Has she, or hasn’t she? That certainly is the question.
Kim Kardashian has long insisted that her ‘shapeshifter’ abilities are nothing more than the result of regular sessions with a dermatologist and ‘a little’ Botox… but her ever-changing appearance over the years has always been a topic of fierce debate.
Despite vehemently denying for years that she has ever gone under the knife, Kim, now 42, has faced serious scrutiny from experts and amateurs alike over her transforming face and body – with many claiming that surgery is the only answer to her ever-changing image.
Now the reality superstar’s looks have once again become the subject of much debate, after her former friend – rapper Cardi B – credited Kim with providing a list of plastic surgeon recommendations when she herself decided to go under the knife.
Speaking on the Jason Lee Podcast, the hitmaker revealed the Keeping Up With Kardashian star had suggested surgeons who could help when Cardi chose to get corrective surgery on her nose in 2020.
From undergoing laser treatments to eliminating carbs and sugars from her diet, Kim is known to take drastic measures to maintain her dramatically slimmed down frame and flawlessly sculpted facial features.
Kim Kardashian, pictured in 2006 and 2022, is famous for her flawless appearance, with many fans claiming her looks have been maintained with secret cosmetic procedures over the years
However, the Skims mogul has been unable to shake claims that she may have had a little extra help over the years to achieve her famous look.
Indeed, July 2022 saw Kim claim that she’s never had fillers and has only gotten ‘a little bit of Botox’ over the years.
But she was immediately accused of ‘gaslighting’ fans as the world continues to weigh in on the star’s distinctive looks.
Meanwhile, the star’s figure has also been a subject of debate after her family’s famous curves were credited with the rise in popularity for Brazilian butt lift procedures.
Now, her shrinking frame over the past year has led to a new weight loss trend after rumors the star used a pioneering obesity drug to shift the pounds.
The reality superstar’s ever-changing appearance has come under scrutiny once again after her former pal Cardi B credited Kim for providing a list of plastic surgeons when the rapper decided to go under the knife in 2020
Elsewhere, the star’s ever-shrinking figure over the past year has been rumored to be a result of obesity medication semaglutide, known by brand names Ozempic and Wegovy – which aids weight loss
Indeed, a Tik Tok-fueled stampede for the medication semaglutide – known by brand names Ozempic and Wegovy – even though Kim has never commented on the claims.
The drug works by suppressing the appetite, with users saying they crave less and sometimes forgetting to eat.
Many are convinced it is the way Kim managed to drop lost 16 lb in three weeks so she would be thin enough to fit into a dress that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe for the 2022 Met Gala.
Here, FEMAIL reveals how the world’s most talked about woman has changed over the years…
Keeping up with the many faces of Kim: Experts say the star’s sculpted facial features and plump pout could be the result of more than just ‘a little Botox’
Kim famously got Botox for the first time on Season 5 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (pictured in 2023)
The reality star, pictured left in 2006 and right in 2019, has also admitted to lasering the baby hairs off of her forehead to re-sculpt her hairline
Kim, pictured in 2023, openly experimented with having stretchmarks zapped off her cleavage in another episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians
WHAT PROCEDURES HAS KIM HAD DONE?
While Kim is constantly denying plastic surgery accusations, the mother-of-four has been open about some of the cosmetic procedures she has tried.
She famously got Botox for the first time on Season 5 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and she also admitted to lasering the baby hairs off of her forehead to re-sculpt her hairline.
Speaking of laser treatments, Kim openly experimented with having stretchmarks zapped off her cleavage in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
In December 2022, the reality star told Gwyneth Paltrow that she has tried multiple non-invasive procedures while on the hunt for perfect skin.
‘I thought that I have learned so much in my journey and I have had the best facialists, the best aesthetician, tried every laser,’ said the ex-wife of Kanye West.
‘I’ve tried everything … and I wanted to bottle that up and take everything that I’ve learned and work with my favorite aesthetician… and develop products that are the next level.’
