When Little Honey Boo Boo showed up on the scene, she wasn’t the only one that fans took a liking to. Her mother, “Mama June,” was known not only for her funny one-liners, but also for her unhealthy lifestyle.
But now Mama June’s obesity and poor diet are a thing of the past. She initially underwent a weight-loss surgery, called vertical sleeve gastrectomy in 2015. The operation removes the majority of a person’s stomach, thereby limiting how much food one can consume. After experiencing a plateau in weight loss, Mama hired a personal trainer to continue to shed the pounds.
Her transformation wasn’t complete until she underwent even more surgery to have excess skin removed from her neck, back, arms, and stomach. Her painful recovery was well-documented as she took the journey down from her old size 18 to her incredible new size four. June even got breast implants and veneers on her teeth to transform herself.
Just this week, Mama June shared her new body exclusively with People magazine. And the result is nothing short of astonishing:
As viewers of Friday’s episode of WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot know, the change was so drastic, even her own children barely recognized her. “She looks great,” says daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. “I’m really proud of her.”
During the episode, Thompson remarked that her mother “looked like Marilyn Monroe.”
“I’ve worked my ass off, working out getting healthy,” Mama June said during the finale. “And now I feel like becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like on the inside.”
You can see what she looks like now in the video below: Mama June: From Not to Hot: