Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is not impressed with rumors that she had lip injections. Aside from winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, Maroney is best known for her “not impressed” face after she placed silver in the vault competition.
The 20-year-old athlete quashed speculation about her pout during an interview with Seventeen Magazine Friday, saying makeup and camera angles were the culprit for her new look.
"Makeup and a camera can really make you look like a different person," she said about not doing anything surgical to her face. "I don't mean to freak anybody out. At the end of the day, I have changed. I can't blame anybody for saying, 'Oh, she changed!' You know, because I have. And that's OK."
Buzz about Maroney supposedly getting cosmetic enhancement swirled after she was seen at the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials last week. Hundreds of people took to Twitter to share their shock about the size of her lips.
Maroney denied doing anything invasive to her face. The only thing that happened was she changed from the 16-year-old girl everyone saw at the 2012 Olympics.
"Growing up in the social media world, it's tough," she said. "Your face changes, you get older, your face fills out, and you fall into liking makeup and different stuff like that. And for people saying that, for the most part – it would kind of hurt my feelings when you haven't done anything."
For reference, this is the same excuse "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star Kylie Jenner used when her lips inflated. She later coped to getting injections.
Lips aside, Maroney has since retired from gymnastics. Now, she plans to pursue a new passion: Music. Her goal is to become the female Drake.
“I love the way that he tells stories,” she said about the “Hotline Bling” rapper. “It has a little bit of a Calypso jam vibe. He's real and always lyrically-driven in all the melodies. If there's one person I want to sound like, it's him.”
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