In late March, The Sun reported 8 year old pageant queen Britney Campbell gets Botox injections every three months by her mother, Kerry Campbell. Kerry is a 34 year old beautician from Birmingham and buys the products online to later inject them into her daughters face.
The woman stated that she just wanted her daughter to “have the best start in life, so it is easier for her to become a superstar”. It just went downhill from there.
“I know one day she will be a model, actress or singer, and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer” She also stated “More mothers should do it for their daughters.”, saying she was proud and lucky for these treatments.
In that same interview, Britney seemed like a brainwashed child obsessed with looks stating she checks for wrinkles every night and also wants a boob AND nose job “soon, so that I can be a star”
The mother-daughter duo had a TV appearance on Good Morning America on May 12th and in the interview, Kerry continued to defend the injections without guilt or recognizing this is unhealthy for the child.
When the interviewer asked Britney, “What do you do it for?”
Britney answered “Um…I don’t know.”
Her mother quickly intervened, saying “Do you do it cause you see wrinkles?”
She replied “Oh yeah, um, um I see like wrinkles and um, it just…like, I just like don’t like think wrinkles are nice”. It seemed rehearsed, I can almost see the mother doing a practice session with the child nights before, the night before as well as the morning of. Pestering the child to say the right things, and telling her what to say.
The damage not is only physically, but psychological. Chances are, the child will have extreme self esteem issues in her teenage years, which can lead to severe disorders such as depression, anxiety, and of course eating disorders.
With television shows such as TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras , as well as all the media attention surrounding Kerry Campbell, maybe the pageant world will take note of the psychological damage the competitiveness and overbearing mothers causes and will make more rules and perhaps ruling out the fake teeth, injections, as well as fake hair and ask for more kids that look like kids instead of little girls that look like dolls.
Hopefully with all of the media attention there will be some sort of a law making Botox injections illegal for minors, and DCF will quickly intervene to assess the situation and help the child from having to suffer from her mothers insecurities and help insure she will soon be living in an healthier environment.