For as long as Hollywood has been around, there has been a demand for making sure people will love you (whatever that means). And though it wasn’t as commonplace in the early 1900s as it is today, making certain “changes” to yourself has caught on quickly.
It’s hard to imagine the beautiful, classic celebrities of old Hollywood taking these measures, but it happened more than you’d think. Marilyn Monroe, for example, had various procedures done such as a nose job and a hairline electrolysis to make her hairline higher. Other actresses who had work done include Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich. However, as time has gone on, these types of enhancements have gotten more and more popular and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in Hollywood who hasn’t done it at least once. While it has a negative connotation, it’s not an inherently bad thing, but there are a lot of people who take it way too far.
Though there are many men in Hollywood who have gotten enhancements, it’s safe to say that women are more likely to get work done than men. This makes sense because in Hollywood, women are generally only relevant until they reach the age of about 35 and it’s downhill from there – at least according to Hollywood’s standards. Even the most beautiful women in the world are ridiculed about their looks and there are many who have become so consumed with achieving perfection that they will do anything to reach it. Unfortunately for them, the quest for perfection is a hopeless one – but that still doesn’t stop them from trying! Here’s a list of the 15 most expensive celebrity transformations!
15. Tweaked, Stretched, And Peeled
When Sharon Osbourne first started dating her future husband, Ozzy Osbourne, she was his manager – who only started representing him after he had been fired from Black Sabbath which was managed by her father. She has since explained that the reason she started getting work done was because she didn’t feel that she was pretty enough to be dating a rockstar. Since 1978, she has gotten a variety of surgeries such as gastric bypass, rhinoplasties, facelifts, leg lifts, arm lifts, and Botox injections and admitted that there isn’t much left of her body that hasn’t been, “tweaked, stretched, peeled, lasered, veneered, enhanced or removed altogether.” In 2012, she decided that enough was enough and she would never go through another procedure again but up until that point, she had spent a whopping $200,000 on her looks.
14. Blac Chyna Wants To Be A Kardashian
Blac Chyna has always been a celebrity by association, first with her engagement to Tyga (before he left her for Kylie Jenner) and then her friendship with Amber Rose (who is also a celebrity by association thanks to Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa) but she became a household name when she started dating Rob Kardashian. The two started dating, then Chyna was pregnant. They were engaged, she had the baby, then they broke up…all in about a year’s time. Whenever Rob has been dumped in the past, he has never taken it well, first with Rita Ora and then with Adrienne Bailon, and Blac Chyna was no different.
Rob took to Twitter and Instagram to rant about his ex, and included some private pictures and videos that should never have seen the light of day. He also stated that he had dropped about $100,000 on enhancements for her after she had given birth. Though it’s important to take everything that Rob says with a grain of salt, it does seem very plausible that a lot of money was spent on Chyna’s new figure, especially considering how quickly she lost all of the baby weight.
13. Pete Burns Is Frankenstein
Though Pete Burns first rose to prominence thanks to his band Dead or Alive’s 1984 single “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”, he is much better known today for his wild looks. Burns spent decades trying to reach what he called “physical perfection” and claimed to have had about 300 surgeries in all (totally about $40,000), many of which were corrective surgeries for botched procedures. He went so far that he began to see holes in his skin and if he “so much as touched my face there would be an audible hissing and out onto the mirror would vomit this yellow fluid.” To make this all the more terrifying, Burns also acknowledged that his look was monstrous, saying, “I’ve got staples, nuts, bolts, stitches, the whole lot. I’m Frankenstein.” He was also famous for saying, “I hope when I’m 80 and I get to heaven God doesn’t recognize me.” He passed away in 2016 at the age of 57.
