HUGH Hefner's widow Crystal looked unrecognizable after "removing everything fake" from her body saying this is "the real me."
The model previously got breast implants and underwent a "fat transfer surgery" resulting in life-threatening complications.
Crystal bared her natural beauty in an Instagram post, showing off her "authentic" self in a black and white photo.
The former playmate gave a soft smile at the camera while taking a selfie next to her Christmas tree at her Los Angeles, California home.
She also included screenshots of the insights on her social media displaying how many followers she's gained since shifting her content away from her Playboy bunny façade.
Crystal detailed her feelings in the caption, explaining how she's "transitioned" since her days living in the Playboy mansion.
She wrote: "After the last handful of years staying true to myself on social media, I feel that all the people here with me at this point actually care and are invested in my life in a positive way and for that I thank you.
"Over five years, my account has shifted from not always safe for work posts to my REAL safe for work life. The real me. I was living for other people before, to make others happy, suffering internally in the process.
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"As most of you know, I grew my following during my “Playboy” years. Certain photos grow followings fast. In short, sex sells. I don’t know whether I felt empowered by dressing scantily clad, showing cleavage, etc …or if I just felt it was expected of me or what… but now I can confidently and 100% proudly say, modesty is what empowers me these days, and because it feels so much better internally, it will probably be this way for the rest of my life."
Hugh's wife continued her post revealing her desire to move forward and leave the past behind her to show the true version of herself.
"I removed everything fake from my body and deleted all my old photos. I am more authentic, vulnerable and feel that I belong more to myself. I am mine.
"As I made this transition, I always thought… “Will my account survive?” as I saw followers drop by the thousands every day (I use socialblade.com to check, you can type in any username and see for yourself). I was in the red. Every day. I was watching the girls that had similar pages keep posting the same scantily clad stuff and growing exponentially while I tanked hard.
"But now it has shifted. Now it’s in the green. Most days the count is growing. Now my women followers are giving the men followers a run for their money. Now I truly feel I have an army of supporters that care and see an actual soul behind the lens. For that I thank you.
"If you follow for insight into my past life, my new one, my travels, my health hurdles, lifestyle, you name it… thank you. I will make it my mission to try and help in all ways that I can while staying true to myself. I hope all of you can stay true to yourself and to what feels right for you as well, because there’s a certain power you get from that you can’t find anywhere else. I love you," she concluded.
PLASTIC SURGERY NIGHTMARE
Last year, Crystal opened up about that plastic surgery nightmare that she experienced in October 2020.
The 36-year-old shared a snap of herself on Instagram sporting bandages that covered her breasts.
Alongside the snap, she explained that she "had a fat transfer surgery October 16 and almost didn’t make it through."
Crystal wrote: "I lost half the blood in my body and ended up in the hospital needing a blood transfusion.
"I’ve been slowly eating my way back to health since then and I am now finally feeling ok."
She continued: "I advocate for being natural since I got very ill and removed my implants and everything else toxic in my body in 2016.
"I should have learned my lesson the first time but I guess the universe keeps sending you the same lesson until you learn it."
After she said that "our culture" is defined by "beauty" and that women are "overly sexualized," Crystal wrote: "I know from the worst kind of experience.
"For ten years my value was based on how good my physical body looked. I was rewarded and made a living based on my outer appearance. "To this day I need to write reminders of why I’m worthy that have nothing to do with my physical appearance to convince myself that I’m enough."
The TV personality added: "I feel sorry for the next generation looking up to people whose looks aren’t even attainable without lots of filters, makeup, or money and women need to stop feeding into it."
The caption concluded: "This is a huge slap on my own wrist for caving into this pressure, even now in my 30’s – as I thought I would have learned my lesson by now."
Crystal was married to Hugh from 2012 until his death in 2017 at the age of 91.
She previously revealed that her breast implants "slowly poisoned" her in a 2016 Facebook post.
After explaining that she experienced symptoms including "intolerance to foods and beverages, unexplained back pain, constant neck and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth" and more, she shared that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Crystal wrote: "After I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold, I posted about it on social media. I began to receive comments saying that my symptoms resembled 'Breast Implant Illness.'
"I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs."
The reality star explained that implants "break down and wreak havoc on your body. The shell on silicone and saline implants is comprised of silicone and over 40 other toxic chemicals: tin, zinc, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, formaldehyde and talc to name a few. Your immune system is constantly fighting them, leaving you vulnerable to other illnesses."
After sharing that she had her implants removed, Crystal concluded the post by encouraging her fans to let those in a similar situation "know that Implant Illness is real and could be the problem."
The Girls Next Door alum showed off her figure earlier this month in a snap posing in a tiny leopard-print top for a photoshoot.
She has also moved on romantically as she's currently dating actor Ryan Malaty, 32, who she spent the holidays with.
Crystal recently said she's still healing from her "contradicting" marriage to Hefner and she also got vulnerable about her days as a Playboy bunny in an Instagram post.
Shortly after Crystal shared the post, her Instagram followers rushed to the comments section to praise her for opening up.
One person wrote: "Love your honesty."
Another added: "I’m proud of you for coming back to yourself."
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