How do you feel about the way you look, your face, your lines and wrinkles? Wow! Now there’s a question to get the party started! But seriously, do you give it a second thought? For years now women have been in two camps, those that are happy to grow old gracefully, embracing every laughter line as a memory of their life, and those that want to look more youthful, softer maybe, less tired. It’s then that they turn to aesthetic procedures.
However, the burning question is can you be a feminist and love fillers? The reason I ask is, would you be honest about it, would you start the conversation? If we are all about equal rights for women and becoming the next “Girl Boss” does having such procedures demoralise or empower women? Should we grow old gracefully and embrace our wonderful, powerful self and be proud of who we are, what we look like and love the face staring back at us in the mirror, or is it ok to have a little something that can smooth everything out, perhaps make us look and feel more confident?
Allergen (the makers of Botox and JUVÈDERM facial fillers) recently commissioned research among 1,500 women to reveal attitudes towards the quest for beauty and youth.
- 88% of women agree you should be free to express your beauty any way you choose
- 13% of women think you should strive to look youthful at all costs
- 25% of women say they’ve had or would consider facial injectables – and of those women, 38% say they have/would keep it a secret
- 45% of women believed you could be a feminist AND love fillers.
At a recent debate hosted by Cosmetic Executive Women and Allergen these issues were discussed. Some of the key comments included: “It’s ok to have whatever you want done. If you look nice and feel good that’s what’s great. It doesn’t matter what people think of you, its what you think of yourself”.
Personally this is a tough one for me. I recently saw a friend that I hadn’t seen for a while and commented on how well she looked. Just rested ( I know that’s an overused term but she did) happy and “soft”. I was blown away when she told me she had just had Botox done! I was also a little shocked, I just never thought of her as being that person…but what/who is that person. However, seeing how good she looked had a huge impact on how I felt about procedures. She looked great and it was done so well..I suddenly began seeing myself differently in the mirror. I noticed my lines, my wrinkles and how sad and tired I looked. Had I always looked that way?
I have earned Every. Single. One of my lines, believe me. I have lived a very full, happy, busy, sometimes stressful life so far and have always been proud to be me, look like me and embrace my age. There was just that sudden element of doubt…what if I had it done? Would anyone notice? Would I even mention it? Should I mention it? Am I giving in to the notion that this is how we should look?
I have always prided myself on my honesty and transparency but this topic has certainly got me thinking. I suppose my main concern has been being taken seriously as a beauty blogger if I were to have a procedure done. I know I have commented on something like this before. When I have seen Beauty Editors have had a little tweak, I have wondered how they can advertise certain skincare products, making claims of what they can do, when their face is not down to the use of these products. Then my educated side kicks in and reminds me that having such procedures done does not stop you having an opinion, being successful, or make you any less worthy, brilliant and clever.
It’s such a huge debate that is really coming to the forefront now especially with more and more influencers on Social Media sharing what they have had done. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject and am inviting you to join me and the THIRTY PLUS team in a live Twitter chat on behalf of Allergan this week. The chat will take place on Thursday 9th March 8-9pm on the @WeAreThirtyPlus Twitter page using the hashtags #30PlusDebate #FeministAndFillers. Please head over to the event page HERE and click going if you can join us. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
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This post and my participation in the Twitter chat have been sponsored by Allergan, however, as always, all opinions are my own.