12. Lil’ Kim, Is That you?
After the rapper spent over $20,000 on surgery and skin lightening, it’s hard to even recognize Lil’ Kim anymore! Lil’ Kim has been in the spotlight since the 1990s but disappeared for a year while she served some time in prison. In 2009, Lil’ Kim was back and she has become more and more unrecognizable with each passing day, first with breast implants, nose jobs, cheek implants, and lip injections. However, her most shocking transformation which she debuted on Instagram, involved a full body skin lightening which made her skin look much lighter. She may not be the first celebrity to undergo a skin lightening procedures, she is one of the few to completely change her skin tone from black to white–along with Michael Jackson and Sammy Sosa. We may not know why she decided to change her skin tone but we do know that she looks straight up terrifying.
11. There’s Always Room For Moore Improvement
Demi Moore was never one to be shy about her body, starting with her rise to prominence after posing nude for a magazine in the early 80s. However, for many years she attributed her youthful glow to good genes rather than numerous surgeries. Though she is still naturally gorgeous, it’s obvious that she’s gotten at least a bit of work done. She finally came clean about her surgeries, admitting that she had spent close to $500,000 on breast implants, face lifts, Botox, and she even removed the wrinkles on her knees with laser treatment. Though she built her career on talent as well as beauty, it’s still tough for a female celebrity to stay relevant after the ripe old age of 30. Moore has said that she believes that these various procedures have helped to continue her career in Hollywood.
10. What Happened To Heidi?
Heidi Montag has recently been back in the spotlight since she just gave birth to her first child with her hubby Spencer Pratt – who despite their villainous roles on The Hills are the only couple still together from the show. But we will never forget when Montag made headlines in 2010 when she debuted her new makeover after undergoing ten surgeries in only one day. Among her many surgeries, she got a chin reduction, an eyebrow lift, two breast enlargements, cheek implants, and others which totalled to about $1 million! In 2013, Montag admitted that she got breast reduction after her size F breasts when they started to give her back problems. Now, almost eight years later, The Hills star said that she regrets spending so much money on these procedures and she and Pratt both wish that they hadn’t blown their $10 million fortune on frivolous things.
9. Foxy Lady
Megan Fox was already considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood when she first started making changes to her appearance, and though she still looks gorgeous, she doesn’t have the same natural beauty that she had at the beginning of her career. With a total of three nose jobs, breast implants, lip injections, cheek fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and Botox, she is rumored to have spent about $60,000 on her new looks. While she was silent about her procedures for years, she finally came clean in the funniest way possible in her “Things You Can’t Do with Your Face when You Have Botox” Facebook photo album. Her album included photos of her trying to furrow her brow which made her forehead look like ripples in a pond. It’s hard to believe that someone as naturally beautiful as Fox would change her looks so drastically, but Hollywood has a way of making even the prettiest people feel like they’re not pretty enough.
8. Good Genes?
As the matriarch of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, Kris Jenner has an image to maintain and she does this through A LOT of cosmetic surgery. The 61-year-old “momager” has admitted to getting multiple procedures done including Botox, fillers, tummy tucks, butt lifts, and breast implants which she got way back in the 80s because, according to her, “‘gravity took over” after having four children. However, in order to rack up a bill between $75,000-$1 million on enhancements, she has definitely gotten more work done that she hasn’t been honest about. However, when a celebrity builds their brand on a certain image, they need to maintain it in order to stay relevant and sometimes celebrities take it way too far. It seems to run in the family.
7. The Cat Woman
At this point, Jocelyn Wildenstein (aka “Cat Woman”) is known more for her numerous cosmetic procedures than anything else. The New York City socialite got her first surgery done in 1978 after she married a French billionaire and, according to her, she wanted to look like a cat because her husband loved big cats. For the past forty years, she’s never given up on her dream to look like a cat and has spent about $400,000 on her face alone. In total, she’s spent about $2 million on surgeries altogether though after she divorced her billionaire husband in 1999, she was prohibited from using any of the alimony toward cosmetic surgery. $2 million is a lot to spend on body modification in one lifetime but Kylie Jenner has spent that much in only a few years! Kylie had better watch out because this may be her future.
