Celebrities and Cosmetic Surgery: Who's Had It?
March 27 -- Do you wish you had Halle Berry's cheeks or Nicole Kidman's nose? If only you had just a particular body part of your favorite celebrity … then life would be great.
You're not alone. Cosmetic surgeons are being besieged by starstruck clients demanding specific features of celebrities.
The Need to Look Beautiful
Perhaps nowhere is the need for someone else's look so urgently felt as in Los Angeles, where even the most beautiful people in the world can feel insecure about how they look.
"Out here, everybody's beautiful and, you know, a lot of people pay for it," says Leigh Ann Spence, 28, a former Denver Broncos cheerleader who now works as a financial analyst in North Hollywood, Calif. "Especially in a town like Los Angeles, it's all about how you look."
Neal Gabler, a cultural historian and media critic who wrote Life, the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, agrees. "In Hollywood, everyone has to be youthful and everyone has to look good," he says.
Spence had a nose job two and a half years ago, but wasn't happy with the results. So she's about to get her third nose from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Fleming, who spends about 40 percent of his practice hours working on celebrities.
Fleming's motto: "If you want to, and you can, do it."
This time, Spence's point of reference is Nicole Kidman's nose, which she calls "perfect."
In fact, Nicole Kidman's nose is one of the most requested body parts by his clients, says Fleming, who has gotten so many requests for celebrities' features that he compiles an annual list of the favorites.
This year's most requested eyes belong to Heather Graham. Hottest cheeks: Halle Berry's. The most lusted-after lips: Denise Richards. The most asked-for jawline: Cate Blanchett. And the hottest body: Britney Spears.