Like Angie Kent, I love Botox and so why are Australians still so judgemental?

Former Bachelorette Angie Kent was trolled after speaking up about all the cosmetic enhancements she’s undergone. Here, media presenter Shelly Horton explains why we shouldn’t be critiquing other women’s beauty choices.

Enough with the brouhaha over Botox and beauty treatments. TV Personality Angie Kent has been slammed online for simply looking after herself. Instead of pulling her down, can we please have a cheer for a celebrity who is honest about her beauty routine?

Isn’t that infinitely better than TV stars lying through their veneers, denying cosmetic “tweakments” and saying their beauty routine is just drinking a lot of water and wearing sunscreen?

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It’s celebrities who don’t admit to having cosmetic help that make other women feel like crap. That promotes the awful habit of “compare and despair” on social media.

I love celebrities like Chrissy Teigen who admits to Botox and fillers, has had her breast implants removed and has even had armpit liposuction (which she swears makes her arms look longer – who knew?) Actress and all-round cool-girl, Chloe Sevigny, who says she loves Botox but uses it conservatively because she needs to be expressive for her job. Hell, I even love the plastic surgery OG Dolly Parton who famously said, “If something is bagging, sagging or dragging, I’ll tuck it, suck it or pluck it.”

Angie isn’t going under the knife (but if she wants to in the future she should have our full support) in fact, recently revealed she leads a very healthy lifestyle and takes time for self-care and her mental health.

If she wants to spend thousands of dollars on treatments, or like many celebrities be lucky enough to be gifted them, good on her. Half her luck!

In that article Angie says, “I’m a huge fan of ageing gracefully, but I’m also a massive fan of injectables and treatments,”

I agree! I celebrate women who age gracefully. Good on them for having enviable genes. But I didn’t win the generic lottery so I’ll do what I can to make the best of what I have been given.

As for injectables, to me admitting you have Botox is like saying you dye your grey hairs away. No big deal. If you can afford it, go for it. I’ve been having Botox for ten years now. Why? Because I have deep frown lines between my eyebrows and they make me look cranky. I’m not a cranky person, so by getting Botox I find my outside now matches my inside. I feel great. For me it’s psychological as well as physical.

When I got married five years ago and I spent more money on my face than I did on my wedding dress. To be fair I bought my dress online for $176 but I spent thousands on Botox, cheek fillers, lip fillers, laser treatments, OMNI light treatments and peels. I figured I’d wear the dress once but my face is sticking around.

Now I save my money, and every four months I trot off to get my Botox, and my practitioner doesn’t make me look frozen. I still have plenty of fine lines but it stops me from having “resting bitch face”.

If I’m feeling flush I’ll get some laser too. I’ve had two facials this year, and they are lovely but I’d rather spend my money on injectables that make a visible difference.

So, if you want to fill your face full of botulism, I say go for it. If you’ve hated your honker forever and buy a new, slim-line nose. Huzzah! If you get youthful plumped up cheeks thanks to a needle full of filler? No problem.

Is it because we’re strapped into the Coronacoaster of 2020 that everyone feels it’s okay to hurl abuse online? Because here’s a hot tip. It’s not. The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is completely wrong.

It’s time for some digital intelligence from the keyboard warriors. Your opinion doesn’t pay Angie’s rent so you can keep it to yourself. She is funny and has a beautiful soul. Isn’t that more important? Where are your angry comments about how kind she is to animals?

I feel like I need to recreate the famous meme “Leave Brittney alone” but make it “Leave Angie alone!”

Shelly Horton is a TV presenter, journalist and founder of ShellShocked Media. She knows she’s far from perfect and thinks that’s perfectly okay. Follow her on Instagram @shellyhorton1.