Baby-faced teenage singer Charice Pempengco says she prepared for her debut on the hit Fox TV show “Glee” by getting Botox and an anti-aging procedure “to look fresh on camera”.
The 18-year-old petite singer with a booming voice, who recently released her self-titled debut album, saw her career skyrocket after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ and Opah Winfrey’s talk shows. She underwent a Thermage skin-tightening procedure and Botox injections to make her “naturally round face” more narrow. She said “I want to look fresh when I appear before camera” said the pretty star on Philippine television during the visit at which her doctor Vicki Belo injected her jaw.
However, Charice’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said in an e-mail Monday the Botox was “absolutely not cosmetic,” and added said the treatment was for muscle pain in her jaw.
Belo did the Botox procedure in front of the cameras.
“You chew gum and it turns out to be a favorite super-exercise for these muscles – your chewing muscles. So we will show you, this muscle here it’s a bit protruding,” Belo was quoted as saying as she touched Charice’s face. “It’s like a ball, so we are going to Botox that in order to get it flat so she will have a cuter face – we want to give you the apple cheek look because it’s cute, right?”
Charice, in the same interview, said last week’s face makeover was part of her big preparations for her appearance on the hit show’s second season. She starts filming at the end of this month.
“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.