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Sunny Hostin, cohost on The View, recently revealed to People that she got cosmetic surgery over the summer. She got a breast reduction — from a G-cup to a C-cup — and lift, and lipo on her waist and chin. Sunny says she was self-conscious and physically uncomfortable for years because of her breasts. She mentions struggling when she was a teen in New York City, which I imagine means unwanted male attention, and throughout her professional life when wardrobe for appearances wouldn’t fit properly and she felt worried about popping out of her clothes at events. Sunny is sharing her story because she wants to share the truth about the plastic surgery process and destigmatize it for others.
Sunny Hostin is sharing her cosmetic surgery journey.
In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, The View cohost reveals she underwent a breast reduction and lift, as well as liposuction, last summer.
“I feel like a better version of myself,” Hostin tells PEOPLE exclusively of the procedures, which she moved forward with after years of struggling with back pain and body-image issues. “It was a health decision and a self-care decision.”
Now Hostin wants to start a conversation about cosmetic procedures — and to destigmatize them.
“I thought I would feel shame, like, ‘Oh my God, I’m doing plastic surgery like all these crazy celebrities.’ But I don’t feel shame at all,” she says. “And I hope sharing my story will help more people. If they’re feeling so body-conscious, the way I was — they can do what they need to do to feel better.”
On Aug. 22, 2022, Hostin underwent a breast reduction and lift, as well as liposuction on her waist and chin.
“It’s not glamorous,” says Hostin, who hired a private nurse to assist during her two-week-long recovery at home, which included drainage tubes to prevent blood and fluid buildup for three days, along with minimal scarring. “I was up and walking around in three days. I was back to work in two weeks, and I was doing Pilates in two months.”
Indeed, these days Hostin is happy and confident.
“Now I prance around nude all the time at my house — I feel great,” says Hostin, who went from a G-cup to a C-cup. “I don’t know, you may see me naked on The View!”
And Hostin hopes viewers take note.
“I look through magazines and Instagram accounts. I always believed, ‘Oh, they must be clean eating.’ No, they’re not — a lot of them are taking something, or they’re getting plastic surgery. It’s their decision to keep it private,” she adds. “But I wanted to be really honest. And I’m so happy.”
Sunny describes a specific incident at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner when her dress didn’t fit and she could barely eat or move because she was afraid of falling out. And that was the catalyst for her surgeries. I appreciate her honesty about both the surgery and the recovery process. Celebs who won’t cop to it and suddenly just appear looking different make it look too easy, like big changes can just happen like that overnight. And I like that she mentions that celebrity appearances are way more effortful than we’re led to believe. She used to fall for it herself, but she pulls back the curtain a bit by acknowledging that it’s not just diet and exercise and a good skincare routine, celebrities have a lot of help to look the way they do. It is their decision to keep it private, but then just don’t talk about it instead of pretending it’s something it’s not. I like that Sunny was honest and it’s great that she’s feeling more comfortable and self-confident after all these years.
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