FREE! I'M BOTOX
Star Sophie Monk sets the record straight, writes Amelia Saw
I f water coolers had ears, it’s guaranteed they would be sick of hearing about Sophie Monk’s face. “Do you think she’s had Botox?” “She’s 37 and her face doesn’t have any wrinkles!” and “I’m sure she’s had her lips done!”
Now, after months of fan speculation, The Bachelorette’s Monk is ready to set the record straight. So … did she stop by the plastic surgeon en route to the mansion? “God, no,” Monk tells BW Magazine. “That could backfire! I’m lucky if I even put moisturiser on my face.”
Monk has felt the regret of falling foul of a plastic surgeon’s needle before.
In 2011, she had a cyst removed from her lip and followed a doctor’s advice to have it remodelled with injections of filler.
“Half of my lip was removed with the cyst and I was advised to get filler in my top lip to help balance it out,” she says.
“I should have said ‘no’ to the filler in the first place but I trusted the doctor.”
The unfortunate result was what Sydneybased plastic surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt refers to as “trout pout”.
“I think Sophie has always had fuller lips, and in the past has had fillers that resulted in the classic overdone, poorly defined lips,” Dr Hunt says. “With fillers, we now aim to achieve balanced, defined fuller lips — not just big lips or the overdone ‘trout pout’ she has shown in earlier years.”
However, if Monk had the injections more than five years ago it is unlikely they would still be wielding an effect.
Most wrinkle fillers such as collagen last for four to six months. Even the longest-lasting fillers, such as Juvederm Vycross, are effective for only 12-18 months.
In fact, the only lip augmentation that offers permanent results is fat grafting, which involves harvesting fat from another area in the body, such as the stomach, and then injecting it into the lips.
So, unless Monk has gone under the knife, or has had a secret top-up, that to-die-for pout could only be the real deal.
“At present her lips are full and have definition,” Dr Hunt says. “This is one of her trademarks and if there are fillers used in her lips, it has been done well, with balance, proportion and definition. In all, a good result. She is the only one who can really answer the question ‘Has she or has she not?’” When it comes to Botox, Dr Hunt says the jury is still out on whether Monk has had a few paralysing jabs. But given Monk’s openness and down-toearth attitude when it comes to even the most intimate of topics, it seems unlikely she would shy away from admitting to a little cosmetic enhancement — a pastime that seems more accepted than exceptional for female actors over 25.
So why the constant chatter around ‘Has she or hasn’t she?’ Perhaps it’s the public knowledge she was romantically involved with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr John Diaz, leading fans to speculate she may have received a bunch of Botox instead of roses.
Monk and Diaz famously split in 2010 when she arrived at his house to surprise him with coffee and a box of Danish pastries and discovered the handsome doctor in bed with another woman.
Some would keep schtum on the humiliating heartbreak but Monk happily disclosed the incident on national radio.
Indeed, with no topic off-bounds, she has had no need for a media guardian to make sure she says the right things, or to help avoiding questions about whether or not she’s had cosmetic work.
“I haven’t had a publicist since I was in (girl group) Bardot,” Monk says.
“The media used to be really mean but now I think people get me and my sense of humour. I can just be a dork and be me. It really takes the pressure off having to look good all the time.”
The Bachelorette airs on Network Ten on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Sophie Monk says she doesn ’t use Botox, and (below) watching the playback while shooting a Bachelorette commercial.