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What would drive a healthy 23-year-old to undergo head-to-toe plastic surgery? For The Hills’ Heidi Montag, it was a mix of insecurity and Hollywood pressure, she tells People magazine in a cover story this week.
When the Colorado native first arrived in Los Angeles, she felt positively “frumpy,” she says. “Everyone had the biggest boobs. I was flat and insecure.” The self-doubt inspired her to get a nose job and breast augmentation in 2007 -- but it just wasn’t enough: “My ultimate dream is to be a pop star. I’m competing against the Britney Spearses of the world. Looks matter; it’s a superficial industry.”
And so, on Nov. 20, Montag showed up at the Beverly Hills office of plastic surgeon Frank Ryan to endure 10 procedures in a medical marathon that lasted 10 hours. Among the fixes: another breast augmentation (she’s now a DDD), a buttock augmentation, a chin reduction (for her self-described “Jay Leno” chin), a nose job revision, ear pinning and liposuction on her waist, hips, thighs and neck. Whoa.
“For the past three years I’ve thought about what to have done,” she tells People. “I am absolutely obsessed.” Over two years, she saved up the estimated $30,000 to pay for the transformation -- which her husband, fellow Hills star (and co-author with Montag of 2009's How to Be Famous) Spencer Pratt initially opposed. “For the past few years he’s been like, ‘No, Heidi -- you are so beautiful. This is out of control,’” she said. “But I’m my own person, and I knew in my heart what I wanted. It’s my body at the end of the day.”
Did she get the body she wanted? “It was so worth it,” Montag gushes, even though the surgery was so painful that she recalls telling Pratt, “I feel like I wanna die right now. I’m in so much pain.”
Two months post-surgery, Montag says she now loves looking in the mirror. “I feel like a Norwegian goddess,” she says. “I feel like I look like me but a little bit of a better version. Like an upgrade. The best me.”
Funnily enough, she says she believes the initial reason Pratt fell for her had nothing to do with her appearance. Says Montag, “It was my inner beauty he loved."
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