In a recent interview, Kim (pictured in 2008) claimed she has ‘tried everything’ when it comes to skincare including ‘best facialists, the best aesthetician, tried every laser’
Kim told fans that one of her favorite new beauty secrets is getting a $1400 laser and light facial combination
As one of the most famous faces in the world, every perceived change in the star’s look has come under constant scrutiny (pictured in 2010 and 2014)
Elsewhere, Kim often visits the office of California-based cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Simon Ourian. A former sculptor, Dr. Ourian has the creative tools and vision to create walking works of art.
From performing a non-surgical nose job to contouring the jawline and cheeks, Dr. Ourian – whose clientele includes the Kardashian-Jenner family, models, actors, musicians, and many of the world’s royalty – can do just about any beautifying procedure without a scalpel.
According to Dr. Ourian, non-surgical procedures are becoming a lot more advantageous because they offer similar results to surgery but with a safer outcome.
A few of the most requested procedures at his Beverly Hills practice located on 444 N Camden Drive, are cheekbone filler and lip augmentation, as well as facial and body contouring.
Dr. Ourian explains that there are three facial features that seem to be universally considered beautiful: symmetry, proportion, and healthy skin.
According to the dermatologist, Kim’s face is very symmetrical, with the left and right sides looking almost identical.
‘Her face is also very proportional, and all her individual facial features are very proportional to each other.
‘There’s nothing that you look at that you think is too big or too small, and she has learned how to maintain and take care of it better than anyone else.
‘She has a very clean vision of how a person should look. She takes care of her face.
Kim’s appearance has changed subtly over the years, and fans believe her nose looked different in 2007
In 2006, she had a bump on her nose (slide right), but the bump appears to be gone in 2012 (slide left)
Kim, pictured left in 2006 and right in 2018, admitted the ‘bump’ on her nose looks bigger in some pictures compared to others but says it’s all down to makeup contouring
WHAT PROCEDURES IS SHE RUMORED TO HAVE HAD?
Although she has long been accused of having a nose job, Kim denied the rumors again while getting her makeup done by Mario Dedivanovic at a Master Class.
‘I never had my nose done,’ she said. ‘Everyone thought I did, and I said, “Wait until I have kids because your real features come out.”‘
She later attempted to clarify her rather perplexing explanation by tweeting: ‘I said you will see when I have kids, they will have the same nose as me.’
Mario explained that Kim has a ‘small bump on her nose,’ but he uses a contouring technique to hide it.
While she strongly denies ever having a nose job, she agrees with her fans that her face does look different.
‘Pictures, I swear, I look at them and would be like, “Wow, the bump looks so much bigger in some pictures than in others,”‘ she said.
Kim has denied having rhinoplasty for years, spanning back to a 2010 Nightline interview in which she addressed rumors that she has had a nose job.
‘I’ve never had my nose done. But what’s funny is about my nose, it’s my biggest insecurity. I always want to get my nose done,’ she said.
‘I had them take the pictures, he showed me what it would look like, and it just didn’t . . . I wouldn’t look the same,’ she added.
Six years later, she spoke about the appearance of her nose in a 2016 interview with Wonderland magazine.
‘People think I’ve had my nose done. I haven’t. It does look smaller. Maybe it’s the contour I use,’ she said.
The star, whose father was Armenian, added, ‘I used to hate this bump on my nose, she said. ‘Hated it. Now I love that it makes me look more ethnic.’
In an interview with Allure in July 2022, Kim once again claimed that she’d never had fillers and has only gotten ‘a little bit of Botox’ over the years.
‘No filler. Never filled either one, ever,’ she stated. She event went as far as to say that she’s ‘never done anything’ to her face.
Once the interview was published, Kim received major backlash online with many fans accusing her of ‘gaslighting.’
The star often shares throwback images from before fame hit and she invested in her skin, which often stirs up debate
In this 2018 Kim Kardashian West beauty ad, the star seemed to a perfectly straight nose
Kim and her sister Khloe have made public visits to the office. ‘I thought that I have learned so much in my journey and I have had the best facialists, the best aesthetician, tried every laser,’ said the ex-wife of Kanye West. Seen with Khloe and Dr Ghavami
WHAT EXPERTS BELIEVE THE STAR’S HAD DONE
Dr. Darren M. Smith, a plastic surgeon in New York City who has not treated Kim, told DailyMail.com that there are several explanations as to why the appearance of her nose has changed over time – and noted that a nose job could well be responsible for her ‘more refined’ look.
