The Oscar-winning actress and activist, who once launched a workout video empire (and famously battled bulimia for much of her younger years), admits her looks are not all good genes and good luck.
“I’m glad I look good for my age, but I’ve had plastic surgery,” she says in a new HBO documentary about her life, titled Jane Fonda in Five Acts. “I’m not going to lie about that.”
Fonda has been open in the past about why she got work done on her eyes and jawline. “I got tired of looking tired when I wasn’t,” she’s said. Still, in the documentary, she admits she feels bad about wanting to do it.
“On one level, I hate the fact that I’ve had the need to alter myself physically to feel that I’m OK,” she says. “I wish I wasn’t like that. I love older faces. I love lived-in faces. I loved Vanessa Redgrave’s face. I wish I was braver. But I am what I am.”
Though the actress thought she’d “never, ever” get plastic surgery, the breast augmentation she had after she turned 30 turned out to be “f—ing awesome.” “[I] always thought plastic surgery was caving in to ‘the man,’ you know? But it came down to a really simple thing: I wanted to fill out a bikini,” she told Women’s Health. “
While the rapper doesn’t regret getting butt injections at the age of 21, she did admit that the $800 procedure was “the craziest pain” she ever experienced. “They don’t numb your ass with anything,” Cardi B told GQ about getting the injections done in a basement in Queens. “I felt like I was gonna pass out … And it leaks for, like, five days.”
Banks has never been afraid to tell it like it is, and when it comes to plastic surgery, she doesn’t shy away from the truth. “I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves,” she told PEOPLE. In the memoir she cowrote with her mother, Perfect Is Boring, the supermodel opened up about getting a nose job early in her career. “I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
The Vanderpump Rules star, who has been open about his three nose jobs, is surprisingly candid about his relationship to plastic surgery. “I embrace it,” Taylor told PEOPLE. “Huge fan, not afraid to talk about it.” (His costar, Scheana Marie, feels the same way, opening up about getting Botox every two-and-a-half months. “I can’t stand having forehead wrinkles on camera,” she said.)
The Big Bang Theory star is done hiding her past plastic surgeries — and wants people to know she doesn’t regret it. Cuoco opened up to Women’s Health about her past procedures, telling the magazine that she’s had rhinoplasty, a breast augmentation and fillers in her neck. She said getting the surgeries was the “best thing I ever did.” Cuoco stressed that you should only do it for yourself, but that it can make a person feel great. “As much as you want to love your inner self, I’m sorry, you also want to look good,” she said. “I don’t think you should do it for a man or anyone else, but if it makes you feel confident, that’s amazing.”
NICOLE 'SNOOKI' POLIZZI
The Jersey Shore star refuses to be ashamed of her decision to get breast implants and a breast lift. “Being a mom, your boobs are destroyed after having kids, especially breastfeeding,” she said in a #MomsWithAttitudeVideo. “I want to be hot for my husband, but I also want to feel great about myself, and it was an insecurity that I had.” The mom of Lorenzo and Giovanna revealed that she’s now a “nice full C.” (She didn’t want to go as big as pal and fellow mom JWoww; “She’s the porn star, and I’m just the regular cute person,” Polizzi said.)
While she didn’t admit to any specific procedures, the former Friends star got surprisingly candid about aging and the pressure to keep up her appearance. “I have done things that I regret and luckily there are things that dissolve and go away. So that’s good because it’s not always been my best look,” Cox said on Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Her new philosophy is simple: “Now I have a new motto, just let it be,” she said.
The fashion industry icon, who recently launched a skincare line, has openly admitted to undergoing a few procedures over the years, including fillers. To Brinkley, the key is not taking it too far. “If you want to look refreshed, it has to be with a light hand,” she told NewBeauty. “It’s one of the biggest mistakes when people deliberately go for that ‘done’ appearance — to each his own, obviously, but that’s not good.” Choosing a doctor you feel comfortable with is also essential, she said. “It’s important to choose the right doctor if you want to do anything along those lines. Don’t change your face; maybe just change a wrinkle or two that’s bothering you. You still should look like you.”
