Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has been in the public eye for decades and has managed to maintain an active career and win numerous awards. Although Annie clearly stays busy and takes care of herself, one thing she isn’t spending time on is plastic surgery.
New! Magazine has reported that The Eurythmics star has taken to her blog to write not a song, but a message urging women to stay away from plastic surgery. According to the magazine, Annie posted a message on Facebook calling Botox and other injectables “obvious” and “unappealing” and telling women to stop and think before rushing into procedures such as facelifts.
She then goes on to generically describe the appearance who overdo facelifts and injectables as frozen and swollen-looking, saying, “I really think people need to think very carefully before heading for the needle or the knife. If it were subtle and it just made you look a bit better it would be fine. But that’s not what happens. It’s very obvious, and looks like the person’s wearing a static mask. You just lose all semblance of authenticity. I don’t know why so many women seem to flock towards having their lips swollen and their foreheads stiffened like cardboard. It doesn’t make women look younger. It just makes them look disturbing… Plastic surgery looks very obvious and truly unappealing.”
Annie looks great for a 58-year old woman and she clearly hasn’t had any work. The fine lines and wrinkles of her face make her look interesting and happy, but she doesn’t have a lot of the sagging around her jowls that tend to make women her age seek out cosmetic surgery. Most likely Annie indulges in good skincare habits, using sunscreens on a daily basis as well as skincare products designed to prevent signs of aging. Many women don’t take good care of their skin, or have bad genes and so plastic surgery becomes a more viable treatment option than just preventive care.
It may interest Annie to learn that while the women she describes are victims of either too much plastic surgery or poorly performed procedures, when done right, plastic surgery can actually look so natural that no one suspects that it has even occurred. A more natural look can be done by using fewer injectable fillers or Botox at each session, to allow some natural movement in the face. Also, having only one or two procedures at a time over the course of time can also improve the results. Many women report having better self-esteem after plastic surgery, as they become more confident in their appearance.
While Annie doesn’t approve of plastic surgery for vanity, she isn’t against cosmetic surgery in all forms. In her post, she goes on to praise the work of reconstructive plastic surgeons that work miracles after a scarring injury.
“I’m totally in awe of the amazing ability to restructure a person’s face after they’ve been injured… That’s absolutely brilliant. It’s just the ubiquitous cosmetic procedures that seem to be fairly ‘normalised’ that I’m putting into question, where people attempt to look decades younger and it clearly doesn’t work.”
Actress Emma Thompson is one of the rare actresses that has played both beauties and fuglies in her time on the big screen. As Nanny McPhee she regularly transforms from an ugly hag into a beaming beauty by the end of the film, courtesy of movie magic. As magic doesn’t exist in real life, Emma has spoken out about the next best thing, plastic surgery.
54-year old Emma Thompson joined fellow actresses Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz to form the self proclaimed “British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League” back in 2011 and it seems that the Oscar winner has yet to change her position on the subject of plastic surgery and fillers and Botox and implants.
Despite the pressure of looking good in the entertainment industry, Emma says she would never bend on her stance against cosmetic surgery.
Via New! Magazine, Emma Thompson tells Graham Norton that plastic surgery is psychotic, “Look at me, I’m normal. I really wouldn’t do anything. It’s psychotic to have your body opened up and stuff put in and injecting yourself with poisons.”
As Emma seems to look better with every passing year, either she has found movie magic in real life, or she just takes really good care of her skin. Although she is not a member of the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League, Aussie actress Cate Blanchett has also been adamant in her stance against plastic surgery and instead says she uses sk II skincare products to help her skin recover and rejuvenate from the heavy makeup and occasional prosthetics she sports in her various roles. As Emma has the same opinion and similar work needs, she too probably uses excellent skincare products to keep her skin looking fresh.
While one of the best ways to look youthful without plastic surgery is to have perfectly white, straight teeth, which many actors achieve via dental veneers, Emma appears to have her own natural teeth, slightly imperfect as they are. Most likely at home teeth whitening products and devices help keep Emma’s smile in style.
It seems that Emma is always working on one project or another and she is currently busy promoting her upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks. The film is about the making of the classic family film, Mary Poppins, and Emma plays the book’s author, P. L. Travers as she meets with Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) to have her book transformed onto the big screen. Although it isn’t yet in theaters, the movie is already generating Oscar buzz for Tom Hanks, who has also been talked about for his title role in Captain Phillips, which was out earlier this year. It seems that after taking on comedies and dramas, Hanks has turned to biopics.
Emma looks terrific for any woman, let alone a Hollywood star staple. Maybe the next time she attacks plastic surgery, she could also let fans in on her secrets for staying so darn good looking as an alternative plan to going under the knife.
