Michelle Visage has been open about undergoing numerous plastic surgery procedures like Botox and fillers to stop aging. She even claimed to have received breast implants several times throughout her career.
Michelle Lynn Shupack, professionally known as Michelle Visage, is an American singer, broadcaster, producer, and actress who rose to fame as a member of the musical group, Seduction. She later became the lead vocalist for another group, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M., who topped the dance charts with their single, It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day, in 1993.
Likely, Visage joined the American reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2011, and has been a permanent judge since season three. She also serves as a permanent judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
Viewers have recently noticed a difference in Michelle Visage’s latest appearance. Some fans believe she seems completely unnatural. As a result, many people are eager to learn more about her possible plastic surgery. Well, here’s everything we know about her transformation so far.
Michelle Visage Is Open About Receiving Plastic Surgery to Prevent Aging!
Michelle Visage (@michellevisage) is well-known in the entertainment industry for her appealing appearances. As a result, she has a sizable fan base who admire her talent and beauty. However, her most recent appearance has raised suspicions that she may have had plastic surgery to prevent the signs of aging.
Michelle Visage’s latest appearance after plastic surgery.
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However, she previously discussed her experiences with heavy misogyny in Hollywood, especially as she’s gotten older in a rare post-acting retirement interview with Cameron Diaz. She has seen women fall victim to industry pressures, only to regret the Botox and fillers. She said,
You realise, ‘Oh my goodness, show business is so sexist,’ It really is. You’ll see them saying, ‘I wish I didn’t do that’, but we feel like we have to keep up with it. It isn’t right but ageism will always exist in Hollywood.
Michelle Visage is very conscious of the pressure to have plastic surgery. She had her first boob job when she was 21 (and two more later), and her breasts were a regular source of comic material on Drag Race. She explained,
I was in a house that my father was a subscriber to Playboy, and I would see these magazines and Penthouse and the common denominator was everybody had huge breasts and [was] very thin and I was never either one of those things. The first thing I did when I got my first paycheque when I was in a girl group was ran and got breast implants.
Later, she revealed in 2019 that she had been suffering from Hashimoto‘s disease, an autoimmune condition, for many years and that she was having her implants removed and documenting the process in a documentary called, Explant. She’d suspected for a long time that they were the source of her illness, but doctors didn’t believe her. Later, she stated,
It took me years to figure it out but I did it on my own. I was the best Murder. She Wrote person… doing my best Angela Lansbury to find out what was going on in my body.
According to Michelle Visage, one of the main reasons for releasing the documentary was to show young people the realities of plastic surgery. She stated,
I think it’s important that the message gets out there so we can make an informed decision because nobody’s going to advocate for you more than you are. If you have the information, then you can know what you’re getting into… I’m not anti plastic surgery, I’m pro transparency.
Michelle Visage and RuPaul’s Drag Background!
Michelle Visage has collaborated with RuPaul on several television shows throughout her career. She co-hosted RuPaul’s VH1 talk show, The RuPaul Show in 1996. She also co-hosted WKTU‘s morning show from 1996 to 2002. When RuPaul began casting judges for season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race, he invited her to join the cast permanently.
At the time, she was on a five-year contract with a CBS radio station in West Palm Beach and when she asked her boss if she could join the show, he said no, which Visage attributed to the show’s ties to the LGBT community.
Michelle Visage co-hosted The RuPaul Show, a talk show on VH1 in 1996.
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Two years later, RuPaul reached out to Visage once again and raised an invitation for her to participate in the third season of the program. After her boss informed her that she would be unable to appear, she was convinced by her friend Leah Remini to contact CBS officials, who allowed her to participate.
She debuted as a permanent judge on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race, alongside Santino Rice and Billy B, on January 24, 2011, replacing Merle Ginsberg. She has also appeared on all eight seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars spin-off show.