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Star So­phie Monk sets the record straight, writes Amelia Saw

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - SO­PHIE MONK

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.

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