‘everybody’ because I don’t know for sure but come on. It’s just the tiniest sprinkle of botox twice a year. I think most women do 10 units, but that freezes the face and you can’t move it. This is just one unit, and it’s just sprinkled here and there to take the edge off… Perhaps it’s not wise to put that in a magazine? But I ain’t hiding anything.”
Sharon Osbourne is outspoken about her love for botox. On her eponymous show she admitted that she has the treatment and describing it as: “one of the best things that has ever been created for cosmetic surgery.”
But not everyone is a fan.
In a Byrdie interview, Olivia Wilde was asked about which beauty trends she loathes, and botox was one of them. “Oh gosh, I mean, I’m not into plastic surgery, which I would categorize as a beauty trend. I think a lot of the fillers freak me out, and botox makes everyone look like a wax candle, kind of like Madame Tussaud-esque weird—I can’t get down with it. I mean, I don’t want to be judgmental, but at the moment, that’s a beauty trend I loathe.”
So, each to their own, but with six-million treatments per year and growing the facial treatment revolution is here to stay.