The Kylie Jenner Challenge (#kyliejennerchallenge) has been all over the Internet this week. This challenge of stupidity requires you to make your lips look like 'ducklips', using Jenner’s moronic method. You take a shotglass, stick your lips in and suck until your lips practically explode. Even Kylie Jenner herself thinks this whole thing is incredibly dumb, Tweeting “I'm not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look. I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment w your look.”
The Kylie Jenner Challenge is not only #stupid, it can be incredibly dangerous. Many people have posted before and after pictures and videos of themselves on social media with disfigured and even bloody lips. Luckily, the effects go away (eventually). It can take hours to days to look normal again.
Celebs are responsible for many stupid trends across the board. Here are ten stupid trends as dumb as the Kylie Jenner Challenge (or even dumber). From awful fashion choices that seem to stick around way past their expiration date, to beyond unflattering hair colors and hair styles, it takes a celeb to pull off not looking as #awful as regular folks do. It’s not just the way we look that’s influenced by celebs, but also what we drink, how we dance and healthy trends that are truly anything but. No matter what it is, we need to stop it with the ten items on this list.
The 'twerk' (a portmanteau of the words twist and jerk) is perhaps one of the most obnoxious and annoying dance moves ever. While most people think the dance originated on MTV, it actually began in West Africa and has been around longer than you have been alive. At the 2013 MTV Video Music awards, Miley Cyrus twerked her way through Robin Thicke's performance of his hit, Blurred Lines. Soon, everyone from your best friend to your grandmother got in on the trend. Thousands of YouTube videos abound and everyone looked like an idiot. It might be more annoying than the Macarena. Luckily, the twerk is slowly dying down.
9 Juice Cleanses
You know what sounds like a whole lot of not fun? Drinking juice and only juice for days on end for three times the cost of eating regular food. However, if you want a body like Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively or Olivia Wilde, this is apparently what you have to do. Juice cleanses have become all the rage and juice bars such as Organic Avenue, Nekter and Moon Juice, have been popping up on every corner like Starbucks. While a cleanse is good every now and then, the entire thing has become competitive, which doesn't exactly promote a healthy body image.
8 Tiny Dogs
On April 21, 2015, it was reported that the most famous tiny dog, Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua Tinkerbell, had passed away. Tinkerbell died at the ripe old age of 72 in dog years, which is 14 in human years. Many people credit Hilton with starting the small dog craze, but she was actually inspired by Elle Woods’ dog, Bruiser, in the movie Legally Blonde. After Hilton introduced Tinkerbell to the world on her reality show The Simple Life, everyone wanted their own little Tinkerbell too. Another film, Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) drew families to these adorable pups. Sadly, the film’s release is blamed for the spike in Chihuahuas living at animal shelters. Kids begged their parents for these pups, but soon realized they weren’t exactly family dogs. Teaching their kids a horrible lesson, many of these families abandoned their pups.
7 Drinking Bartenura Wine
Bartenura Moscato was a pretty under the radar Italian kosher wine, mostly favored by Orthodox Jews. That was until 2009, when Drake rapped about it and drank about it in his “Do It Now” video. Lil Kim and Jay-Z have also rapped about the wine the kids are now calling “Bartenura Blue" for the color of its bottle. The product has blown up, but drinking Bartenura is kind of pointless. That's because it takes a whole lot of it to get a buzz going. With only 5% alcohol, it’s way less than the average alcohol percentage of most wines, which is approximately 10-15%.
6 Juicy Couture Tracksuits
Juicy Couture tracksuits were everywhere in the 2000s. Everyone who was cool in high school wore these cute velour and terry cloth uniforms of comfort. Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria and the movie Mean Girls, made this look popular. But eventually, everyone else started to wear them including your mom and the clerk at 7-11. More companies knocked off this look with cheaper and cheesier versions. Eventually, it just became over saturated and not cool. In 2014, all of the freestanding Juicy stores closed and the company began selling their line exclusively at Kohls.
The word selfie might be the most annoying term ever. In 2012, Time named selfie, one of the top buzzwords of the year. Now no one can stop taking stupid pictures of themselves. Newsflash: an iPhone and an Instagram account do not make you a model. However, the ubiquity of celeb selfies makes this trend hard to escape. Every D-list to A-List celeb from Britney Spears to Miley Cyrus and even the President of the United States himself, Barack Obama, have gotten in on this trend. The invention of selfie sticks has made this plague upon society even worse. Kim Kardashian even published a limited edition print book of her selfies. Can we please get over our selfies already?
The acronym YOLO, which stands for “you only live once”, is an annoying celeb trend we are all living through. Rapper Drake claims to have invented it, but he only popularized it. One of the first instances of YOLO, was in the 2006 song by The Strokes called, (you guessed it) “You Only Live Once.” If I only live once, do I ever have to hear anyone say “YOLO” again? YOLO is the answer to stupid questions such as, “Should I skip my final exam and go the Nickelback concert instead?” or “Should I jump off this cliff?”.
3 Butt Implants
Due to her changing assets over the years, it's been rumored that Kim Kardashian has butt implants. So, naturally, everyone else has started doing it too. Having plastic surgery to make your butt look like a celebrity’s just makes you one. If butt implant surgery isn’t performed by a skilled board-certified surgeon, it can lead to necrosis (the tissue literally dies), serious disfigurement or even death. Many people who can’t afford butt implants end up having illegal industrial grade silicone injected into their butt, which can have similar consequences. If you want a bigger butt, do squats, not surgery.
2 Bad Blonde
This is the deal: not everyone can be blonde. Some women, who were not born blonde, pull it off really well, such as Emma Stone and Jessica Simpson. Other celebs including Anne Hathaway, Zooey Deschanel and especially Kim Kardashian, have tried to go blonde and it couldn't have looked worse. You’re not Marilyn Monroe. A general rule of thumb of thumb is that the darker your skin is, the darker your hair should be. It’s simple. The one exception to this rule is probably Beyonce, but that woman is just a freak of nature. She can do anything and it will look good.
Can we stop it with the undercuts already? Shaving half your head (aka an undercut) doesn't look good on anyone. It’s incredibly unattractive. Sure Rihanna, Willow Smith, Avril Lavigne and Ellie Goulding have done it, but it doesn't look that great on them either. If you wear the long part of your hair over your undercut, it just looks you have thinning hair or like you are going bald. I can’t even imagine what growing something like that out looks like? It’s awful. If you want to shave your head, just do it all the way, 'a la Britney Spears' on an angry rampage.