04/03/2014 05:38 pm ET Updated Apr 04, 2014

Alexa Ray Joel Slams Plastic Surgery Rumors, Stands Up To Bullies

Alexa Ray Joel might look different than when you last saw her, but the musician and daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel is slamming rumors she's had extensive plastic surgery and is putting bullies in their place.

On Wednesday, April 2, Joel posted a photo of herself after her performance at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City and addressed those rumors.

"On a personal (and slightly ridiculous note): I would just like to add that all of the continuously-circulating rumors that I have had extensive 'face-work' and undergone breast-augmentation surgery is simply and entirely 100% false. The only thing I have ever had done is my nose, which I have always been completely candid, honest, and open about," she wrote. " Any visibly-positive alterations in terms of my public-image are an absolute and sole credit to my brilliant makeup-artist and stylist, @darlingcait ... Who is a true beauty-wizard and visionary."

Anyone who has learned how to contour their face knows that a good makeup artist can be just as transformative as a surgeon, and Joel didn't take cruel comments about her appearance lying down. The 28-year-old posted her own comment on Us Weekly's post that compared Joel's new look to a photo from 2001, when she was just 16 years old.

"This is absolutely hysterical!!! I was 13 years old in the pic posted as a 'before.' In this latter pic, I am 28 years old [that's the age I am now]," she wrote, though we will note her math is off by a few years. "I have lost weight simply from maturing, and I have fully contoured 'stage makeup' and hair done for my first debut show at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC. Obviously I'm going to look different, it's called 'growing up'!"

Joel again stated that the only plastic surgery she's had is a rhinoplasty, and suggested that everyone picking her apart take a long hard look in the mirror.

"Anyways...sorry to disappoint everyone...I don't have low self-esteem at all, contrary to all of your unsubstantiated opinions, and I accept and love myself for exactly who I am, as every empowered woman should!" she wrote, adding, "To the nasty bullying-bloggers who seem to get a kick out of picking apart, psychoanalyzing, and objectifying complete strangers...Why not take a long look in the mirror and worry about yourself?"



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