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If you could look like any celebrity, who would it be? From chins to arms to noses, these are some of the most desired celebrity body parts in Hollywood. We bet you can’t guess the most-requested part of them all.
Kate Middleton’s Nose
The New York Daily News called Kate Middleton’s nose “spring’s hottest accessory.” Some surgeons even keep several photos of Kate Middleton’s nose on hand for when the inevitable requests come in.
“I Didn’t Consider It A Problem” Wendy Williams Opens Up About Cocaine Habit, Plastic Surgery & More
Wendy Williams is far from the shy and reserved type. And when it comes to other people, she’s never shy about stating her opinion. And in doing so over the years, she’s revealed, in passing, quite a few things about herself. For instance, we know that Wendy battled a cocaine addiction, has had numerous surgeries and is a proponent of wigs–for several reasons.
In celebration of her 50th birthday, the radio turned talk show host, spoke with People, about her very challenging and bumpy road to happiness.
Wendy explains that finally, at 50 she’s happy with her physical appearance. “I’m 5ft 11 in, 165 pounds and I love my body at this point in my life.” But that wasn’t always the case. From childhood, her family let her know that her size was a problem.
“In the seventies I guess that is what they called ‘love.’ When I look back I was a little fluffy, but I wasn’t ‘fat.’” But during her development, the seed had already been planted and Wendy said concern over her figure led her to cocaine when she was an undergrad in college.
“I didn’t consider it a problem mainly because I had no money to fuel the habit.”
All of that changed though when she got her first big break working at New York City’s WRKS in 1989. She had a salary to help feed her addiction.
“I was making $60,000 a year, and at $35 a gram, cocaine was cheap.”
Meeting her husband Kevin Hunter is what caused Wendy to slow down. “I decided to step back and take an assessment of my life.”
After meeting Hunter, Wendy had two miscarriages. The aftermath caused her to abandon her health and she gained 103 pounds.
Thankfully, then she got pregnant with her son Kevin Jr, who is now 13. After his birth she opted for a ‘mommy makeover’ and got tummy tuck. Wendy says “It was a kickoff to a new way of life.”
These days, she’s very conscious of her health, particularly since she has both a thyroid disorder and Graves’ disease–which is why she wears the wigs.
But she’s certainly grateful for the life she’s currently leading. “I’ve corrected just about everything that bothered the hell out of me in my twenties, thirties and forties. I have to say, this is not how I thought things would turn out. I’m sober, I’ve got my Kevins, my parents are still around to see my success. I knew life would turn out OK, but I didn’t think it’d turn out great.”
Chicago woman Sabrina Kropp has filed a lawsuit against her plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Walton, for posting photos of her nose prior to having plastic surgery on his website labeled “cocaine nose.”
The Chicago Tribune says Dr. Walton took the photos of Kropp in 2004. At the time, the two had an understanding that the images of Kropp would be secure in her medical records. Despite this agreement, Dr.Walton used the photos to advertise his new practice, Plastic Surgery Chicago LLC. Dr. Walton published the photos of Kropp on his site in 2013. According to Dr. Walton’s website, the definition of a “cocaine nose” is:
“Cocaine causes a constriction or closing of blood vessels. When cocaine is snorted through the nose, it causes the blood vessels in the nasal lining to constrict. Chronic cocaine usage can result in prolonged constriction of the nasal lining blood vessels with resultant death of these tissues. This results in sores in the nasal lining and septum that can lead to perforations of the septum, infection, loss of supporting cartilage, scarring and eventual collapse of the nose. Unique to the cocaine injured nose is the relative sparing of the external skin cover.”
Reading that description it’s not hard to see why Kropp, who is suing Dr. Walton’s medical practice for breaching the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is so upset. HIPAA requires an individual’s written authorization before medical information is used for publication, marketing, teaching or commercial purpose.
Kropp alleges that Dr. Walton’s decision to use her photos on his site have caused her “to become distressed, shamed and embarrassed.” Since, filing her suit Kropp’s photos have been deleted from Dr. Walton’s medical site, but thanks to the Smoking Gun, you can still see them here.
Thinking about going under the knife? Maybe you ought to think twice. These celebrities are suffering some pretty big consequences for their plastic surgery decisions.
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star K. Michelle has only admitted to getting a butt lift, but her extra large posterior has earned her a lot of negative attention after her appearance on reality TV. We’re not mad at her backside but do you agree with naysayers who claim she overdid it?
A British student took out a $17,000 loan and then used the money to get plastic surgery on her hips, knees, butt and thighs. According to the New York Daily News, she’s also now thinking about a nose job.
“I know some people might be surprised to hear that I spent my student loan on my body, but it was worth it for how I feel now,” she says.
In the UK, students repay the government for their student loans, and don’t have to start doing so until they make $28,000 annually. They have 25 years to pay it back.
Of course, the Brits haven’t cornered the market on plastic surgery. The US has a new show on the E! Network, Botched, focused on bad plastic surgery. In 2013, breast augmentation, nose reshaping and eyelid surgery were the most popular cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In total, 15.1 million procedures were done in 2013, a three percent increase from the year before. Butt augmentation and neck lifts are the procedures that have seen the greatest growth in popularity.
