Can You Tell? Before and After Celebrity Nose Jobs

January 13, 2012  |  
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In the 80’s, professing nose job aspirations induced ridicule, shame and accusations of self-hate. Commercial rappers were sell-outs, “stay black” was the movement and little black boys and girls were advised to take pride in their broad-shaped noses, and disregard false standards of beauty.

The nose job debate made its way into conversation anywhere black people congregated and became the focus of several day time talk shows. Comparatively, 21st century black folks, still rocking the noses of their parents, still marginalized by mainstream standards of beauty, are more nip-tucked than ever.

There’s far less scrutiny awaiting those that go willing to undergo rhinoplasty. In Hollywood, it’s more of a challenge to find a starlet who hasn’t reshaped her nose.

But the underlying motivation for celebs going under the knife are no where as puzzling as figuring out whether a procedure actually happened. These women are pretty before and after the surgery and sometimes the change is so slight, it’s like nothing ever happened. At least that’s what many are hoping. That’s where side by side photos come in.

Here’s a rundown of your favorite African-American starlets who ditched her natural nose for a Hollywood honker as soon as she got the chance to blow.

Can you tell the difference?


The question is whether Bey nose will spread back to the shape of her late-90’s nose (pictured left) now that Baby Blue Ivy has dropped.


Looks like half-Korean R&B singer, Amerie, traded in her signature bulb African-American nose (left) for a more anchor-shaped look (right).

Halle Berry

I’m sure she was thinking “self-hate my a$$” when she and her slightly smaller nose carried home that Oscar.


Former Murder Inc. princess can’t necessarily be accused of subtlety here.  Fortunately, by the time anyone knew who she was, there was enough disposable income to trash her original nose (left).

Kelly Rowland

What did you think she was doing during the quiet time after Bey left the group? That’s right, letting her scars heal. Here’s Kelly Rowland back in the DC days (left) where her nose isn’t a problem at all and a shot of her 2010 nose (left) looking a lot more button-esque.

Nene Leakes

Nene was very open about her surgery (she has to stay famous somehow), quoted saying “I still wanted to look like NeNe, the black woman that I am, but a better version.”


Some urban news outlets swear up and down that Rihanna has had some chiseling done, even purporting that surgeons looked at photos and concurred. You be the judge.

Left: Looking like a Beyonce clone, fresh in the game; Right: Long after the good girl went bad.

See the difference?

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  • hanalei

    I think Beyoncé’s new nose is adorable, but her original nose wasn’t bad either, I can see a difference.

  • Meandmybish

    I don’t think Rihanna had a nose job I think she just grew up and got skinner

  • No Tisha Campbell or Queen Latifah?

  • GeeGee

    I do not believe that most of these women had nose jobs, MN. It’s camera angling. Sheesh!!!

  • Vonda Conway

    I think Nini’s nose looks worse

  • Reaonspeaks

    Could it be that the photos were retouched differently?

  • vlove

    Omg.. Their journalist are wack.. What the hell kinda topic was this??? Just saying

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  • Please add 
    Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj!Nicki Minaj!Her new nose and shading are so disturbing to me!!

  • Well It looks like a lot of contouring with make up to me. I doesn’t look like most of ladies had a nose job. Make up does wonders!

  • ???????

    o dear God I thought this website was a bit more ‘upscale’ catering to a mature audience that discussed issues and not people….I’m moving on, cheers!!

  • I still think J.lo has the best nose job ever. Just because nobody can tell.

  • Jbimb

    y’all forgot 2 add janet & the rest of the jackson’s 2 the mix.  i checked out the ones u did show & frankly i think they looked fine b4 the surgery.  but 2 each his own.  the nose on my face has served me all these 40+ plus years & i intend 2 die with it…  as is…  lol!!!

  • Shlyfields

    everyone nose job looks good. it doesn’t look like ashanti had one and NeNe should’ve gotten her eye corrected as well

  • Ifuaskme2

    I don’t know why NeNe bothered. RiRi. Nah. Kelly’s looks worse after than before. But Yeah most had it and NO its not makeup

  • ImJustSayn

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with a little nip tuck as long as it still looks natural. If that’s what you need to make your self feel good about you then do it. I know one thing, if I ever come across the money to get my nose done I am definitely doing it!!!  I have always been self concious about it, got teased in grammar school because of it and even my own siblings use to tease me about it from time to time. I am not going to lie these events affected my adult hood and I am still very self concious about my nose and when I get the opportunity to change it I will most certainly will!!!!

