Reality TV stars have become synonymous with getting lip fillers.
From Married at First Sight to Bachelor in Paradise and even My Kitchen Rules, many contestants are more known for their gigantic pouts than their on-screen antics.
Last month, MAFS’ Jessika Power, 27, had her lip fillers dissolved after months of ridicule and relentless bullying on social media.
Before and after: Last month, MAFS’ Jessika Power, 27, had her lip fillers dissolved after months of ridicule and relentless bullying on social media. However she later had them put in again. Pictured left: in 2017 and right in 2019
Harsh: Jess was constantly bullied online during her stint on MAFS earlier this year
Some trolls claimed it looked like she had suffered a ‘bee sting’, while others claimed her larger lips were affecting her speech.
She eventually had new fillers put in but the temporary reduction came a year after last season’s MAFS contestant, Tracey Jewel, 36, got rid of her fillers too due to harsh criticism.
The mother-of-one reversed $9000 worth of cosmetic surgery last year, because the online abuse made her feel ‘very teary and extremely bullied’, she told Woman’s Day at the time.
Removal: Last season’s MAFS contestant, Tracey Jewel, 36, also got rid of her lip fillers last year, after being bullied by trolls. Pictured left in 2014 and right last year before she had the injectables dissolved
Even her ex-husband, Dean Wells, 41, weighed in while urging women to ‘stop ruining your lips’ in a PSA on Instagram earlier this year.
Jessika and Tracey are not alone in being criticised for their cosmetically-enhanced looks.
Last year, former My Kitchen Rules contestant, Emma Byron, 34, jokingly apologised ‘for being ugly’ on live TV, after being bullied about her large lips.
Blunt: Even her ex-husband, Dean Wells, 41, had something to say about her appearance while urging women to ‘stop ruining your lips’ in a PSA on Instagram earlier this year
‘I’m so sorry for being so ugly!’ she said on Sunrise.
Despite previously admitting to lip fillers, she insisted that the ‘swollen’ look was actually due to contact dermatitis.
‘I cannot believe what a bout of contact dermatitis did to my lips and face, I have literally offended the nation and I apologise profusely,’ she said.
Last year, Love Island Australia’s Erin Barnett, 24, said people shouldn’t judge those who choose to alter their appearance while debuting her new lip fillers.
‘I’ve never been one to hide or lie about getting cosmetic enhancements, I’m all about doing whatever you want to make yourself happy!’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘If cosmetic enhancements make you happy and feel more confident, go for it! If cosmetic enhancements aren’t something you like or agree on – simply don’t do it.’
Branding expert, Nicole Reaney, of InsideOut Public Relations, said the lip filler trend is on the way out and more people will start getting them removed.
‘… With the public witnessing so many botched jobs and manufactured faces on socials and in the media, lip fillers are on the way out,’ she said.
‘It could very well be a case of filler-fatigue!’
Nicole said in addition to the harsh criticism, there are other reasons why influencers may get their lip fillers dissolved, such as the impact it has on their personal brand.
‘When your personal brand is swarmed with commentary and opinions about the ‘work’ you’ve had done, then it’s likely those with a profile will start to return to a more natural look and their authentic personal image,’ she explained.
‘Natural looks [are associated] with approachability and authenticity to some degree.’
Expert opinion: Branding expert, Nicole Reaney, of InsideOut Public Relations , said the lip filler trend is on the way out and more people will start getting them removed