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Inside Hollywood's "Plastic Surgery Addiction"

Inside Hollywood's "Plastic Surgery Addiction"

A few years ago, I wondered why one of my favorite actresses suddenly seemed to look disarmingly perfect. At first, I thought it was that she had new makeup or a different haircut. But then I looked at some earlier pictures of her and realized that she'd probably had a rhinoplasty, among other things. Part of me was sad, because she'd already been gorgeous—just not, apparently, gorgeous enough.

Along those lines, the new issue of Radar is all about the proliferation of cosmetic surgery in Hollywood. The cover story is pretty interesting reading, especially if—like me—you've noticed some subtle changes on some of your favorite stars over the years. For actors and actresses, scoring big roles can be impossible if you don't look the part. And so, Hollywood is portrayed as a place where just about everyone—A-listers, D-listers, producers, even realtors—is getting a tweak here or there:

Everybody lies about it," says actress Julie Bowen (Boston Legal, Ed, Lost). "The men I know are a bit more open, but the girls will lie and lie and lie, even though you're staring right at their scars."

For every Heidi Montag who eagerly talks about her surgery, there seems to be a Nicole Kidman, who insists that the Botox rumors are purely lies (and who is not gonna like that cover illustration). While makeup and lighting can play a huge role in changing someone's appearance—for instance, Tyra Banks expertly uses makeup to contour her nose—sometimes the change is too drastic to chalk up to that.

Plastic surgery isn't going away, at least not in the entertainment industry. The question is, at what point does all of the "perfecting" go too far? And how does it affect the way regular people feel about their own appearance?


