Wham, Bam! New boobs, ma’am
Miss South Africa Melinda Bam may be set to join a long line of beauty queens to have had boob jobs.
City Press understands that Bam (23) visited a top plastic surgeon to discuss increasing the size of her assets, and went as far as discussing the matter with her predecessors, Cindy Nell and Nicole Flint.
A bigger bra size may also increase the 1.70m tall blonde’s chances of bagging the Miss Universe title in December.
Miss Universe, owned by US tycoon Donald Trump, is believed to be a sexier pageant than Miss World which is taking place in August, and in which Bam has declined to participate citing “personal reasons”.
In an interview this week, Bam initially denied her intention to undergo a breast augmentation procedure.
But after City Press revealed how much we knew about her plans – including the fact that her parents were prepared to pay for it – she admitted it was true, but said she had changed her mind.
A source close to the Miss South Africa office said: “Melinda is getting a boob job in time for the Miss Universe.
“Sun International is allowing her time to get the surgery done so she can have the whole package for the pageant in December, and her parents are paying for it.”
But the Pretoria-born beauty denied the claim.
“What? Me? No, I am not!” was her first reaction.
But she later said: “If your sources are Cindy Nell and Nicole Flint then yes, I did say I would like to get a boob job, but I never said I would do it.
“Yes, I have thought about it, but I cannot have one. Medically speaking, I can’t get one. And my dad won’t be paying for it – he’s already paying for my sister’s wedding.”
The revelations come after Bam revealed last week that she would not be heading to Inner Mongolia, China, in August to compete in the Miss World pageant.
Her first princess, Remona Moodley, will be representing the country instead.
Bam said she would, however, compete in the Miss Universe pageant to “increase the chances of South Africa bagging both crowns”.
But City Press reported last week that her reasons could have had more to do with her being the subject of a batch of nude photographs which Sun International had bought and destroyed to prevent a damaging scandal.
Sun International spokesperson Sue Klerck dismissed the nude photos rumour as “ridiculous”.
This week, Bam agreed that the rumour mill was spiralling out of control.
“This is becoming laughable. I have never done a nude shoot before,” she said, “people are spreading rumours about me but people who know me know I would never do these things.”
If Bam were to have a boob job, she would be the first beauty queen to do so.
In 1983, Miss USA Debra Maffett sparked a scandal when she admitted that she had a nose job and breast surgery.
Juliana Borges, the Brazilian bombshell who competed in Miss Universe in 2001, had 19 surgical procedures, including collagen injections in her lips and silicone implants in her breasts, cheeks and chin.
And in 2009, Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean had breast implants paid for by the Miss California pageant.