Love her or loathe her, Kim Kardashian is an example of the lengths some celebrities go to in order to "improve" their appearance.
We may not all agree on whether Scarlett Johansson had a nose job, or if Blake Lively had eyelid surgery—but looking at Kim, there's no question that she's undergone cosmetic enhancement. Multiple times!
It's just a matter of what, where and when. Let's take a closer look at her beauty transformation, shall we?
Kim in 2006
In 2006, Kim was 26 and just starting to hit the paparazzi circuit alongside her then-BFF Paris Hilton. She did learn from the best! Her hair and makeup are way more natural than the way she wears them today. But I do think she may have already been getting lip injections at this point.
Also from 2006, this one is so (surprisingly) pretty and subtle. Notice her hairline, which had a lot of baby hairs, and her face shape, which was oblong. Her nose is already quite petite, so I think it's possible that she had a rhinoplasty done even before this!
Kim in 2007
Before nude lipstick and contouring became Kim's signature, she experimented with a "pin-up" makeup look featuring red lipstick, rosy cheeks, heavy liner and a floral hair accessory. So off brand! This kind of thing was big back then (see: early Katy Perry).
Kim in 2008
Now fast-forward to 2008. Something is different, but what is it? Maybe it's the unflattering, pasty makeup. Or maybe it's the Restylane-plumped cheeks! (Although her lips seem a little deflated here.) Her eyes seem more awake, which could be achieved by lifting the brows with Botox.
Kim in 2009
If memory serves, 2009 was the year Kim's popularity soared, and this became her signature look. Long, straight, dark hair; pillowy lips; and spidery lashes. Her nose also looks different, but could be contouring.
Kim in 2010
A year later, Kim looked eerily similar to Jocelyn Wildenstein (a.k.a. "Catwoman")! The cheeks are what is making this look so extreme. They've been over-filled with Restylane to the point where her eyes seem to be closing up. Her chin also looks pointier, but maybe that's because the cheeks threw everything off balance! There appears to be some Botox involved as well, since her forehead is super-smooth and she's struggling to smile.
Kim in 2011
Thankfully, things calmed down by 2011 (Kim was 31 here). But this shot shows how much her hairline has changed. It's been pushed back and is more straight-across now, plus all the baby hairs are gone. This is the result of laser hair removal. (Apparently it's an old time Hollywood secret—stars have been using that or electrolysis to change their hairlines for decades!)