Kate Hudson on plastic surgery: ‘Will everybody stop being so judgmental?’

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson covers the July issue of InStyle. I saw this cover and immediately thought it looked nothing like Kate. This totally looks like her body, but there’s a lot of photoshop above the shoulders. Airbrushing happens to almost every celebrity or model, but it never stops looking unreal. Which is a shame because Kate has such a natural prettiness.

Kate’s wearing a Michael Kors bikini with a matching silk top. She gets a little defensive in this interview. Maybe Kate’s wary of internet interference after those Matt Bellamy breakup rumors, but a lot of her attitude is geared towards bloggers. She is also wondering why we all care so much about celebrities’ plastic surgeries. Kate says we should just let people go get butt implants if they want them. Is she also referring to her (rumored) breast implants? Kate was pretty small up top when she filmed Fool’s Gold in 2008. By 2010, her chest grew larger. She never confirmed implants, by the way. Let’s do this:

She wanted fame: “I joined the circus because I wanted to be part of the circus. I have a rebelliousness in me. I’m not interested in perfection–that’s the whole point!”

Paparazzi are the worst: “I just look at the paparazzi and mentally cut their heads off.”

Bloggers are the 2nd worst: “The negativity is just so vast. Will everybody stop being so damned judgmental?”

Talking about celebrities’ plastic surgery: “That’s like asking someone if they see a therapist–and why? If someone wants to go get butt implants, then sure, go get butt implants. The real question is, How do they treat the person next to them? Are they a–holes or are they awesome?”

Her exes, Lance Armstrong & A-Rod: “I personally think that you make the choices you make and you should reap the consequences. People have a right to [feel betrayed]. Lance and Alex are phenomenal athletes who have made some bad choices and let a lot of people down. It’s a decision they made for themselves and they’ve got to loathe it.”

She keeps in shape by dancing: “When I’m up there, twirling around, doing my pirouettes I look totally crazy.”

On Goldie Hawn: “My mom was a trailblazer. She was one of the first women after Katharine Hepburn to produce her own films. She had this extremely feminine public image, but behind the scenes there was a real, persevering strength–wanting to get things done, fighting for what she believed in, and being successful with it.”

Females in Hollywood: “I don’t think it’s changed that much. Do women still have a more difficult time in the industry? In terms of what they get paid and getting movies made, that’s just a factual yes. Nobody can debate it.”

[From InStyle]

Kate’s discussion of gender in Hollywood is fair. Just like in most industries, actresses usually make less than their male counterparts. Kate made some good money for awhile. She’s led an odd career by starting out with an Oscar nomination for Almost Famous. Then she trapped herself in romcom city. Kate had no problem appearing in vacuous roles for a decade, but then things fell apart. People got tired of seeing her play the same role. Before she knew it, Kate was starring in video-on-demand “cancer comedies.” Oof.

Kate has been smart enough to start supplementing her income by co-founding an athletic wear company called Fabletics. The clothes are cute but nothing groundbreaking when it comes to workout clothes. But I’d definitely buy them if they guaranteed a body like Kate Hudson’s.

Kate Hudson

Photos courtesy of InStyle & WENN

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  1. Kristie says:

    That cover photo doesn’t even look like her.

    • springingforward says:

      When celebrities volunteer the information that they have never had any work done and our eyes tell us differently, then they open themselves up to criticism.
      You chose a field of work that is well compensated, very subjective and superficially judged; deal or take a seat.

      • mercy says:

        I think Kate was implying that it is impolite to inquire in the first place because it is like asking someone a very personal question, such as if you’ve ever been to a therapist. I tend to agree with her. They could always reply with ‘It’s none of your business’ but that might be condidered rude or a confirmation that they have, when in fact the question itself (asked more often of women than men, I might add) is rather rude, and really no one’s business.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      They chose to cut of her head to show her photoshop created thigh gap? Go you InStyle!

    • Davy says:

      I agree with @Mercy mostly in discussing “normal” people who do not court public attention. BUT….

      When you’re in an industry that is creating false impressions of a realistic female form and you are contributing to polluting the standard of female beauty by spending exorbitant amounts of money to shape & sculpt your body with serious SURGERY, like fucking MEDICAL INTERVENTION for vanity, you are part of the problem and maybe should be called out on it.

