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Kylie Jenner's lips sparked social conversation when she surgically enhanced them a few years ago. At first, the reality television personality was tight-lipped about the subject, but she later confessed achieving the effect with help from a doctor. Since then, Jenner has transformed her lips into her signature look, so during a therapy-session segment of her new show, Jenner was happy to discuss her decision to go trout. Apparently, Jenner long felt self-conscious about the natural slenderness of her lips, but the tipping point came when her teen crush mentioned them. Jenner explained,
I was 15, and I was insecure about my lips. I [naturally] have really small lips. And it was like one of my first kisses and a guy was like, 'I don't think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips.' But I took that really hard. Just when a guy you like says that, I don't know, it just really affected me. I just didn't feel desirable or pretty. I really wanted bigger lips. I would over line my lips with lip liner just to create the illusion of bigger lips. And then finally I was like this lip liner isn't doing it. I ended up getting my lips done.
Yet, so was Kylie Jenner. Then after debuting the fuller pouty look, Jenner's pout became iconic and so did she.
It was even iconic when Kylie Jenner initially denied enhancing her lips. Nobody bought it, but her denial provoked social media rants and think-pieces about the meaning of beauty and the price of fame. Suddenly, the name on everybody's lips was Kylie (Jenner, not Minogue). In fact, Jenner's lips even sparked a crazy Internet challenge that saw people sucking on shot glasses to emulate the heiress' pouty lips. (It never worked. Do not try it.)
Of course, Kylie Jenner eventually admitted the truth, but she sat on the announcement until she could confess on KUWTK. The scandal did not last. Like her famous family members, Jenner bounced back with smart business moves. Jenner was the queen of statement lips, so she tried selling lip kits with a little project called Kylie Cosmetics. The products sold out over and over again and plopped Jenner onto the Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities within a matter of months.
So, Kylie Jenner's crush might have got in a jab back when she was 15. But whose iconic, empire-inspiring, surgically enhanced lips are getting the last laugh now?