Southern Charm’s Naomie Olindo got a new nose: ‘Plastic surgery shouldn’t be taboo’

First of all, I hadn’t heard of this woman before this story either, but I like to cover it when reality stars come clean about plastic surgery and injectables. Naomie Olindo is 25 and she stars on the show Southern Charm. I don’t watch many reality shows and I don’t catch this one so if you have more information about her please comment with it. Our friends at Reality Tea haven’t covered her much, but apparently she broke up with her boyfriend, Craig, last fall. Their relationship was featured heavily on the show and it was clear they were not compatible, according to RT. Anyway she got a new nose and she looks much different now, so instead of trying to play it off like she didn’t do anything or claiming it was medically necessary (deviated septum is a common celebrity tactic) she owned it, and said she wishes she did it sooner. Naomie didn’t immediately post about this though, she posted a photo of her face (the “after” picture above, the before photo is from August) and when commenters pointed out that she looked different, that’s when she came clean about it.

On Thursday’s post, a slew of fans commented that the reality star’s face looked different than it had previously.

A day later, Olindo wrote in the comments section that she had in fact gotten a “new” nose, using a nose emoji to reveal the news.

The 28-year-old added in the comments section, “No point in hiding ANYthing.” The personality also revealed that she had had the surgery 13 days prior and that there was still swelling.

To one fan who criticized her decision, Olindo wrote, “You are part of the problem. If someone doesn’t like something about themselves and has the opportunity to change it, do you think they shouldn’t because ‘beauty comes from within’? It’s a very personal choice and thank god I feel so secure + happy about my decision that nothing pea minds like you could ever say would ever affect how I feel now. Use your brain.”

On Friday, Olindo elaborated more about her surgery to Bravo TV’s The Lookbook: “Getting my nose done was something I’ve wanted since I was eight years old. It’s still early in my recovery but I’ve never been happier. My surgeon, Dr. [A Joshua] Zimm, did the most amazing job and my only regret is not having done it sooner! Plastic surgery shouldn’t be taboo.”

The candid star added, “If there’s something about yourself that you don’t like and you have the opportunity to change it, why wouldn’t you? I did it for me and no one else and want to be as open as possible about it. I’m so happy with my decision and would do it 100 times over.”

[From E!]

I’m impressed that she used “affect” correctly. Well more power to her. She was gorgeous before but she definitely looks different now. As I often say when I cover these type of stories, how does that affect your self image? Like I have a hard time getting used to a new haircut or different color eyeshadow palette, how do you deal with it when you look like a completely different person? I’m asking for myself because I’m considering getting something at some point. My mom had a face lift and while the recovery was a bitch she loves the results. She looks great too and not overdone. So maybe Naomie coming clean about this will encourage other women who can afford it to just go for it if they want a change. I don’t know if that’s a great thing, but it does reduce the stigma as she mentioned.

I am wondering about sending a potato in the mail and now I want to send one to my bestie. Apparently you can do this for $10. (Not a paid endorsement.)

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  1. OOOHH! says:

    She looks great, it actually compliments her other features. Happy for her.

  2. Svea says:

    Her face had more character before. Now she looks cookie cutter.

    • tracking says:


    • gabbie says:


    • OOOHH! says:

      I’m sure she’s fine with cookie cutter. She’s the one who had to live with the insecurities for 20 years. I don’t think people understand that insecurities are a major cause of a very unhealthy internal self depreciation. I’m glad she is in a much better place mentally.

      • kiddo says:

        You can learn to overcome insecurities without surgery. My god.

      • Jennet says:

        I agree. My nose isn’t perfect, it’s a little wide. And sure, I could choose to be insecure and spend thousands of dollars on making it look more Anglo. But I choose instead to embrace my uniqueness.

        I know some people have very large or crooked noses which can be distracting to the rest of their features, but this woman’s nose was not like that, not to the point of being the only facial focus. It was just… unique.

        Just sad how so many women are getting plastic surgery due to social media and the pressure to look a certain way, “Instagram worthy”. Just cookie cutter. Too much focus on physical appearance.

