What a difference money makes. These reality show stars used their checks to upgrade their looks, not with designers clothes or shoes, but by going under the knife for plastic surgery.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” was a hit show long before Porsha Williams joined the cast. Brought in for the start of season five, Williams had a tough time getting along with everybody, especially with the other newbie Kenya Moore. Her short marriage to husband and NFL great Kordell Stewart fell apart during the offseason and Williams walked away with nothing. To celebrate her newfound freedom, Williams treated herself to a couple of breast implants. “[My chest] was something I always wanted to fix,” the 32-year-old said. “The day I brushed my teeth and they jiggled, I screamed with joy!”
VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” gave viewers an inside look at what happens behind the scenes at one of Harlem’s tattoo shops. Fans watched the budding romance between tattoo artist Duchess Lattimore and her boss, shop owner Caesar. Their tumultuous relationship came to a head during season three when she learned of his infidelity. While some women cut their hair after a bad break up, the famed tattoo artist decided to inflate her 34A chest. Accompanied by her fellow castmate, Sky, the cameras follow Duchess to a visit with a plastic surgeon where she seeks out a C cup.
Right from the start of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Nene quickly became a fan favorite. Her brash personality and her height helped her stand out from the rest of her castmates. But the Nene we see today looks a bit different from the Leakes that audiences were first introduced to. The Georgia peach has gone under the knife for a nose job and liposuction. Always the open book, Leakes was vocal about her decision and even had cameras follow her through the procedure and recovery.
Renee Graziano got her start on reality television with VH1’s “Mob Wives.” Although she had a bold and brash personality, she also had some body issues and decided to go under the knife. However, that decision almost cost her her life. Recovering from a body lift, Graziano ended up with an open wound right above her buttocks. She lost a lot of blood and suffered from a severe infection. A year after the body lift, she once again went under the knife, this time for a butt lift.
Brooke Hogan got her first taste of fame when cameras followed her famous wrestling father Hulk Hogan and the rest of her family as part of the hit reality show “Hogan Knows Best.” Brooke then became the star of her own reality show during her quest to launch a singing career. She also became the proud owner of new boobs after receiving a pair of implants. She said she went from a C cup to a D cup to make them more round and bouncy.
Tami Roman was brought in at the start of the second season of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” to shake things up and that she did. Her outspoken personality initially rubbed the other castmates the wrong way. Settling into her role as a reality show star again, Roman decided she needed a little help losing weight and signed up for some liposuction. The procedure and recovery were filmed as part of the show. This isn’t the first time Roman sought help to lose weight while starring on reality television. She had her jaw wired shut during her appearance on MTV’s “Real World.”
Heidi Montag made a name for herself by appearing on MTV’s “The Hills.” She did her best to remain in the public eye along with her husband and fellow reality show star Spencer Pratt. In 2007, Montag decided to upgrade her breasts with some implants. She followed that up with ten cosmetic procedures in one day, including another boob upgrade. Montag has talked about the decision to have so many procedures at one time and revealed that she almost died because she was administered too much Demerol.
Adrianne Curry will go down in history as the first winner of Tyra Banks’ modeling competition show “America’s Next Top Model.” After modeling for several magazines, Curry went on to appear in numerous game shows. In 2006, Curry decided to have surgery to fix her asymmetrical breasts. She revealed that after a miscarriage, one of her breasts grew a full two inches larger than the other one and the implants fixed the embarrassing problem.
Ashlee Simpson watched her big sister Jessica’s singing career skyrocket after starring on the MTV reality show “Nick and Jessica.” Hoping it would have the same effect on her own career, the younger Simpson got her own spin-off “The Ashlee Simpson Show,” which focused on her debut album. After having the cameras as part of her life for so long, Simpson decided to have a nose job, something she initially denied. Finally fessing up to the rhinoplasty, she told US Weekly magazine, “I was never really unhappy with how I looked, (and) I don’t think I am more beautiful than I was (before). I just see the same old goofy girl I see every day.”
Jenelle Evans made a name for herself on the reality show “Teen Mom 2” but she is also making a name for herself within the law enforcement community. Her first arrest came for breaking and entering in 2010 and she quickly padded her rap sheet with nine more jail visits. Despite all of her legal trouble, Evans still found time to get breast implants. She happily tweeted she went from a B cup to a full C and showed off her new assets decked out in a pink Victoria’s Secret bikini. Even though she discussed her body issues on the show, she has insisted she will not do any other form of plastic surgery.
Farrah Abraham used her fame from “Teen Mom” and is turning it into a career in the sex industry. After the release of her sex tape, for which she reportedly received a million-dollar deal, she quickly went under the knife to alter her appearance, including breast augmentation. Then as a 22nd birthday present to herself she upgraded her C cup to a D and replaced her saline implants with silicone ones. InTouch magazine reported that in three years, Abraham has spent almost $30,000 on a nose job, chin implant and two breast surgeries.
Kellie Pickler became a fan favorite during season five on the singing competition show “American Idol.” Her down home southern roots and girl-next-door charm helped her stay in the limelight after she left the show. When she returned as a guest performer on the show, host Ryan Seacrest couldn’t help but comment on her newly acquired breast implants. Judge Simon Cowell couldn’t resist as well, saying, “It’s like she’d gone to Dolly Parton school or something. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
Bruce Jenner is an Olympic gold medalist but he will probably be best known as the stepfather to the Kardashian clan. And his botched plastic surgery. In 1998, Jenner underwent a partial facelift and nose job. His appearances on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” have been turned into a goldmine of jokes on late-night television. In 2010, he once again went under the knife and received a second facelift to correct the first one. Four months after he announced he was separating from wife Kris Jenner, the 64-year-old allegedly undergone a tracheal shave to flatten his Adam’s Apple.
For a while, Dwight Eubanks was known as the sixth housewife on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” An original sidekick to NeNe Leakes, audiences were shocked during the taping of the reunion show when it was revealed he went under the knife for a penile implant. Former castmate Kim Zolciak made the revelation and ever the one to carry himself with grace and dignity, Eubanks explained the procedure and compared his penile implant to women’s breast implants, something several other “RHOA” castmates have first hand knowledge about.
There’s nothing wrong with a woman getting a little plastic surgery, especially after eight children. Reality show star Kate Gosselin has gone through a very nasty and public divorce and custody battle with former husband Jon. But when it came to revealing whether or not she’s gone under the knife, Gosselin has been less than forthcoming. While she has copped to receiving a tummy tuck, she has denied getting breast implants and blamed the bigger look on a good bra. She also denied having a botched Botox injection but who could blame her for that one.