The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson is a 2015 Channel 5 television movie reconstructing the many layers of facial cosmetic surgery that the King of Pop had over the course of his lifetime. The program poses and attempts to answer the question of how Jackson would have looked like if he had had none.
Although he always denied, there is no doubt that Michael Jackson underwent numerous plastic surgery procedures. The former Jackson Five star completely changed the complexion of his skin, as well as the whole structure of his face, to such a drastic degree that it is almost impossible to believe the white man we saw towards the end of his life was the same black child who won the hearts of millions as early as the age of six.
The surgeries Jackson underwent include cheek implants, skin bleaching, chin restructuring, botox, fillers, and lip augmentation. He also seemed to have multiple operations on his nose, which got thinner and pointier as the years went by, reportedly to the point where his airways were blocked.
The documentary reaffirms the belief that the pop star’s obsession with plastic surgery has roots deeper than vanity, as Michael star suffered abuse as a child and seemed to struggle with his unfathomable wealth and popularity throughout his life. It seemed as if the Indiana-born singer continuously battled with his identity and dysmorphic disorders, which in turn led to his peculiar image.
In The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson, Michael’s sister La Toya describes how Michael had initially been so nervous about his first rhinoplasty that he had persuaded her to get a nose job first so he could see how it looked and if it hurt.
La Toya, 61, said: “He wanted to get his nose done… he kept saying: ‘What do you think? What do you think?’ I said: ‘Michael, if that’s what you want, if it’s gonna make you feel better, get it done.'”
“He asked me: ‘Can you be the guinea pig for me? Can you get your nose done and let me see how it looks, and if it hurts?'”
After La Toya had her procedure done in 1970, Michael liked his sister’s results and so began his journey into the world of plastic surgery.
Despite the constant and drastic changes of his appearance, The King of Pop continued to deny that he had any work other than a nose job done. In an interview with Martin Bashir, Jackson said: “I’ve had no plastic surgery on my face, just my nose. It helped me breathe better so I can hit higher notes. I am telling you the honest truth, I didn’t do anything to my face.”
However, Dr. Eda Gorbis, an expert in body dysmorphic disorders, believes that Jackson could have had up to 100 procedures and was showing symptoms characteristics of the illness whereby sufferers have a distorted view of their appearance.
The most shocking part of the 2015 movie came when the experts looking at Jackson’s surgeries revealed what they believe he would’ve looked like naturally. The documentary was met with a mixed response by audiences, with some accusing it of attempting to raise publicity through presenting rumors as fact. A change.org petition called “Cancel the ’10 Faces of Michael Jackson’ Documentary” aimed at Channel 5 has had 1,372 signatures.