Yesterday in a newly released clip of Keeping up with the Kardashians the youngest of the clan, Kylie Jenner, finally admitted the long-suspected truth about her full lips: That they come via temporary injectable fillers. In the clip she explains the decision to get them, saying, “It’s just an insecurity of mine and it’s just something I wanted to do.” She then goes on to add, “I want to admit to the lips, but people are so quick to judge me about everything.”


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It’s easy to feel happy that Jenner will no longer be covering this up—telling the truth is always freeing. And the admission has the potential to be a clear win in one way: It could finally put an end to the ludicrous Kylie Jenner Challenge, a social media movement in which kids were using suction to cause trauma to their lips, resulting in swelling and bruising. The idea that kids were not only causing themselves pain but doing it to mimic something that was created in a doctor’s office to begin with is frustrating at best, and putting a stop to it can only be a good thing.

As for the issue of whether she should even be allowed to get fillers in the first place, I have concerns. While I believe people should be free to change their looks if they’re really self-conscious about them, I also believe 17 is simply too young to make the call. Frankly, we’re all insecure at that age—it’s your entire job to feel awkward and weird and hate everything in your teen years. But living with those feelings builds character while you learn to accept yourself. If a few years later when you’re fully an adult those things still bother you and changing them would truly impact your life in a positive way, have at it. But I think most of us find we grow out of that phase relatively unscathed. Personally, if my parents had let me I would have lived at a plastic surgeon’s office at 17, piling on procedures to even out my eyes, slim my nose, and a whole host of other things. But now in my 30s, all those things that seemed so terrible and wrong in my teens no longer weigh on me. At some point, you just let go.

That all said, Jenner also deserves some slack here. Most of us also don’t grow up with cameras in our faces, having every microscopic element of our looks judged. It’s a lot to handle for a kid—something she hints at in the clip by saying she often feels picked apart. And the fillers aren’t permanent, so it’s not as if she’s making a huge life decision. But what I really hope for the youngest star of the show is to find the strength to block out all the noise and make decisions based solely on her own feelings about herself and her body, something her father Bruce Jenner is so bravely and publicly doing now in a very different way by coming out as transgender. It’s a lesson that needs constant refreshing for all of us and perhaps the piece of this puzzle that’s truly worth “keeping up” with.