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Ariana Grande: The singer on the emotional toll of Botox and filler

Ariana Grande has made an ‚emotional‘ admission about the cosmetic enhancements she’s had over the years – and why she quit.

Vulnerability and transparency around cosmetic enhancements aren’t the most common course of action for celebrities, who often choose to keep a lid on the treatments they’ve undergone over the years.

While we do agree that it’s an individual’s prerogative to share as little or as much as they please, it was refreshing that Ariana Grande fell in the rare latter category.

On Vogue’s latest Beauty Secrets vlog, the 30-year-old let fans into her bathroom for a full rundown of her skincare and makeup regimen – specifically to show them how she dones her famous cat eyeliner. What they weren’t expecting was a teary admission from the ‘Thank U, Next’ singer.

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Grande kicked off the clip detailing her skincare steps and the products she favours throughout the routine. Then she went into her makeup, which doubled as a beauty confessional. 

„Full transparency, as a beauty person, as I do my lips,“ she began, armed with a lip tint. „I had a ton of lip filler over the years, and Botox. I stopped in 2018 ‘cause I just felt so, too much. I just felt like hiding, you know?“

Stopping to catch her breath, Grande’s eyes started tearing up. „Didn’t expect to get emotional,“ she continued, pausing to find her words.

„For a long time, beauty was about hiding for me. And now I feel like maybe it’s not.“

„These are just thoughts that I feel like we should be able to discuss. If we’re sitting here talking about beauty secrets, f**k it, let’s lay it all out there.“

And lay it all out there she did. 

Personal comments aside, that’s not to say she’s against people turning to cosmetic enhancements, in fact, she conceded that she might be open to injectables again in the future, and maybe even a facelift.

„Whatever makes you feel beautiful, I do support,“ she said. „But I know for me, I was like, ‚Oh, I wanna see my well-earned cry lines and smile lines.‘ I hope my smile lines get deeper and deeper and I laugh more and more.”

„I think ageing is such, it can be such a beautiful thing,“ she continued. 

„Now might I get a facelift in 10 years? Might, yeah,“ she laughed.

As a child star, Grande’s been accustomed to the makeup chair for decades. She’s also had fans and haters commenting on and scrutinising her looks for as long as she can remember.

„Being exposed to so many voices at a young age, and especially when people have, like, things to say about your appearance and stuff at a young age, it’s like really hard to know what’s worth hearing and not,“ she said.

„[I] used makeup as a disguise or something to hide behind.“

As cosmetic procedures grow in popularity and virality, it’s a nice change of pace to see a celebrity with such sway speaking out about the mental load of beauty treatments, and how for many it’s about fear rather than love. 

Whether you personally choose to inject or not, let’s hope we can all take a leaf out of Grande’s book and prioritise self-acceptance either way.

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