      • Grant says:

        …Or you can get the surgery and resolve your insecurities in one fell swoop. Everyone’s experience is different and I don’t think it’s a good look at all to be so sanctimonious about someone’s decision to get or to not get plastic surgery.

      • Jayna says:

        @Grant, spot on.

  3. Ytbtet says:

    I’m also wanting a nose job and I wish it was less taboo

    • INeedANap says:

      I agree about it being less taboo. The pressure to look a certain way is relentless and overwhelming and I totally understand people who want to permanently alter their appearance. Good on her for being honest.

    • Lua says:

      Do it. I wanted one since I was 13 and I did it on my 31st birthday and it was the best decision I ever made. I wish I’d done it sooner. I had such a complex I would only pose a certain way for pictures. I hated all of my candid wedding photos and excluded them from our album. Now I don’t care who takes my picture, when they take it, or from what angle. I don’t cover my face when I talk to people any more.

      • Ytbtet says:

        I love this reply thank you I appreciate it because I want to go to a good surgeon I would have to travel and stay in hotels so I don’t have enough money yet but it’s my biggest motivation to work hard to pay for it and I gotta to detractors I don’t think plastic surgery is about self hatred…for me it’s more about self love And care
        Now nose job are incredibly subtle and much more streamlined

      • Lee says:

        Same here! I’ve done it last year, at 34. Too bad I’ll soon have to have it retouched because the first one didnt go as planned, but I wish I had done it sooner.

      • someone says:

        How much did it hurt? I’d like to get mine done but I’m afraid it will hurt, and I’m bad about having my nose stuffed up and not being able to breath out of it.

      • Jayna says:

        @Lua, spot on. I was the same way about photos. It’s the best thing I ever did also.

    • Lee says:


      Honestly, for my experience, it didnt hurt at all. I didnt even need to take painkillers and my face wasnt swallen (I had heard other people who had it done and had their faces swollen in the following days, I guess it is subjective and is different in each case because each body has different reactions). I had little bruises around the eyes area, but that was it! Actually I was able to breath with my nose right after I woke up from surgery, the doctor didnt use any nasal swab, I had my nose covered up of course, and gauzes under the nostrils to absorb bleeding (which lasted for a couple of days, like having a bad cold).

      • Snowflake says:

        It didn’t hurt for me either. But unfortunately it has grown crooked again. I guess I’m just going to live with it, idk. Mine was a real hard case, a previous surgeon told me he couldn’t fix it. So I guess I should be glad its better than it was. I got tired of people asking me what happened to my nose. I considered suicide one night because I was so sick of it. Now, occasionally, I still get asked but not as much. Now I’ve just like it is what is. My husband says my nose doesn’t bother him and it suits my face. He’s a keeper!

  4. Patty says:

    I liked her old nose. She was really cute. Now she’s got that weird Kardashian thing going on where there’s too much space between your nose and lips. And she looks older or maybe that was just the lighting.

    • Suzanne says:

      I agree with you. I think she was much better looking before the nose job. Now she looks impish….clown like sort of. Sorry. Just saying’.

    • Lex says:

      Yeah the gap is a little odd, only because I saw the photos side by side. She may now be inclined towards upper lip injections to balance it out…

  5. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    I am a HUGE Southern Charm fan and follower (it’s the only reality show I watch bc it’s based in Charleston, SC.) Naomi is a great girl and was way too good for her ex, Craig. He would put her down and when she would stand up for herself, he would throw a tantrum like a toddler and drink his sorrows away. She is very mature, was born in France, and extremely smart and ambitious. She was working on her MBA (as of last season), and she would come home to Craig doing nothing with himself. He’s infamous on the show for graduating from law school and then waiting years to take the bar exam. Basically, she is a great girl and props to her for being confident enough to own her new look!

    • Dawnie says:

      That’s how I feel my husband is. Overall he’s okay/great in some areas. A great dad, etc. But we are always fighting this man and wife narrative. IDK if it’s that we are both from recently immigrated Hispanic families (I’m third generation born and he’s first). But he sulks and acts the victim. I am ‘always in the wrong’. In recent years, I’ve fought back with words, but he is so quick to dimiss my arguments for his own. You have to fight for what you want in this life. I am fighting for respect. Too bad it’s the love of my life I’m fighting with.

