Emily Maynard Had Boob Job Before Competing on The Bachelor: Source

The Bachelorette Emily Maynard makes an appearance on Extra at The Grove on May 22, 2012. Gary Neal/startraksphoto.com

Emily Maynard may seem like a low maintenance single mom on The Bachelorette, but before getting her big break on 2010's The Bachelor, the sweet southern gal went under the knife to prepare for her close-up, multiple sources tell Us Weekly.

Undergoing plastic surgery — she now has breast implants, veneers and likely a nose job — before taking part in Brad Womack's season of the ABC hit, Maynard spruced up her appearance in hopes of landing a hot husband.

Why the drastic cosmetic enhancements? One source tells Us Weekly Maynard, 26, developed aesthetic insecurities after developing Bell's palsy as a teen. The nerve disorder left "the right side of her face paralyzed for a few months," continued the insider. "She was tormented in school."

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Emily Maynard as a senior at Key West High School in 2004. Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Though her Bachelorette suitors declared her "amazing" and "gorgeous" during her season's May 14 premiere, some close to Maynard believe she took her beauty quest too far. A friend of Womack's who met Maynard when the two were still engaged is struck by her appearance now: "Her expressions seem kind of frozen," says the pal. "It looks like Botox."

Once she revamped her look, Maynard demanded a big fat paycheck in order to take part in The Bachelorette — after publicly declaring she'd "never" sign on.

"Emily told [producers] she wanted $750,000," says a source close to the stay-at-home mom, who receives financial support from her late fiance NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick's parents. "They said no way, but she settled for something higher than $100,000, probably around $150,000."

(In contrast, says the source, Jillian Harris and Ashley Hebert were paid $50,000 and $30,000 respectively).

When Maynard was tapped to be the Bachelorette after she and Womack split in June 2011, "she got difficult," a show source explains. "She knew she was the star, so she became a bit of a diva."

Argues a Maynard insider: "She is painted in this Mother Teresa light. She is a nice girl, but she isn't as good as she is made out to be."

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