Talking about plastic surgery is still considered something of a taboo, particularly for celebrities who face increasing pressure to look perfect, and for longer. Furthermore, the best work, from Botox to eye lifts, is generally considered to be that which prompts your friends to comment, ‘You look so well’, rather than ask, ‘What have you had?’, so there tends to be a wider culture of silence around getting work done.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that some stars may choose to keep their procedures under wraps, but there are several high-profile names – Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger among them – who have openly shared their viewpoints on going under the knife (and needle)…
Never one to withhold her opinion, Chrissy Teigen has openly joked about getting cosmetic surgery but says her trademark full cheeks are her own. While her widely documented comment: “Everything about me is fake,” was meant as a joke, the actress has had liposuction on her armpits, about which she has “no regrets, except it came back”.
Cindy Crawford has been open about having Botox in the past, telling the now defunct InStyle UK, “I owe the quality of my skin to my cosmetic surgeon.” “I’m not going to lie to myself, past a certain age, creams work on the texture of your skin but, in order to restore elasticity, all I can really count on is vitamin injections, Botox, and collagen,” she continued.
After having her fillers dissolved in 2017, Courtney Cox has learned to accept the ageing process. “Things are going to change,” she said. “I was trying to make [my face] not drop, but that made me look fake. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realise that fillers are not my friend.”
In an interview with People magazine, Bündchen revealed that she had a boob job after breastfeeding her children, but that she regrets it. “I was always praised for my body, and I felt like people had expectations from me that I couldn’t deliver,” the supermodel explained. “When I woke up, I felt like I was living in a body I didn’t recognise. For the first year I wore [baggy] clothes because I felt uncomfortable.”
Gwyneth Paltrow might be well known for her ‘clean beauty’ empire Goop, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had Botox and laser treatments in the past. “I’ve probably tried everything”, she said to Harper’s Bazaar US back in 2013. “I would be scared to go under the knife, but you know, talk to me when I’m 50. I’ll try anything. Except I won’t do Botox again, because I looked crazy. I looked like Joan Rivers!”
Jennifer Aniston tried Botox “once, and it wasn’t good”, but admits there’s massive pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. “[I’ve seen] women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves”, the actress explained to Harper’s Bazaar Australia. “I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting s**t into my face… I see them and my heart breaks. I think, ‘Oh god if you only know how much older you look.'”
Kate Winslet has been very vocal in the past about her aversion to cosmetic procedures. “It goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty,” the actress told The Telegraph. “I am an actress, I don’t want to freeze the expression of my face.”
“I was the first person to ever admit that I did Botox, and my mom was upset,” explained the supermodel Linda Evangelista to Harper’s Bazaar US. “I said, ‘Mom everybody does it,’ and she was like, ‘Yeah but they don’t say it.’ So if I was the first one to tell the truth about using it then, why would I lie about it now?”
Nicole Kidman used to have Botox but admitted that she’s since stopped because she had overdone the procedure and struggled to move her face. “I did try Botox, unfortunately, but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again,” the actress was reported as saying by The Huffington Post.
“I’m not into plastic surgery,” said Olivia Wilde to Byrdie. “I think a lot of the fillers freak me out, and Botox makes everyone look like a wax candle, kind of like Madame Tussaud–esque weird – I can’t get down with it.”
Despite seeming confident in her skin (surgery or no surgery), Renee Zellweger has faced backlash after rumours she had ‘overdone’ procedures like Botox and fillers. Harper’s Bazaar reported a particularly painful moment when the actress overheard London commuters saying, “Hollywood ladies are so silly, especially that Renée Zellweger,” for having tweakments.
“I don’t know if I would never get plastic surgery. I’m not planning on it right now,” explained Salma Hayek to People. “I don’t really take big risks when it comes to beauty and I think a big risk is plastic surgery.” As for Botox, though, she’s adamantly against it: “I don’t believe in Botox, especially when [people] do it so young… They keep telling young girls, ‘Do it young, so you never get wrinkles.’ No, your face is going to fall. You’ll have to keep getting more and more and more each time. So if you’re going to do it, I recommend doing it as late as you can.”