Jillian Michaels opens up about plastic surgery, a nose job she had at age 16, which she said changed her life after having been subjected to bullying over her looks. The fitness guru speaks candidly about body image and more in a new interview.

Jillian Michaels

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The 41-year-old celebrity fitness trainer rose to fame with NBC’s The Biggest Loser where she was always polarizing and at times met with controversy.

Her new interview with People magazine for their ‘Bodies’ issue may dish out yet another serving of controversy as she opens up about having had a nose job when she was only 16 years old.

Jillian Michaels told the magazine, “‘I had my nose done when I was 16 years old, and I’ll be honest, it did change my life.” After revealing that the plastic surgery enabled to “feel more confident” after bullying, she went on to say, “Not to say you should let your physicality define you, but there are some things that can make people feel really insecure.”

She then said, “So, if there is something you want to fix that allows you to feel a little bit more confident, I support it.”

She went on to express the view that even plastic surgery is acceptable so long as it does not become an addiction “which is dangerous territory.”

Such plastic surgery admissions these days are greeted with much attention, and certainly for People magazine they are driving up page views and for Jillian Michaels herself, she’s getting some notoriety as she embarks on her latest television adventure, a reality TV show for ‘Sweat Inc.’ featuring would-be fitness entrepreneurs pitted in competition against one another. Certainly it is how she has made her mark as an entrepreneur with a multifaceted product line from books to DVDs and more.

Jillian Michaels has previously been candid about her struggles as a teen, and even has posted a photo of herself at age 12 in which she is overweight at 175 pounds and has said she was so bullied by peers that her mother took her out of the school and enrolled her in another.

Her story of overcoming such struggles is one she has also spoken of in some of her books, including, “Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life,” in which she is candid about emotional issues that led her to being overweight in her adolescent years.

Her candor over plastic surgery and the reasoning behind it may not be met with the same chorus of admiration and approval. It certainly brings up the larger issue of how standards of beauty, stringent as they are, can be damaging to people at any age, especially in adolescence. Not all standards can be conformed to by going under a knife, after all, nor should they be. That’s the real indictment after all; Jillian Michaels speaks merely of finding a way to cope.

You can see Jillian Michael’s People magazine interview here.