Lily Allen has a new video out and it is sparking all kinds of controversy. Amidst allegations of racism, the singer herself has spoken out what is really behind the video: a visit to a plastic surgeon.
The video for Lily Allen’s new single, Hard Out Here opens with Lily on an operating table, saying she’s had two children in response to a question about a woman’s body. Then the singing and dancing ensues.
In real life, Lily has had two children, which is why she has been out of the music scene for so long. But art imitating life doesn’t end there. After having her first child in 2011, Lily did pay a visit to a plastic surgeon as she was considering having plastic surgery on her newly changed body. Lily decided against the knife when the doctor recommended numerous procedures to reshape her thighs, buttocks, knees, back and stomach. Instead of plastic surgery, Lily ended up having a second child, but she still says that no one is immune to the pressure of looking good, even new mothers.
According to Lily, the video was supposed to represent the music industry’s representation of women only as objects of desire, as in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video and others of that ilk. However, Lily has taken heat for the video as the scantily clad dancers she cast are primarily black.
Lily has defended the video via her Twitter feed saying that race plays no part in the message, just the objectification of women. On her Twitter, Lily states:
“1. If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they’re wrong.
“2. If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of the colour of their skin, they’re wrong.
“3. The message is clear. Whilst I don’t want to offend anyone. I do strive to provoke thought and conversation.
“The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all.”
“4. If I could dance like the ladies can, it would have been my arse on your screens; I actually rehearsed for two weeks trying to perfect my twerk, but failed miserably.
“If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too, but I do not and I have chronic cellulite, which nobody wants to see.
“What I’m trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.
Lily then adds other points as well, which you can read on The Mirror’s website.
While there is no cure for conditions like cellulite, laser treatments can help reduce the appearance and can also help with other effects of pregnancy such as stretch marks. There are also more affordable cellulite treatments that come in a bottle or an at-home device as well.none
Although most men are notoriously shy when it comes to talking about hair loss, British singer Robbie Williams recently admitted in an interview that he had undergone a hair transplant. What is even more astounding is that the singer said he had the procedure done, although he didn’t really need it!
Although he is a British pop star and released an album entitled Take The Crown last year, Robbie Williams primarily lives in Los Angeles, which he says is partially responsible for his decision to undergo a plastic surgery procedure.
In an interview with Graham Norton, Robbie opened up his recent plastic surgery, telling the host:
“I’ve lived in LA for a long time and they say, ‘If you sit in a barber’s shop for long enough you’ll get a hair cut’.
“Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you’re going to get some surgery.
“I’ve had a thatch done, I’ll tell everyone now. I didn’t even need it, that’s the weirdest thing. I had like three months off and got bored so thought, I’ll go in.”
While Robbie’s hair has never appeared to be thinning, some photos of him with a very shaved head to indicated that his hair was thinner along the front of his head. Also, Robbie is careful to tell Graham Norton that he didn’t have a full hair transplant, just areas on the sides and front.
These days, Robbie has a blond streak in the front of his hair, reminiscent of the style popular in the late 90s and early 00s.
On his blog, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn explains the process that Robbie likely had done, which uses single follicles rather than strips in order to get more natural appearing results.
“Today, the most up-to-date technique is follicular unit extraction (FUE) which creates the tiniest scars and is usually performed with the Neograft system. Instead of doctors cutting a strip of scalp from the back of your head, he or she harvests the hairs one follicle at a time, leaving scars that can be virtually imperceptible.”
Other stars that have admitted to hair transplants in the past include former Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, while stars like Simon Pegg, Jeremy Piven and Matthew McConaughey are suspected of having gone under the knife for a hair transplant, but have never admitted to it. Other male stars that experience hair loss, including Jason Alexander and John Travolta prefer to rely on hairpieces to help enhanced their receding hairlines.
Before undergoing a hair transplant, which does involve some plastic surgery recovery time, many men and women first try products designed to stimulate hair growth, including shampoos, treatments, conditioners, serums, vitamins and even laser treatments. While not always effect, many of these products help slow hair loss and even reverse it without the expense of a hair transplant procedure.
If you do opt for a hair transplant, there are also products that can help enhance the results of your procedure.
If you spot photos of hunky Hugh Jackman wearing a bandage on his nose, know that the actor of both stage and screen hasn’t gotten a nose job, he’s just had a skin cancer removed and he’d like his interaction with the Big C to serve as a reminder to always wear sunscreen.
