"I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have. I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification."
That's a quote from Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga, in a 2011 interview with Harper's Bazaar. How interesting to put that kind of statement out there, when the photo evidence says otherwise!
The thing is, her wardrobe is so outrageous that you don't really notice the changes to her face over the years. Unlike other celebs, who have to rely on makeup and haircuts to distract people from their enhancements, Gaga's always been known for her outlandish costumes. It also makes it much harder to see what's changed when half the time, she's going around like this:
Or this (!!!):
Yep, those are face horns, and she insisted they were natural. "I have never had plastic surgery. [The protrusions are] not prosthetics, they're my bones." Right. Clearly, nothing she says on this subject can be trusted!
But I'll let you decide—let's take a look at her beauty evolution:
Lady Gaga in 2004
This is Lady Gaga when she was still Stefani, at a high school semi-formal. You'd never guess that she was about to become a pop icon just a few years later!
Lady Gaga in 2005
By 2005, she was starting her music career and had a Katy Perry-meets-Ashlee-Simpson thing going on. Apparently, this was THE look for aspiring female musicians back then. But since the others already had this style locked down, Stefani decided to transform into Lady Gaga. (Every pop star needs a gimmick, right?)
Lady Gaga in 2008
Ah, that's more like the Lady Gaga we know! This shot really gives you a good look at her natural nose and lips. Her skin is also super-tanned at this point. I think she later had cosmetic dental work done, as there's a bit of unevenness at the bottom of her two front teeth. Not that you'd notice with those lashes!
Remember this Little Red Riding Hood costume? Also, take a good, long look at her nose, because things are about to change.
Lady Gaga in 2009
By 2009, Gaga's nose was looking a little narrower. Could be the angle, or it could be her first procedure. She's still working the fake tan and heavy lashes. Aside from those, I actually liked this era—her style was so fun back then!
Lady Gaga in 2010
Things took a turn for the theatrical starting in 2010. The hair is a wig, of course, and Gaga is wearing so much makeup that we can't really tell what has changed—if anything—about her face. Her one eyebrow is doing that "Spocking" thing, which is usually from Botox, but maybe it's just makeup. She was only 24 at this time.
Lady Gaga in 2011
Here we get to see the side profile of her nose, which looks so similar to 2008. There's even the same little bump! So if she did already have cosmetic work, it was super-subtle and customized. Possibly even NON-surgical (with injections), which would explain why the shape keeps changing.
But then, Lady Gaga went MIA for a while, disappearing from the public eye, only to emerge a year later...
Lady Gaga in 2012
It's a whole new Lady Gaga! A pretty Gaga. The darker hair colour and sophisticated makeup give her a dramatic new look... but does she have a brand new nose as well? The next shot indicates yes...
Lady Gaga in 2013
Look at her profile. The bump is gone, and her nose is perfectly straight now! Again, this could be a nose job. But it is also possible to achieve temporary results like this with injections.
From the front, Lady Gaga also looks different as well. Amazing skin, first of all—you really notice that with the contrast of the dark wig, and without the fake tan. The tip of her nose looks definitely looks more refined, and her eyes are more open (although that could simply be from not having false lashes on).
Wait—is this Heidi Montag? OMG! Suddenly, Gaga is platinum blonde, with what looks like filler in her cheeks (and possibly lips). If she was going for a 'Girls Next Door' look, she succeeded! In this picture, it's also very evident that she has a tinier nose. I could even make a case for a chin implant or filler, since that area is now protruding.
Update: Lady Gaga in 2014
Lady Gaga adopted a sophisticated identity for 2014. This chignon and soft makeup are such a departure for her! Look closely at her brows, and you'll notice that they have an unnatural lift at the outer edges. Botox or just makeup?
Update: Lady Gaga in 2015
One of my favourite looks is this grey hair and green eyeshadow combo from 2015, when Lady Gaga was 29. Her style is still "out there," but it has an elegance that wasn't there before, you know? Notice how petite her nose looks now, and how her teeth are whiter and more straight.
Update: Lady Gaga in 2016
The following year saw Lady Gaga go through a Marilyn Monroe-esque phase, often wearing her platinum blonde in vintage waves. Her skin is SO perfect! Again, I think there's probably filler in her cheeks, making her face look quite sculpted. The same goes for her nose.
Update: Lady Gaga in 2017
Gaga's style has been more relaxed lately—I like it! Here, the dark brows and messy hair give her a whole new vibe, and her features have a nice balance (thanks to the nose work). But there is ZERO chance I'd recognize her as the same person from 10 years ago!
So was she 'Born This Way?' I say no! The evidence is clear—at minimum, Lady Gaga has had cosmetic work on her nose.
"Lady Gaga looks as though she may have had a non-surgical nose job," Dr. McCoy Moretz told Hollywood Life. "This would involve fillers, such Juvederm or Radiesse, and Botox. The Botox can be used to lift the tip of the nose, and the fillers can be used to smooth irregular contours. Overall, her nose looks better."
But that's not all. "[Before], Lady Gaga's chin looks recessive," he added. "[Now], her chin appears to be more full and more proportioned to her face. This could have been done with fillers. Her cheeks also look fuller, which could be the result of fillers as well. Overall, I think she looks better than before."
So Gaga might actually be telling the truth when she says that she's never had plastic surgery. But injectables that change your facial features still aren't what you'd expect from a guru for "self-acceptance." Do you agree?
How do you feel about Lady Gaga's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?