      I’m not going to fault a celebrity for choosing this route in an industry where your appearance absolutely factors into having a career or not. BUT, I would love to see them acknowledge a few things:
      1) the very fact that they had plastic surgery or other unnatural procedures
      2) their tremendous insecurity & vanity
      3) the message they are sending to young girls

      A celeb who would own up to the pressure they face, how they made a decision based on vanity and insecurity, the procedures themselves AND some small level of responsibility for what this is doing to generation of women/girls, encouraging narcissism, insecurity, and an impossible ideal and unhealthy obsession with appearance – THAT would make me respect someone who made this choice. Honesty & responsibility.

      The most beautiful women I see are always the ones who look HAPPY, who radiate contentment and it shows in every wrinkle in their face from smiling 🙂

  2. Catk says:

    Eh, why should she tell the world she got implants? After 4 kids, I had a small sack of skin where my breasts used to be. My husband was against surgery, but I felt like crap every time I saw them in the mirror. I got small C implants, and no one would be able to tell they’re fake. They’re awesome and I feel a million times better about my body. It drives me crazy when all the pearl clutches out there shame women for making choices about their own physical appearance.

    • kri says:

      I am all for having work done if you want it. I am not all for celebs walking around asking us not to judge them. When you are the product, when your image is everywhere-when your face/bod make you famous, people are going to judge that. When you get crazy stuff done and you look like a Chucky doll (seeing you all the way over here, Kidman) you are going to hear about it. Waaaaah.

    • mercy says:

      You did it for the right reason: for yourself. Good for you.

    • Marigold says:

      I think your choice to get implants is certainly valid and seems well thought out but let’s put it in perspective. You got them to feel better about yourself. It was personal. Women in Hollywood are constantly nipping and tucking because the demand to appear young is like a constantly wavering sledgehammer above their head. In an industry run by men, plastic surgery is almost solely being performed on women who become less desired as they age. It’s sad. I won’t say I judge the women-more that I find it a bit heartbreaking that they are altering their bodies almost constantly to maintain some position in that world instead of being unceremoniously tossed aside for the newer, younger versions. I do judge the hell out of that industry. Hudson is simplifying what is sort of an enormous problem for women in Hollywood.

      • Liv says:


        Also we should remember that it is the concept of beauty of our society which makes us think we have to look a certain way. Maybe I’d do the same if my breasts go away, but it’s not just my decision, it’s also what society thinks women have to look like.

        I mean look at Kate Middleton – we all think women have to snap back after delivering babys and she stepped out days after giving birth with a belly (which is totally normal). Everyone talked about it. It showed that we are used to certain images of women who give birth, which are very unrealistic.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Very good points, marigold.

      • mercy says:

        It is sad, especially when you see bad work done to beautiful mature faces, or people who can’t seem to stop. But who’s to say some of them aren’t doing it for themselves, as well as their careers? I have to admit I would probably find more ‘flaws’ and feel more compelled to engage in the botox or nip and tuck simply because I was in front of the cameras on the regular.

    • Kate2 says:

      I don’t judge anyone for having plastic surgery. I’d get a neck lift if I could afford it (and only if I had a guarantee my face doesn’t get touched). I’d also consider a boob lift (no kids but gravity can wreak havoc anyway, although they’re not that bad).

      What I judge are the women who don’t stop and agree to repeated implants, fillers, etc. KNOWING all the other women out there who have ruined themselves (and their careers) by doing this. I also (more than the women) blame the industry that somehow convinces these women they have to do these things to themselves.

      I have no problem with actresses who have minimal work just to maintain but still look human, and understand that they aren’t going to look 25 again no matter what, but they can still look a) 10 years younger and b) hot.

    • Isadora says:

      We have to keep in mind that people in the industry get plastic surgery for very other reasons. Denise Richards once said that she just got breast implants to further her career and she regrets it now. I guess certain people might regret their butt implants too.

      It’s also funny how she says the thing about plastic surgery and the female position in Hollywood in the same interview – because it’s much more related than she let’s on. So many women get plastic surgery in Hollywood when they reach a certain age to look younger because otherwise they won’t get jobs anymore. Hollywood women in their late 40s/early 50s rarely look that age and normal women feel bad about themselves because they don’t look like the Hollywood beauties. The Hollywood women serve as role models and if they do plastic surgery because they are pressured into it, this pressure will also become a huge part in normal society. Actually it already is.

