As someone with a strong nose — big nose, schnoz, whatever you wanna call it — I know it isn't always an easy look to embrace. Not because it isn't beautiful (strong noses have been considered lovely for centuries) but because in our plastic surgery-obsessed culture, the number of female celebrities rocking a big, strong nose are few and far between. Still, growing up, I would always notice and appreciate when I saw female celebrities with strong profiles. Look, there's one! My mind would record the fact that they too were beautiful and famous, and actually looked a little something like me.
Sure, what constitutes a "big nose" in Hollywood is probably a really normal, even small nose in real life; despite my best efforts to find a comprehensive assortment of races of celebrities who are plastic surgery-free, that proved pretty much impossible. Some of the women on this list probably have indeed had more subtle nose jobs, but most of them are still rocking a somewhat-ethnic look. We have a long way to go, but these women are holding it down.
So if you're the proud (or-not-so-proud-yet) owner of a strong nose, click on, and remember: your beauty is pretty much the definition of classic beauty. Rock it.
“I find the female tragedy of insecurity to be hilarious. We get obsessed over issues like the tiny skin tags on our backs or that we’re fat. You read one line in a magazine and it sends you into a tailspin.”
As the New Yorker’s Emily Naussbaum wrote of Caplan “With her elegant nose and amused eyes, black-slash eyebrows and warm mouth, she’s like a pen-and-ink illo of herself.”
“I have that gawky, lanky awkwardness. Most actors are neurotic, in one way or another, about their appearance.”
“I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get one,” Michele told GQ. “And if anybody needed it, I probably did. But my mom always told me, growing up, ‘Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And I didn’t.”
“I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.”
More important than her strong nose to Cruz? “I have a strong personality, and I say what I think.”
“I love that feeling of, you know, we are women, we are so different, our imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful.”
“There’s not much room for eccentricity in Hollywood, and eccentricity is what’s sexy in people.”
“I really have never been concerned about being beautiful on-screen. That’s just not my jam.” Easy to say when you’re gorgeous, but still, awesome.
Love this woman’s profile.
“Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest.”
“I feel more powerful every day, more secure in who I am, and I’ve waited so long for that. It feels divine.”
“I believe you should be comfortable in your skin no matter what you go through — emotionally or whatever — as long as you’re healthy.”
Blanchett is against plastic surgery in general. ”When you’ve had children, your body changes; there’s history to it. I like the evolution of that history; I’m fortunate to be with somebody who likes the evolution of that history. I think it’s important to not eradicate it. I look at someone’s face and I see the work before I see the person…. You’re certainly not staving off the inevitable. And if you’re doing it out of fear, that fear’s still going to be seen through your eyes. The windows to your soul, they say.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Hard to believe she’d be insecure, but she is human. “I’m a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder,” she told Health magazine. “I think most women do.”
“I guess if I wrote a book one day, it would be about hair.” Great hair too.
“I get anxious. That lovely Jewish guilt that comes with ancestry.”
“Being a role model is about being true to myself.”
“I’ve never dyed my hair, never fixed my teeth or gotten a tan.”
“When people see my makeup, they think all types of crazy things that I’m doing to my skin, but it’s makeup. It’s the weirdest thing. They’ll see contouring and think you had surgery on your nose. No. No. No. Look at RuPaul’s Drag Race and you’ll see… you can make your nose look… what ever shape you want it.”
“You’re not ethnic enough. You’re not fat enough. You’re not thin enough. You’re not blond enough. You’re not dark enough. You’re not young enough. You’re not old enough.”
A few people have said I look like her, which I take to mean “brown-haired-cute-woman with a strong nose.” I’ll definitely take it!
Sarah Jessica Parker
While there’s some debate about whether SJP actually got a nose job when she was young, she still probably gets more crap than anyone for her strong nose. (Back in 2007, the haters over at Maxim even named her the ”Unsexiest Woman Alive.”) SJP has been dealing with this kinda BS for years: she told Allure in 2008 that early on she was told to do “anything from as silly as plucking my eyebrows to getting my nose fixed.”