E!Online reports that Hugh Jackman shared a photo of himself with a bandage on his nose via Instagram, apparently after having had a skin cancer removed from his nose. Along with the photo, Jackman wrote, “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a [basal] cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”
The “Deb” Jackman refers to is his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, whom he credits with making him get his mark checked. In addition to the importance of wearing sunscreen, it is also important to visit a dermatologist to have any new spots or moles checked out. And it goes without saying that it is always important to listen to your wife when she tells you important things.
While the Australian actor isn’t known for his outdoorsy lifestyle as much as he is for his amazing buff bod, he does spend some time at the beach, showing off his hard work. While clothing affords some protection from the sun’s harsh rays, sunscreens provide a better barrier and wearing a hat can also help protect the face from the sun.
The sun not only causes cancer but is also responsible for premature aging, causing fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots.
45-year old Jackman is the latest celebrity to come out with warnings about skin cancer. In the past, other celebrities such as Eric Dane, Bruce Jenner, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson and Anderson Cooper have all been spotted with bandaged faces.
Bruce Jenner attributes his bouts with skin cancer to competitive water skiing in his formative years back in the 50s and 60s. Back then he says, nobody wore sunscreen. Now, Bruce and other boomers are finding spots that have turned out to be the early stages of skin cancer. Bruce says that he was diagnosed with a basal-cell carcinoma which appeared as a small red dot on his cheek. These days Bruce still loves playing outdoor sports, especially golf it seems, but he probably covers up a little more and wears sunscreens and hats when on the course or even practicing in his backyard.
Recently, supermodel and bikini afficiando Bar Refaeli shared photos of herself having a mole removed from her abdomen and later frolicking on a beach with bandage in the former location of the mole. Bar hasn’t said whether or not the mole was removed for medical reasons, but she likely wears sunscreen for preventative measures because there aren’t too many models that sport wrinkles, no matter how old they get.
No one is immune to the hazard of skin cancer, not even celebrities and supermodels.
While the weekends American Music Awards may not have quite as exciting as some of the year’s other awards shows, the stars still did their best to have their antics outshine even the sparkliest gowns. Oddly enough, at least two performers used four-legged friends to steal the show, although a little plastic surgery and makeup certainly helped as well.
The award for best red carpet entrance goes to Lady Gaga, who showed up on a “white horse” piloted by people, even stealing the scene from Miley Cyrus, who was mid-interview. Rather than hiding behind an outrageous mask, Gaga let her vehicle do the shocking part for her, revealing a fresh-faced look that was a refreshing departure from the usual headgear and allowed fans to see how makeup can help enhance, rather than hide Gaga’s natural beauty.
Although Gaga may have upstaged Miley’s red carpet, Miley nearly upstaged herself with a giant crying cat on a big screen that lip synced to Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” performance. The just turned 21 singer managed to keep the sexy moves to a minimum, instead letting the bizarre kitty behind set tongues wagging. Her Susan Powter-esque short cropped hair and leotard didn’t seem to indicate any new plastic surgery procedures.
Loved it or loathed it, it turns out that Katy Perry’s geisha-themed performance was the most controversial of the night. Katy opened the show with a performance of her new song, “Unconditionally.” Many took to Twitter and other forms of social media to say that Katy’s approbation of Japanese culture was insensitive and generally uncool, while others felt that her performance and copious amounts of makeup were respectful and paid homage to the famous beauties. Katy has said that she considered breast reduction in the past, but has clearly not gone under the knife yet.
Christina Aguilera showed off a newly svelte figure on the red recd carpet, a huge change from last year’s red carpet. Christina has been dropping pounds through diet and exercise and is looking much more like her former sleek self. Although she was channeling major glam, her makeup looked a little more natural than the big bold lips she usually favors, although her false eyelashes were clearly in evidence.
Taylor Swift has glimmered in gold, and it seems that the young star is just making sure that her dress matches her rewards. Like most music awards, Taylor racked up several through the night and ended up with a total of four. Taylor’s tiny mini with a sheer cutout panel didn’t reveal whether or not recent rumors of breast augmentation were true, but she did look the part of a young singer.
Jennifer Lopez took to the stage to remind fans that before she was a famous singer and actress, she was a dancer. Wearing a sheer and fringed leotard, Jennifer Lopez looked young and beautiful and managed to keep her cleavage up where it should be, despite wearing a skimpy plunging neckline after giving birth to twins. Her performance was a tribute to Cuban salsa performer Celia Cruz and Jennifer’s outfit certainly showed off her skills.none
Kim Kardashian was notoriously self-conscious about gaining a lot of weight during her pregnancy and has spoken often about how hurt she felt by the public’s commentary. Since giving birth, Kim has been diligent about losing the weight, dieting and exercising and showing off the results of her weight loss by returning to the very tight clothing she favors. Still, given her family history and her own personal comments about plastic surgery, many have said that the new mom’s weight loss is the result of cosmetic procedures, not natural methods of weight loss, comments which have apparently gotten back to the reality star and understandably upset her.
