According to People magazine, Katy Perry recently requested that her cleavage be toned down on an ad for VH1’s ‘Divas Salute the Troops’, where she and other celebrities were dressed up as pinup girls. But why have the image photoshopped? Perhaps the move has something to do with the commotion created by Katy Perry’s cleavage in a segment with Elmo filmed for ‘Sesame Street’, or maybe Katy Perry just feels a little more modest now that she’s a married woman. Whatever the reason, she’s not the first celebrity whose bust size has caused problems.
Take actress Jane Russell, for example. Her ample cleavage in Howard Hughes’ movie ‘The Outlaw’ has become infamous, thanks to the movie mogul’s insistence on showing plenty of it in defiance of the Hayes Code. But Hughes’ daring move helped make the statuesque beauty a star, and Jane Russell is still one of the first celebrities that comes to mind when thinking of women whose bust size helped them make it big.
But while ‘The Outlaw’ flaunted its star’s breasts despite the fact that the censors weren’t happy about it, there was another celebrity in a classic film who took measures to make sure that her bust size wasn’t as noticeable. At age 16, Judy Garland was cast as Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. However, in order to make her character look younger by reducing her bust size, she had to tape her breasts down and wear a special corset.
Soleil Moon Frye, best known for playing freckle-faced Punky Brewster as a child, actually had to resort to drastic measures when it came to her bust size. During her teens, the celebrity suffered from a condition called gigantomastia (literally meaning “giant breasts”), and made the decision to have her 38DD bust size reduced through plastic surgery at just 15. She was not only dealing with self-image issues from the attention she got, but was also suffering physically from back and shoulder pain. And as far as her Hollywood career went, her bust size definitely had an impact on what kind of roles she was offered. So in her case, too much cleavage was definitely a bad thing.
However, other celebrities have actually let their bust size alter their career course. Jessica Simpson has stated that many doors were slammed in her face as she pursued a career as a Christian singer because of her distracting figure, but it was apparently perfect for pop (oh yeah, her voice was also pretty impressive, too). Oddly enough, Katy Perry also attempted a career as a gospel singer before becoming a pop star, even releasing an album under the name Katy Hudson.
And for further proof that bust size often dictates the direction a celebrity’s career takes, you need only look at the careers of some modern-day Disney stars. Mouseketeer Annette Funicello was one of the first Disney stars to get attention for her bust size, but Disney has since become more wary of stars with distracting figures.
Lindsay Lohan got a lot of attention when ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’ hit theaters, as rumors swirled that the star’s bust had been digitally minimized in order to secure a G-rating. The director has denied that this was the case.
Singer Christina Milian, however, states that she actually lost her Disney job when her breasts got too big. According to Milian, Disney told her that she couldn’t pull off the kid thing anymore or hide her bust size by the time she turned 18, so she got the boot after being a Disney reporter for three years. Fortunately, she had no problem finding a fan base outside of Disney.
So while most girls always want more when it comes to cleavage, apparently there really is a such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to being a successful celebrity (well, depending on what direction you want your career to take).