“Bombshell” investment banker tells Oprah how her ten plastic surgeries were an investment that transformed her career
Anon bombshell: The Wall Street banker says surgery opened career options
A Wall Street investment banker believes that her career has been boosted by an arsenal of cosmetic surgery.
The anonymous woman – who says that her life motto is A Chorus Line”s “Keep the best of you, do the rest of you” – has undergone ten different operations to achieve a “killer body” and is convinced that the drastic changes are the making of her career.
Speaking with Oprah.com, the 55-year-old said she”d started with liposuction on her thighs at age 24 – a move that followed from a relationship with a man who “said callous things about [her] small breasts and generous thighs.”
“I thought, “No one will ever love me; I”m completely undesirable,”” she recalls.
Soon, she had breast implants – then a nose job: “Twice – the first one was botched. I had my ears pinned back. My eyes done. A forehead lift. Filler in my lips. And then lip surgery to repair the damage done by the filler. I had a tummy tuck. A facelift. And I”ve had my teeth veneered.”
She says that the work changed her life.
“Not only did my romantic options explode, but my career instantly shifted into a higher gear. I was suddenly being courted by senior partners, included in meetings with the CEOs and CFOs of current and prospective clients.
“I thought, “Wait a minute – I”m the same person I was before the surgeries.” But now I looked like a bombshell in addition to being really good at my work, and it definitely opened up more opportunities.
“That”s when I began to think of the surgeries as an asset and an investment.”
She views the painful surgeries as a “time-saver” and found that the surgery, paradoxically, gave her the confidence to accept herself who she is.
“Having a killer body gave me a kind of confidence I”d never had. But the way men reacted to me after my first surgery was the way I thought people would treat me if I had suddenly become famous.
“It was clear the reaction had nothing to do with who I really am. I”m not as vulnerable as I was before my surgeries, and I”m more careful about who I choose to be with. I choose people who love me for me.”
Whether or not her career success is down to her physical changes, or the morale boost afforded by the surgery is unclear.
“But now I looked like a bombshell in addition to being really good at my work, and it definitely opened up more opportunities”
Certainly, her career was already in ascendency in her early 20s when she first went under the knife. She admits that despite “becoming very successful as an investment banker at a big Wall Street firm,” her first operation was very much driven by a self-esteem of “zero.”
She told the site that “the only thing important to me is whether I have earned my own admiration. I refuse to be judged by anyone else” – but confusingly concedes, says Oprah, that her attractive traits are all the responsibility of a dentist, dermatologist and plastic surgeon.
Looking forwards, the city high-flyer says that she has taken a lead from her CFO, who advised her that “it”s critical to allocate adequate resources to asset maintenance.”
The comments are likely to anger groups who campaign for self-esteem and body confidence – as well as those in corporate jobs to whom the news may come as no surprise.
One reader at Oprah, joyceannfl, writes that she was “furious” at being passed over for promotions for being “too overweight,” despite having a “mover and shaker” position at a major juice company.
While another, betennat, sounds rather more dejected: “Face it: we live in a culture, no matter what industry you work in, that values youth and beauty. We can fight that fight but we can”t alterthe entire culture in one person”s lifetime.”