It’s hard to believe that Kylie Jenner was only born in 1997. Considering the celebrity’s success in her professional life and the fact that she’s already a mother, many fans forget that the celebrity is only 21 years old. Nowadays, the star is known for her famously plump pout and popular Kylie Cosmetics lip kits. But it wasn’t all that long ago that Kylie was still the unknown younger sister of the Kardashian girls.
In 2014, speculation surrounding the size of Kylie’s lips began. The reality star had always had a thin pout, but fans soon began noticing in photos her lips were changing in size. By 2015, Kylie’s mouth looked completely different, and no one could deny she’d enhanced her looks, since the pictures spoke a thousand words. After much pressure, she finally confirmed that she had lip fillers in a May 2015 Keeping Up with the Kardashians episode. The following year, Kylie launched her now-famous Kylie Cosmetics business, thus using the infamy of her pout to gain clout for her brand.
Nowadays, we can’t imagine what Kylie’s life would look like if she didn’t enhance her pout. But if one thing is for sure, she’s definitely not the same girl she used to be, looks-wise at least. Keep reading to see what Kylie looked like before all of the filler and filters.
20 She And Kendall Used To Look Identical
Kylie shared this absolutely adorable throwback photos of her and older sister, Kendall Jenner, a few years ago. We recognize Kylie’s big eyes in this photo, but it would be many years before the future star became famous for her pout. “Having sisters is the best. I have a different relationship with each of them,” Kylie has said about her sisters. “I go to Kim for fashion advice, Khloe is always boy and family advice, and Kourtney is like another mother to me.”
19 A Boy Made Her Insecure About Her Lips
During an episode of Life of Kylie in 2017, Kylie finally admitted the real reason she started getting lip fillers. What was it? A boy. The celebrity explained to the camera that a guy she was seeing when she was 15 years old made fun of her for having thin lips. “It was like, one of my first kisses and a guy was like, ‘I didn’t think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips,'” Kylie said. “But I took that really hard. Just when a guy you like says that, I don’t know, it just really affected me.”
18 She Overlined Her Lips For Years
This photo shows just how small Kylie’s lips were before she got them enhanced. While we think she looks beautiful either way, the celebrity has said that having full lips have drastically changed her confidence. "I was 15 and I was insecure about my lips,” she’s explained, Us Weekly reports. “I really wanted bigger lips. I would overline my lips with lip liner just to create the illusion of bigger lips. And then finally I was like this lip liner isn’t doing it. [I] ended up getting my lips done."
17 Her Baby Daddy Has Been Encouraging Her To Tone It Down
It sounds like Travis’ taste has been influencing Kylie’s decision! The same source told Hollywood Life that his encouragement was part of the reason the young mom decided to reduce her fillers in the first place. “Travis is part of the reason she decided to get her filler taken out,” they explained. “He didn’t tell her to do it or anything like that, but he did make a point to let her know how beautiful she was all along. The level of appreciation he has for her has boosted her confidence so much. It definitely played a part in her feeling comfortable taking out her lip fillers.”
16 Kim Says Kylie Was Always Jealous Of Her Lips
It’s not just a boy who made Kylie feel insecure about her lips! It turns out the star became obsessed with full pouts since her older sisters have always had luscious lips. “I know people are saying she’s only 17 years old, but it’s been an insecurity of hers for years,” Kim told Access Hollywood when Kylie first started getting fillers. “At 10 and 11 years old she would always say to me, ‘Kimmy how come my lips aren’t as big as your guys’?!’ It’s something she was always insecure about.”
15 She Finds The Tabloid Rumors "Insulting"
Before Kylie finally confirmed she’d gotten fillers, fans and the media speculated for years about what was up with her changing face (although the answer was pretty obvious). However, the star has said on more than one occasion that all the rumors about what work she may or may have not had done were difficult to hear. "These [cosmetic enhancement] rumors hurt my feelings to be honest and are kinda insulting,” she once wrote online, People reports.
14 Kylie Is "Surprised" She's Changed So Much
It doesn’t sound like Kylie ever expected to change so much! Shortly after giving birth to daughter Stormi, the star lamented over how different she looks compared to just a few years ago. “My [figure] is not, you know, what it used to be. I’m just getting, like, comfortable with [myself] again,” she said on an episode of KUWTK last year. “A lot of us women go through this, but it is a shock to the system to just see your body, especially at such a young age, just change so drastically and not be the same.”
13 She Couldn't Stand The Lip Kit Challenge
Back in 2015, the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit challenge took the world by storm as many fans were holding a cup around their lips and sucking in the air in order to swell them up. At the time, professional experts warned about the potentially serious side effects of the challenge. Sources said that Kylie felt upset by the situation. A source told Hollywood Life, “[Kylie is] absolutely saddened by this entire ordeal […] She had no idea some people would go to these very dangerous lengths in an attempt to make their lips fuller.”
12 Her Fillers Have Annoyed Fellow Celebrities
It’s not just fans who have given Kylie flack for her changing appearance. Back in 2018, Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham trashed the reality star, insisting she was the celebrity who got her lip fillers removed first (like it’s a competition?). Last July, Farrah posted a video of her getting some of her filler removed at the doctor’s office. In the video, she called herself the “trendsetter” and seemingly shaded Kylie for wanting to tone down her pout.
