Stacey Solomon has become well known for her eloquent and outspoken critiques of beauty standards – and now she’s revealed her latest problem with the industry
We all know how oppressive beauty standards can be – and one very large part of that is how we talk about ageing.
That doesn’t mean it’s not shocking when such a standard is exposed, however – which is exactly what happened when singer, TV presenter and I’m A Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon visited a beautician last month.
Instead of just being offered the facial that she went for, Solomon’s beautician suggested that she also get Botox injections – despite the fact she’s only 28.
Speaking to Fabulous magazine, Solomon revealed there’s a “whole underground industry” scaring young women into receiving facial injections that they don’t need.
“I went for a facial the other day, and the woman honestly asked me if I wanted some Botox,” she said. When she refused, she was told to consider the injections “before your skin starts to wrinkle naturally”.
“She was basically saying ‘if you don’t get this done now, you’re going to look like a bulldog in five minutes’ time!’. And that was just going for a facial!”
This wasn’t just a one-off, either – Solomon also said that a friend was recently offered Botox and fillers from her dentist.
Elsewhere in the interview, Solomon discussed how “cool” she thinks her body is.
“I like my little muffin top. I think it’s cool,” she said. “I like my boobs. Okay, they might be lower than the average 28 year old’s, but I think they’re alright!
“I just think: ‘Oh my god, I’ve produced and breastfed two children. How amazing is that?’”
Speaking to Stylist.co.uk, Solomon said that she “couldn’t see what the big deal” was about body hair. “Just because society tells you to do something, it doesn’t mean you have to,” she said.
“I don’t understand what the problem is with hair – men can have hairy legs, but women can’t. There’s outrage if I don’t shave my naturally hairy body, but what do people want me to do? It’s just my body,” she continued.
“Why am I not allowed to be hairy? Why is it such a big deal? I think it’s such an unfair thing and I don’t like it, so I’m going to grow my hair and if anyone has a problem with it, they’ll just have to have a problem with it.”
Talking about an ex-partner, Solomon revealed that it “made her forget who she was” – and that she’ll “always be this weird version” of herself after the experienced knocked her confidence. “I used to be less worried about everything. Less worried about what people thought about me… I was OK, quite confident,” she explained.
“These people manipulate you. When people are happy to wish you dead or tell you your career is nothing or you are nothing.
“It might be lots of small things. you don’t even realise it’s happening to yourself until you realise.”
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