      So while I normally say “do what you want with your bodies” it’s slightly different if you are an international celebrity and many women want to be like you.

      • Renee says:

        I totally agree Isadora. I want to say, do what you want but then I think about the amount of time that I spend beating myself up because of what my body looks like and feeling like a failure because I am not a size 4 and how my body doesn’t conform to what the prescribed norm is. I am disappointed in myself not only because I consider myself to be a feminist but because it completely overshadows the other things that I should be proud of myself for, such as obtaining my masters degree, trying to do meaningful work and be good to the people in my life. While a lot of the pressure and criticism that I experience is coming from inside my own head I can’t pretend that I am not succumbing to the messages that I hear from the media and that are coming directly from Hollywood.

        I knew someone who said that she didn’t care when other people got plastic surgery except that it made her feel that she should get it herself. I didn’t get what she was saying at first but I totally get it now.

      • mercy says:

        There are also many who want to use those very same standards of beauty to pick apart public figures. It can be a ‘Damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situation. Sure, in most cases they voluntarily entered into the circus with eyes wide open. But they didn’t invent those standards they’re being held to, or hold themselves to. I can hate the game, and still have some sympathy for the player.

    • Christy says:

      I have no problem with “do what you want” and “it’s your/my body” and “it made me feel better about myself”. BUT I do have a problem with people trying to hide it or trying to pass it off as normal. It’s like celebrities who pretend that they eat a normal amount of calories each day and don’t visit the gym and they are just “naturally thin”. It creates an unhealthy body image for a lot of people and makes the rest of us wonder where we went wrong. And it makes us feel badly about ourselves because we don’t measure up, even when we are doing what they say they do. And yes, it has created in part a market for paparazzi to catch a celebrity in a non perfect moment.
      I think if you elected to have surgery to make you feel better about yourself, you ought to own it.

      • mercy says:

        I can believe being thin is normal for some people because I’ve known them. And yes, I’ve had moments of wishing I were like them and ‘It’s not fair!’ – and they weren’t even famous lol. But I’m probably healthier than some of them because I have to work harder at maintaining my weight. And ultimately how I feel about myself is up to me. It was very freeing to figure that out. Now if I had millions of eyes upon me, ready and willing to judge, it might be a little more difficult to get to that place.

        It would be nice if all celebs could ‘own it’ when it comes to things like dieting, marriage struggles, going to therapy…wait, I think I’ve just described Gwyneth Paltrow. 😉 But seriously, it would be great if they shared, but I don’t think anyone should feel obligated to share everything. And some of these questions (again, asked more often of women than men) do border on rude.

      • Catk says:

        Own it? Like wear a placard over my boobs saying they’re not real? That’s bull. If she got implants, and I’m pretty sure she did, good for her. They look great. Obviously she works hard to have the body she does, and I don’t remember her ever saying that she lies around mainlining shakes and never works out.

        Interviewer questions also direct the quotes — if the interviewer asks what an actress eats, what she does for exercise, that’s what we’re going to hear about. Hw often does Fassbender or Cumberbatch get asked about their exercise or diet?

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    I don’t like her. I honestly don’t know why, but I just don’t.

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    • QQ says:

      Me either I find her movies Terrible, Her looks Basic and her hippy dippy trippy interviews the Absolute worst

    • Bridget says:

      Born on 3rd base, thinks she hit a triple.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same here.
      Interesting she recognizes her mom as a trailblazer, but she herself really hasn’t stepped up to do anything besides act in bad rom coms.

      • mercy says:

        Yeah, well not everyone can be a trailblazer. She grew up in a very different way and at a very different time than her mother, and I think Goldie is a lot more charismatic, charming, and talented than her daughter. I do agree she would not be where she is if she wasn’t Goldie’s daughter (even though she looks more like her father.)

  4. Bridget says:

    Mighty big words from someone that wouldn’t be anywhere near where she is today if her mom wasn’t Goldie Hawn. I just can’t with Kate Hudson.

