Welcome back to Kardashian Launches – I mean, Nepo Baby of the Week. After two seasons of scarcity The IS Kardashians, the Hulu show is finally picking up steam, in that the family gives us at least one delusional soundbite or a desperate PR tactic mocked on Twitter every episode. You can really ask them at this point.
A few weeks ago, we got Kim’s “you stole my wedding country” monologue. In the same episode, in the midst of Kanye West’s anti-Semitism scandal, Scott Disick goes to Kris Jenner’s house wearing a Star of David necklace – she points at him as soon as he walks in the door – to discuss wearing his own and Kourtney’s son Mason, Mason. Really ready!
This week, the women are setting the record straight on their roles in perpetuating modern beauty standards and practically inventing “Instagram face.” But it’s Kylie’s comments about plastic surgery, in particular, that have taken the internet by storm.
The latest episode opens with Kourtney going to Kylie’s house so she can get her glam on. What exactly? We are not even told. Khloé finally joins them and starts complaining about her hair, which Kourtney frantically tries to shut down the conversation. “I think you should be confident…even with your flaws,” she says graciously. “I was just thinking about the beauty standards … in the world today.”
“I feel like we’ve made a huge impact,” Kylie chimes in. “What are we doing with our power?”
None of the sisters are really grappling with the issue. Instead, they blame “society” for fostering a negative body image in them, and thus influence all the sisters to change their appearance. It’s a pretty fair point. I think critics of the Kardashians in this regard often assume that their goal in changing their bodies or editing photos is to make other women feel bad about themselves. No one really thinks they want to tackle an adult, fatphobic life like the rest of us. Of course, being in the limelight and having access to expensive beauty procedures allows them to tackle their insecurities more aggressively. That said, they should still give the amount of influence they have on the world, for example, a second of thought.
It’s also hard not to raise an eyebrow while listening to Kylie speak on this topic. At first, the 26-year-old says she feels sad when she sees girls on social media “editing” their photos. What level of Facetune-ing is involved, and what isn’t? Also, this family alone keeps BuzzFeed running by badly Photoshopping their selfies every week, so save! Then, Kylie sets the record straight about what she’s done to her face – and not to mention her body. Contrary to popular belief, she says she has not had plastic surgery.
“One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that I’m this insecure kid and I’ve had so much surgery to change my whole face, which is untrue,” the Kylie Cosmetics founder says in a confessional. “I just got fillers. And I feel like I don’t want that to be part of my story. I will always want everyone to love themselves.”
This isn’t the first time Jenner has publicly clarified that she only had fillers. In 2019, ironically i Paper“Transformation” issue, she said the magazine that she was “scared” of having surgery but owned up to having fillers. Much like the response to the quote back then, many of his online critics at you called bull cake to her latest claims, responding to side-by-side photos of her as a much paler, thin-lipped teenager compared to her now tanned, sculpted face. As someone who watches a few makeup videos, I will say that it’s totally buyable that Kylie did her face, started wearing heavier makeup, and got a tan. Also, there are the “before” photos that people are circulating from when she was, like, 12. We all looked terrible back then!
However, if this family is going to defend their right to change their appearance at all, what is the point of making these moral distinctions between getting fillers and invasive surgery, or editing photos partially and “fully”? I thought we were all navigating this beauty hell together. Now you guys are looking down on people who have had nose jobs?? Kylie’s comments are especially ironic, as Khloé is quick to point out that she got her nose done in the same scene. My rotten brain can’t help but think this is some kind of shadow set by my nepo-baby queen Bella Hadid.
Before that, there were only two things on the internet celebrating and criticizing Kylie for reuniting with his former BFF Jordyn Woods, who was infamously kicked out of the Kardashian-Jenner circle after Tristan Thompson made the move on her. I’m not exactly sure what’s prompting the youngest Jenner to address all the things people have been teasing her about for years right now or if any of her tactics are actually working. At least it’s funny to watch.