6. It Runs In The Family
Like her children Kylie and Kendall, Caitlyn Jenner has had a lot of work done but her surgeries were a little bit different than her daughters’. In 2015, Jenner revealed her new look on the cover of Vanity Fair which has since become iconic and though she looks great, it took some effort to get there. There are rumors that she actually spent $4 million on her new look but her bill was probably somewhere in the neighborhood of about $700,000 to $1 million. Her enhancements include cheek implants, an Adam’s apple shave, brow lifts, Botox, liposuction, eyelid lifts, breast augmentation, a rhinoplasty, and a 10-hour facial feminization procedure which softened her features. Caitlyn Jenner has said that it was all totally worth the effort and the money and her love for plastic surgery seems to run in the family…
5. Cher Wants To Turn Back Time
Cher has been in the business for over 50 years and even though she’s 71 years old, she’s still known as a fashion and beauty icon. The musician, model, actress, author, and director has been very open about her mission to look young and fit and isn’t at all embarrassed to admit that she has spent about $750,000 on cosmetic surgeries and procedures. What many people do not know about facelifts is that they have to be regularly maintained with various treatments including Botox and facials–and all of those treatments can add up quickly! According to the Oscar-winning actress, she doesn’t have a problem with people knowing that she got work done, saying, “Yes, I have had a facelift, but who hasn’t? I have become the plastic surgery poster girl.” While $750,000 may seem excessive, how many 71-year-olds do you know that look this good?
4. She Transformed Right In Front Of Our Eyes
There are few celebrities more famous for cosmetic surgery than Kylie Jenner. Considering that she’s been in the public eye since she was a baby, it’s obvious to see that she’s undergone a major transformation that took a little bit more than going through puberty. Though we don’t know exactly what work she’s had done, it’s safe to say that she’s gotten lip fillers (obviously), a nose job, cheek implants, breast implants, butt implants, a chin augmentation, and eye lifts. All of these surgeries (and possibly more) add up to around $2 million! Considering that Kylie has built her brand on her image, keeping up her appearance only helps her make more money. However, considering that she’s only 20 years old, she may regret the upkeep of these procedures later on in life. But, hey, with parents like Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner, it’s clear that it’s in her blood.
3. “You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!”
Dolly Parton is famous for saying, “You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap” and she wasn’t kidding. The iconic country singer has spent thousands (at least $25,000) on her look and, to be honest, she has probably lost track of how many surgeries she’s had and how much money she’s spent on them and so have we. However, she stands by her belief that if these enhancements can make you more confident, then you should go for it–even if you’re in your 70s. Over the past several decades, the “Jolene” singer has gotten everything from breast implants to facelifts, nose jobs to brow lifts, chin augmentation to eyelid surgeries–and she has not planned on stopping anytime soon! According to Parton, “If I see something saggin’, baggin’, or draggin’, I’m gone have it nipped, tucked, or sucked!”
2. She’s Not The Kim We Used To Know
Of course the Queen of the Kardashian clan has gotten work done and though she hasn’t been completely honest about it, we know that she probably has gotten at least one nose job, breast implants, liposuction, a lifted hairline (to get rid of flyaway hairs), cheek implants, Botox, a but lift, a tummy tuck, lip injections, and a chin augmentation. Though we don’t know exactly how much she has spent on these procedures over the years, it’s fair to say that it’s just as much, if not more, than Kylie Jenner which would put her at the $2 million range. There are models all over the world who are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to look like Kim Kardashian and this stuff is not cheap–not to mention the upkeep! All of the Kardashians (and Jenners) have gotten work done and Kim is definitely no exception!
1. How Many New Noses?!
Michael Jackson caused major controversy for years because of his appearance and he is said to have gotten at least 100 surgeries just on his face. These procedures included multiple nose jobs (he had four by 1986), a chin augmentation, cheek implants, a forehead lift, eye lifts, brow lifts, and skin bleaching in order to hide a severe case of vitiligo. Jackson changed his appearance multiple times over a span of about two decades and they had a price tag of about $1 million. It’s easy for anyone in the public eye to get caught up in the idea of physical perfection but perfection is just an illusion and trying to attain it is a slippery slope. As you can see by most of the celebrities on this list, their quest for perfection never ends and can never truly make anyone happy.
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