Sure, Kylie Jenner may have just under 100 million Instagram followers, a brand-new hair color for each day of the week, and a line of best-selling lip products projected to surpass the billion-dollar mark by 2022, but that doesn't mean she's any less immune to the pressures that come with growing up in the spotlight.
As even the non-celebrity population can attest, all it takes is one comment (especially from someone you have an emotional and romantic interest in) to set the tone for future insecurities and self-doubt. Try as we might, we all have that certain something, and as Jenner shared in the latest episode of her hit reality show, Life of Kylie, her (now infamous) lips have always hit on a tender note of inner anxiety.
Though Jenner has previously maintained that her buxom lips were due to over-lining and over-lining alone, in recent years she has admitted to receiving fillers to keep her pout perfectly plump. However, up until the last week's episode, the public (for the most part) had been kept in the dark regarding the reality star's rationale for opting for fuller lips in the first place.
According to Jenner, the reason she initially decided to get lip injections was due to a boy and a certain comment that he made regarding her then "thin" lips—which, in his opinion, was a telltale sign that she'd be a bad kisser. Um, come again?
"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 ended up getting my lips done," she said. Jenner then added that this kind of comment can have enduring effects when it comes to self-esteem: "It just sticks with you."
As Allure reported, this actually wasn't the first time that Kylie, now 20, had opened up about it: "It has been an insecurity of mine all my life," she told Complex back in 2016. "This guy I kissed was like, 'Your lips are really small but you're a really good kisser. I didn't think you were gonna be good at kissing.' It was so rude. From then on, I just felt like I saw guys staring at my lips. I felt like no one wanted to kiss me." In the same interview, Jenner also admitted to relying on fillers, even disclosing that the habit "went too far" and at one point was "very painful."
Jenner's honesty about the situation is refreshing, and hopefully, it will inspire viewers to talk about their insecurities rather than waging an internal battle against their bodies.
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