It's a rare thing to see Wendy Williams sans heavy makeup and big, BIG hair, but thanks to xoJane.com we get to see the self-professed Queen Of All Media (hey that's OUR name! HAH!) in her GORGEOUS, natural glory.
During her 'make-under' Wendy discussed botox, stalkers, breast implants, wigs, and cellulite, among a myriad of other topics.
When do you feel the most beautiful?
When I get out of the shower, I like what I see. I think that clothing complicates my body. Even in the most beautiful outfit I feel like, I have on too many clothes. First of all TV adds the weight. And TV bras are so thick, because nipples are offensive. Big breasts, they always want you to push them down to be a flat C. I wear a Playtex Target T-shirt bra. I don’t like bras with lace and embellishments; then it looks like I’m stuffing like I’m in eighth grade. I like them to be thick and old ladyish and pointy. Well, I have breast implants so they stay good.
You are so open about plastic surgery.
I’m open about it. But the downside of it is that for women who get it and think it’s a one-time thing, you always have to have your money ready for your corrective surgery. Particularly with breast implants. It's like wheels on a tire. Even if your tire never pops and even if you never get a bubble, even if you have no reason to replace them, you should because the treads thin and when the treads thin you can get a blow-out. I’m trying to change my habits right now and start sleeping on my back, because if you wake up with a deflated breast, you now have to have the same $7,000 to replace them.
Why do you think some people are so judgmental about plastic surgery?
They are jealous. Because if I said to that person, “I got the doctor and I’m going to pay for it. Choose three things you want to do,” believe me, they would get it done. They are very jealous and scared. Scared of what their other friends would say, or to break out of the box and be different. And being black? Ugh, please. My people will not go for any kind of surgery. We are supposed to be natural. Ugh, whatever.
Do you think the same standard goes for hair?
Its like a 50/50 thing with women. Some woman prefer natural and then the other 50% prefer something fake going on. And for me, fake includes a color. Blonde is not natural in most of our background's rainbow.
Full blown wigs are looked at as the worst, in terms of hair type fakery. Getting pieces is the first line of acceptability. Then getting a full weave is a second line of acceptability. Then a wig is something that is acceptable for your old aunt, but not for a modern girl. If you do wear a wig, everybody wants you to take off the wig and show your hair. That’s what Tyra did on her show years ago. She did it because she was running out of ideas trying to shock her audience. They always ask me that, too.
The reason I wear the wigs is because my hair is naturally thin. And I have thyroid disease which I was diagnosed with 12 years ago. And thyroid disease thins your natural hair and your eyebrows. It thins all of the hair on your body, along with giving you the eye pop and the scary stare. That’s why I wear wigs. Because the hair I would want is just not what is growing out of my head. If I was a librarian with a smaller personality, then I would keep the hair that I have.
Do you have special rules for dressing your chest?
There are no rules for dressing them, but there are more rules for my conduct. I am not the girl you are going to hate because I’m not coming into the room to take your husband. I’m happily married. I lead with a smile and a non-threatening personality. People don’t realize that when you come in and you have something that other women want, they hate you immediately. You have got to disarm them. People are quick not to like either the different girl, then the black girl, then I am the celebrity girl. You learn to have a good giggle and a few other things.
Do you have any favorite products?
I never stand over the sink and clean off my face and all that. I like Biore wipes. For moisturizer, I use Cetaphil. I’m a drugstore girl. I don’t use the undereye cream and all that stuff. It’s too much of a routine! You know how you do something once or twice and then the next thing you know you are not doing anything anymore? The only thing I am consistent with is my Clarisonic.
I get a little Botox, I don’t have any now; it's all run out. But I don’t use anything big and special on my face. I thought on my 40th birthday that I needed to start shopping at the makeup counters with the Crème de la Mer. But it's too rich for my blood. In my opinion the beauty world pulls one over on women and doesn’t give our genes enough credit. My mother has nice skin; she’s 76. I truly believe things like stretch marks and cellulite are inherited. I don't have one stretch mark and I gained 100 lbs when I was pregnant. But, I’ve got lots of cellulite. Including on my arms. If I had a choice between either or, I would take the cellulite any day.
What about hair?
I love big hair. Big hair offsets my big body. The bigger the hair, the smaller the hips. Plus I have a small head. As a big girl, you can end up looking snowmanish. Which is why I don’t wear a lot of short hair unless it’s teased out gigantically.
[Image via xoJane.com.]