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  • Whatever make you happy is ok…I think I gone leave your group on FB ..your journalism sucks!  

  • Lisibaby

    ok rihannas looks excatly the same. Are u kidding me??

  • Jazmino64

    No, i don’t see any changes, and if Halle has admitted then ok, but the rest are from totally different angles.

  • cleva

    Halle’s nose looked the same.   I did see a difference in Bey’s nose.

    Some of these are just shading and some did get work done like Amerie.

  • Edwardstiara92

    It’s called contouring makeup

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  • Chessica450

    the Beyonce pic is a load of BULL first off there’s so many things that can make your nose look smaller than it is!!! Make-up, angle of your head, and PHOTOSHOP!!! DUH!!! STFU Madam Noire!

    • Fuzzy Frisson

      So, even with her nose being incongruously narrower and pointier in the promo pictures for her 4 album (thus making her eyes appear larger) you’re still certain she hasn’t had a nose job?  It’s not sacrilege – a lot of celebrities go under the knife and some don’t say a word.

      Also, many people suspect that Beyonce had rhinoplasty because thanks to her narrower nostrils, her vocal resonance has changed over the years to be raspier and adenoidal, particularly when she tries to reach higher registers.  It’s your prerogative if you choose to believe otherwise because of your preference of a celebrity. However, to openly insult a blog author just because of your disbelief smacks of sheer immaturity and lack of (self-)respect.

  • Allyce

    Add Former Miss America Vanessa Williams to the list! I think Vanessa and Nene looked beautiful BEFORE the change. They did not need the surgery. What about Janet Jackson…and Queen Latifah and Whitney Houston….

  • Noneyabznss

    There noses look the same and it’s the entertainment biz I guess. Other women do it.. Jennifer A, Angelina B, etc. But the noses don’t look too bad and are just a refinement on the originals (though I’m convinced for some of them it’s better make-up and lighting). There are much better than MJ and Lil Kim’s noses – they are horrible! I could add a few more names to the list… Stephanie Mills, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole. If a women wants to make herself look more attractive what is the problem. So long as the finished product looks natural, what’s the problem?

  • Guest

    Left Eye, Patti LaBelle, and Ashley had the best nose jobs eva!

  • Netdandri

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Rihanna had a nose job. I just can’t tell from these pictures. All the rest I’m pretty sure have had the work done.

  • Brazilchick

    I’m Brazilian and I have an ‘African’ nose ,much like Ashanti’s nose, and I am very light skinned so ‘white’ people can have these noses too. Anyways I think most of these are photoshop, makeup and lighting NOT plastic surgery.

  • Baiaforever

    Yes, they have all had surgery. surgery has advanced and can look natural nowadays, not like michael jackson but so what. white celebrities have had surgery to the hilt, nose jobs galore. so black celebs are just trying to keep up.

  • Eestoomuch

    WUUUUUUUT? no Lil Kim Su Yung? No Janet “the 5th Jackson get’s half off” Jackson? No Braxtons???? In my Traci Braxton voice….”this some bull!”


    Some of these pictures are clearly just the angle of the photograph. Also weightloss and make up and really affect with appearance of your facial features.

  • Live_in_LDN

    Most of the ‘subtle’ differences are due to make-up, angles, lighting and photoshop.

  • hilindab

    Did Oprah have a nose job or is that make up?  She looks different now vs. when in her role in Color Purple.  

  • I see nothing wrong with a nip/tuck but some folks take this to extreme! Wasting time, energy and & MONEY they could use towards a better cause. Ridiculous, the prettiest people do the ugliest things… Oan why NeNe on the list? Why or who is she relevant to?

  • shayla hudnell

    smh. terrible comparisons.I’m not an expert in make up but I know you can powder your nose to make it less wide or however you want it to look.I’ve seen pics of beyonce after her alleged nose job and sometimes it looks wide sometimes it doesn’t.

  • devildog808

    Wait Amarie, Ashanti, Bey & Kelly had nose jobs? (LOL)  Nene looked better before.The only person I’m really upset with is Lil Kim! She was quite attractive in her natural state. Her surgery didn’t enhance her at all. Oh and you left off Eve. She clearly had her nose done!

    • Guest

      Lil’ Kim was cute till she got big enough to start hanging out with Pamela Anderson.

  • Hil

    This is bullshit, sorry.

  • Pretty sure Bey’s nose wasn’t altered. The picture’s just taken from a different angle so that the nose looks slightly shorter. Its the same width and everything.

