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‘I’d Rather Die Hot Than Live Ugly’

The lucrative secrets of Instagram’s body modification economy

Kylie Jenner with Travis Scott at Netflix’s “Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly” premiere event on August 27, 2019.
Kylie Jenner with Travis Scott at Netflix’s “Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly” premiere event on August 27, 2019. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty

HHear me out: 6ix9ine, the rainbow-haired Brooklyn rapper who has the sex number “69” tattooed all over his face and body, and Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian brood, who got career-defining lip fillers well before her 18th birthday, became famous for basically the same reason.

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Eve Peyser

Eve Peyser

nyc native living in reno. read my writing in the new york times, nymag, vice, and more.

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