‘A rhinoplasty (nose job) would explain the more refined appearance of her nose that we’ve been seeing recently,’ he said. ‘However, the changes to her nose, while significant, are not that dramatic.’
Dr. Smith explained that these changes can be achieved with makeup, lighting, or even ‘liquid rhinoplasty,’ which involves using fillers to change the shape of the nose.
‘Her nose’s consistent appearance, however, does make a permanent change like surgery seem more likely,’ he noted.
Dr. David Cangello, another plastic surgeon based in New York City, agreed it’s possible that Kim’s ever-changing nose is the result of contouring.
‘I don’t think she had a rhinoplasty,’ he told DailyMail.com, noting that her nose was ‘relatively small and nicely shaped’ as far back as 2008.
‘Since then, it doesn’t appear as though the nose has changed much,’ he added. ‘I do agree that in some pictures it looks like she has more definition to the bridge of the nose, which makes one wonder if she had a procedure.’
‘What I think is more likely is that the added definition is due to either makeup contouring or photo lighting/alteration.’
Dr. Cangello noted that dermal fillers can also be used to add projection and definition to the nose, but it’s not something he recommends to his patients at Cangello Plastic Surgery.
‘They are not a good long term solution for this because over time they make the nose look wider and the skin looks thicker,’ he explained. ‘Fillers to the nose really are only good for fixing minor contour irregularities of the nose.
‘So I think that if Kim had been adding fillers to her nose for any lengthy period of time, she would not have the nice definition to the bridge of her nose that she has in some photos.’
Back in 2013, leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Roberto Viel of the London Centre of Aesthetic Surgery, believes Kim has more done than she’s letting on.
‘In my opinion Kim Kardashian has had a number of smaller procedures,’ he revealed. ‘It appears she has had a few facial peels and resurfacing treatments, reducing pore size, and improving collagen production and skin condition.
‘Platelet Rejuvenation Therapy is one such treatment that we know she is an advocate of and that would result in these effects.
‘Kim also appears to have had filler to the apples of the cheek, giving a lifted, more youthful appearance to the face. Lastly I feel Kim has had rhinoplasty [nose job].’
And Dr. Anthony Erian, a facial rejuvenation surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty agrees, telling DailyMail.com that her surgeon has done an impressive job.
‘The nose is a very important facial feature and it can transform the face,’ said Dr Erian. ‘Although this operation is anatomically straightforward, it requires the most meticulous of surgical skills, and the aesthetic anticipation and perception of an artist, in order to form a “new nose” that will blend in and harmonize with the whole face.
‘This, in my opinion, has been performed here, and the result is good.’
A 2016 image series by Saint Hoax shows celebrities such as Kim posing alongside their younger selves to show just how they have weathered the years
Another image edit the following year again highlighted Kim’s changing looks over the years
In 2016, Instagram artist Saint Hoax went viral with a series of expertly edited images which showed stars including Kim posing alongside their younger selves.
The image highlighted just how much the faces and bodies of some of the country’s best known celebrities have changed in a matter of just a few years.
The illustrator, who is described on Instagram as a ‘Politically incorrect artist / sociopolitical activist,’ even alluded to why Kim’s changes may be in a caption which read: ‘When you run into someone wearing your old nose.’
The year before that, the Instagram artist shared short clips featuring a doctor’s gloved hands and a syringe in the bottom right-hand corner, once again suggesting the KKW Beauty founder has had multiple plastic surgery procedures.
The video begins with a shot of Kim when she first entered the Hollywood scene as Paris Hilton’s assistant in the mid-2000.
As the clip progresses, Kim’s lips become larger, her eyes and nose take on a different shape and her hair goes from curly to straight.
‘Maybe she’s born with it… Maybe it’s a bit more than “contouring”,’ the artist wrote underneath the video.
