Glam Before and After
Glam Before and After
Vivica Fox
Name: Vivica Fox
Jobs: Actress, Producer and Television Host
Famous For: Independence Day, Soul Food and Kill Bill
Vivica Fox
Name Vivica Fox
Jobs Actress, Producer and Television Host
Famous For Independence Day, Soul Food and Kill Bill

“A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.” Like so many aspiring actors who dream of making it big in Hollywood, Indiana native Vivica A. Fox moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988 with the hopes of getting her foot in the door of the entertainment world. Thanks to her stunning beauty, Fox found work early on and landed a spot on NBC’s popular daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. Making her silver screen debut in Born on the Fourth of July in 1989 while making minor appearances on television series like Who’s the Boss?, Fox started to gain more and more attention that led her straight to primetime with bigger guest roles on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Fox saw her biggest success come in the mid-1990s when her career on the silver screen skyrocketed her to stardom with her breakout and best-known role as Will Smith’s girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow, in the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day. Earning an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss after locking lips with Smith on screen, Fox went on to star in other notable films including Batman & Robin, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Teaching Mrs. Tingle, to name a few.

With only minor roles in films like Ella Enchanted, Kill Bill and Boat Trip in the new millennium, Fox fell out of the limelight only to make her grand return to the silver screen in 2016 when she reprised her role in Independence Day: Resurgence. Walking the red carpet for the premiere, the 52-year-old turned heads and made headlines after shocking the world with a few drastic changes to her looks. Not only did she appear to have higher cheek bones and a more refined nose, her skin was much lighter and ignited widespread criticism from her peers in Hollywood who mocked the actress’s new look.

As fans embraced Fox’s changing, albeit drastic, appearance, it became widely apparent that she had made a few enemies in Hollywood over the last three decades after being notoriously critical of her costars and high-profile friends. After Fox criticized her body and looks, Kenya Moore of The Real Housewives of Atlanta took a sharp jab at Fox and held nothing back when she said, “I have been a natural girl. I have never tried to turn myself into Maleficent, so I’m okay with it.” Aisha Tyler of Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds also chimed in saying that Fox’s plastic surgery looked like it came from a “swap meet.” But, she didn’t stop there. “[It looks like Fox got the] Sharon Osbourne special; you get Botox, a chemical peel and a facelift for $19.99.”

Despite the harsh criticism, Fox denied going under the knife at the time and claimed that her new look was the result of a series of Botox injections and a breast enhancement, all of which she had done a few years prior. Either way, the tabloids and her frenemies in Tinsel Town deemed it a “botched” procedure that ruined her once iconic beauty by leaving her with unnatural ripples and bumps.

While Fox has done her best to side-step any questions about her changing looks especially when it comes to plastic surgery and skin bleaching, she has never completely denounced either procedure. “This is how I feel about life,” she said. “As long as you keep getting better, whatever it takes to get you there, you do it. If you’re comfortable with it—you like it, I love it.” As you can imagine, this only sent the rumors of skin bleaching, a possible rhinoplasty and a handful of other minor procedures into overdrive as critics and fans alike continued to speculate on just how much work the former City of Angels star has had done in the last decade.

Thankfully for Fox, the tabloids, her frenemies and fans don’t have much pull in Hollywood as she has managed to woo television producers once again by overcoming the criticism and returning to primetime as Casandra Washington in Mr. Box Office from 2012 to 2013. Over the last year, she’s returned to the silver screen in Independence Day: Resurgence in addition to finding recurring work as Michelle on Mann & Wife and as Candace on Fox’s newest drama, Empire.

Regardless of her recent success and the obvious changes to her appearance, Fox isn’t too keen on talking about the rumors surrounding her looks. Instead, she’s stuck to her original story of Botox and breast enhancements while choosing to focus the rest of her energy on her work as an actress and producer. And, while we may never know the truth, it’s hard to argue that Fox is still just as gorgeous as ever at 52 years old, which is just one more bitter pill for even her harshest critics to swallow.