It’s the coronavirus refresh.
By the looks of some virtual appearances from celebs and public figures, quarantine may have been prime time for secretly getting a little work done. Now is the sweet spot for famous folk to “hide and heal” after treatments including Botox and facelifts, especially as doctors’ offices are starting to open.
As countless internet spectators could attest, Kellyanne Conway looked especially refreshed this week, leading to rampant plastic-surgery speculation. But the Trump consultant, 53, is far from the first public figure to emerge with some facial fairy dust.
When she debuted a radically different look back in 2002, cable news personality Greta Van Susteren owned it.
“What I’m told is that I’m the first in the news business that’s talking about it,” the now 66-year-old, who’d removed eye bags though surgery, said on “Good Morning America.” “But it wasn’t like an admission of a crime to me, it was like — well, here it is.”
Along with being a time to hide and re-emerge as a butterfly, being stuck in lockdown can also act as an eye-opener for some as they’re forced to see their faces during video appearances in unflattering light and angles or “close-up and [in] high definition every day,” says Dr. Stephen Greenberg, a Long Island plastic surgeon who works with celebrities, politicians and news personalities.
Greenberg tells The Post he’s seen about a 250% uptick in calls during the pandemic, including those who are expected to show their faces in video chats seen by the masses.
“They have to keep up their image,” Greenberg says of on-air personalities and news reporters. “They’re getting close-up views.”
Here’s a look at public personalities who have turned up looking a whole lot different, whether recently during quarantine or in past years.
The 35-year-old reality star caused a stir last month when even die-hard fans had a hard time recognizing her. She ended up joking to a follower who called her out, attributing her new look to “my weekly face transplants clearly.”
Dr. Lawrence Reed, an Upper East Side plastic surgeon who has not treated Khloé, points to lip injections — of the Juvéderm or fat variety — and “nasal work.”
“The tip is a little more refined with narrower nasal bones,” he says, adding that the appearance of higher eyebrows could be Botox. The board-certified doctor, who’s been practicing for 43 years, isn’t impressed, either.
“To me, it’s a little hard looking. I don’t like hard-looking people. It’s unnatural to a degree,” he says.
Dr. Greenberg, who does not count Kardashian as a client, agrees, saying “she looks completely different.”
“She had a lot of facial work — maybe contouring — rhinoplasty and eyes,” he says. “Most people don’t want to look so drastically different. I think she looks good, but she doesn’t look like her.”
The 32-year-old songstress shocked fans with her newly slimmed-down figure when she emerged in January and again when she shared birthday photos on Instagram in May. She credits her toned bod to exercise and the sirtfood diet, but Dr. Reed suspects more, including “lipo of the neck.” He also points to her different-looking nose and eyelids — “in a nice, subtle way” — and possibly Botox injections that help make her eyebrows appear higher.
“Her voice is still everything, but she looks better,” says Dr. Reed, who has not worked with Adele. “She did subtle things — the nose was done in a minimalistic way, the tip was improved, the bones were narrowed and they added height” but “kept the basic shape.”
Her lush lips, meanwhile, can be chalked up to “some injections, but mostly lipstick,” he says.
Dr. Reed suspects the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee may have had “a traditional male facelift,” judging by photos of Biden from September 2019 after announcing his 2020 campaign. Although the 77-year-old’s earlobes appear to be pulled down and look “elongated,” the former VP’s neck, however, looks like it was done “very conservatively,” he says.
“The only place you should never be conservative [is] in the neck,” adds Dr. Reed, who has not treated Biden. “I would have liked to see a better correction of his neck — not enough was done.”
The timing of his new look comes as no surprise to some. “Politicians come to me right before they start their campaigns,” said Dr. Greenberg, who also did not treat Joe Biden. “The first thing in a political campaign is to visit my office; ‘Fix me and up and then we run.’ You can’t do it after — there’s no hiding.”
The former presidential nominee’s appearance at a December 2019 NYC event left jaws dropped. “There’s no question that Hillary had work done,” says Dr. Reed, who does not count her as a client. “I think she refreshed herself,” he says of the 72-year-old, adding that it looks like she “had her face and neck done and a lot of injections” in addition to some other nips and tucks.
“Her crow’s feet have mellowed out, her eyebrows are better-positioned. I think she had some type of skin resurfacing, probably a chemical peel, injections and skin-tightening,” adds Dr. Reed.
