Real Breasts Bug America

Why do we exalt Heidi Montag, then mock girls with genuine assets
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2010 2:27 PM CST
Reality TV star Heidi Montag performs during the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Nassau, Bahamas, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

(Newser) – Meghan McCain thinks America has a real “double standard for double Ds.” For some reason, when Heidi Montag shows off her newly enhanced breasts, People runs a fawning piece complete with an admiring before-and-after spread. But when Christina Hendricks showed up at the Golden Globes wearing a dress that showed off her naturally large breasts, a New York Times fashion critic quoted a stylist saying “you don’t put a big girl in a big dress.”

Would we call her “big” if her breasts were fake? Similarly, Jessica Simpson recently got berated by US Weekly for going out to dinner in a low-cut dress. “Would everyone be so offended if her breasts were fake?” asks McCain at the Daily Beast. “Wouldn’t we celebrate her for showing off her new purchases, as though they were twin Escalades?” It’s a "twisted paradox." Women apparently can't celebrate their bodies—unless they have 10 surgeries like Montag.

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