Are freezers and fillers a thing of the past?
In both Scandinavia and California lip injections, fillers and freezers have been 'the hottest thing' for more than a decade. Starting in the early 2000s, getting your lips plumped with Restylane and eliminating facial expressions with Botox or other freezers became mainstream. A lot of people resorted to this, rather than more expensive and invasive treatments such as a surgical face lift, or something as ridiculous as lip implants, all in the pursuit of remaining forever young and beautiful.
When I was 16 I had a blog with about 100,000 daily readers back in Norway, and I had a myriad of different sponsors, for everything from cosmetics to clothing to alcoholic beverages. At 16 I signed contracts with several 'injection centers' on Oslo's affluent Westside, as well as a partnership with one of the major pharmaceutical firms who produce some of the most common fillers and freezers, conveniently headquartered in Scandinavia.
I was 16 and was thrilled that I was able to get free lip injections in exchange for a brief mention in one of my blog posts. I was young, and didn't really consider the consequences of promoting a beauty standard that basically tells young people that they aren't beautiful the way they are, and that they should fix all their imperfections by having injections or even plastic surgery.
I am so sorry for having contributed to this ridiculous marketing scheme. I was young and dumb, but that's never an excuse for making people feel like they are not good enough.
I am now 25, and haven't had anything done to my face for at least 2 years now. I try to stay current with news back in Norway, and read most of the major newspapers on a daily basis.
It turns out that the bloggers, or so-called 'influencers', are now promoting plastic surgery to have the injections they promoted for so many years (and made millions of dollars on doing so) surgically removed, another great way to make money, and further interfere with the self-esteem of young people who are just trying to figure out life, and have no need for further body dysmorphia issues. The beauty standards that the fashion and cosmetics industries are promoting is already way too much pressure for already insecure teenagers.
This is absolutely ridiculous, and it seems like the people of Norway agree for the most part. The Nordic nation of 5 million people and the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, is now considering banning all marketing of plastic surgery, including injections such as Botox and Restylane. I think that's a logical move, considering the link between anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia and the pressure from these so-called influencers to have everything fixed, not to mention the increasing costs for the national health insurance program.
There's even this ridiculous blogger who looks like a plumped-up Barbie doll, who keeps writing about her struggles with body dysmorphia and all her complexes that she fixes with surgery -- she had her tit implants removed to seemingly counter all the criticism the media gave her, and then she went on to tattoo the back of her ears in order to get a more 'natural looking hairline'. For the record, her hairline was just fine, and this seems like another half-assed attempt at gaining some credibility.
I haven't even mentioned the hype about butt-implants and how Scandinavian 'influencers' are paid huge sums by sub-par plastic surgery clinics in countries like Turkey, to promote butt & tit-implant surgery for a fraction of the price in Norway or other wealthy countries with good government regulations in the healthcare industry. I am just waiting for these influencers to start promoting removal of butt implants so youngsters can start 'feeling good about themselves the way they look naturally', except for the butt implant, and then the removal of it, not to mention the millions of dollars in revenue ticking into the bank accounts of the young bloggers promoting these surgeries.
In my opinion, these influencers should be liable for the increased costs and pressure on the public health system, either via a special 'influencer'-tax, or a major class action lawsuit.
I think the debate going on in Norway right now regarding the ridiculous power these uneducated Barbie dolls have over young people, and the lasting impact it has on the health of the nation - body dysmorphia, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression just keeps rising, especially among the target audience of these plastic-fantastic so-called influencers.
Stop reading their blogs, and you'll take away their power.
It also turns out that injections that were supposedly temporary, like lip injections and botox, are not so temporary after all, so of course the influencers have to keep cashing their six-figure checks for promoting plastic surgery, so they're also promoting clinics who specialize in removing old lip injections. I am not kidding, this is what the world has come to.
I had lip injections 1-2 times a year between age 16 and 23, and the last time I went in to have my lips done by our 'family plastic surgeon' Dr. Rand Rusher in Beverly Hills (known from the TV show 'Pretty Hurts'), I learned that I have so much Restylane etc. build-up in my lips, that my lips will never go back to natural.
I am lucky to only have seen the best doctors, so my lips look natural and are still full and plump and sexy, but I might have to start getting them corrected if the fillers disintegrate in the wrong way. I don't want to go around looking like Jocelyn Wildenstein (the Cat Woman), but hopefully it won't come to that.
I hope we can start an informed debate here in California and the rest of the United States regarding the unregulated marketing of injections and plastic surgery, and start regulating the industry to protect young people from even higher rates of body dysmorphia, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below. I welcome an open debate free of personal attacks and coarse language.
Our dear friends Mary Jane & Cate + MJ's son Christopher, took us out for a fabulous vegan dinner with lovely cocktails at Gratitude on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills tonight.
The company was amazing. The food was beyond. The drinks were great. The service was impeccable.
And Chris brought a few "Fuck Trump!"-buttons from San Francisco for us to wear.
Well, more like a collection of three dozen different "Fuck Trump!"-buttons.
I chose the one with the rainbow flag, and Phil took the one with the middle finger.
Take your pick, right?
God, I miss San Francisco, how liberal it is, and everything about it except the weather. It really reminds me of Oslo.
What a fun evening!
I really needed to get out and be with people I love, sharing a meal, meaningful conversations, and lots of laughs and an overall amazing mood and a great vibe. Good therapy for the soul.
Thank you so much my dear friends.
