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Mom Who Gives 8-Year-Old Botox: It's a Hoax

Unsurprisingly, the Botox Mom Story Is a Hoax


Did we call it or what? We didn't buy the "Botox Mom" story back in March, and now Sheena Upton (aka Kerry Campbell) has admitted that her entire story is false. She testified in court that The Sun paid her $200 to play the role of Kerry Campbell. "I was provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview," she explained. She then went on Good Morning America and Inside Edition because, at least according to Upton, she was offered several thousand dollars. To get all the details on how the story shook out, whether Upton will get her daughter back, and what this means for the rest of us, just keep reading.

After the GMA interview, Upton's daughter was taken away by Child Protective Services, which is when she decided that she had to come clean. In an attempt to regain custody of her daughter, Upton took the child to UCLA Medical Center on May 17, where she says that "after my daughter received a full medical exam, the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections . . . The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant."

While a part of me is relieved that Upton wasn't actually Botoxing or waxing her child, taking her on television and having her lie about the procedures still suggests that the entire family needs help. The fact that the story rang true to so many people is also disturbing. It says something about the national zeitgeist and the state of our ideas about beauty and young girls that this seemed so real. And I'm sure there are girls, albeit a little older than 8, who really are Botoxing and waxing their way through junior high.

But this story also calls the role of media into question. Every time you see an article on celebrity plastic surgery, or an interview with someone purporting to have any kind of sensational story, just remember this debacle. People get paid for their "stories" all the time, photos are often doctored (and definitely often Photoshopped), and the truth isn't always readily apparent. When a respected show like GMA gets taken in, there should be a big red flag for viewers about the veracity of such stories in general.

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LUCKYLADY45 LUCKYLADY45 5 years
I think she should still be investigated by child services this mom is mentally unstable.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Even if she desperately needed the $200, there's got to be another way to raise that money than bring your child into an elaborate hoax. Many people get into financially dire situations, and like GucciG, I feel bad if that's the case with this woman, but it still wasn't a good idea. Even if she were paid $100k, it wouldn't be a good idea. The saddest thing is that this woman probably now feels immense remorse, the child is in the middle of a media circus, and it will take years for their family to re-adjust.
Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 5 years
That's almost as bad as parents who sell off their kids for sex. Either way, what she did is disgusting and for that she should have the child taken into custody.
Burkina Burkina 5 years
We don't know her financial situation. 200 dollars might be chump change to some but if she really needed it I feel bad for the family. I still can't agree with the exploitation of her daughter.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
All this for $200? Wow.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I just think it's incredibly sad, through and through, that a mother decided to do this for a piddly $200. She must have either wanted the attention or needed the money. Either way, it's unfortunate — particularly for the little girl, who will need months if not years of therapy and stability after this media fiasco. I am also disappointed by GMA's report. Not that I expect Pulitzer-level journalism from a morning show, but c'mon, didn't anyone else think this story smelled fake?
Michsi Michsi 5 years
unfit, she doesn't make good choices at all if thats all it took for her to lie to the media about it.
writerjenna writerjenna 5 years
If the story had been true, she would've been a terrible mother. However, the story is not true, but she still is a terrible mother for agreeing to put this act on for The Sun for a measly $200, and then subjecting her young daughter to the media and telling her to lie in interviews. They both need to get their heads checked.
Robcen Robcen 5 years
A publicity seeking cretin - and a woman who is an unfit mother - get hers. May she suffer the same fate as the balloon-boy parents; being totally shut out from her nefarious dreams.
The-H-in-Hollywood The-H-in-Hollywood 5 years
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/19/sheena-upton-botox-mom-hoax_n_864148.html Good on you Bella Sugar--and you are getting credit on Huffington Post for calling this before anyone! It is still abusive to involve one's child in a hoax like this.

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