    • Cshaw82

      bey has the same nose in these pics but she has had a nose job if you look at recent pics of her her nose is sooooooooo small kinda like mj r.i.p

  • bailedex

    page 7: picture 1 she was Linnethia, picture 2 she was NeNe lol there’s a difference trust me!

  • Cali

    Yea, all of these.  I wasn’t aware of Rihanna’s but when you look @ the amount of space her nose occupies on her face, it seems like she got the outer nostrils & tip trimmed ever so slightly & it effects the symmetry.  None of these jobs look bad, but none were necessary either.

  • guest

    rihanna is fab!!!

    • Sky

      I agree, Rihanna did not have a nose job. Also, for the ones that in the list who did, they look great before and after. So what? I don’t understand why there’s an article about it.

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  • dddooonnnttt

    Not buying the Rihanna one. Her nose is still pretty wide. And it looks great on her. If she did, it was so subtle that it wasn’t worth it.

  • I don’t think Beyonce got a nose job, the b-day album photo may have just been retouched or changed her nose due to the angle in which the picture was taken. If you watch a lot of her videos and such, you can see her nose is still just about the same as in that 80’s picture of her. And Rihanna’s just the same. 

    • ClassyInHtown

      You should look a little closer.  She’s had several over the years.

  • tuna

    oh wait yall are missing LALA

    • Netdandri

      Oh I knew Lala looked completely diferent from back in the day. I thought it was just weight loss.

  • Khalilah77

    I cant believe y’all left out Leela James!! Somebody hacked the sh!t out of her face! She looks horrible. I’m positive she breathes out of her mouth.

  • Msmykimoto2u

    Rihanna that forehead is huge girl…but i think they all looked better pre-nose job. Now all of them rocking pretty much the same damn nose

  • nappyandhappy

    Rihannas nose looks exactly the same 

    • Jackie

      Beyonce nose looks the same if it doesn’t it’s camera shots making it different. Also did know Gabriel Union had a nose job but no one says nothing about that.

      • Kat87

        You can watch video of Beyonce on Smart Guy. She looks way more ethnic and her nose is wider.

    • Sheryy2

      everyone nose rihanna had a nose job those nostrils looked like vacummes wen she first came out

  • I’m a makeup artist and most of these women have a good makeup team! It’s called ‘highlighting’ and ‘contouring.’ How you can tell is, look at the nose, the very top part it brighter compared to the rest of the skin, and the sides of the nose looks darker that the rest of the skin. It creates light and shadow for the nose appears smaller and more shapely!


       ‘Highlighting’ and ‘contouring’ are a gateway to rhinoplasty (nose jobs) the same way that pot is a gateway to harsher drugs. When you have makeup artists put that silly beige stripe down your nose day in and day out, in order to make your nose look more “refined” (in their minds), it comes as no surprise that some eventually go under the knife.

      I can’t blame you guys entirely. It’s the way you are taught to think, in cosmetology school.

      • Cshaw82

        youre dumb because marijuana is not the gateway drug think about most americans has tried pot and there is only a small percentage of ppl do harder drugs maybe you need to stay off of blogs and maybe do a little more reading in a book and get some real knowledge 

      • dcbabe31

        Wow! Didn’t know I was downhill on a slippery slope to a nose job. I definitely need to stop wearing makeup.

  • jam

    I’m just waiting for Tiny to get a nose job. I will celebrate that. But T.I. might like her nose the way it is so she won’t do it.

    • Guest

      I’ll second that. 

  • naija queen

    i know for sure Amerie & NeNe have had work done. Amerie’s her nose was much pudgier than in the before shot and much thinner now than in the after shot. Kelly’s nose appears to have def got smaller & bey’s nose is questionable.Halle was the prettiest before she had work done. Ashanti’s nose looks the same to me

  • NVAdamzz

    All of these pics just kind of look like they were shot at different angles. Particularly Amerie. Her head was clearly just down. Halle is the only one I could possible see.

    • NVAdamzz

      Also, y’all should’ve put Pepa up here cuz she CLLEEEAARRRLLYY got a nose job. She looks like a Jackson.

      • ARealone

        Definately agree with you pepa and a few others were left out

      • ClassyInHtown

        She probably uses the same one that Lil Kim uses.  He/she needs to be fired.

      • springdale

        Yeah, i agree with Pepa but i think this article was more or less those who got nose jobs that were subtle. i mean, if they were discussing nose jobs in general, you better believe lil kim wouldve been the first pic we saw. Everyone on this list doesnt look DRASTICALLY different and by the way, Aaliyah shouldve been on here. 

