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Jill Zarin’s New Look: Surgery or Spray Tan?

Jill, Jill, Jill…you’ve always got to give viewers something to talk about. Did she or didn’t she? When the always loud, often catty, and sometimes ringleader of the Real Housewives of New York took to the red carpet for the 9th Annual TV Land Awards, the media was buzzing about Jill’s dramatic new look. Plastic surgery rumors exploded on the internet, but during her recent appearance on WWHL, Jill (looking equal parts Barbara Eden circa 1965 and a 90’s Madonna sans cone bra) coyly refuted any type of surgery, but was open about her use of injectables.

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No stranger to controversy and cat fights, the reality diva has been subject to these rumors before. In 2009, Jill’s personal blog set the record straight with exactly the type of maintenance she required to fight the natural aging progression. Mrs. Zarin cites an earlier breast reduction as the only time she’s been under the knife. And let’s be honest, who can blame her–I didn’t even know someone COULD be a G cup. As for the other pricey procedures, Jill copped to getting years’ worth of Botox injections (which I think is a requirement to even be considered for any Housewives cast), laser tightening of her neck, and treatments to reduce cellulite prior to pesky bikini season (shudder).

Now, in an interview this week with Wendy Williams (you have to love it when Wendy gets an exclusive!), she’s is explaining her new look yet again. While I fully expected Jill to say that her new, majorly slicked back ponytail and extensions tightly pulled her skin back for an instantly taut look, she instead introduced America to the ‘liquid facelift.’ People.com explained the process more succinctly, stating that “[r]ather than using a filler to tackle individual smile lines, the dermatologist…lifted Zarin’s face by injecting Restylane along the jaw line and up along the sides of her face.” And only at a couple thousand dollars a pop…bargain!

But wait…that doesn’t explain her slimmer looking nose, does it? That, my friends, has nothing to do with scalpels or injectable fillers, but it is instead the sleight of hand of Jill’s new hair and make-up artist. Like countless license tags (“Heidi ‘N Spencer 4EVER”) and klassy t-shirts (I Survived Spring Break ’08!), Jill is getting airbrushed. According to Jim Crawford, her new face painter, prior to his services, Jill was using plain old make-up (the nerve!). Crawford has magically thinned Zarin’s nose and face by using contouring make-up in a darker shade, as well as airbrushing the sides of her face and hairline. Sweeping her bangs away from her face also diminishes the appearance of her nose and showcases her wrinkle-free, frozen forehead.

I will say I have always thought Jill was attractive in a “ladies who lunch” sort of way, which makes sense, as that is exactly what she is. Am I in love with her new look? Um, no. But it isn’t going to give me nightmares or anything (fingers crossed). Her hairstyle and those extensions are way too severe, and while her face is free of lines, that extreme ponytail ages her because it’s such a desperate attempt to follow a trend she is just too old to follow. While she has yet to have a surgical face lift, she states, “All [of] the sudden if I woke up with jowls, that’s it. I’m going under the knife.” Regardless of how you feel about her, you have to give her credit. Jill is nothing if not honest about what is (and isn’t) going on with her face.

Moving on to tonight’s new episode of the Real Housewives of NYC. On the third episode of the season titled ‘Hairy Mess,’ Alex attempts to mend her relationship with Sonja by having lunch with her. Meanwhile, Ramona, who gained infamy for her wild-eyed runway walk the year before, is asked to appear on the catwalk again. Also: Alex basks in her new career as a model; LuAnn’s boyfriend throws a get-together featuring wine and speed dating; dramas intensify between Kelly and Ramona.

The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Alex McCord and Denise Richards.

TELL US – YOU BUYING WHAT JILL IS SELLING? DO YOU THINK SHE ONLY HAD A “LIQUID FACELIFT?” PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

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