SZA's 'Then' and 'Now' Photos Reveal the Singer's Major Transformation After Surgery

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Dec. 5 2023, Updated 1:19 p.m. ET

SZA before and after
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The Gist:

  • Upon comparing photos of SZA from 2014 to now, you'll notice a stark difference in her face.
  • SZA has not yet confirmed she underwent plastic surgery, on her face that is.
  • In 2023, however, SZA admitted to having a Brazilian butt lift.
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Singer SZA looked absolutely stunning during her performance at the Lil Baby & Friends I.O.U. Tour at the Crypto.com arena in August 2023. But if you were to compare the singer's photos to her selfies from, say, 2014, then you'd notice a drastic difference in some of her facial features.

If you're like most of us, you're probably wondering how that transformation happened. Did the musician land a makeup team of contouring experts, or did she actually go under the knife? Here's what we know.

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SZA before surgery wearing a red and white jersey.
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SZA looked quite different when she started her career.

The singer’s career beginnings date back to around 2011 when she first crossed paths with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). The president, Terrence "Punch" Henderson, signed her after hearing her material and she started to build a following after the release of her first two EPs. This was SZA when she was just beginning to generate buzz in 2013.

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At this point, she was already collaborating with several of her label-mates and in 2014, she released her EP, "Z." By the following year, she started writing songs for other famous artists, including Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. Here's how she looked in 2015 (which is pretty much the same).

SZA attends the Roc Nation Grammy brunch on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills.
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SZA's features started to look different after her breakthrough.

In 2017, SZA released her debut album, "Ctrl," which earned her a bunch of positive reviews and even more recognition. It debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 and was also certified platinum. It was even named the best album of 2017 by Time magazine. And around this time, the artist started to look quite different.

To be fair, though, SZA had lost some weight by then. This would definitely explain why her face appears to be smaller.

In a 2017 interview, she mentioned her weight loss while defending Kendrick Lamar's controversial lyrics about stretch marks. She said: "If you want to support women, you should support all shapes of women... I used to be 200 pounds, and I have stretch marks all over my body. I find more comfort and solace with Kendrick reinforcing that I'm beautiful."

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 SZA attends the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles.
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The breakthrough artist looked gorgeous when she made her appearance at the 2017 BET Awards. However, it looks like she might have had some work done on her nose and chin... Or perhaps it was just brilliant contouring?

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Fans have pointed out the differences in SZA's features.

Fans quickly took notice of SZA's straighter nose and bigger chin, posting side-by-sides of the singer on social media to prove that she must've gone under the knife at least once. Even if it turns out that her nose was perfectly contoured, it's kind of hard to explain how her chin changed...

A tweet showing SZA before and after possible surgery.
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Did SZA ever admit to having the plastic surgery?

The artist never spoke on these rumors directly, but fans do find it quite interesting that she has since deleted photos that outlets were using to prove she might have had surgery. For instance, in 2018, a photo of herself being honored by the City of Hope suggested that she definitely got a nose job. 

She had captioned the pic: "Thank you so much for having me last night @cityofhope. Honored to have been recognized at an event for something as important as cancer research." But after fans and outlets started using it to speculate about her surgery, the singer removed it. Hmm...

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SZA onstage during Dove's Launch of "Girl Collective"
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Though she's kept her lips sealed about possibly having plastic surgery, she's been quite open about her weight loss transformation. While she attended Dove’s Launch of Girl Collective in 2018, she shared that she was always comfortable in her own skin. 

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"It’s all about where it starts in your mind," she said. "I think there are a lot of standards that people told me about that I didn’t see. I started, I was 190 pounds, I only wore my dad’s big t-shirts and socks on stage, no shoes, and didn’t even notice; never complained or tripped about my makeup."

The singer also commented on how she's evolved since then. 

She shared: "It was just a matter of where I was in my mind, but I did also come out of that space where I was like, I feel like I want to change. I want to be different. I want to grow. I want to learn. I think it’s one thing to be comfortable, but then it’s one thing to not see your full potential and your full picture. The standard should really come [from] within."

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As of now, it looks like we may never get confirmation on whether the singer actually got work done on her face, but we did learn in 2023 that she underwent surgery for a Brazilian butt lift.

During an interview with Elle, SZA admitted “I always wanted a really fat ass with less gym time." She also noted that she "didn’t succumb to industry pressure." Instead, the singer says she "succumbed to my own eyes in the mirror and [was] like, 'No, I need some more ass.'"

It sounds like she's happy and confident with the choices she's made. And that's all that matters! As long as she's happy, we're happy.

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