Chances are that you don’t normally associate Kylie Jenner and the rest of the Kardashians with Greek mythology. But these gals and their love of plastic surgery often remind us of the ancient thought experiment known as the Ship of Theseus.
The experiment asks us to consider an ancient ship whose parts have to slowly be replaced over time. Eventually, every part of the original ship has been replaced. The question you must answer for yourself: is this still the original ship? Or is it something entirely new?
This is basically the case with Kylie Jenner. She’s had so much plastic surgery over the years that we can’t help but wonder: do we still consider that to be Kylie’s real body under that surgery? And if not, what would she look like without surgery?
Well, one TikTok user, @juliagisella, decided to find out with a bit of video magic. And you’ll be shocked by what she discovered!
So in this TikTok video, what @juliagisella is doing is removing the suspected plastic surgery from a photo of Kylie Jenner. This means thinning out the lips, making the nose bigger, moving eyelids and eyebrows down, and softening up the jaw.
While this isn’t definitive “proof” of plastic surgery, the final edited photo looks a lot like Kylie looked when she was a teenager, and this is proof enough for some that she has had a lot of work done.
We should state here that Kylie Jenner herself has repeatedly denied having any kind of plastic surgery at all. Nonetheless, she has been a public figure for her entire life, giving people ample access to photos at different stages of her life. To put it bluntly, when certain parts of her body look much different than they did before, people noticed.
But when did the alleged plastic surgery start? Let’s take a look at Kylie’s history of alleged augmentation.
Early plastic surgery rumors
Safety in Beauty reports that Kylie Jenner began getting plastic surgery when she was only 17 years old. This, supposedly, is the reason that the edited photo on TikTok looks so much like the younger Kylie.
Of course, Kylie has a long history of fighting back against plastic surgery rumors. For example, in a 2019 interview with New Beauty, Kylie said that “People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false.”
The adverbs seem to be doing some heavy lifting here. Someone might get a lot of plastic surgery without thinking they went “fully under the knife.” And someone might work a lot on their face without thinking their face is “completely reconstructed.”
So, did she or didn’t she? Let’s take a closer look at some of her alleged plastic surgery.
The lip filler controversy
Arguably, the most notable difference in Kylie’s appearance over the years has been her lips. Since her lips looked undeniably larger, many assumed that she was using lip fillers. However, Kylie spent many years denying getting fillers or anything else affecting the appearance of her lips.
As People reports, Kylie eventually admitted to the fillers during an episode of Life With Kylie. There, she explained that one of the first boys she kissed told her that she had small lips and gave her a complex. “I would over-line my lips with the lip liner to create the illusion of bigger lips,” she said, “And then, finally, I was like, this lip liner isn’t doing it and ended up getting my lips done.”
The story is clearly meant to make us feel sorry for Kylie. However, this story makes something else very clear: Kylie is ready, willing, and able to lie for years about having work done. Who’s to say she isn’t doing this about plastic surgery on the rest of her body? Especially when she later removed her lip fillers and then allegedly had surgery on her lips, making them look fuller than ever?
Nose job or no way?
One of the most noticeable things in the TikTok video is that @juliagisella made Kylie’s nose look bigger. And you can check for yourself: even Kylie’s older Instagram photos make it clear that her nose used to be bigger.
Despite this visual evidence, Kylie has maintained that she never had a nose job. At this point, though, that sounds like she wants us to just ignore the evidence in front of us!
The boob job debate
While Kylie’s lips and nose were very noticeable changes, there was another big change around 2015. Or maybe we should say two big changes, as Kylie’s boobs had apparently gotten bigger!
The obvious conclusion was that Kylie had gotten a boob job. As usual, though, she denied the rumors of plastic surgery. As ET Online reports, Kylie gave all the credit to a special bra she was wearing. “I don’t really share this with a lot of people, but everyone thinks I’ve gotten a breast augmentation recently. I haven’t. I just use the Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret.”
Very few people bought this line, including the plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Giannitrapani. When she spoke to Elle, the good doctor bluntly noted that “There is a clear size increase to Kylie’s breasts. They have the characteristics of a breast enlargement in the early stages of healing and look as though they still need time to settle.”
No ifs, ands, or butts
Did Kylie get a butt augmentation? As usual, it depends on who you talk to!
When you look at Kylie over the years, it’s clear that her butt has gotten bigger. This culminated with her super-curvy appearance in Cardi B’s “WAP” video. But according to Kylie, this was a result of packing on pounds rather than packing on plastic surgery.
As Us Magazine reports, Kylie said “[I haven’t had] a*s implants. You know, I used to be 120 [pounds]. I was really skinny. Now I’m pushing, like, 136. But it’s all right, I like the chunkiness.” To be fair to Kylie, some people simply store those extra pounds somewhere else, and it’s possible that most of those 16 pounds went right to her booty.
However, given Kylie’s sketchy history of denying other augmentation, and the fact that her entire brand is tied up with her appearance, it’s difficult for us to give her the benefit of the doubt!