The most successful celebrities embody perfection and fantasy as if it’s a tangible reality. Between expensive wardrobes and daily appearances, popular celebrities advertise flawlessness as accessible for the hardworking average human. How many celebrity fashion spreads hang on the walls of young girls and women across the world? Undeniably, we try to “dress for less” or apply the same beauty techniques, mimicking our favorite celebrity style icons. But there’s one thing that the mainstream fails to acknowledge when promoting the beauty of popular female celebrities. The majority had “work done” and plastic surgery remains a well promoted industry standard.
There’s nothing wrong with plastic surgery or trading “god-given” for “man-made.” As high-priced weaves, relaxers, and make-up reign supreme, it’s no surprise that those, who can afford it, would have their bodies shaped and sculpted. It’s questionable if a black female artist could even reach mainstream success without the above beauty sacrifices. Broad noses, Afros, less than perky breasts, A-cups, and non-figure 8 stomachs are not welcome in this industry. The Lauryn Hills, Erykah Badus, and India Aries are only one in a few.
Looking at the most popular black female celebrities, just about all have gotten “work done.” Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Kelly Rowland placed their natural beauty on the sacrificial altar long ago. While some have gotten nose jobs and breast lifts, others have gotten breast and butt implants. But apart from Kelly Rowland, the others rarely will admit to “polishing” their image under the knife.
Perhaps, it’s none of our business. Considering that each of these artists depend on their physical appearances to sell records and brands, admitting to such a drastic physical alteration might be the equivalent to career suicide. Undeniably, these women are gorgeous, both prior and after surgery. But it does feel like this unspoken secret allows brands and celebrities to hoodwink the majority of young girls and women into believing they can look like THAT.
Unless you have similar wealth, your weave will never look as natural, your perm won’t last as long, your make-up won’t look photo-shopped, your breasts won’t naturally sit up, your nose won’t slim, and your stomach won’t flatten (without countless hours and a professional trainer at the gym). But maybe celebrities assist us in recognizing our natural beauty. After all, it’s a far greater accomplishment to look naturally stunning than “unnaturally made.”