      • Regina Falangie says:

        Ugh, Dawnie. I’m so sorry. I HATE macho BS!! I’m sorry you are dealing with that in your home. First I would suggest trying to find some one like minded to talk to about it. Or google techniques on how to handle/defuse him. Off the top of my head I would think ignoring his sulking victim act would be a good start. Don’t give any energy to that act and hopefully over time it will dwindle away. Try gently talking to him in calm moments, far away from any arguments or triggers. Use “I” statements, like, “I feel less valued when ——.” If you have daughters, use them as an example of what you/he want for them in a relationship.
        I pray that over time your words, actions and love will soften him. That might be something you could tell him? In your own words. Love is powerful. I wish you the best. Xo

    • Mari With An I says:

      The day she came home from work/school and Craig was sitting there sewing…I knew it was over. She is way too good for Craig. Somehow, I have always thought Craig would end up with Kathryn.

  6. Shambles says:

    But…. how about, instead, we reduce the stigma around accepting yourself as you are without confirming to Anglo-European beauty standards? How about we reduce the stigma around doing the inner work and even going to therapy until you arrive at that place? Do whatever you want with your face and body, seriously. I’m all for autonomy without judgement. But those are the taboos I’m interested in breaking, not so much making it easier and more acceptable to get a new face. It’s a lot harder to put in the work just to love yourself, with every perceived imperfection, but IMO it’s worth it. But I also get that some people just want the change and it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t love themselves. *shrugs*

    • Lua says:

      I don’t think it’s anyone’s right to tell someone how they should feel about and alter their own body. You don’t have the right to do that unless you have lived with the insecurity yourself. And if you can fix something that bothers you so much you obsess over it constantly, why not? Not your place to judge.

      • Shambles says:

        I tried to specifically say I wasn’t judging because that wasn’t my intention. I’m sorry for sending that message. Like I said at the end of my post, I get that sometimes it just needs to happen. This was just me wishing we lived in a world that didn’t make people feel so insecure that they feel called to medically alter their faces to fit some perceived standard, and that’s the taboo I’m more interested in breaking. I wish people didn’t feel like they had to “fix” anything about themselves, but that’s a cultural issue. I’m sorry that I worded it poorly.

      • Milla says:

        But you are being told you aren’t good enough by some people who make billions on making you look like some beauty queen or whatever. And men aren’t targeted as much as women. Imagine how much healthier and richer we would be without buying all the makeup and anti cellulite crap and use all the stuff to get perfect hair and perfect lips and glossy skin and never look day over 29… Plastic surgery is just one part of bigger problem and that is that whole idea that all women should look certain way. And that idea is sexist, racist, very unhealthy in more ways than one.

    • Milla says:

      Im with Shambles.

      I don’t think anyone should feel bad for the way they were born. There’s no such thing as perfection and if we all followed plastic surgery is a solution thing, most of us would look like separated at birth.

      And let’s not forget the risks…

    • HH says:

      @Shambles – You didn’t word anything poorly. I got exactly what you’re saying. Plastic surgery is a nuanced issue and at times people are refusing to see it as such. It’s not as cut and dry as “do whatever you want with you body.”

      In a world where there are no “beauty standards” then yes, cosmetic procedures would simply be a matter of bodily autonomy. However, plastic surgery is also a gendered issue. Society needs to ask themselves why is it that women account for over 90% of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures?

      Plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures can also be a racial and ethnic issue. Narrow noses, bleaching skin, less hooded eyes, are all examples of adhering to a specific standard of beauty. There’s more, but I just wanted add my comment because it’s just intellectually lazy to end it at cosmetic procedures being a matter of individual choice.

      • Krissy says:

        Exactly! It’s way deeper than just I disliked my nose, I got a nose job. Why did you dislike your nose so much that you thought surgery was the only way to make yourself happy?? I’m all for doing what makes you happy, do you boo, it’s your body but there’s a bigger conversation about why she thought her broader nose was so unattractive. Why we’re constantly bombarded with these Eurocentric beauty standards that imply that broader features are too “ethnic” therefore less attractive.