In shapeshifting mode: Inside her diet and exercise regime as fan continue to suggest she’s had secret surgery to transform her body
The beauty has had quite a transformation over the years
The beauty mogul, pictured in 2019 and 2022, continues to make headlines for her hourglass figure
HOW DOES KIM ACHIEVE HER FIGURE?
The beauty has had quite a transformation over the years which helped her become famous for her hourglass figure, however she began displaying a more svelte physique in 2022.
She famously admitted to shedding 16 pounds ahead of the 2022 Met Gala so that she could squeeze into Marilyn Monroe’s famous gown for the fashion event.
In order to do so, Kim revealed she wore a sauna suit twice a day, ran on the treadmill, eliminated all sugar and carbs from her diet, and consumed ‘clean’ vegetables and protein.
Unsurprisingly, the Hulu star came under an immense amount of criticism for the diet, with many branding it ‘unhealthy’ – including actress Lily Reinhart, who said Kim’s ‘ignorance is other-worldly and disgusting’.
The star’s personal trainer, Don ‘DB’ Brooks, hit back at trolls and explained that it ‘wasn’t like starving yourself’, noting that she ‘put the work in’.
‘So I mean I was there through the process, so it wasn’t like a starving yourself type of thing. I mean she went on a real balanced diet and at times, you know, she wouldn’t eat as much. But then the second thing was she was in the gym and put the work in.’
In June, Kim hit back at the criticism and insisted she ‘didn’t do anything unhealthy’ as she compared her diet to Christian Bale’s transformation for The Machinist.
She went on to get rid of five more pounds despite criticism surrounding her dramatic weight loss.
She hit out at critics who disapproved — though she admitted caused her to have a psoriasis flare up that led to psoriatic arthritis.
Kim previously boasted about her shapeshifting powers on the new Hulu series The Kardashians, where she recounted being able to fit into just about anything as she prepared to try on a replica of the Marilyn dress.
‘The width of my shoulders and my body makes me like a shapeshifter. I can squeeze into anything. But no one trusted us for years, they would never send samples.
‘And then once I would get to Paris and try on the samples, they would be like, “Oh wait she actually fits in our stuff.” So I don’t know how to convince the guy that owns the original Marilyn dress that I’m a shapeshifter.’
In addition to working out, Kim also credited a laser procedure for helping to ‘tighten’ her stomach.
She shared a shot of the procedure to her account back in August, calling it a ‘game changer’ though admitting it was ‘painful.’
Kim made waves in the mid-2000’s and was often pictured strolling on the beach in tiny bikinis (pictured in 2009)
Kim bounced back quickly after giving birth to her first born child, North, in 2013 and was back in a bikini six months later
In addition to working out, Kim has credited a laser procedure for helping to ‘tighten’ her stomach
WHAT PROCEDURES IS SHE RUMORED TO HAVE HAD?
Aside from speculation regarding her face, Kim has most famously been accused of achieving her famous backside via unnatural means.
In 2009, Kim proudly showed off a fuller frame that immediately led to speculation that she had got work done on her voluptuous behind.
The TV star denied getting butt implants and even went as far as getting an X-ray on her behind during an early episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The star attempted to dispel the rumors on season 6 of the series, with a doctor assuring fans that there was no implant in her buttocks.
Though she’s always claimed that her famous behind is natural, Kim has not denied having a fat transfer from another area to achieve her perfect hourglass shape.
However, her curvaceous backside has inspired a legion of fans to get Brazilian butt lifts, a procedure in which fat from other areas of the body is transferred to the derriere to make it fuller.
She is widely considered the driving force behind the upswing in the procedure in recent years, but she has never admitted to having one.
Back in 2014, Kim told news outlets to ‘get a life’ after reports claimed that the star had gotten butt implants.
She added that any speculation around her changing body is the result of unfairly comparing her to old photos of herself.
Similarly to her little sister Kylie, fans have also speculated that Kim had underwent a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure to enhance her natural curves, as well as liposuction.
The mother-of-three has also spent more than a decade denying claims that she has had a breast augmentation, a procedure that her sister Kourtney Kardashian has openly spoken about having when she was just 21 years old.
