Singer/celebutot Alexa Ray Joel has been a trending topic on social media sites all week. But it’s hardly the kind of publicity that sells singles.
After USA Today and Us Weekly posted images of Joel’s eyebrow-raising transformation from, what some have called, an awkward young woman to what others might call a contestant on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, readers accused the star of going under the knife one time too many.
“Every now and then a star goes under the knife and the work is so seamless, so subtle, that the public is none the wiser. This is not one of those times,” USA Today columnist Arienne Thompson boldly wrote.
An Us commenter went a step further:
“This is really sad. She was a beautiful fresh-faced young woman before and now she just looks like one of those generic plastic Real Housewives of whatever city.”
Another reader, James, chimed in with his two cents, writing:
“Poor girl – Mother obviously worried about being upstaged by talent…Its not a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated Christie!!!”
The daughter of rock legend Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, Alexa’s used to having her looks scrutinized. Cyber criticism was allegedly one of several forces behind a 2009 suicide attempt.
This time, however, Joel isn’t taking the bites without a fight. After reading through several negative comments, Alexa decided to take matters into her own hands and shot down the commenters in a lengthy rant that attracted the attention of the blogosphere late Thursday.
Joel, 28, acknowledges undergoing rhinoplasty. She denies, however, commissioning any other nips or tucks. Any changes to her appearance, she contends, should be attributed to the natural aging process and the talents of her professional makeup artist.
“This is absolutely hysterical!!! I was 13 years old in the pic posted as a ‘before’. In this latter pic, I am 28 years old [that's the age I am now], I have lost weight simply from maturing, and I have fully contoured “stage makeup” and hair done for my first debut-show at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC. Obviously, I’m going to look different. It’s called ‘growing up!’ I have only gotten one nose-job done. That is the absolute extent of the surgeries I have had. I’m very sorry to disappoint everyone who wants to believe that I have had multiple surgeries, but that just simply isn’t true. Dramatic makeup and a push-up bra can go a long way though– and I tend to favor an ultra-glam, dramatic look when I am performing- especially at such a dressy venue.”
Alexa proceeded to call out the bullies, writing:
“Anyways…. sorry to disappoint everyone… I don’t have low self-esteem at all, contrary to all of your unsubstantiated opinions, and I accept and love myself for exactly who I am, as every empowered woman should! To the nasty bullying-bloggers who seem to get a kick out of picking a part, psychoanalyzing, and objectifying complete strangers…. Why not take a long look in the mirror and worry about yourself? -Alexa Ray.”