      • Kitten says:

        I honestly don’t think Shambles could have worded it better. She makes a very worthwhile point here and she handled it with sensitivity too.

    • Anoni Mus says:

      I rarely post, but Shambles’ post is spot on. It takes a lot of inner work but I feel that we have to learn to see the beauty in each of us. Not all beauty is physical, it’s a combination of factors in which the physical beauty is just one part (and a temporary one at that). The older you get, the wiser you become and the more you understand that it is not so important after all. I get being insecure about a feature you don’t like, but ask yourself, why don’t you like it? Who told you this? Why do you agree? Own your uniqueness! Just food for thought. I don’t think this girl looks bad after the nose job by the way. But she looked just as good before. Her choice 🤷‍♀️

  7. HelloSunshine says:

    Good for her. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with plastic surgery and I think most people are reasonable with it, we just see more of the people who go overboard. She looks different but it sounds like she feels much better about herself. I do think there’s a fine line between tweaking one thing and using plastic surgery as a way to cope with multiple self esteem issues though.

    • QueenB says:

      Why else would you use plastic surgery if not for self esteem issues? Its based on the pressure to look a certain way. Happy people do not alter their appearance via surgery to fit into a beauty standard.

      • wildflower says:

        What if the “pressure” is coming from yourself and not outside influences? What if she just plain didn’t like her nose and wished it was a little different and had the means to have surgery? I’m not judging her, it’s her face, her life. I think you can be a completely stable and happy person and still do something for yourself. What she had done was pretty minor, I can’t even tell the difference, but she’s happy so good for her.

      • Snowflake says:

        Yes Queen B, I almost considered suicide at one point because I was tired of people asking me what happened to my nose? Wtf makes people think that’s OK to ask? It made me really self conscious. Like it must look really bad, people keep asking me about it!

  8. PoodleMama says:

    I watched southern charm and always liked her. Good for her for dropping Craig. I don’t mind plastic surgery but I actually liked her old nose more! She looks so much more generic now and was already quite pretty. Bummer.

  9. tealily says:

    She looks cute, but she looked cute before too. Glad she’s happy with it! That would be my biggest fear about plastic surgery (other than dying because something went wrong) — that I would get it done and then I would HATE it. At this point I would consider an eye lift in the future, although I doubt I’ll ever have the money and want to spend it on that.

  10. isabelle says:

    Her old nose matched her face and she looked better. She looked more “sensual” now, just suburban housewife pretty. She went Jennifer Gray, never go Jennifer Gray.

    • Tricia says:

      exactly this 🙂

    • kk2 says:

      Agree. I liked her old nose better and thought it suited her face and she was lovely. She is still lovely but more generic now and that makes me a little sad… mostly it makes me sad that she couldn’t see she was already beautiful as is. But I’m glad she is happy and is up front about it. I watched the first 2 seasons of that show and always liked her.

    • SlightlyAnonny says:

      This. I kept thinking, “but the old nose looks better.”

    • KicktheSticks says:

      THIS. Her face was so unique before and so beautiful. Now I wouldn’t notice her in a crowd. Total Jennifer Grey effect.

  11. Sayrah says:

    I think it looks great but I never watched this show so I didn’t have the chance to get used to her old nose.

  12. Astrid says:

    I appreciate the honesty. If you’ve had work done, totally fine, but own up to it.

  13. minx says:

    I think she was very cute before, but if she feels better that’s her decision. So many celebrities have nose jobs.

  14. JA says:

    My friend from high school secretly had a nose job and didn’t tell me till after…couldn’t even tell! It was obviously something that bothered her and Even though her nose looked the same to me, she said she felt so much better about her face! If it helps you more power to you but I’ve been struggling recently with a ongoing ailment that was once close to be under control but stress has wreaked havoc! Point being if you’re in good health and maybe have a less than perfect nose…count your blessings! So much we focus on instead of being grateful for what is…I know it’s hard especially in the superficial world we live in but try to love you!!

