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Teyana Taylor on Black Girl Magic, Injectables, and Defining Beauty

Women of colour are frequently told that they are fortunate because they don’t seem old. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting older, R&B singer and actor Teyana Taylor wants to shift the discourse around the myths and stigmas surrounding BIPOC who wish to acquire injectables.

Taylor tells me over Zoom that using injectables “is not going to send me back to [looking] 16, 17, or 18.” “It’s only going to smooth out my frown lines, and that’s all I use it for,” the user said. I’m quite pleased with my results, but I don’t feel any younger because I adore becoming older.
The singer of “Gonna Love Me” has joined forces with facial aesthetics injectable Xeomin to become the company’s newest brand partner as a result. With the “Beauty on Your Terms” campaign, Xeomin and Taylor seek to broaden the brand’s theme of defining beauty on your own terms. “Beauty is much more than simply physical appearance. It has to do with what’s inside,” she claims. “Grace, the effectiveness of prayer, a personal relationship with God, and meditation are all distinct things. I believe that what makes me gorgeous is my confidence.

FDA-approved injectable Xeomin, a botulinum toxin type A, temporarily reduces the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles between the brows (aka glabellar lines). It produces smoother skin for a few months, similar to other recognised neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport. Taylor claims that although it may seem contradictory to be a lover of injectables and also profess to embrace ageing, the two concepts may coexist.

I remain a Black girl magician. Nothing was made or broken by [obtaining Xeomin]. Simply put, it made a change that I wanted to see, she says. “Every day when I wake up, two true, pure babies will compliment me on how beautiful I am, and that gives me the self-assurance. I travelled a great distance to get here. A Black queen, I am. I have magic. I’m a superhuman lady in general and a supermom. Superheroes are us. The things we can make are completely unique, she claims. So, to me, that is what beauty is.

She emphasises the significance of consulting a reputable physician who will lead you through the process and dispel any myths or misconceptions if you decide to explore the realm of injectables (since it’s all a matter of personal choice). When BIPOC are advised that injectables are unsafe for them or that obtaining injectables will make them look unnatural, many either feel ashamed for requesting therapy or are afraid to get it. Going to a professional who is also a person of colour can not only allay those fears, but it will also provide you with a place of safety.

Taylor is grateful to board-certified dermatologist Dr. DiAnne Davis for making her feel at ease while guiding her through the procedure of receiving injectables for the first time. Taylor claims that even though she usually does her research before taking any action, visiting a doctor of colour made all the difference in helping her realise that there is a way to use injectables without going overboard.

The overkill is what is “supported [by social media and conventional media],” the speaker claims. Because of how heavily it is advertised, “people are missing out on [the more beneficial end of] what Xeomin or injectables actually do.”

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