When you type “Jennifer Hawkins” into Google, the suggested term that follows is “plastic surgery”.
Hawkins, the 30-year-old former Miss Universe who went on to find a self-tanning empire and work as the host of Australia’s Next Top Model, is accused of getting work done by so many people, so regularly, that late last week the Australian Women’s Weekly took it upon themselves to flat-out ask her about it.
She responded like this:
“When someone says ‘under the knife’ I don’t have a reaction. Everyone in the industry gets that. That’s fine. I’m cool with that. I’m cool with people having an opinion, but as I said, I am happy with who I am as a person and really just want to live my life. I can’t live my life around what other people say. They just don’t get me, that’s how I take it.”
The media reaction was instant. The Daily Telegraph ran with the headline “Jennifer Hawkins denies having plastic surgery”, tweeting “You be the judge” from their Sydney Confidential account with the following image:
— Sydney Confidential (@SydConfidential) May 2, 2014
As Hawkins herself points out, for several years now, people have had a lot to say about her face both publicly and privately and it would be disingenuous to put it all down to jealousy. We’re not going to republish a bunch of vicious and anonymous social media snark but this one from Sydney fashion designer Tali Jatali posted on Facebook some months ago accurately sums up the mood: “If u put more stuff in ur lips Jen Daffy is going to want to date you.”
So why is there so much nastiness aimed at celebrities like Jennifer Hawkins and Nicole Kidman (who provoked a similar reaction eight years ago when she too denied having any work on her face and insisted her flawless skin was due to “sunscreen”)?
Is it the fact their faces appear so different or is it simply the denial that riles people up?
I was born with my father’s lips – thin, shapeless, lizardish — and so a few years ago I bought my mother’s. Several years of braces didn’t give me a mouth I liked, but a few rounds of Restylane (an injectable filler used to plump up lips) certainly did. I can wear lipstick now. I can crack a smile in photographs. Sure, it’s a little bit of financial indulgence but it’s worth it because I love my lips.