  15. Adele Dazeem says:

    Completely confused…what is this stuff about a potato? Another pop culture ‘moment’ I’ve completely missed?? Someone please explain!?

  16. Ozogirl says:

    I’m assuming the picture on the left is the after? She looks nice either way.

  17. Veronica says:

    I’m one of those people who thinks you’re cool to do whatever you want with your body with informed consent, but I do think you have to be really careful not to use as a bandage for personal insecurities. That’s how you wind up with Kim K situation in your thirties.

    I wouldn’t mind a minor nose job. I’ve learned to be happy with my face without one.

  18. Lyla says:

    Maybe it’s because I grew up in SoCal, but I never thought of plastic surgery as taboo. I remember girls in high school and college getting nose jobs. I always like it when celebs (and everyday people) admit to the work they have done. Often times, it’s like, you know we have eyes, right?

    Anyways, I recently realized my nose was a bit crooked. I wouldn’t mind fixing it but I’m worried about bad plastic surgery results. And no one notices my slightly crooked nose but me, so who knows if I’ll ever get it “fixed”

  19. SJhere says:

    No idea who she is. Never heard of the show.
    But, if she is happy = good for you!
    Me? Nope, never. I am terrified of any doctor/surgery.
    Plastic surgery is fine if it’s done well and not overdone. Gotta know when to say When.

  20. mela says:

    she looked very european to me with her old nose.

    She is cookie cutter and very american pretty with her new nose. Whatever mades her happy. Don’t have a clue who she is but she is gorgeous with either nose.

  21. IMUCU says:

    Of course you can send a potato in the mail! I sent a coconut in the mail from Florida to my grandparents in California years ago! 🙂

  22. KicktheSticks says:

    OMG… I love watching this silly show and she was STUNNING. Her nose gave her character. This is so bad, it changed her face so much that she doesn’t even look like herself anymore! I’m not opposed to plastic surgery and fillers at all but I’m sorry this is just a disaster for her face. She looked better before. What a shame!

  23. whynot says:

    Like others have said, I understand it’s her choice and I don’t want to criticize but she was very uniquely beautiful with her original nose. If it helps someone feel more confident then kudos to them but I personally think she was much more lovely before the nose job. Also, everyone should watch Southern Charm!

  24. Jayna says:

    Okay. I’ve never admitted this on here. I got a nose job in my late 20s. I never had an awful nose, but I had hated it since I was a teenager. I had a thin face. But because it’s on your face and if botched,you can’t hide it. So I never did anything, because it wasn’t awful. I just hated it from an angle, when a bit of a bump was there and the tip I didn’t like from that angle when smiling. It had nothing to do with anybody else. I was considered pretty.

    So I went to three doctors. I freaked out. I asked a lot of questions and was backtracking. I had a fear of some upturned nose or ski-slope nose with no bridge. So I was over it. I didn’t want to regret what I had done. I’ve seen bad nose jobs before, overdone. One doctor told me your nose will upturn a bit. He was considered the best. All I could think of was my nostrils showing or a pig nose. Ugh. So I wasn’t going to do it. Then I went to the third consult I had set up.

    The third doctor told me nothing like that would happen. He told me I had a good nose in that it was straight, but he could see what I was talking about for my thin face. He said he would only take a tiny bit off the tip, milliliters, the same on the bridge of my nose, take a tiny bit off, and then he suggested something the other two doctors didn’t. He said with my face he would suggest thinning my nose just a bit up by the bridge,just milliliters. II felt good about him. My friend, who was very beautiful, but had a very bad nose, crooked, kind of bulbous on the tip, went with me to all of them. She was going to do it after me.

    So I did it. It came out absolutely amazing, but a subtle change, and suited my face. I shouldn’t have told everybody I was doing it beforehand. Everyone was telling me I was crazy. And people really don’t stare at your nose anyway. So it’s not like they would even notice it afterwards. But it gave me more confidence, because it had always bothered me. What it did for me is I stopped wearing so much eye makeup. It opened up my face, opened up my eyes. I always had pretty blue eyes, but never went without eye makeup. So as a result, I became more natural, less focused on my looks actually. It felt freeing. Why should I go through life with something that really bothered me? Who is anyone on here to tell me what I did was disappointing, that society made me do it. Wrong!

