There are a few people in our culture who represent iconic beauty, and Angelina Jolie is probably at the top. Part of the lure of beauty is its seemingly preordained, predestined nature. It represents the power of the perfect union of elements in nature, an immutable force that just happens. We marvel at its power, because it is a magical occurrence, like the alignment of the stars.
Well, as I always say, “It’s better to have great genes than a great plastic surgeon.” Angelina Jolie had both. While she is an iconic beauty today, she was not always that way. She had almost all the stars aligned, except for her boxy, overly prominent nasal tip. Rhinoplasty for Angelina Jolie involved reducing the size of the tip cartilages, which made the tip smaller, more pointed and compact. More importantly, her new tip no longer disrupted the flow of the visual line from her forehead down her nose.
Rihanna had plastic surgery, or did she? That is always the tantalizing question. On the one hand, we want our stars to have celestial bodies, clearly god-given and unattainable for mere mortals. On the other hand, we can become jealous of the gods, at times, and say to ourselves: “I could be a star, if only I had (fill in the blank).”
Well, Rihanna is already a supernova, and her rhinoplasty simply refines her brilliance. Yes, I confirm the fact that having performed thousands of rhinoplasties, Rihanna had rhinoplasty. You can see how her nostrils are less bulky, but still ethnically appropriate. Her midportion of her nose has more linear, and less triangular look to it. Her tip is narrower, and has a slight upward tilt. Sometimes we watch plastic surgery lead celebrities like meteors careening to an earthly demise. Other times, the stars just shine brighter and we just have to admire them.