  5. Lindy79 says:

    I’ve no issue with surgery, only when they claim they haven’t had any and it’s a result of “normal diet/good skincare and running around after their kids” that my heckles are raised.

    It just adds to the shit already dumped on regular folk who do all of the above and still don’t look like they do.

    My personal favourite was VB and her tennis ball tits.

  6. ds says:

    Meanwhile, I want that swimwear combination on me.

  7. HH says:

    Maybe it’s the screen size that I’m using, but that last full body shot of Kate in the swimsuit makes her look unhealthy and odd.

    • Anon says:

      I think it is your screen size because her bod looks amazing in that (photoshopped) shot.

  8. Dawn says:

    I don’t know what to think with this one. On the one hand she says she came into this circus because she wanted the circus and that she is rebellious and is not interested in perfection. And on the other hand she says that no one should judge if someone has been in the pursuit of perfection by having plastic surgery. I only judge when a celeb makes a huge change and then acts like the public is stupid and lies through their perfectly white teeth that nothing has been done. That pisses me off. These celebrities sell themselves as a product and when the product looks one way for years and then another after procedures tell the damn truth. After that I don’t give a crap what she says as I am not interested in her. She isn’t all that good and if her parents were not who they are, no one would give two snaps.

    • poppy says:

      ITA. she’s contradicting herself. plus, NOBODY is stopping anyone from carving and injecting to their heart’s desire.

      i’ll stop being so judgmental when celebrities start to honestly own what they do to themselves and stop saying they’re embracing all of the sh!t they are so desperately fighting and changing.

      w/o her mom 1stly, then the paps and blogosphere, she would have ZERO career -there would be no circus for her.

      she’s not too bright.

  9. Francesca says:

    Wth are those lines on her body?? Part of the suit? Or necklace?

    • kikistar says:

      That’s a body chain. Sexay!
      Love the suit. Unfortunately it would look horrible on me.

  10. judyjudy says:

    I NEED that swimsuit.

  11. Kiddo says:

    I don’t like that swimsuit, but it’s not her fault.

    You join the circus, people will talk about it, good and bad.

    I kinda like that she dissed Armstrong and A-Rod. They did betray people. Armstrong seems like a sociopath.

    I really liked her in Almost Famous, but I’ve gradually lost interest. She needs better roles. I do have to respect Goldie for keeping herself in the game for all these years, she definitely has tenacity.

    • Bridget says:

      Kate Hudson hooked up with both Armstrong and A-Rod when the cheating rumors about both were already deafening. Armstrong was already very well known as a bully and a pretty awful dude.

      • Kiddo says:

        So she lacks taste and discretion, I take it? I’m surprised Diaz didn’t date Armstrong, or did she? She seems to pick the same types.

      • Bridget says:

        Dating A-Rod alone tells us she’s lacking in taste and discretion!

        All I’m saying is, she wasn’t hoodwinked by either man.

  12. Chinoiserie says:

    I think that hate towards individuals who have had plastic surgery is not not a good thing. But I feel that society should remain a bit judgemental towards plastic surgery. Otherwise it could become a beauty recuirement. Those who have had not had it could be criticised as letting yourself go and with celebrities not special and perfect enough to “deserve” to be a star. You can see that kind of attitude already. I just think that having something very expecive and potentially dangerous to become a norm is not a good thing.

  13. FingerBinger says:

    That swimsuit looks horrible on her. It’s the equivalent of Kim K’s sofa dress.

  14. decorative item says:

    Totally get where she is coming from. But, when people, who can afford plastic surgery hold themselves up as all natural, hard working, disciplined, health conscious, natural beauties then I have an issue. Seriously, watch a British, French, Australian movie and look at the mature women in it, they, (mostly) look fabulous and natural. It really does a number on women s heads trying to keep up with this perfect image. It really does do damage.

  15. lucy2 says:

    If something really bothers you and having surgery will improve your self esteem and quality of life, go for it.
    But when celebs get obvious work done and deny it, people are going to talk. Or when they don’t know when to stop and turn themselves into a cartoon.

  16. mercy says:

    She has a point. Judging the quality or the outcome of cosmetic work is one thing. I look at that like judging fashion, makeup, hair, etc.

