In Hollywood, plastic surgery is as commonplace as The Paleo Diet or Twitter Fingers. There are a million different ways to tweak, chisel, or reconfigure one’s visage as desired thanks to a laundry list of procedures.
The possibilities are so limitless these days, it’s got us reminiscing about the golden age of celebrity. Even though they didn’t live under the high-definition magnifying glass of today, Old Hollywood starlets were no less vain—perhaps even more so—and thus had to get way more creative in the nip-and-tuck department.
From the up-and-coming ingénue looking to kick-start her career to the lauded actress hoping to freeze her face in time, here are a couple of ways O.G.Hollywood glamazons altered their famous faces.
The Hairline Electrolysis
Back in the heyday of Old Hollywood, hairlines (and white beauty ideals) had a lot of sway. In fact, Rita Hayworth, born Margarita Carmen Cansino, was of Spanish descent and decided to dye her hair red and get rid of her characteristically-Latina lower hairline.
To reshape it, Hayworth underwent a year’s worth of electrolysis, which consisted of using a thin metal probe to «shock» the follicle and permanently remove the hair. In the end, her hairline was an inch higher and her new look, for better or for worse, helped launch her career.