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How far would you be willing to go to have the perfect body–or one that is as close to perfection as possible? In 2013 alone, Americans spent over $12 billion on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
The new Moguldom Studios documentary Knifed Up takes a look at our society’s endless desire to have the perfect appearance and shape. Some of us are willing to risk our lives by getting procedures done on the black market just to save some money. When and where do we draw the line–or do we just leave that up to the surgeon? Here’s a look at popular cosmetic procedures and their costs.
Most of us love boobs. They’re soft, a source of nourishment for the babies and sexual pleasure for us and the mens. They’re pretty awesome. But you know too much of a good thing is not always so great.
Enter Kerisha Mark who suffered from a medical condition that caused her breasts to naturally grow to a 36NNN bust size. And along with those breasts, came issues of physical pain, hardships and embarrassment when strangers would ask to touch them to see if they were real.
After much prayer, the 40-year-old wife and mother decided that it was time for her to make a change. That led her to Houston’s most renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose who said Kerisha’s case was the worst he’s seen in 30 years.
Kerisha celebrated her birthday with the operation.
“I was like happy birthday to me.”
Kerisha sees the reduction as an opportunity for her to start a new life. She finally wants to be known as the woman she is, wife, mother and school social worker and not her chest which have attracted stares and whispers since she was in high school.
“My first time at boot camp, I did a jumping jack and my bra snapped,” Kerisha told Houston’s ABC affiliate.
And the troubles didn’t end there. As she got older the inconveniences grew along with her bust. “I started to have really bad headaches.”
Kerisha suffers from a medical condition called Gigantomastia, where girls as young as 14 can experience overgrowth.
Dr. Rose thinks Kerisha made the right decision by deciding to have the reduction, naturally.
“Nobody could support this additional weight. She would have ended up almost a hunchback given 30 more years.”
After three hours of surgery, Dr. Rose removed 15 pounds of breast tissue.
Kerisha said, “The first time my best friend saw me, she cried. When I stood up for the first time I felt so light.”
But it wasn’t exactly all smooth sailing from there.
“After I got home, I did cry. It was like I mourned the death of them, it was like a divorce.”
And just like a woman having come through a bad relationship, Kerisha felt like a new woman. After the reduction, she was able to shop for a new wardrobe and wear a swimsuit for the first time.
She said the first thing on her agenda was to “purchase a beautiful bra and second is to buy a strapless dress.”
But most importantly, she looks forward to the improved quality of life and plans to live her life “to the fullest without restrictions.”
You can watch Kerisha’s story in the video below.
“What Everyone Is Chasing, Is Not Real”: Moguldom Studios’ “Knifed Up” Examines The Pursuit Of Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery has become a booming industry and no group is being left out of the nip-and-tuck activity, including African Americans.
The new Moguldom Studios documentary, Knifed Up, explores how plastic surgery has become a trend in the Black community, after a long history of scrutiny given to African-American female bodies. According to the film’s description:
While African American women are going to these great lengths to obtain what they deem to be the “ideal” body, could they be compromising their overall health and with that, the health and perception of the entire black community? Is our microwave generation too focused on instant gratification to work to naturally achieve their ideal body type? Or could even the ideal body type be so contrived that in reality it is simply unachievable? These questions and more will be answered in this in-depth examination of what happens when African Americans get Knifed Up.
Check out the Knifed Up trailer below. And visit the Moguldom Studios website for an extended clip and to purchase the documentary on iTunes and Google Play. Get yours today!
K. Michelle On Being Open About Plastic Surgery: I Don’t Want Little Girls To Think I Woke Up Like This
K. Michelle is a hot topic on any given day of the week, but the one thing most people are always centered on is the singer’s curvaceous body. In the trailer for her upcoming solo reality show, “My Life,” we see K. go under the knife yet again for liposuction and when we had a chance to chat with the artist during a Huffington Post Live segment yesterday she explained that the choice to undergo the procedure was a personal one and not something she felt pressure to do or wants to pressure others to do.
“My body is a hot topic every single day…” K. Michelle said. “I don’t want little girls to feel like I really woke up like this.”
When HuffPo Live host Marc Lamont Hill asked K. if she was comfortable sharing what plastic surgery she’s gotten done, she didn’t hesitate to answer.
“I got my boobs done. I had fat transferred to my butt. I sucked out my stomach, you know, just normal women things,” she said. “They said ‘are you really going to do this surgery on TV’ and I said ‘yes because it’s my life and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed of wanting to suck the rolls out of my stomach. I didn’t wake up like that.”
Asked again whether she is concerned young girls might think they have to go to the same extreme measures for fame, K. stated:
“You don’t have to do anything to be popular. You need to do what makes you happy. Don’t look at me as the poster-child of ‘I need to change my appearance’…. You’re beautiful however you are.”
Check out the full segment from the interview in the video above. What do you think about K. Michelle’s transparency when it comes to her body.
Would you recognize some of your favorite celebrities if you saw them today? Plastic surgery, weight and reasons we just can’t explain have seriously changed the landscape of these celebrity faces.
Whenever we catch a glimpse of some of Kim Kardashian’s almost unrecognizable Throwback Thursday photos, we’re convinced that she looks nothing like she used to. Do all Kardashian’s get better with age?
While many people in (and out of) Hollywood routinely stop by their favorite plastic surgeon for a touch up, these stars are vocal about aging gracefully without any help.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis screamed her way into Hollywood. Making her debut in the original 1978 “Halloween” movie, Curtis was known as the “scream queen” after starring in numerous horror flicks. After more than 30 years in the business, Curtis tried Botox injections once and immediately regretted her decision. “I am appalled that the term we use to talk about aging is ‘anti,'” Curtis wrote in a blog for “HuffPost50.” “Aging is as natural as a baby’s softness and scent. Aging is human evolution in its pure form.”
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?