Dr. Greenberg likes what he sees, noting the work was not his. “I think she looks natural. It’s the sort of thing you want to look natural.”
The “American Idol” judge, famous for his carping criticisms, has been open about his nips and tucks. In 2018, Cowell, now 60, discussed his “Silhouette Soft Lift.”
“He has some improvement, but to me, it doesn’t look natural. It looks like he’s had something done,” says Dr. Greenberg, who did not perform the surgery. “His face looks very full and he has a little bit of an odd neckline. I wouldn’t have done that for his type of anatomy.”
The world-famous chef, now 53, took a lot of heat for his new look in 2009 when he filled in the lines of his chin after “advice” from Simon Cowell. And the professionals think he’s been cooked to perfection.
“I think he looks great. It’s a natural look,” says Dr. Greenberg. “It helped him significantly, and it makes a big difference. His minimal procedures adds to his natural look.”
Disney Plus Mulan Fails to Make an Impact
Disney Plus’s most anticipated movie of the year was Live-Action Mulan, the infamous remake of the 1998 version of the Disney classic Mulan. With a budget of almost $200 million and alot of hard work involved, the film release’s expectations and excitement were at an all-time high. Disney’s marketing team left no stone unturned in promoting the film throughout the world as Mulan was one of the most influential female protagonists in a Disney movie.
Mulan was known for her power and courage to take a step towards change and create a name for herself instead of becoming a burden for her family. She brought them honor but not through finding a compatible suitor, but through her bravery in fighting amongst the opposite gender when it was considered a taboo.
But did the real Mulan walk in the footsteps of the animated one? Did it create an impact as strong as the classic version, which people love and adore even after 23 years? Sadly, no. The live-Action Mulan was nothing like the 1998 Mulan because it was not supposed to be that way.
The old Chinese folklore inspired the Live-Action Mulan. The Balad of Mulan, which was different, more serious, and portrayed a much more feminist approach by eliminating any romantic or cartoonish elements or characters from the remake.
The elimination of the character of Mushu came as a surprise for all the die-hard Mulan fans who were anticipating the voice-over of Eddie Murphy in a better-animated dragon who is by Mulan’s side, aiding in tough times. We did see a dragon, but it was a silent companion only coming in need. The remake also got rid of all the eventful songs which were hummed as we watched the animated version all the time.
Another setback was the mediocre release of Mulan during the Pandemic, which basically ruined the official March release. Mulan eventually made the screen on September 4 on Disney+ Premier Access, a pay-to-view for $30 across the US. In contrast, countries where Covid-19 was under control, saw a theater release like China. But that hardly made 50% of the total movie budget. Disney hoped to make some dollars in China by accurately depicting the Chinese culture and actors, but that didn’t happen either.
Viewers with access to Disney+ also did not venture enough on the Premier Access service. What further disappointed the release was Mulan’s availability on multiple torrents and platforms for free in HD quality on its release. VPN users worldwide watched the movie for free without paying a whopping amount of $30 for a single film, while the whole service along with other streaming services cost ⅓ of the price.
Live-Action Mulan was also under scrutiny for shooting in the Xinjiang, the region of China where Uighur Muslims were detained and imprisoned in concentration camps. This sparked outrage over the entire social media, where Muslims worldwide protested against the Chinese government’s actions. Disney+ did not state an official apology on their platform, nor did they acknowledge their wrongdoings, probably to stay clear of the Chinese government’s atrocity.
Meanwhile, even within China, Mulan failed to impact the Chinese audience as they have a much better take and approach to recreating any Chinese epic or myths. Their cinema is far more advanced in portraying their culture with local actors and a local production house. As we all know, China has a strict censorship policy on international content, and they have an alternate of their own. It applies here as well.
Lastly, the ill-natured tweet of the lead actress Liu Yifei, openly supporting the Hong Kong Police’s atrocities when China was implementing new security policies on Hong Kong, claiming it as a part of the Chinese government. The Hong Kong police came under fire for mistreating peaceful protestors and using harsh means to disperse the crowd. This tweet leads to #boycottmulan across the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Liu Yifei made no outright apology.
