Charice Pempengco is 18 years old.
She's already a successful singer, having received a major career boost from appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This fall, she'll recur on season two of Glee.
But Charice - who, it bears repeating, is 18 years old! - feels enough pressure from Hollywood to have undergone a skin-tightening procedure last week, along with Botox meant to make her face look rounder.
Speaking in the third person, the singer told ABS-CBN television earlier this summer: "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."
For that reason, we don't blame Charice for this depressing piece of news. We do wonder what advice her parents gave, but an 18-year old undergoing plastic surgery is more reflective of society than anything.
When every other tabloid cover features Kim Kardashian in a bikini, bragging about her weight loss and figure, what message do you think it sends teenage girls?
** UPDATE: Charice's rep confirms the procedure, but says it was "to relieve a jaw problem similar to TMJ."