Kim has said that she has never had plastic surgery, despite recent revelations from an ex-husband who claims to have paid for her famous curves. Although Kim has admitted to trying Botox, she has since said she stopped after a bad reaction. It does seem that Kim still uses lip fillers and has probably also had her fair share of laser treatments, to remove everything from body hair to cellulite.
After reading rumors that her post-baby body is being attributed to plastic surgery, not hard work, Kim took to her Twitter page to put the rumors to rest.
“I am very frustrated today seeing reports that I got surgery to lose my baby weight! This is FALSE,” she wrote, via E!online.
“I worked so hard to train myself to eat right & healthy, I worked out so hard & this was such a challenge for me but I did it!!! I’m so proud of my accomplishment & NO ONE will take this away from me with fake reports!”
To further make her point, Kim added, “Say what u want about me but I work hard & am the most disciplined person u will ever meet!”
Last month Kim made an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno saying that she had lost 50 pounds since giving birth to baby North West back in June.
She told the host that all the nasty comments that were said during her pregnancy had an affect.
“It really hurt my soul,” she said. “There were these stories where I was, like, 200 pounds. I was gaining weight because I was pregnant and it was really hard to read all these stories and hear all these nasty things.”
Since slimming down, Kim has been loving showing off her curves, wearing thigh-hugging skirts as well as baring some major cleavage and even showing off her upper abs in trendy crop tops. She has also changed her beauty routine, lightening up both her hair and her famously caked on makeup.
Makemeheal.com is inclined to believe Kim’s claims of not having post-baby plastic surgery. Plastic surgery for moms is not typically recommended until a woman is done having children and Kanye and Kim are rumored to already be working on trying for baby number two.
However, in the past Kim has said that she would definitely want a mommy makeover to restore her breasts and stomach after having kids, so once all her bundles of joy have arrived, plastic surgery is probably not far off.
Tamar Braxton is the youngest sister of the talented Braxton Family. Since her singing career began to lag and her family reality show ended, Tamar has become one of the hosts of The Real talk show, alongside other stars including Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon and Tamera Mowry. Between starring on her own reality show, giving birth and recently releasing a Christmas album, Tamar is keeping herself busy. One thing she says she doesn’t have time for is plastic surgery.
In a recent interview with Ebony magazine, via Bossip.com, Tamara took time to discuss the many rumors surrounding her polished appearance.
Although in the past, Tamara has said that she has had any plastic surgery and definitely no nose job, in the interview she says that she did have work done on her nose, but that it was out of medical necessity, not for vanity.
Tamara says, “I don’t have plastic surgery. I never had plastic surgery. I had a nose procedure done because I had to. I had no cartilage in my nose, I have a piece of cartilage from my ear put into my nose. I had a medical procedure done. I have no plastic in my nose.”
She goes on to say that after revealing that she did have work on her nose, but doesn’t call the procedure a rhinoplasty, rumors ran rampant that the singer had also gotten Botox injections and injectable fillers. However, Tamara says that these implications are false and that she is all real and has nothing in her face or nose.
Tamara is also candid about her skin tone, which many consider too “light” to be natural. In the past she has said that she is naturally light-skinned and does not bleach her skin. In her interview with Ebony, Tamara expands further and says that she suffers from a skin condition, known as Vitiligo, and which she has had diagnosed. Vitiligo causes uneven skin tone, which Tamara says she treats not with bleaching, but with tanning so that her skin appears to be more evenly toned. She also adds that condition became worse and more noticeable with her recent pregnancy.
In the interview, Tamara does admit that if she doesn’t like the state of her breasts after giving birth—because they sag excessively—then she would most likely undergo a breast lift procedure to restore them to their original place.
It seems unlikely that Tamara’s pregnancy would actually cause her breasts to drop all the way to her “ankles” as she feared before having her baby back in June, but she would probably be relieved to find that recovery is a little easier after a breast lift with breast surgery recovery kit to help the healing process and reduce the appearance of scarring.
