Internet Defends 'Stranger Things' Star Natalia Dyer After TikTok Beautician Suggests Cosmetic Work

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It's 2022—and this is exactly what we're not going to do.

Fans and internet users alike are rushing to defend Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer after a nurse practitioner who works in the cosmetic injection market posted a TikTok documenting all of the facial work she would recommend the actress undergo at her clinic.

Miranda Wilson is a “certified aesthetic nurse practitioner injector” at Hebe Skin Health in California, according to her Instagram bio. The career platform ZipRecruiter describes an aesthetic injector as a nurse who oversees cosmetic injections at medical health spas, including botox, fillers, and related products.

Wilson has since deleted the video, but Rafael Shimunov, a former advertising professional, shared it on Twitter, pointing out the toxicity permeating both industries. “...Our job was to destroy self esteem,” he wrote. “By targeting someone people hold as extremely beautiful, they are targeting your self esteem more than they are Natalia Dyer.”

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In the video, Wilson starts by saying that Dyer "killed it" in Stranger Things. “If you don’t like Stranger Things, we cannot be friends,” she then warns, almost like she's trying to soften the criticism she’s about to dole out. She then dives right into what she would do if she was Dyer’s injector, first suggesting the actress needs to slim her face by “treating” the masseter muscles in her cheeks — i.e., injecting them with Botox. Next, Wilson says Dyer needs to get both chin and lip fillers. The NP carries on, finally showing off a photoshopped end result that looks absolutely nothing like the actress.

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The video is embellished with gifs to emphasize what Wilson considers to be Dyer’s problem areas. Arrows flash at her cheeks and a pointer finger dances under her chin, for example. TikTok, and the internet overall, wasn't pleased with the video, and although it no longer lives under her profile, Wilson's comments are still flooded with demands for an apology alongside reminders that it’s not appropriate to offer unsolicited commentary on the way someone looks, nor are we going to stand by and accept it when a total stranger implies that anyone needs to change their appearance in order to fit into an outdated societal standard of beauty.

“It’s like ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ all over again,” one user wrote. “NO APOLOGY YET?? YOU ARE LIKE PAPA,” another commented (on several posts).

Neither Dyer nor Wilson has commented on the controversy thus far. While Dyer will probably see this particular instance of criticism thanks to its virality, most similar incidents will likely never affect their targets. They will, however, affect all of the other people who have to see them on their feeds, and run the risk of shredding the self-esteem of young people with similar features.

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