COMMENTARY | Christina Hendricks’ breasts continue to be the talking point of every one of her interviews. It is sadly fitting, since they are the main talking point of her career, in spite of her other talents. However, Hendricks isn’t ashamed of her body, although it was easy for her to be when she was growing up. But she has embraced her now-famous body type at least enough to joke about how they are real after all.
In her most recent interview with Britain’s Daily Mail, the Mad Men icon let everyone know that her famous chest was “obviously real.” It came up because of a recent report of an increase in breast augmentation in England — allegedly because British women want to look more like Hendricks.
The issue itself is somewhat hypocritical, since getting plastic surgery to look like Hendricks goes against the example she has set. While practically everyone worships her looks now, it wasn’t always the case, since she was “bullied like crazy” in high school.
Even now that she’s made it big, her body type and curves do not conform to the norm in Hollywood, or the now-traditional norm for most women. Decades ago, they were part of the norm in the movie business, thanks to the likes of Jayne Mansfield and Jane Russell. But nowadays, these kinds of stars are a minority, which makes Hendricks all the more scrutinized for her body — and how natural it really is.
Yet she is still held up as proof that full-figured women can make it big these days, without needing to change themselves through surgery or peer pressure. Therefore, it makes it bitterly ironic if British women are trying to alter themselves to look like her.
Moments before Hendricks commented about her breasts being “obviously real,” she said that she hoped she wasn’t encouraging the plastic surgery trend. But of course, the former comment was the most publicized, although the latter is much more revealing about her and what she stands for.
However, although copying her look may be popular in Britain, it is likely much harder for it to catch on in America and Hollywood. Hendricks’ body type remains rather rare for stars in the United States, although the similarly curvy Sofia Vergara has also found success on TV with Modern Family.
But as long as these types of actresses are the minority in Hollywood, they will continue to be asked more about their figure, and how rare it is in their business, than about their actual careers. Still, Hendricks has already mastered the art of handling questions on her breasts, and is able to joke about it while slipping in more worthwhile points here and there.
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