How a Nightmare Neurotoxin Became the Beloved Botox

Oddly enough, 30 years ago, this life-improving drug began with death

The story tore across media outlets all over the world last year. In Saudi Arabia, a dozen camels had been disqualified from a beauty contest at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. A story that ran in The National, a paper published out of the United Arab Emirates, revealed that a crooked veterinarian had been caught trying to improve the facial appearance of his camels—especially the lips. His weapon of choice? Botox.

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This story first appeared in the April 8, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.