'Glee' newbie Charice Pempengco's Botox: Will it help her beat Lea Michele?
There's nothing unusual about freshening up your face before a big debut in Hollywood. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are booked solid with celebs wanting freshen ups before the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Oscars and any big movie or TV premieres.
So pop star Charice Pempengco's recent admission about getting Botox and a face tightening treatment (Thermage) for her big debut on "Glee" isn't a shocker. The shock is that she's 18 and those particular treatments are reserved for women 20-30 years older. This is almost as sad as Heidi Montag's barrage of plastic surgeries -- face, eye and brow lift (and her DDD implants) -- done all at once when she was only 23.
The Thermage skin-tightening procedure and Botox injections were intended to make her "naturally round face" more narrow, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo tells ABS-CBN television.
Charice explains that her face work was part of her prep for her debut on the hit show's second season. She starts filming in about two weeks and will play a foreign exchange student with a killer set of pipes who becomes Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry's arch nemesis/rival in the Glee Club. Lea, by the way, is 23.
"All people will be anticipating how will Charice look? Is she good enough to pit against Rachel Berry? So of course there is tremendous pressure," Charice said.
She auditioned for "Glee" in mid-June in Los Angeles. Charice first appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at age 15 and later went on Oprah Winfrey's TV show a few times.
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