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
of course she gets botox!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have no problem with Celebrities getting surgery, I do however have a problem with celebrities who have Plastic surgery and than come forth in some campaign to tell teens or pre teens to have more self esteem or to “be themselves” (pointing at you ashlee simpson hypocrite)
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Great Cover .. really captures the fetish. I dont know that Im for or against plastic each is own. I am happy with what God has given me.
Advah Advah 9 years
Brown Eye Girl, I totally agree about Meryl Streep! Even in 'the Devil Wears Prada', she doesn't have dyed hair (although I'm not sure it's a natural silver colour), has some wrinkles and never had the tiny nose girls ask for when going through surgery, but I found her so much more beautiful than Anne Hathaway!
Advah Advah 9 years
Plastic surgery is not something I would do, and I think that if you are, for instance, not feeling confident because of your body, you should work on your self-esteem more than your nose/boobs. I honestly don't care if people decide to go through surgery, I don't think it ever looks natural (you can usually see that it doesn't match the rest of the person's features/body) but as Bella said, it's not my business. What bothers me is that 'celebs' are a heavy influence thanks to medias. I don't think it offers a positive image to kids who are already not comfortable with their appearance (we've all been through teenagehood), and may now think they won't be attractive unless they have 'perfect' features. Beauty comes in all sorts of shapes and forms, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman may not have DD boobs yet we'll all agree they're beautiful and have a lot of personality. Also, none of my guy friends would look twice at a girl as slim/skinny as Kate Moss or many other models in the street.
Angiebaby Angiebaby 9 years
Right on brown eyed girl!! Not only to European women age gracefully, they age beautifully! So do African-American women and Asian women. Actually, I think just about every ethnicity besides caucasion must have something extra in their skin to make it age so well. I'm jealous! Oh why couldn't I have been some gorgeous Italian like Sophia Loren? ;)
Angiebaby Angiebaby 9 years
I thought the same thing as soon as I saw that pic, Nicole is going to be majorly P.O.'d!!!! I hope she doesn't have a terrible temper! ;) And I agree with some of you that the things these women do are so unnecessary. They see flaws where none exist and end up making themselves into these plastic barbie dolls. (sorry Nicole!) I have a friend that's absolutely gorgeous that is starting to see wrinkles around her eyes and forehead. Uhhhh, yea, when she gets out the big old magnifying glass! At 36 she's already botoxing her forehead. So silly!!! On the other hand, if I had money to burn for plastic surgery nothing would stop me from getting some laser skin resurfacing for my acne scars. And sure there are lots of people that would tell me they don't think they're that bad, but they're the first things jumping out at me when I look in the mirror. It's funny. Ten years ago I thought I'd never endure the pain for anything cosmetic. After all, God made me what I am and if he's happy with it who am I to complain, right? And here I am now ready to get these scars erased! ;)
bellakitten bellakitten 9 years
I think plastic surgery has become more acceptable in recent years not just in Hollywood, but even in middle America. I blame shows like Dr. 90210, Extreme Makeover, and The Swan. Everyone is looking for their supposed flaws and how to fix them. The sad thing is that people often end up looking quite freakish rather than better. Have you seen recent pictures of Rose McGowan? She looks completely different since her plastic surgery. I mean, she isn't even recognizable now. She was absolutely beautiful before! And she is a young woman, not even 40. I think a lot of actors and actresses will end up regretting these procedures. In my opinion, everyone needs to embrace the aging process--it beats the alterative of being six feet under.
zc zc 9 years
its sad that people are removing the lines that make them unique and show that they have lived, loved and lost.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
The Heidi Montags in the world are much better than the Kidmans. Seriously though, it won't really benefit you much if you lie about it all the time :P Sooner or later, someone's going to find out.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I think this all breaks down to whether or not parents instill a healthy self esteem within their child (and also teach by example a healthy life style). Things haven't changed much since the 60s when Twiggy was the it girl. Parents need to turn off the TV and stop using it as a baby sitter. And people need to take responsibility for how they feel about themselves and stop blaming others. Also, no one can make you feel bad UNLESS you allow it to. We are in charge of our own feelings. If, a person wants to have a little maintenance done that's their business and no one else's. Also, I have nothing against a little maintenance, as long as the person is doing it for themselves and NO one else. Now, I would be concerned with someone that was going overboard with plastic surgery, or if they have an eating disorder. Those people need to see a therapist because, what they are doing isn't going to help them at all..if anything it's more likely to hurt them (and definitely hurt them if it is an eating disorder). Anyway, I'm over this blame someone else attitude, which seems to have become in epidemic in this country, and I'm not just talking about this's everything. Basically, I'm sick of the poor me stuff and hearing others put down other people. Take responsibility for your life and love yourself..and stop focusing on stuff that doesn't allow you to do these two things.
hills hills 9 years
yes i noticed nicole kidman was different, personally i dont think i have ever seen somone whos had plastic surgery in the felsh apart from once and it was just really obvious. it scared me abit because u can just tell even the tiniest bit is unnatural. i just hope plastic surgery lessens, and pressure on girls to look perfect allll the time stops, its really annoying. if u get a bad hair day and lord knows everyone gets them, but u just get stressed and its prob mainly because thats how we feel we should be-perfect all the time.
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 9 years
I would be fine with the whole plastic surgery/botox trend if people were more willing to 'fess up. I mean, c'mon, you can't jump from an A cup to a C cup overnight and then get mad when people wonder or ask questions. If plastic surgery makes the recipient so much more comfortable with with his/her body image, why can't they say things like "Yes, I had a rhinoplasty and it changed my lfe" instead of lying about the obvious and making everyone else feel the need to do the same? I have much more respect for celebrities like Jane Seymour, who didn't even have the so-incredibly-obvious Michael Jackson deluxe job but nevertheless decided to come clean about her breast implants than people like Nicole Kidman who looks like a plastic doll but still can't admit she's had work done.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
I don't think it makes them more beautiful...only creepy. I think it's the women who grow old gracefully that are beautiful--Diane Lane, Meryl Streep--if they have had work, it's hardly noticable because you see their wrinkles in close-ups. Why is it that women in Europe age gracefully, but here we're obsessed with looking like we're 16 for the rest of our lives (and fail)?
emalove emalove 9 years
I agree, WhiplashGirlchild, that cover hits the mark! I don't relish the thought of aging, like any woman, but I'm comfortable enough with myself to not think and obsess about my looks and plastic surgery. I love who I am and like Juju said, I'm okay with the "imperfections". It's definitely a personal choice and whether or not other people choose to do it, whatever...I don't care. I just think it's too bad that so many women feel that they need to.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Hahahaha! I love that cover. It's pretty much on the ball... Nicole has been looking SCAR-EE!
juju4 juju4 9 years
I think that women now are more informed than ever about what ages our faces....sun damage, smoking, etc. Hopefully people have learned how to prevent premature aging and in the future won't need to go under the knife to correct things. I personally enjoy the little "imperfections" in my fellow human beings. I like a face that has character, and hasn't been whittled down. I live in LA, and when I see the women that have gone overboard with plastic surgery, it's so sad. Especially when they remove the circles under their's the Joan Rivers look. It makes me sad because I am sure they were beautiful everyone but themselves. And that's what plastic surgery is all about, in my opinion.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
A co-worker who is around the age of 24 came up to me the other day and was horrified when she told me she looked in the mirror and noticed a tiny little line under her eye. She was like oh my gosh how do I make that go away!???! and I replied ... Well don't laugh, cry, have ANY stress, or emotion what so ever in your life and you'll be ok! I mean wtf! ..............just plain sad (imo of course;))
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Hmm. I don't think Tyra has had a nose job, but I could be wrong. I just think she's really good at shading her nose certain ways. But we'll probably never know, right? I think if people choose to have plastic surgery, it's their business—no judgments. But I think the obsession with "perfect" looks has gone too far. Everyone's starting to look the same! Punk Glam Queen, sounds like you have a level head on your shoulders. Good on you!
lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
Nice cover. And the truth shall set us all free!
FB1977 FB1977 9 years
All I know is that Hollyweird is a WHOLE 'nother world, and I think it's sad the lengths these women (and men) go to in order to achieve "perfection". I'm just glad I'm in the "real" world and that it doesn't really affect me. There's too much risk involved, in my opinion. I think Ashlee Simpson is an example of someone who's going too god she's not even 30 and has had more work done than some who are 40!
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 9 years
Oh that cover is such a perfect example -- its such a shame that such a beautiful woman feels a need to do this to herself at age 40. Last week I turned 48... as luck of the draw will have it when it comes to genes, I got good skin genes and I am frequently taken for someone in their early 30's. However due to a really nasty allergy season this year, I've developed some terrible deep under eye wrinkles that I am considering having filled in. I will NEVER fill in my laugh lines, forehead lines, or crows feet -- to me they are badges of honour. They show I am an expressive woman who is not afraid to show it. I'm not a plastic non-movable barbie face. The only reason I am considering (and please note, I am not definite on this yet) having the under eye wrinkles filled in is because I didn't earn them. But every other line, wrinkle, crinkle, whatever you want to call them, I earned and I'm proud of. I have no problem with other people who wish to go this route, but I simply don't feel the need to ever do it myself. (Talk to me in 10 yrs maybe I'll change my tune LOL!) Of course I know I'm in the minority, but I have a young daughter and I plan to instill the same philosophy in her. Hell, my mother is 70 and has GORGEOUS skin with wrinkles and all!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
i love the cover, and tyra has at least 3 nose jobs :D
saxprincesslea saxprincesslea 9 years
I love the cover!!! I really want to read the article.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
She's NOT going to be happy about that cover. I wouldn't be, either. As interesting as that story is, I bet a lot of people mentioned in it have their lawyers on speed dial right now...
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