Overall, says the International Business Times, the number of procedures are going up because they’re more accessible; it’s not just the rich and famous who can get these procedures. Anyone can and they do, even for something as superficial as better selfies.
Botox injections are the most popular of the minimally-invasive procedures, with 6.3 million of those performed last year, a three percent increase from 2012. Among the demographics that are increasingly turning to cosmetic procedures are men. Guys got more than 385,000 Botox injections in 2013, a 310 percent increase from 2000, says the ASPS. That’s still a far cry from what women are doing (society is more accepting of men who show the signs of age), but it’s still a huge leap.
The biggest problem in all of this are the people who are seeking these products and procedures on the black market or through practitioners lacking in either credentials or ethics.
“Since 2002, medical spas—a sort of hybrid between doctors’ offices and beauty parlors—have increased tenfold in the U.S. And since these medical spas face different regulations in every state, many patients are unfamiliar with the spas’ uneven safety records,” writes The Atlantic in a story that takes a closer look at that show Botched.
And you have this horrific story of Apryl Brown who had to have her limbs amputated after a procedure went wrong. Ironically, the fillers that she wanted to boost the size of her bottom caused her to have parts of her posterior removed. More of Brown’s story below.
Or you have those people who are buying fillers and other supplies and then administering them on themselves.
What are your thoughts on cosmetic procedures? Yes? No? If you can afford it, go for it? Share your thoughts in the comments.
When you’ve spent years on reality television and in the public eye, your face and image is always open for speculation and opinion. We’re certainly not saying it’s right but it’s a part of the biz. Any little nip, tuck, weight gain, weight loss, fashion faux pas or alteration is heavily documented and open for discussion.
And as sick as this sounds, the people want answers.
I’m referring to Dawn Richard one fourth or one third of the girl group Danity Kane.
Now that the ladies have reunited and are touring, people are starting to pay more attention and a recent picture she posted on Instagram have many asking did Dawn do a little tweaking?
Personally, I’m confused. For the past several years, if someone showed me 10 pictures of Dawn Richard, I’d think I’d seen ten different black women. I thought perhaps she just has one of those faces easily morphed by makeup. But others are convinced it’s something else, something more permanent.
And it’s true, it does seem like the structure of her face has changed, her face is less fuller these days. If I were to guess she had any plastic surgery, I would say something is radically different about that nose. But Dawn has spoken about the rumors and she denied it, saying if she did indeed have surgery, she’d get her boobs done. And she would let people know because she has no problems with plastic surgery. She instead said that she’s been working on her skin, using Proactive and what not.
Really, at the end of the day though, it’s her decision whether she wants to speak on it or not. She doesn’t really owe us anything. Others argue that if she did have the surgery she should just own up and be a bit of a spokeswoman for people who are considering the option for themselves.
What do you think, has Dawn changed her face or is it just some good contouring and better makeup? If you’re still undecided, check out some of the recent pictures (like within a month) Dawn has posted on Instagram.
Watch the video of Dawn speaking about the rumors, which have been around for so long, in the video on the last page.
We’re used to celebrities changing up their looks from time to time with new hairstyles, new clothing and even a little nip tuck. But every so often celebs do something so drastic to their appearances they’re hardly recognizable anymore. Be it surgery, weight loss, weight gain or something else here are 15 celebs who are unrecognizable these days.
I am not that keen on selfies. I hardly indulge in the sport of taking pictures of myself, and posting them on social media outlets, in the hopes that my “friends” will readily hit the “like” button and offer their batches of compliments.
Don’t get me wrong, I am quite vain but I prefer solitary judgments as opposed to allowing others to do the work for me. But, I am becoming a minority in a sport that is taking hold of everyone, regardless of age or status. It used to be funny and cute when teenagers caught the bug, but now that grown adults are succumbing to the nagging desire to be validated through a series of photos they orchestrated using their bathroom mirror, I have to admit that I am little disturbed.
But this current trend is no longer just an innocent way to pass the time. There are now serious ramifications associated with polluting your timeline with splashes of selfies, particularly when it pertains to young women who are naturally the most vulnerable when it comes to the subject of beauty.
According to the president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, selfies are helping to spur on the epidemic of physical alteration. “Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before.” This statement is based on the results from research pulled from three surgeons who attested to the fact that their increased client lists came at the high price of the “selfie trend.”
Young women are no longer relying on the instincts of natural light and youthful glow to get them through the bad days. Botox and hyaluronic peels are now becoming the approved antidote for those of us who can’t stomach our own reflection.
I personally don’t think I photograph that well; in fact I am convinced that I look much better in person. Of course, my friends and family think I am crazy but I have never liked the way I look in photos. Once in a while, I am pleased with what I see, but majority of the time, I am disappointed. But interestingly enough, after a couple of years have passed, when I look at those pictures again, I actually end up liking how I look. I start wondering why I gave myself such a hard time. That is the primary reason why I refuse to subject myself to multiple selfie sessions. I know what that can do to someone like me, and I can’t afford to go down that road.