  • T Hou22

    Not so sure about all of these, you can do a LOT with a contouring brush and makeup, i do all the time. 

  • AlabamaBelle

    Doesn’t look like Beyonce had a nose job. Looks like her head was titled down in the first pic and titled up in the second pic. That is all. But her nose pretty much looks the same. We are able to see the top of her nose more in the first pic due to how her head is. I’m not saying it isn’t possible for celebs to have nose jobs or any other alterations; however, sometimes tabloids will do and say anything to exploit celebs. smh

    • Msmykimoto2u

      I had to do a second look too but in the second pic you can see where her bridge is definately more narrow. She left the bottom part alone. Still looks good tho

      • dddooonnnttt

        I agree with you. She left the nostrils alone. That’s the easiest way to tell someone got work done is to mess with the nostrils.

        • Msmykimoto2u


  • Miller

    For some reason Halle just jumped in my head one day. I remembered watching boomberang as a kid fast forward to today hmmmm in that movie Halle looked like a black woman. She didn’t even have a  biracial look to her but now it’s a different story. 

    I don’t know about Rihanna. She still has a full nose.

    Nene before pict seem to have looked better.

    A few of them looked to have purchased the same nose.

    I have no respect for a woman that will let a doctor break & reconstruct their nose smh !

    • MIA

      You are so right Miller! When Halle first hit the scene I never would have guessed she was Biracial, she looked like a gorgeous black woman. Halle and Toni Braxton both could have left well enough alone, Janet too. The only time surgery made a beautiful girl even more beautiful is Aaliyah when she had the subtle tip work done to her nose.

      • LaLaLaMeansILoveYou

        I was wondering when someone was gonna mention ANY of the Jackson girls 🙂 They should been the first ones on the list

    • Slrich97

      I agree now that you mentioned it. You truly couldn’t tell that she was biracial back then, her skin even looked darker.

  • Cookiesncream43

    Well my nose is going to stay like it is. I love my strong features. Sure in school as a young girl I was called names like popcorn nose and the like. But, even in the entertainment industry if they don’t like it oh well. That’s just too bad. But, some did not need a nose job. That’s my opinion.

  • I think it depends on the angle of the picture and you also have to take in weight and other things. A woman’s face is more puffy (full) when she is mensurating. 

  • lela

    When I lost my african American “thickness” figure went from a size 10 to 6 everyone swore I had a nose

    • Guest

      Exercise is the truth, the fountain of youth. Jennifer Hudson’s face looks different at a different weight.

  • Some of these pics are pretty questionable…a stretch at best. 

  • Jsgu

    What about the men? LL Cool J?!??

    • Msmykimoto2u

      LL had a nose job????

      • LaLaLaMeansILoveYou

        yeah, I first realized it about a year ago and was very disappointed. I’d always thought he was so gorgeous! He really didn’t need to do that

    • Netdandri

      Wait a min. I didn’t know about that. I believe it though. LL looks too perfect for 40 something.

      • Guest

        He looked brand new like he took his age back 10 years by dieting and exercise. Exercise is the truth.


    Yall should have put a more recent pic up of NeNe. She has had another one since that photo

  • Bjhajwhefwbdfjsdk

    The sad thing is that none of the old noses were “bad” in the first place! I can understand getting the job if you’re a woman with a big ol ripe tomato nose, but none of these women had anything like that! They didn’t need any surgery! Such a shame. (I’ll let Kelly’s boob job slide though, because that girl had a -A cup, can’t blame her for not wanting to look like a 12 year old boy!)

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    • Netdandri

      Kelly didn’t need a nose job or boob job. When you as thin as Kelly you don’t need a whole lot of boobs to look like you have a little something, just a decent bra. I have an A cup and I’m and I’m small like her. But celebs have so much pressure to be perfect. …

  • NikkitaMichelle

    Halle did have a nose job and pretty good one I might add.  But other than Nene who has admitted to having surgery, the rest of these women’s heads are sitting at different angles in each picture (chin down, side view, chin up) which can make the nose look slightly different from one picture to the next.

    • Marier

      I am in total agreement, most of the nose look the same just photo’ed from a different angle

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    • FromUR2UB

      That’s exactly what I was thinking, and some of it looks like makeup enhancement too.

    • Bbmarie

      Agreed! Amerie and Kelly clearly had some work done though.

    • may

      thank you for saying that cuz
      they got it way wrong

    • sherrianna

      exactly what i thought… i don’t see the difference in many…