Despite so much anticipation, live-action Mulan came under alot of controversy and failed to make a solid impression on the audience, despite holding a strong message for its feminist audience. Wrong timing and a few wrong decisions cost Disney millions of dollars and somewhat tarnished the reputation of their remake sagas.
5 Underrated Shows on Netflix USA You Must Watch Right Now!
American Netflix is home to hundreds of TV shows across multiple genres. Still, it could be hard at times to find something binge-worthy on it. Now we all have that one friend that’s perfectly content with re-watching their favorite TV series, but the rest of us normies find it a tad boring. We’re on a never-ending hunt for the next big show hoping to inject some excitement into our otherwise mundane existence. However, with so much to choose from, it’s only natural that a few gems go unnoticed when scrolling through the recommendations.
Don’t sweat it! After spending endless hours of research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 underrated shows on Netflix USA that are definitely worth your time.
Can’t access US Netflix in your home country? There is an easy way around. Just download a Netflix VPN, connect to a US server, and start streaming.
Season(s): 1 season; 5 episodes
Year of release: 2019
1994 is a modest 5-episode docu-series offering the perfect guilt-free, binge-watching experience. The show revolves around a promising presidential candidate in Mexico who stands to threaten the status quo. Seen as a threat by the powerful elite, he gets shot during one of his televised political rallies. If the events of the first episode seem unusual, then what follows is downright bizarre.
Viewers are in store for surreal events backed by actual interviews and real-life footage that ups the ante with each passing episode. 1994 is a fascinating, informative, and rich account of one of the most turbulent times in Mexico. It not only gives viewers a glimpse of the past but also a story that follows a narrative very close to what we’re seeing in our present political climate.
- Rise of Empires: Ottoman
Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes
Year of release: 2020
Following the wildly popular show Ertugrul—at least in the eastern part of the world—Rise of Empires: Ottoman features a historic mix of immaculate production value and dramatic re-enactment of the 1453 fall of Constantinople. A Turkish production, the show is entirely in English and revolves around the life of a young Ottoman Sultan named Mehmet. It shows how the 21-year old leader risks everything to conquer a city his father and so many others failed to take before him.
This point marked a crucial juncture in history: The fall of the Roman Empire and the transition of a local regional entity to that of a global superpower. While the show does have its set of drawbacks (such as the frequent History Channel-type flashbacks), the appeal of our protagonist is sure to have viewers in for a memorable ride.
- Wild Wild Country
Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes
Year of release: 2018
The mere mention of Wild Wild Country in front of veteran Netflix viewers is sure to garner you some respect points. Based on a true story, Wild Wild Country tells the tale of an Indian cult that’s decided to relocate to Oregon. What ensues is a series of unusual events as the locals struggle to come to terms with the new inhabits and in particular, the eccentric leader of this cult: Bhagwan. This mini-series manages to capture and re-tell a significant—albeit unusual—event in American history and media and retell it in a way that’s sure to leave some viewers scratching their heads!
- Lenox Hill
Season(s): 1 season; 9 episodes
Year of release: 2020
For those looking to embark on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, look no further than Lenox Hill. While we do recommend this docu-series especially if you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy or ER, Lenox Hill is not your average watch. It’s a far cry from what you’d call a feel-good series as it reveals the brutal reality associated with people diagnosed with really bad things.
Set in New York, the show follows the story of an ER physician, an OB-GYN, and two brain surgeons that are part of a small-time hospital competing with bigger establishments. It lifts the curtain from the otherwise romanticized emergency-ward that we’ve grown accustomed to and accurately depicts the struggles of both patients and doctors.
This highly emotional series might not sit well with everyone but if you want to watch a story about individuals that sacrifice everything to save others then this one’s for you.
Season(s): 2 seasons; 12 episodes
Year of release: 2016
The Office is the most viewed show on Netflix according to Chicago Tribune which is a pity because its contract is set to expire on January 1, 2021. Enter Borderline, a British comedy series and ‘mockumentary’ of sorts that follows a similar pattern and humor as The Office. Set in the fictional Northend Airport instead of an office, viewers are quickly introduced to a slew of funny and ridiculous personalities.
The best part of the series is that it has its own version of Pam, Dwight, Jim, and a Michael type-boss. It also doesn’t try too hard to resemble its more popular counterpart and a few episodes are enough to make you wonder why more people aren’t watching it!
Agree with our list? Know of some underrated shows that need more love? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses
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