But this is a wake up call for women who are entrusting their disposition to flighty friends and outspoken strangers. You are your own worst critic and enemy, and stirring the pot can lead to serious consequences.
Self-esteem shouldn’t be based on whether your hair is too short or your face too long. Comparing yourself to someone who fits your defined ideal image can lead you down a path of self-destruction. There is nothing wrong with taking a couple of fun shots of yourself goofing off or laying out in the sun, but overdosing on selfies, in an attempt to garner the “perfect” profile can potentially hold you hostage for longer than you might anticipate.
There are celebrities who we individually admire for the physical traits they possess. Beyonce’s curvaceous hips and posterior, Michelle Obama’s arms, and Lupita Nyongo’s flawless skin leave us fixated on red carpets, but most of us wouldn’t go to great lengths to look like these people.
Unless you’re like trainee lawyer Cherelle Campbell from England. Facial dimples have intrigued the lawyer since she was a child, but her obsession took on a whole new level when she came across actress Cheryl Cole. Although Cherelle has natural dimples, they were never noticeable enough for her. The 30-year-old told The Daily Mail:
“I’ve always loved dimples [but] I wasn’t blessed to be given big ones. When God was giving out dimples I was at the back of the queue. I find myself on the street or watching TV and anyone with dimples stands out to me.”
While online with a friend one day, Cherelle researched bizarre plastic surgery procedures and stumbled across dimpleplasty, a surgery that involves punching holes in a person’s cheek with a scalpel. Once the hole is created on the face, a new dimple is stitched into place. The surgery costs 1,500 pounds (approximately $2,500). Cherelle received the procedure for free by allowing the clinic she used to market her surgery for their promotions.
Cherelle appeared on an English Channel 4 documentary titled, “Bodyshockers: My Piercing Hell,” after the procedure and said this about the experience:
“I was impressed as I didn’t think they were going to be that deep, it’s mixed feelings. Once it has healed, I know I will love it.”
After surgery, Cherelle’s face looked rather deformed but two weeks into the healing process, she told Daily Mail the holes became less distinct. Now her new dimples appear only when she smiles. In an interview with Mirror TV, Cherelle told reporters she received hate messages for participating in the procedure because believed she wanted to look like her white celebrity dimple inspiration. She stated:
“Without going into too much detail (for fear of further backlash) I did not want to look like Cheryl Cole or Lauren London, that will never happen and I don’t idolise them. I wanted to do it because I hated my smile previously – I thought it just looked odd. So I avoided smiling in photos. I literally feel as if I’ve been pin pointed when all I did is something to make me feel happier with my new body, it might sound ridiculous but I didn’t hurt anybody to receive the treatment I did.”
Here’s a picture of Cherelle after she fully healed. What do you think?
This upcoming Friday, our first lady, Michelle Obama, will turn 50 years old. And she only spoke to one media outlet about her thoughts on the occasion: People Magazine. You know, in our society 50 is seen as the beginning of the decline so People made sure to ask her questions about aging. And when you speak to women about aging, it’s always couched around preserving physical beauty. So in addition to asking Mrs. Obama about her workout routine, they inquired about her thoughts on plastic surgery. The Associated Press obtained quotes from the interview, which will be on newsstands Friday. Here’s what Michelle had to say:
“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves. Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say never.”
True story. Essentially, she doesn’t want it but you never know. Though Jezebel took a bit of issue with Mrs. Obama’s comments and People for having the gall to ask a woman in her position about it. As if all women in her age range are preoccupied with looking 30 at 60. They even mentioned the dangers of botox.
I get it, society still has some work to do when it comes to their objectification of women. But really, what is the right way to answer this question? If she keeps it all the way real and says, “Look at my momma! Ya’ll know black don’t crack.” She would have insulted every woman whose opted to nip and tuck her face–black and white alike.
If she appears too gung ho about the prospect, then folks will jump on her for not loving herself or promoting surgery over self love and acceptance. You can’t please everybody. But leave it to Auntie ‘Chelle to avoid the minefield that was that question. She said I’m good with me but do you and if I need or want to touch up in the future, ya’ll won’t be able to call me a hypocrite.
But that’s not all she had to say. She also spoke about eating habits, exercise, reaching her peak and what she’ll do once her husband, President Obama, is out of the White House.
“I don’t obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I’m eating vegetables and fruit,” added Mrs. Obama. “And as everyone knows, I do exercise.”
“I’m seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff – even though that continues to be important – and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible.”
Reaching her peak
People asked Mrs. Obama if she had reached her peak at this point in her life. (What did I tell you about people thinking it’s all over after 50?) She joked that being first lady is “pretty high up” but also said that she feels her life is “ever-evolving.” She’s not one to rest on her laurels and even went as far to say tat she doesn’t have the right to “just sit on my talents or blessings.”
After the White House
“I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact, whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids.”
She noted that daughter Malia, now 15, will be in college when they leave the White House in January 2017. And Sasha, who is just 12 now, won’t be far behind.
“At that point in life, whoa, the sky is the limit.”
How do you think Michelle handled the plastic surgery question? And what would you like to see her do after her family leaves the White House?