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Just type #KylieJennerChallenge into Twitter or Instagram and you'll see what some teens are doing to try to get reality star Kylie Jenner's plump pout. You will also see the ugly aftermath of the challenge gone wrong. Now parents are being warned to tell their kids to stay away from this potentially dangerous social media game.
Perhaps you've noticed that Jenner's lips are fuller these days. While the reality teen swears she's done nothing to enhance her pucker, many of her fans are attempting to emulate her look. Young people are using shot glasses and prescription bottles to create suction around their lips to get the swollen effect. But instead of looking like Kylie Jenner, some teens are badly bruising their lips, while others have even required stitches after attempting the challenge.
The star has spoken out against this potentially harmful practice, tweeting, "I'm not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look ... I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment w your look."
Experts say the #KylieJennerChallenge is just the latest example of social media pressuring teens to look a certain way. You may recall that the thigh gap was a desired physical trait recently, which was likely inspired by revealing shots posted online by Beyonce. But those photos may have been Photoshopped, proving some young people are emulating a fake body!
It's heartbreaking to think that teens feel pressure to look perfect in today's social media driven world. As parents, let's do everything in our power to make our kids feel good about themselves and to keep them from focusing on plump, fake-looking lips or thigh gaps.
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