On Thursday last week, the celebrity trio Vanessa Rudjord (46), Synnøve Skarbø (51) and Pia Tjelta (45) announced that they would start “Nord’s leading clinic in aesthetic medicine”.
The link between beauty clinics and women’s health caused many to react, and the word “women’s health” led to a great deal of debate. After massive criticism, the trio announced on Tuesday this week that they are withdrawing from the collaboration with the beauty clinic.
– These ladies were just the latest in a large beauty industry, which I must point out is not involved in health care, says Minister of Health, Ingvild Kjerkol (Ap).
Sorry for the wording
In the podcast “Synnøve og Vanessa”, which came out on Thursday morning, they apologized for the use of words.
– Just to clarify once and for all: We have never meant that beauty treatment is women’s health. The reason why that word was used at all was because we had an ambition to start a clinic that was something more, said Synnøve Skarbø.
They now believe that they should never have included the word “women’s health”.
– We deeply regret that, adds Rudjord.
– We apologize to everyone we have disappointed and hurt, said Skarbø.
Pia Tjelta, who is not involved in the podcast, posted an apology on Instagram on Thursday afternoon.
Going out towards the beauty industry
Kjerkol is happy that there is an apology from the celebrity trio.
– We must take those who apologize and say sorry seriously. They are grown ladies and they have done this and it is a wise decision. But the clinic opens, and they get customers, she says to TV 2.
Kjerkol strongly opposes developments within the beauty industry.
– My concern is that we have an increasingly large beauty industry whose business idea is to capitalize on women’s dissatisfaction with their own appearance. I do not see that as any contribution to promoting good health, says the Minister of Health.
She adds that she thinks professionals in Norway should work in the public health service and treat patients.
– And that we have good women’s health with offers for treatment, diagnosis and follow-up for what are women’s health problems and not beauty based on a commercial reality, she says.
At the same time as the entrepreneurial trio announced that they are withdrawing from the company Nomi AS, the doctor Karim Sayed announced that he is taking over the shares and all financial obligations. The doctor will thereby take full ownership of the beauty clinic.
TV 2 has not yet succeeded in getting a comment from Vanessa Rudjord, Synnøve Skarbø and Pia Tjelta.