Tamara’s big sister, the more famous Toni Braxton has been rumored to have multiple plastic surgeries in the past, before her money woes. Toni has said that she has had breast implants and a nose job, so maybe she could give Tamara some advice if the younger Braxton opts to go under the knife.none
Although a talented singer songwriter in her own right, Tameka Cottle is probably better known for her role as rapper T.I.’s wife and co-star on the reality show T.I. and Tiny. Tameka’s nickname “Tiny” comes from her petite stature of just under 5,’ but there’s nothing small about her talent or some of her other assets. On such a small frame, plastic surgery is sure to be noticeable and the rumors have grown as Tiny’s fame increases.
Now Tiny Harris by marriage, Tiny was first introduced to the public back in 1992, she was a part of the platinum record selling group, Xscape. Tiny and her group have always been attacked for their appearance and before his death, Notorious B.I.G. even wrote a line in his song “Dreams.” Since then, Tiny has been through a lot in her personal and professional career, but her body has made some drastic physical changes over the years, which have not gone unnoticed by her fans.
While Tiny is still Tiny, her face is looking a little different than it used to, and it doesn’t seem to be the natural effects of aging. Instead, fans think that Tiny may be using facial fillers at the least but may have done more drastic changes as well, including a possible rhinoplasty as well as chin and cheek implants and even a possible eyelid surgery.
While Tiny has had four pregnancies (including a very tragic stillbirth), her body seems to get a lot curvier over the years, and in all the right places. While Tiny used to have tiny breasts, they seem to have grown considerably over the years, indicating a breast augmentation. Breast implants on a small frame tend to be obvious, but Tiny looks like she wanted her breast implants to be anything but tiny. Whether showcasing her cleavage or wearing a more covered but still fitted outfit, Tiny’s breasts take center stage.
Some think that Tiny has also undergone a buttocks augmentation, either using fat from her own body, like Kim Kardashian, or with buttocks implants. Either way, Tiny has certainly become significantly more curvy than she was in the early 90s.
On the other hand, having four kids over the years can also help put on the pounds and add curves, but with Tiny living under the microscope of reality television, fans seem to be noticing the changes more than ever.
Tiny has never opened up or admitted to plastic surgery or even denied the rumors, so it’s hard to say whether or not they are true. And while some detractors have compared Tiny to Lil Kim and said she is a plastic surgery addict, that seems to be an unlikely theory. With a husband that has been in and out of jail and with her own legal troubles and kids and stepkids to look after, it seems Tiny would be too busy to take time out for plastic surgery recovery.
Just hours after Instagramming her plastic surgery mole removal from the inside of a doctor’s office, supermodel Bar Refaeli was back to work. After saying “goodbye beauty mark” to a mole on her torso, Bar was back on the beach and back in her bikini. Although she did have a new accessory to go with her skimpy beach attire: a small bandage in the former location of the mole.
Bar Refaeli is one of the modern supermodels, who takes photos of herself in her daily life so that fans can see what she’s up to when she’s not on the pages of a magazine. This insight into her life apparently even includes undergoing minor surgery on November 12, as Bar shared a photo of herself on a medical table, covered in a blue sheet with a hole cut out on her torso, the former location of a mole that had appeared in countless bikini photos. For unknown reasons, the mole was taken off and just hours after she had shared photos of the mole coming off, Bar was back in her bikini, showing off her new bandage.
Although Bar never said whether she was having the mole taken off for medical reasons or for aesthetic reasons (maybe clients complained about Photoshopping the mole out of pictures?), she did accompany the original set of photos with the caption “goodbye beauty mark,” which The Daily Mail has taken to mean there was no medical necessity behind the procedure.
While moles are rather ironically referred to as “beauty marks,” some of them have become nearly as famous as the bodies of the celebrities they adorn. Many have wondered if 90s supermodel Cindy Crawford would still have been as successful if she didn’t have her trademark mole just above her upper lip. Cindy’s mole has remained throughout the bulk of her career and still exists on Cindy and has never been covered up or photoshopped as far as Makemeheal.com can tell, but there are other celebrities that have opted not to keep their famous sidekicks, whether for medical or personal aesthetic reasons. When Sarah Jessica Parker had the mole on her chin removed, only to have it later reappear, the media dubbed the conundrum “molegate” and ran a series of did she or didn’t she stories. Latin crooner Enrique Iglesias opted to have famous mole on his cheek removed, which upset fans greatly as they felt that it somehow altered his appearance, and not for the better. When actor Ewan MacGregor had some moles taken off of his forehead, he readily explained that it was for health reasons and that being fair and spending too much time in the sun was not a good idea.
To help prevent moles and other skin imperfections caused by the sun, it is commonly recommended that people wear sunscreens and hats to block the sun’s rays.
Maybe Bar should try modeling for a sunscreen company, rather than a bathing suit company in an effort to raise awareness about the harmful effects of too much sun exposure.none