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Lip enlarging challenge on social media dangerous trend for teens

Twitter user posts this photo of the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge and tells peers "don't do it." Twitter user posts this photo of the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge and tells peers "don't do it."
BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

It's called the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. The idea is to put a small glass around your lips and suck the air out. 

It's supposed to make your lips look plump and pouty, but the effects can be anything but attractive.

Parents call it a scary trend, but in the middle of it all, one high school senior has advice for her peers: Beauty should come from within.

"I don't feel the need to go to extremes," Kelley High School Senior Shaina Grigeroy said. "I feel the need to just be myself because it's too hard trying to be somebody else."

Wise words from this confident and kind student. 

She says challenges like the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge certainly aren't for her, regardless of the pressure from social media and TV.

"You see people like the Kardashians on Instagram and Snapchat and all kinds of social media that's out there and their lips are huge and then you look in the mirror and you're just a normal small town girl,” Grigeroy said.

She says she's proud of who she is and encourages younger students to be the same.

"Why try to be something that you're not when you're so young when you know that by the time you're older you're going to be more yourself instead of somebody else,” Grigeroy said.

Other kids across the country are trying to look like reality TV star Kylie Jenner, but some, like one twitter user, soon find it not worth it. 

The challenge can leave lips swollen, cut, and bruised. They're effects school counselor Rhonda Ratledge says may come as a surprise.

"I don't think that the younger kids think about it hurting or leaving bruises or cuts and things like that because they see the big lips with the movie stars,” Ratledge said.

Ratledge says when it comes to feeling self-confidence in the classroom, or anywhere else, it's all about what's inside.

"Start developing in them a sense of acceptance of their own self and so that starts at a young age,” Ratledge said.

Parents and grandparents agree, the lip challenge isn't only harming kids' lips, but also their self-worth.

"We are not what we look like but what's inside of us,” Grandparent Patti Davis said.

On Twitter Kylie Jenner has been clear in discouraging people from trying this challenge.

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