We've heard it all in the wild, goopy world of wellness and beauty. But for Kim Kardashian, these eccentric treatments and elixirs aren't merely a farfetched pursuit for the fountain of youth; they're procedures she's actively partaking in. In a preview for the upcoming season of the Kardashian-Jenners' Hulu reality show The Kardashians, Kim made a bizarre beauty admission, revealing to a voice coach that half of her neck is probably botoxed.
The process of injecting botox into your upper neck and shoulders, which has been coined "TrapTox" because of the location of the injection into your trapezius muscle, went viral on TikTok earlier this year, with the treatment viewed over 458,000 times on the platform. And after Kim's admission? We're pretty sure it'll become one of the most requested procedures.
Kardashian didn’t disclose why she was taking singing lessons or why she had gotten Botox in her neck in the first place. Still, it’s not the first time we’ve heard her discuss her experimental beauty treatments. Given that the cosmetic procedure is predominantly for aesthetic reasons, with your shoulders and neck appearing slimmer and more contoured post-injection, we’re assuming that Kardashian had no concern for the potential the treatment had on hindering her singing abilities. It’s not like she had booked a Vegas appearance to revive her pop star career with a new rendition of “Jam (Turn It Up)”.
In the past, Kim's avoided touching on the exact treatments she's undergone, only ever discussing facials and her own beauty line. But in a 2022 interview with Allure, she broke ranks, confessed to having just a little Botox in her forehead, and claimed the rest of her face is au natural. "I really, genuinely care about looking good. I probably care more than 90 per cent of the people on this planet. It's not easy when you're a mum, and you're exhausted at the end of the day, or you're in school, and I'm all of the above," Kim said. Despite their voluminous appearance, she also said she's never had filler in her lips. She said the same goes for her plump, sculpted cheeks.
Kim's TrapTox admission comes after her little sister Kylie Jenner called out her famous family for setting unrealistic beauty standards in a preview for the current season. She even said she regretted her astonishing transformation, which began as a teen. "All of us need to have a bigger conversation about the beauty standards we're setting. I don't want my daughter to do the things I did," Kylie said. Kylie's concern is rather shocking, considering she claims she's only had her lips enhanced, despite appearing to have undergone a complete transformation. So, will she jump on the TrapTox bandwagon too? Let's wait and see.
Body image standards existed before the Kardashians, and they’ll exist after. Like it or not, experts say the images they present to the world have a strong impact on how others feel they should look. From a biological perspective, notes University of Houston sociology professor Samantha Kwan, traits such as large breasts, clear skin and slim waist will always be considered ideals because they go hand-in-hand with beliefs about fertility and health. But what’s considered “beautiful” changes all the time in part because it’s a “social construction.” The world has figured out a way to commodify beauty. People like newness. So after a while, people are like, OK, this body has been trending for a little bit. Let’s go ahead and change what we think is beautiful. If your body doesn’t happen to be in style at the time, it’s going to make you want to look like what the standard is.
That standard is currently shifting, many have observed. Kylie Jenner’s famous large lips have shrunk. Kim Kardashian revealed she rapidly lost 16 pounds to fit into Marilyn Monroe's dress for the Met Gala last year. The New York Post published the headline "Bye-bye booty: Heroin chic is back" in the fall. All this it's not actually attainable because it’s not affordable. The problem with people wanting to look like the Kardashians is that most will never be able to. The amount of money they have means they have access to trainers, surgeries, and procedures that the average person can’t afford. But many will try anyway, only to wake up one day and discover that the beauty ideal they’ve been putting time, money, and effort into has suddenly been erased in favor of the next one. So, are Kylie Jenner's comments too little too late?
Whether or not TrapTox was discussed, either way, this is a conversation we are evoking, and we will wait to see if this talk will impact how the Kardashians communicate their beauty standards moving forward. We are quite intrigued and will watch this familial squabble closely on the new season of the Kardashians.