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In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, former footballer and current commentator Deion Sanders invited people to look at his botox procedure.
Sanders wanted the procedure to erase some of the lines that started to appear on his face. You can check the before and after picture below.
While I do see some change with the lines around his right eye, there really is no noticeable difference.
Deion, however, is very pleased with it.
“I feel great! 50 is the new 21. I feel young, I feel very energetic, I feel like taking on the world, I feel like challenging people to work out, to live right, to eat healthy, to make the proper decisions in life. I really feel good. I am in a really good place in life.”
Sanders explained why he decided to go the Botox route.
“It was definitely the first time I have ever done that, but I go by the model and the slogan that I used my whole career – if you look good, you feel good. I noticed frown lines and crow’s feet. I am like, ‘I have got to do something about this!’”
And of course he spoke to the idea that elective cosmetic procedures for men is not entirely embraced as masculine in today’s culture.
“There are a lot of things that I have been the forerunner of. So, I had never played football and baseball in the same day, so I did that. So, I don’t mind being a leader when it comes to this because it really helps. I feel like I look good, and I feel good.”
Sanders said he never considered keeping his procedure a secret. “I am open about everything. I don’t do things in the dark,” he says. “My youth organization is called Truth, so that is just who I am. That is how I live. So, there is no way I can hashtag Truth at the end of all of my social media posts, and have a youth organization called Truth, and I am trying to live a lie or fool someone. I love it! I absolutely love the results.”
The procedure holds a bit more of an overall life significance.
“I am pretty much at halftime. I feel like I am at halftime in my life, and now it’s time to go into the locker room and reassess things and come back out with a whole new plan,” he says.
In case you were wondering what his wife Tracey Edmonds thinks about the whole thing, Sanders says she’s completely on board.
“Oh, she loves it. She loved it! She is ready to back with me.”
I saw the pictures, read the story and while doing what makes you feel more confident is generally a good thing, still something about this was just a “nah” for me.
I would like to think that it has nothing to do with traditional gender roles and how much time men should dedicate to beauty. But I’m sure that’s at least part of it. But maybe not in the way you might think. I don’t think Deion’s Botox procedure makes him effeminate or less than a man. It is though, a bit frustrating that in world where people are overly accepting and embracing of men’s natural appearance; and women are heavily scrutinized for ours, it’s really a shame that he felt he had to do this.
It reminds me of other behaviors that men pick up once they consider themselves “not as young as they used to be.” Hanging on to a disturbingly receding hairline, compulsively dying gray hair black, dressing two generations too young. It all reads as just…pathetic.
To be completely honest, I’m not too fond of women getting Botox either. So I guess that’s why Deion’s decision to do so rubs me the wrong way. I understand seeing yourself and knowing you’re going to regularly appear on television can play with your ego and pick at your self esteem. Still, there is supposed to be dignity in aging gracefully. Especially as a man. Again, while society regards them as seasoned and distinguished as they age, women over the age of 35 have to counter the less flattering “old” label.
So, to answer the question, if I haven’t already, to each his or her own. We all know what we should and shouldn’t do to keep our self confidence where it needs to be. But for me personally, I would prefer my man not receive periodic injections in his face to cover up a couple of crow’s feet.