    My sister didn’t understand why I was doing it. She had a great nose and a fuller face. The next time I went home she said she could not see a difference. My mom did. She liked it. Then a month later my sister and I went to the mountains to hike, and I had my hair in a ponytail, just a little mascara on, no other makeup. And we were out in natural light, and out of the blue she said, “Wow, I see the difference now looking at you straight on.” She said it was a great decision and that my profile was beautiful with the change. The point being I didn’t alter myself. I didn’t get a new face. I simply tweaked something I didn’t like. I still looked like myself, just softer. I wasn’t a Jennifer Grey. Because of the surgery, I actually stopped focusing on my looks so much, because I felt more confident and, yes, prettier. I don’t have a cookie-cutter nose. Well, someone on here might think so. But to me, I just have a better version of my own nose.

    I never got a nose job because I needed to conform to a certain beauty. I got it because I hated the nose on my shape face since I can remember. It was the best thing I ever did for me, just like someone else said on here. And all of this blah, blah, we shouldn’t have insecurities, should love everything about ourselves, ugh. Well, people do have insecurities, and sometimes it’s very simple. I’m not out there obsessed now and changing everything, with chipmunk cheeks, huge fake lips. Okay. I have high cheekbones and full lips naturally, so don’t need it. But I would never judge someone who hated their lips and gets some filler put in, or whatever it is they put in lips. I used to judge when a friend would tell me they were going to do it. Then I realized, wait a minute. I have full lips. I don’t understand what it is like to have pencil thin lips. Maybe it would bother me, maybe not. I don’t know. But for some of my friends it does, and they just get a little bit, not fake fish lips, and they are happier. If I don’t want to be judged for what I did, why am I telling them they shouldn’t be bothered by really thin lips that get thinner as you get older? I realized I was a hypocrite and shut my mouth.

    Again, I know quite a few people who have had nose jobs. Not one, and I mean not one, looked like a different person. But for all of them it was an improvement that made them happy. And none of them have cookie-cutter noses after the surgery. And all of them are women who live life to the fullest and would roll their eyes at some of these comments on here so judging about loving yourself as-is. They all love themselves.. No one is a Kim Kardashian or Kylie, changing everything about their face and body.

  25. Patty says:

    Here’s the one thing I don’t understand about plastic surgery. If you choose to procreate your kids may get some of your old features that you didn’t like. Wouldn’t that create a complex in kids. Let’s say you end up with mom’s old nose and she tries to tell you you’re beautiful but then you see she went and got her nose done. Would that maybe the child more likely to get surgery? Or want surgery? Is it possible to raise a child to love themselves the way they are when they have a nose you didn’t want? Like I’m seriously curious about this.

    • Courtney says:

      Yes that’s a really good question. I guess all you can do is infuse as much confidence into your kids as you can, encourage them to develop their abilities and grow into well-rounded people, so that even if they end up with a feature that makes them insecure it won’t be the only thing in the world to them.

      Also, just because you felt you needed to change it doesn’t mean they will, and if they do it is their own decision to make when they are old enough.

      My aunt had a nose job decades ago and her daughter inherited her old nose. She knows about her mom’s surgery but has never personally felt the need to do anything to her nose. She is in her early 20s and very comfortable in her own skin.

  26. Bunky says:

    I recently had gastric bypass after struggling for years to lose weight to get rid of my high blood pressure before starting a family. Looking skinnier was never a real goal, I was never super-overweight to begin with and am loved and supported by friends and family for who I am. Even though getting thin wasn’t a priority for me, I still am sometimes overwhelmed by how much easier it is to just be “normal” out in public. It’s an absence of other people’s discomfort that I wasn’t even that cognizant of. Even if we love ourselves just the way we are, it’s surprising how much the comfort of “normalcy” can affect our overall wellbeing.

  27. Blonde555 says:

    Lol nose job… And chin shave…

  28. Jordan says:

    She looks good
    A+ for honesty. All good in my book.

  29. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    What was wrong w/her original nose? Her choice, but I’m seeing nothing that needed changing..