Kim is known for using gaffer tape to give her chest a boost when she can’t wear a bra, but she has firmly denied ever having a boob job.
Kim, pictured left in 2006 and right in 2019, has also spent more than a decade denying claims that she has had a breast augmentation
The businesswoman previously pointed out that she has had large breasts from a young age
‘I have not ever had plastic surgery. I hope after seeing this you guys will never ask me a plastic surgery question again!’ she wrote on her now-defunct blog in 2008.
The businesswoman went on to point out that she has had large breasts from a young age, explaining: ‘I have had a size C since I was 11 years old.’
However, she noted that she wasn’t entirely opposed to giving her breasts a boost after she had children.
‘One day I will definitely get a lift, but I am waiting until after I have kids,’ she said. ‘Until then, I rely on a great supportive bra!’
Two years later, during the same Nightline interview in which she talked about her nose, Kim joked that she was in desperate need of a breast lift.
‘I’m totally not against plastic surgery,’ she said. ‘Trust me, honey, if I take this bra off you will tell me I need to get them done.’
Nearly nine years later, rumors that Kim has gotten a boob job continue to swirl, even after she became a mom.
Kim gave birth to her eldest daughter North, nine, and son Saint, seven, before welcoming her baby girl Chicago, five and son Psalm, three via surrogate.
Despite her past comments about getting a lift after carrying a baby, she hasn’t confessed to having any work done on her breasts after becoming a mom.
Kim previously boasted about her shapeshifting powers on the new Hulu series The Kardashians (pictured in 2019)
Kim, pictured in 2013 and 2017, is famed for her internet-breaking belfies and skin-tight ensembles
The beauty has recently started displaying a more svelte figure (Pictured in 2022, and right in 2019)
WHAT EXPERTS BELIEVE THE STAR HAS HAD DONE
In 2016, Kim denied a celebrity dermatologist’s claims that she spent $100,000 on getting her pre-baby body back after the birth of her son Saint.
Dr. Tabasum Mir, a New York City-based dermatologist and star of Bravo’s The Singles Project, revealed her estimated numbers during an interview with talk show host Rob Shuter for Bikini.com.
She claimed the then-35-year-old had a tummy tuck, laser treatments, and implants to help her look flawless after giving birth. But the reality star’s rep told DailyMail.com: ‘This is false.’
Her rapid weight loss for the Met Gala also spawned wild theories that Kim had actually undergone surgery to lose weight.
The Instagram account Surgeon Made Curves postulated Kim and her sister Khloe Kardashian had received an endoscopic sleeve, writing: ‘I’m getting vibes that her and Khloe did the endoscopic sleeve but not sure… for those wondering… they cut your stomach like a mini sleeve but they go via your mouth/throat. Google it for more images.’
Kim admitted to shedding 16 pounds ahead of the 2022 Met Gala so that she could squeeze into Marilyn Monroe’s famous gown for the fashion event
In June 2022, Kim revealed that she lost even more weight have overhauling her lifestyle
The more prevalent theory is that she has been using a pioneering obesity drug used to treat such type 2 diabetes.
The medication semaglutide, known by brand names Ozempic and Wegovy, has been hailed as a major breakthrough, helping people who take it shed almost a fifth of their weight. It works by suppressing the appetite, with users saying they crave less and sometimes forget to eat.
Kardashian has never commented on the claims, yet in one TikTok clip, viewed more than a million times on the video-sharing app, an evangelical patient speculates: ‘In my opinion Kim’s drastic weight loss could be due to something like [semaglutide]… I might be wrong. These [medicines] are tools for people to completely metabolically change their bodies.’
In another clip, with 2.4 million views, TikTok user Kendyl Page Burnstein charts her own transformation, losing 30 lb. Scores of comments on this and other posts say: ‘Where can I get some?’
In September 2022, Variety published an investigation that suggested A-list actors were using the jabs to stay as skinny as possible.
‘Styling teams for celebrities have come to accept the injections as part of grooming rituals,’ it reported. ‘It has become the worst-kept secret in Hollywood.’