Like the other members of her family, Kim Kardashian has earned a reputation as being one of the prime movers in the beauty world--and that position has earned her more than a few accusations of body modification. This week, those rumors were reignited when, following her debut of a new look on Instagram, the suggestion emerged that Kardashian had plastic surgery.
According to Ok! Magazine, Kardashian showed off a new look on Tuesday, including a new bob haircut and a more neutral makeup style, with differently-styled eyebrows, lighter lipstick, and lighter eye makeup. The caption, appropriately, teased “Can’t wait for you to see #ComingSoon,” which Ok! theorizes is a promotion of Kardashian’s upcoming shapewear line.
The image appeared drastically different from Kardashian’s typical look, prompting some commenters to suggest that she had had work done--such as one saying “This don’t [sic] look like Kim but okay,” and another joking that the image was “New face goals.” The most highly-engaged comments, however, were more positive about Kardashian’s look, with sister Kylie Jenner commenting with two heart-eye emojis and Winnie Harlow commenting “Smokin hot.”
The accusations of body modification were also belied by analysis from Marie Claire, which affirmed that Kardashian looked very different in this new photo, but noted that she still looked like herself when she appeared at the White House without the same makeup but with the same hairdo.
Per Marie Claire, Kardashian’s makeup artist Mary Phillips referred to her new look as “90s neutral,” and explained on her own Instagram that the look was achieved through “KKW eye palette in classics, KKW lip liners in 1.5 and 2.5 with 2.5 creme lipstick in nude honey, KKW blush in flower wall.”
As far as we can tell, it seems that this new makeup scheme is what’s responsible for Kardashian’s new look, rather than plastic surgery--but, considering that it is Kim Kardashian we’re talking about, people are always going to assume.