Just when tongues everywhere are wagging about certain celebrities who may have gone under the knife, Pretty Woman star, Julia Roberts has come forward to dish about saying no to a facelift. The actress who turned 47 today, told a U.K. journalist that deciding not to have cosmetic surgery could have been a disastrous career move.
“By Hollywood standards,” said Roberts, who wowed fans in movies like Erin Brockovich, Mystic Pizza, and Sleeping With the Enemy, “I guess I’ve already taken a big risk in not having had a face-lift.” While Roberts only appears to grow more beautiful with time, others celebrities do not seem willing to take the same risk.
Most celebrity fans have heard the hype about Renee Zellweger. The 45-year-old actress sparked a maelstrom of speculation and criticism when she made an appearance at last week’s Elle magazine event. It seems that her facial features had changed drastically causing some to wonder what she had done.
While fans talked of plastic surgery, media outlets printed stories quoting Zellweger’s denial,”I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.” Some plastic surgeons have come forward to declare that she has had cosmetic surgery and to describe the procedures in detail. Others attribute the change in her features to weigh loss.
Then there is Kylie Jenner. The 17-year-old has grown tired of people speculating about the size of her lips. Some claim that she has had multiple surgeries. In pictures her lips seem noticeably larger than they were a year ago but the youngest member of the reality TV clan recently revealed her dismay on Twitter posting, “Just talk about something new at least. I’m bored.”
It seems that the gossip and the criticism will continue to swirl. No one can really be sure if these celebrities, as well as many others who deny going under the knife, have had cosmetic surgery. Lots of fans and celebrities alike are, like Kylie, bored with the conversation and saddened by the culture that makes women feel that they have to stubbornly hold on to their youthfulness in order to be successful.
Not so for Julia Roberts who may or may not have taken a risk by saying no to a facelift. Most of her fans do not know or do not care whether she has had plastic surgery. In 2000, 2002, and in 2005, Roberts was voted one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. In 2006, she was named one of the “100 Most Beautiful People.”
Roberts, who has served as a spokesperson for Lancome beauty products since 2009, also informed the You magazine reporter that she told Lancome that she wants, “…To be an aging model. They have to keep me for at least five more years until I’m over 50.” While some celebrities might turn to surgical procedures and cosmetic enhancements, in order to keep her youthful good looks, Roberts emphasizes taking things lightly, de-cluttering her life, and finding peace in emotional and mental lightness. “That, she says, is happiness.” Julia Roberts, at least for the time being, is definitively saying no to a facelift.
By Constance Spruill