Have you heard about the San Francisco mother who admitted on Good Morning America that she regularly injects Botox into her 8-year-old daughter’s face? The purpose – she wants to enter her daughter into child beauty pageants.
Kerry Campbell, the mother, told Good Morning America:
“We were getting into the [child] pageants… I knew she [Britney, her 8-year-old daughter] was complaining about her face, having wrinkles, and things like that.”
Um, I’m sorry but 8 year-old girls DO NOT have wrinkles. If you watch the interview (below), you’ll see that Britney has dimples. Her face is young and beautiful.
Kerry, who is a part-time aesthetician and has performed Botox to her own face, decided to inject Botox into her daughter’s face. The San Francisco-based mother typically gives Britney five shots of the anti-wrinkle solution, in three locations of the young girl’s face.
“It hurts sometimes. It makes me nervous, but I get used to it,” the 8 year-old told Good Morning America.
In her interview, Kerry refused to disclose where she got the Botox, saying that she has a “trusted source” who is a “behind the scenes doctor.”
This story has drawn tons of critics, but this beauty pageant determined mother says that she’s not the only one doing this. She claims that many other beauty pageant mothers are giving their children Botox too.
“I don’t do enough on her to make a difference. Just on the lines,” Kerry said. “I’m a great mother. I’ve taken care of her by myself my whole life, and nobody can really tell me what I’m doing is wrong … She’s a happy kid and that’s the bottom line.”
San Francisco Child Protective Services are Investigating
Kerry Campbell might not think she’s doing anything wrong, but San Francisco authorities are investigating the situation. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t recommend Botox injections for anyone under age 18.
(Botox is made from a toxin made by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes the food poisoning, botulism. Botox injections temporary remove facial wrinkles by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves.)
Child protective services at the San Francisco Human Services Agency was flooded with calls after the Good Morning America report. The police have now also joined their investigation.
Videos from Good Morning America
What Do You Think?
So what do you think? Are you as upset as I am about this entire story?
I don’t know about you, but as I’ve mentioned above, little 8 year-old girls do not have wrinkles. They DO NOT need to get Botox injections. My heart breaks for Britney. If she thinks she has wrinkles now, she’s going to have horrible body image issues as she gets older. Not to mention, what is her self-esteem going to be like? Her mother should think about the psychological and emotional issues that Britney will face.
She’s an adorable little girl, and she should just be allowed to be a child.