    But judging someone just for having cosmetic work done? When appearance and feeling confident play a such big role in their line of work? When their images are plastered all over the place and every pore is up for scrutiny? When we live in a culture that still judges a women’s appearance more harshly, especially older women? Where men who get tweaks generally escape the kind of scrutiny applied to women? Nah. As long as it’s not excessive, or done in a way that makes it impossible to ignore. It’s a personal decision anyway.

    And really, what has the “natural beauty,” with attractive or symmetrical features that photograph well, done to be held up as superior? They hit the gene pool jackpot, bless their lucky stars.

    I’ve known a few people who’ve had something about their appearance that really bothered them, despite all of their other assets and accomplishments. Some eventually had work done (straightening a nose, removing under eye bags and a double chin, tummy tuck and breast reduction) and they seemed a lot happier than those who suffered with it, or tried to force themselves to accept it. I always think of them before I get too judgey with celebs who’ve had some tweaks (and I believe the majority have, or will someday.)

    I say if it gets to a point where you can’t find a way to accept your body or face as is and it affects your self esteem, and you’ve done your research on the procedures and doctors — go for it. Honestly I would love to have a breast reduction, but I haven’t had kids yet, and the idea of surgery in general scares the hell out of me.

    Btw, “reap the consequences”? I know “you reap what you sew,” but that reaping consequences sounds awkward to me. 😉

  17. Kate2 says:

    “Talking about celebrities’ plastic surgery: “That’s like asking someone if they see a therapist–and why? If someone wants to go get butt implants, then sure, go get butt implants. The real question is, How do they treat the person next to them? Are they a–holes or are they awesome?” ”

    Crap. She’s right. I’ve said I only give celebs a hard time about their looks when they clearly mess up their face because they’ve basically asked for it in the face (no pun intended) of all the evidence that more than the bare minimum of surgery will mess you up forever. But its true that it matters more whether that person is a shit to people or not. Frankly, I do find I’m more interested in stories about what these people are like when the cameras are off. I like knowing that someone is a genuinely nice person and I like hearing stories of people being dickheads.

  18. Spikey says:

    You want a body like Kate Hudson’s? Why, no problemo. Strict diet, rigid workout regimen, the right genetic makeup … voilà.

  19. claire says:

    I never would have guessed that was Kate Hudson! Looks nothing like her.

  20. db says:

    I hate whiners. The gossiphere is fun and all, and can also serve an important purpose, even a feminist purpose, namely calling bullshite on the idea that these people are just inherently ageless, beautiful, fit blah blah. Just like the gods! This is a fantasy/lie that needs to be demolished- and as often as possible 🙂

  21. serena says:

    Why would they cut off her head in those pictures?

  22. JenniferJustice says:

    Am I the only one who finds it contradictory to first say you’re not a perfectionist or looking for perfection, but then have plastic surgery, advocate it and denounce any interest in it? People who have plastic surgery are definitely looking seeking perfection. And while it may not be our business who has had what done and it isn’t very flattering to be judgy about other women, I don’t care for the message it sends to our youth. The photoshopping to that cover alone screams “seeking pefection” because they’ve altered her image to the point it doesn’t even look like her. If I weren’t told that was Kate Hudson, I would have no idea who it is.

  23. Debb says:

    All of a sudden, her eyebrows are thicker and darker.

  24. Jaded says:

    If she’s so rebellious and not interested in perfection, why doesn’t she rebellious herself into some interesting indie movies instead of the romcomcrap she does all the time – no work and big paycheck. Or throw herself into some charity work supporting disadvantaged women around the world? And if she’s not interested in perfection, why does she work out obsessively and get implants? Not to have the perfect body you say Kate? Just to be healthy? Just because you like to dance? I think not. And as another poster said above, she’d be nobody if she weren’t Goldie Hawn’s daughter.

  25. Amulla says:

    I think celebrities just want the public to ignore their weird faces and pretend its all normal.

  26. melain says:

    Wow. That’s some seriously crazy Photoshop work on her thighs. Would love to see the real picture.

  27. Coco says:

    She is a beautiful girl with an amazing body, all that photoshop is ridiculous and unnecessary.

  28. DrFunkenstein says:

    Waaaaaaaah. You want fame? Deal with it, sweetie, comes with the territory. By the way, if it wasn’t for your Mom, we wouldn’t even know who you were.