11 She Says Lip Injections Are Painful
Beauty is pain, right? Many fans don’t realize the lengths Kylie has gone to change her pout- there was one time the reality star admitted her fillers actually were painful. "When you first get them done, you're like, 'Oh, it could be a little bit bigger on that side.' I'd go back and be like, 'They went down' and think they could be bigger," she told Complex in 2016. "But I went too far. It was very painful."
10 Her Family Supports Her Plump Pout
Many fans wondered how Kris Jenner felt about her youngest daughter getting fillers before the age of 18 (sources said Kylie was plumping her lips as young as 16). However, the reality star’s family has only been supportive of her decisions in the media. “If it’s going to make her feel better about herself, I’m all for it,” Kim once said defending Kylie’s lips, Access Hollywood reports. “I think she looks beautiful. It’s hard when you’re that age and talking about an insecurity, so I’m proud that she talked about it and that it’s out, and now everyone can stop talking about it.”
9 It Took Kylie A Long Time To Open Up About It
It was only after several years of speculation that Kylie confirmed she was, indeed, getting lip fillers. Although the photographic evidence made it pretty hard to deny, the reality star has said she had a lot of difficulty opening up about her work. “I have temporary lip fillers. It’s just an insecurity of mine and it’s what I wanted to do,” she once said on Keeping Up. “I’m just not ready to talk [about it yet]. Everyone always picks us apart. I want to admit to the lips, but people are so quick to judge me on everything, so I might have tiptoed around the truth. But I didn’t lie!”
8 She's Always Had A Close Group Of Friends
Kylie has always seemed to have a strong group of friends. Even though she mostly posts about her daughter (or herself) to social media nowadays, she used to post a lot more shots of her and her besties a few years ago. In this photo that she posted around 2012, Kylie posted with a group of gal pals from high school, including her infamous best friend Jordyn Woods. We wonder how the celebrity feels seeing how throwbacks like these considering the drama that’s gone down between her and Jordy…
7 She's Glad Stormi Doesn't Have Her Lips
Many fans say that Stormi is the spitting image of her famous mama. The little one shares her mother’s big, dark eyes and heart-shaped face. But there’s one thing Kylie is happy the two of them don’t have in common: their lips. "I prayed and prayed that she would have my big eyes, and she has the biggest eyes ever,” she explained, Harper’s Bazaar reports. “The one thing I was insecure about, she has. She has the most perfect lips in the whole entire world. She ain't get those from me. Thank her dad for those."
6 Kylie Tries Not To Stress Over Her Looks
Even though Kylie clearly cares about her appearance, the star has admitted she wants to take a more relaxed approach to looks and material things- you go girl! “Every time I start to get worked up over something, I just think to myself, 'Is this really going to matter in my life tomorrow, in an hour, in a year?'” she once explained. “You just can't get stressed about the little things 'cause it's just not worth it at the end of the day.”
5 She Wants Everyone To Stop Talking About That Feature
Given how much of a media sensation the evolution of Kylie’s lips has become, it’s no surprise that the celebrity is ready for everyone to just stop talking about it. "I feel like everyone has been talking about it for months, so I'm kind of sick of it," she told E! News in 2014. "In my pictures, I pout them out a lot. I think big lips are awesome. I love lip-liner and over-lining my lips. I'm like, whatever, just say what you want."
4 Did YOLO Make Kylie Enhance Her Pout?
Kylie was barely 15 years old when this paparazzi photo was snapped. While enjoying some time outdoors, the celebrity looked less like her glamorous self. Kylie hid behind a pink baseball cap and rocked a red polo shirt and black shorts. We highly doubt the Kylie we know and love today would rock anything with the phrase ‘YOLO’ on it. Unless it’s Astroworld merchandise, don’t count on her to wear graphic gear.
3 Her Mom Has Always Supported Her
Kylie has definitely always been close to her mom, Kris Jenner, if this photo proves anything. Once the makeup mogul welcomed her first child, reports said her mom basically moved in with her to make sure she was settled in her new role. Nowadays, Kris can’t help but gush over the youngest's parenting skills. “She’s doing really, really great,” Kris said last March shortly after Kylie gave birth, People reports. “The baby is happy and healthy and everybody’s good at home and so excited.”
2 She Knows She's Changed A Lot
Based on these photos, it’s clear just how much of a transformation Kylie has made in the last six years. The mom-of-one barely looks like her old, teenage self. And it’s not only fillers that have done that. Kylie has gotten real about just how much pregnancy changed her physique. "My [chest is] definitely, like, three times the size, which bothers me,” she said, Harper’s Bazaar reports. “I have, like, stretch marks on my […] It's just a change, and honestly, I’m finding I have to change my style a little because nothing in my closet fits me from before.
1 But She Doesn't Want Fans To Try To Look Like Her
Even though it sounds like Kylie is finally happy with how she looks, the starlet has told her fans she doesn’t want anyone going to extreme lengths to look like her. At the height of the Kylie Jenner lip kit challenge, she begged her followers on social media to stop endangering their lips. “I’m not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look,” she wrote. “I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment w your look.”
Sources: Instagram, People Magazine, Brainy Quotes, Hollywood Life, Us Weekly, Access Hollywood, E! News.