- xo, Lars
BTW, check out my Snap story @larstangen :*
“Hedonistic Hell” -- Really? Coming from ultra liberal Scandinavia which prides itself on being the best place in the world for women to live, work, and raise children. Also, women in Scandinavia have a right to wear whatever they please. It should be needless to say, but hey guys, it's 2018.
For the last couple of days I’ve been reading about the incredibly bad reviews Britney Spears’ concerts in Denmark and Norway have received. It seems like almost every major newspaper has given her the lowest possible score, usually a 1/6 on the dice.
I’ve read several of these reviews, and the professional reviewers tend to focus mostly on how astonishing her dancing is, what an incredible stage performance it is, and the fact that she started the show with her first, but perhaps biggest hits, like “Oops I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time”. Like that's news to anyone.
Their reason for the incredibly low score, at least according to the newspaper articles, is the fact that she’s lip syncing.
Britney has never claimed to be Beyoncé or Christina Aguilera. When you’re going to a Britney show, you’re not going to hear her sing live. You’re going there to experience what an incredible entertainer she is. She revolutionized the pop music industry, and has had more success than most can dream of. Including these petty reporters.
Then, something came to my mind… Not too long ago, I read articles in all the major Scandinavian newspapers about the ban on photography at her concerts. The ban applies to members of the press only. Naturally, the professional photographers and their press organizations are pissed off by this. They want to make money. They claim this is infringing on the freedom of the press.
I’m not saying I necessarily disagree with that argument, but guess what Britney’s response to the critique is?
Britney says she wants the fans to be able to enjoy the show, uninterrupted by professional photographers occupying most of the space in the closest vicinity to the stage. She also said she wants her fans to take their own photos, and enjoy the experience to the fullest, and encouraged her fans to share the photos on social media.
Bad journalism, guys. Just bad. Be kinder to the lady, she's been to hell and back, and she's still here, rocking it, entertaining millions of people around the world.
She is a living legend, and just for putting up with all the crap the media and the public tend to throw at her, she should be praised, and deserves far more than a score of 1 out of 6. Remember, she's a human being too.
I've been super busy this past week, and I love it. The salon has never been busier, and we keep getting new clients that are just the loveliest people a salon owner could dream of.
Cheers to that.
It's basically been work work work every day, except for yesterday which we both took off, and even though I had planned brunch at Abbot Kinney, and shopping in Santa Monica, I slept for 18 hours straight, and woke up super late -- which of course was super confusing.
I think my type of insomnia should get its own name. The Lars sleeping bug. Or something.
This morning I took my husband in to work, and went to the market. Filled up the shopping cart with fruits, berries, nuts, and champagne. I'm doing my own little tasting right now, I mean, it might be 10:45 AM in California, but I was born in Norway, so it's always 9 hours later there. Excuses excuses excuses...
Also I'm building up the courage to go back to this semi-sketchy IPL laser place in Westwood in a couple of hours. I went there with a friend a couple of months ago, and was persuaded to purchase six sessions of IPL hair removal. I only have a couple of sessions left, and since American Express wouldn't refund me, I'm gonna get the full treatment, regardless of their unprofessionalism.
The first thing they told me when I went to my first laser session was that I could use a facelift! They also gave me a coupon for 50% off said facelift.
I mean, I am 25 years old, my skin is not that bad, and even suggesting to someone who has not even asked about plastic surgery, that they are in dire need of a facelift, is one of the rudest things I have experienced. Damn. I gave them a piece of my mind and they backed off. I hope they don't do that to someone with lower self esteem than I have -- being told you need a facelift at 25 wouldn't exactly encourage a healthy self esteem and confidence in ones own body.
I have no respect for anyone who practices and encourages body shaming on that level. It might've been okay in 1995, but it's just so far from acceptable behavior that I am wondering if this should be reported to a state agency or something? I want to believe that California has some sort of agency that would crack down on that, but I'm guessing not.
I came to this country in January of 2015, while Obama was still president, and there was hope. Democracy was solid. Freedoms were being expanded. I got married to Phil Ackerman in August of 2015, a few weeks after same sex marriage was federally legalized by the Supreme Court.
Fast forward to July of 2018. We have a president who is a sexual predator, his campaign manager is in jail, five members of his campaign have plead guilty to charges brought by the Mueller investigation, and now Trump gets to choose his second supreme court judge, a Mr. Kavanaugh who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, which basically grants American women the right to choose abortion, based on a privacy clause.
This very privacy clause is also the foundation of the constitutional right for same sex couples to marry, and have that marriage federally recognized.
Our freedoms and democracy are under great threat. I have personally been in shock ever since Trump was elected, and I have not done enough to fight this oppression.
I have wanted to attend demonstrations in Los Angeles, but have been afraid of being arrested for participating, and if I’m arrested, I’ll also be deported.
I care more about the future of our democracy, our civil liberties, a woman's right to abortion, and my right to be married, to be frightened into silence by some ignorant "men" with way too much power, to care if I’m deported or not.
I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in anymore. Deport me if you want, my husband will come with me, and we’ll end up in Norway where gay rights are human rights, and women’s rights are human rights, and where even health care is a human right.
Hopefully I'll be able to say the same about America in my lifetime.
Still, we want to stay here, because we love this country. We want to make it better for future generations. I don't care if you're Republican or Democrat, what matters is if you're able to recognize that people are people, and we all deserve the right to live a peaceful life with a functional judicial system and indisputable civil liberties.
I want the people of this country to have basic human rights, like the rest of the developed world.
We will not be silenced ever again. It's time to wake the fuck up, America!
I'm Lars, born and raised in Norway, living the dream in California.