When it comes to Botox, filler and other cosmetic enhancements, the narrative is always directed towards women. Women, who are told they’re vain for being influenced by the beauty standards projected onto them from when they were born: that youth is beauty. But, of course, in reality men, too, get cosmetic work done and the voice of toppling the patriarchy today comes from an unlikely place: that of one Mr Joe Jonas.
In a new interview with People, the 33-year-old musician revealed he’d partnered with Xeomin — a cosmetic injectable that smoothes fine lines, saying he’s found new confidence after using the injections to smooth out some of the frown lines and wrinkles on his face.
“We’re all getting older and part of that is being comfortable [in our skin],” Jonas said, adding, “I don’t think it’s necessarily something that we have to shy away from. We can be open and honest about it and be confident and not really shy away from speaking our truth.”
Jonas said he’s been on a journey towards feeling comfortable speaking about his beauty and skincare habits, as well as engaging in the likes of painting his nails and experimenting with his style.
“There were all these talks at one point, like, ‘Oh, men can’t do this or it’s weird for guys to do that,’ and I think there’s a stigma that’s fading, and I like that,” he says. “Guys are more openly wearing makeup, and it’s great to see. It’s like, do whatever you want, you know? It’s a beautiful generation that we’re living in,” he explained.
Jonas’ candid statements come mere weeks after Kim Kardashian — a woman whose face is nearly always synonymous with cosmetic enhancements — came out to deny having any work done other than currently having “a little bit of Botox,” in the space between her brows to stop frown lines. Bella Hadid, too, has recently said she hasn’t had any work done other than a nose job she regrets having aged 14.
Of course, celebrities shouldn’t be expected to reveal what they do in their personal lives to the world, but the debate about whether purposefully misrepresenting the truth negatively impacts their fans and the beauty standards globally is an interesting one… anyway, Jonas, you look good!