A British woman, originally from Birmingham and now living in San Francisco, has admitted to giving her eight-year-old daughter Botox injections to ‘get rid of her wrinkles’.
Kerry Campbell told ‘Good Morning America’ she injects her daughter Britney to help her keep up in the intensively competitive world of the child beauty pageant circuit.
According to Kerry, 34, Britney has become used to the injections and is fine with them, but Britney revealed she used to cry when she first had the procedure.
“It hurts sometimes. It makes me nervous. But I get used to it.”
During the interview, Britney revealed the reasons she gets the injections.
“I just don’t think wrinkles are nice for little girls.”
Britney revealed she’s also had her upper leg area waxed. However, despite the fact that she thinks hairy legs are ‘unladylike,’ she’s stopped having the procedure done as the pain was too much for her to bear.
Kerry says she’s not the only parent to administer Botox treatment to her child, and claims she got the idea from other pageant mothers.
“A lot of mums there give their kids Botox. It’s pretty much like the thing. I’m not the only one that does it. A lot of mums do it.”
Kerry, a part-time aesthetician, claims that she’s been administering Botox injections on herself for several years, and that she feels the procedure is safe.
When asked about whether these procedures signify a loss of childhood innocence, Kerry replied: “It’s a tough world in the pageant world.”
She wouldn’t reveal who supplies her with the Botox but says he is a trusted source ‘behind the doctor’s scene’.
Health professionals have openly criticised Kerry’s actions, saying the procedures, while physically painful, also have the potential to leave lifelong psychological scars.
“I’m a little bit in disbelief, and a little bit horrified,” Dr. Charles Sophy, a psychiatrist and medical director in California, told the breakfast show.
“There’s a lot of psychological damage that can be caused. That’s where psychological intervention needs to happen to make sure there are no blurred boundaries and projections going on that are going to have longer psychological ramifications for this child.”
But how does eight-year-old Brittney think she looks after the injections?
“It looks way better. Beautiful, pretty, like all those kinds of nice words.”Share