Blac Chyna is getting a major makeover, only this time, it’s from the inside out.
The influencer and former reality TV star first began documenting her journey to reversing her cosmetic surgery procedures on March 13 via a transparent Instagram video shared with her 16 million followers from her doctor’s office.
"As y'all know, I've been changing my life and changing my ways! One of the things that I feel like is going to take me to the next level is obviously taking some of these ass shots out," she shares.
Before moving forward with the procedure, the mother of two clarified the difference between “butt shots” and a BBL, punctuating the safety precautions that should be advised for each operation. "I just want all the ladies out there to know, do not get silicone shots because you can get sick, you can die, have complications, and all this other crazy stuff," she says.
In the latest set of reversal treatments, Chyna took to Allure Laser in Los Angeles to have her fillers removed. During the video diary, she recorded the session to get her “back to the baseline” as her doctor injected liquids into her cheeks to dissolve her fillers.
When asked what brought on her decision to go forward with the procedure, Chyna shared, “First of all, I’m tired of the look. And it’s just not flattering. It’s not what I look like. It totally changed my face, and I’m just ready to get back to Angela.” She continues, “Blac Chyna’s Blac Chyna, you know what I mean? I feel like I’ve outgrown that, and it’s just time for a change. And I just want to be good.”
“I’m on my journey right now, and I just want to start fresh, clean. Shout out to the girls who want to get fillers,” Chyna says. “We’re not saying, ‘Don’t do it.’ But just for me, I’m just kind of over the whole phase.”
This fresh start has also led her to make a return back to her birth name, Angela White. During an interview with Forbes, the Real Blac Chyna personality announced her decision to reclaim her real name as a means to reconnect with her true self.
"Well, it was given to me by birth, but mostly for me, it's getting back to myself," she says. "Because you know, being in the entertainment field, everybody always calls me, 'Hey Blac Chyna, Chyna, Chyna.' Nobody ever calls me Angela."
"So sometimes I would kind of like forget who I am because it's always about the brand, brand, brand, and not the person," she says.
While it's not the official end of Blac Chyna, she adds that there is a clear distinction between who she is as a person versus who she is as a brand. "Like, if I'm performing or things like that, that's Blac Chyna. But if I'm home and I'm with the kids, or if I'm doing my business stuff and I'm doing deals, that's Angela," she says, "Like how we are sitting here and having a conversation, this is Angela."
Many may credit the 34-year-old model for being one of the first public figures behind the popularization of BBL culture in the 2010s. With surgically enhanced derrieres, hyper-realistic lips, and face injections being peak signifiers of the "Instagram Model" aesthetics, it's hard not to notice the sudden pivot away from this body trend that was once highly praised.
Like Chyna, many other celebrities like Kim and Khloe Kardashian have made headlines for marking the sudden shift away from their once-exaggerated features by undergoing reversal procedures. Some have associated these changes with an intentional step towards separating themselves from the “Black woman aesthetics” that rose them to fame. And with this current trend surrounding reversals not seeming to stop anytime soon, many have questioned whether this could mark the beginning of the end of BBL culture as we know it in celebrity culture.
When beauty standards are attached to a trend, they’re fated to have a life cycle. And while these beauty trends and standards are ever-changing, the beauty, self-love, and confidence that we find within ourselves can only be defined for ourselves — no matter the route we choose to take.
With Blac Chyna sharing the steps she’s taking to elevate herself physically, mentally, and spiritually, the future looks bright for the social media starlet. From getting baptized, seeking sobriety, working out, and deleting her OnlyFans page, it appears that Chyna is looking inward for what she needs, and we love to see it.
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Ariel's followers became inspired by her honest and raw day-in-the-life perspective: the days when she would be over her budget, her kids' rooms wouldn't be the tidiest, or when she'd be running late for pick-ups and drop-offs. Her relatability made single mothers everywhere feel seen, but there's much more to life Ariel's story that she's found the bravery to open up about.
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Ariel says marriage was great in the beginning. Her ex-husband presented himself as loving and was a proud stepfather to her two children. After welcoming two more children with her ex-husband, she says that's when the problems started. "We were arguing all the time. The finances were bad. And then it got to the point where he was consuming a lot of alcohol all the time," she says. "And when the alcohol got bad, it got physical. I was embarrassed. I just invited all of my family to this wedding and everyone's so happy that I'm married, but I'm miserable."
Ariel eventually filed for divorce, and was then forced to get a restraining order after her ex proceeded to stalk her. Though these frightening moments are behind her, she's working every day to address the residual trauma. "It was a lot of trauma to get where we are, and a lot to finally feel safe," she says. "But I just wanted to do whatever I had to do so my children wouldn't have to heal from a choice that I made."
It's clear that Ariel's adorable children, ranging from ages three to fifteen, are her biggest inspiration. She often posts videos of herself teaching them important life lessons like how to create a budget and maintain good credit. It's these important life skills that many of her followers said they wished they had learned growing up. For Ariel, her greatest goal is to fill up their self-love tank. "The world is going to knock you down enough when you get older," she says. "So if I can push them out there at a hundred percent if the world can only knock them down to 80, I'd be happy with that. But if they only go out there at 80 and the world can get them down to 60 or less than half of who they are, that's a problem for me."
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