The Don’t Be Tardy star no longer feels like hiding her plastic surgery past. “I will always nip and tuck if I feel the need to do so,” she told E! News. “I’m open about it. I don’t care.” Zolciak-Biermann said she’s had a boob job, tummy tuck and Botox injections. Recently, Zolciak-Biermann was spotted with a pair of new lips, after having documented a visit to her Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Kassabian, on Snapchat.
HEIDI (MONTAG) PRATT
“I was in way over my head with the surgeries,” the former Hills star, who once admitted to undergoing 10 cosmetic procedures in one day, tells PEOPLE. “I had no idea what I was getting into or that it was a lifelong commitment. It was very challenging both physically, emotionally spiritually, mentally, on my husband and on our lives.” But Pratt has come to terms with all the procedures: “I don’t want to say I regret it 100 percent because I’ve tried to grow from it.”
In 2015, the Australian rapper opened up about her breast enhancement surgery – and why she decided to go public with it. “I’d feel better not to have some secret,” she said. “I just feel it’s freer to just say it, and then you don’t have to worry about if anyone is gonna dig up things.” Azalea recently shared a photo of the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, who is responsible for her breast augmentation. “He is the reason I have fabulously perky boobs … (LOL),” she captioned the post.
The actress, who had plastic surgery to correct a deviated septum that interfered with her breathing, wanted her fans to know she had the procedure exclusively for health-related reasons. Rather than denying the mounting rumors, Tisdale came clean: “I want my fans to know the truth. I’m not someone who is going to act like I had nothing done. I just want to be honest because my fans are everything to me,” she said.
“I have had breast implants, but it’s so funny ’cause it’s not a secret. I could care less,” the reality star divulged in a 2010 interview. She then mocked a tabloid for getting the timeline of the procedure completely wrong: “It’s so funny because the ‘before’ picture that they showed was after I had my boob job, so I’m like, they should have written ‘before Mason’ and ‘after Mason.’ My boobs have tripled since breastfeeding.”
For years, the comedian struggled with low self-esteem and spoke out about the pressure placed on women performers to look perfect. When she was 26, Griffin had her nose done because she had been told repeatedly, “You would be pretty if it weren’t for that nose. You’d work more if it weren’t for that nose.” In her 2009 memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, she revealed that complications from a liposuction procedure almost killed her. She wrote: “I want women to know that this is what lipo looks like. Like, are you sure you don’t want to just work out a little more?”
“It’s better to be honest if you can. There is a lot in Hollywood that is not as it seems,” the actress told PEOPLE in 2003 after getting a tummy tuck and breast reduction surgery. “It’s really not fair, the image we present to the world. Women shouldn’t look at people they see on TV and compare themselves to them, because you aren’t seeing those women the way they really are.”
Not only do we appreciate celebrities who are honest about how plastic surgery can perpetuate myths of the “perfect” body and the “ideal” face, we love Osbourne for coming clean about one crucial detail for anyone considering going under the knife – it hurts like hell. “If anybody says their face-lift doesn’t hurt they’re lying. It was like I’d spent the night with an ax murderer. They take your ears off and put them back on,” she told PEOPLE in 2003.
For the former Friends actress, her high school nose job was truly “life-altering. I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous,” she told The Saturday Evening Post in 2013. “I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn’t know how hideous I looked before.” While we don’t love Kudrow referring to her teen self as hideous, we’re glad she’s still pleased with the decision almost four decades later.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
Curtis got honest about her cosmetic procedures in the hopes of dissuading women from making the same mistake. “I’ve done it all. I’ve had a little plastic surgery. I’ve had a little lipo. I’ve had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it,” she told More magazine in 2002. “All of these ‘bettering’ experiences are not without risk.”
The rocker copped to her nose job on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2014, claiming that she wasn’t getting any of the parts she auditioned for because of her “schnoz.” “Yeah I got my nose fixed,” she said, owning her choice while disparaging the industry that made her get it. “In six months, the whole world changed.”