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Christina Hendricks for New York Magazine

Joannie secures her Queen of the Big Girls status.


Christina Hendricks is on the cover of New York Magazine baring (mostly) all and looking like a voluptuous lingerie-clad ice cream sundae:



Inside, she talks about the media focus on her body:

“It kind of hurt my feelings at first,” she says. “Anytime someone talks about your figure constantly, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious. I was working my butt off on the show, and then all anyone was talking about was my body!”

We kind of sensed that last year when we briefly interviewed her. It was one of those questions we had to ask or we wouldn't have felt we were doing our jobs, but we felt uncomfortable asking it. Not because we're prudes but because we would have much rather talked about her work as Joan and we sensed pretty strongly that she would have rather stayed on that topic too. But in pure Joan Holloway manner, she was game and dutifully answered our questions about how it felt to be the new poster child for the curvaceous woman.


Isn't it refreshing to see a major pair of tits that look like a couple of soft, inviting boob pillows instead of a couple of rigid tupperware bowls bolted on to her chest?

Whether she wants it or not (and with these pictures, it seems like she's coming to accept her role) Christina Hendricks has become a stand-in for the millions of women out there who want to see a body on their TV screens that looks more like their own. More importantly, she's sending a message that you can have a body like that and be unashamed, unapologetic, and most of all, sexy as all hell.


[Photos: nymag.com]



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Team Hourglass FTW.


Wow - love that last photo. I hope she's not so self-conscious any more. She's 10 times as attractive and sexy as any stick-thin starlet out there. (Not to mention 10 times as talented as most of them.)


Isn't it refreshing to see a major pair of tits that look like a couple of soft, inviting boob pillows instead of a couple of rigid tupperware bowls bolted on to her chest?

Yes, but hers are still fake.


She's definitely stunning, but isn't there a bit of a titscrepency in the cover photo? Her right breast is much more supported than the left one. Looks odd to me (I imagine it's the fault of the corset or the stylist, obvs not christina's). But her body is as gorgeous as she is.


She's beautiful! She has the classic ideal figure, it's only in the last 40 years (and for the brief Flapper era) that women with figures of adolescent boys became the "ideal."

Frankly I think she makes skinny chicks (I was one once, pre-1st-pregnancy) look ... unfinished. My husband, like many men out there, think she's gorgeous - much more desirable looking than the celebrities with the scrawny wiry limbs and hollowed cheeks.

I know many women who are voluptuous, but are also healthy and very active (like me, I'll never be skinny again, but I'm still healthy & active!), so those who try to claim a figure like hers isn't "healthy" need to broaden their view on reality.


Those boobs are DEFINITELY fake.


I think she's undisputedly gorgeous. However, I don't love the positioning of her Rapunzel hair in the cover shot. Sorry to be crude, but the curtains match the drapes, ya'all!


Yeah! What Scary Mary said...

"Team Hourglass FTW." :^D


The tupperware comment started my day off with a good laugh, thanks.

Those are gorgeous photographs, (especially the second one).

--GothamTomato


Why do people say her boobs are fake?

Is it publicly documented that she's had breast augmentation?

The women of my family have boobs like that and none have ever had a boob job.


I have always wondered about the discrepancy between the women portrayed as sexy by fashion magazines and the women in men's magazines. The 'sexy' image in fashion is thin, no boobs, no hips, and legs that go on forever. In men's magazines the look is much more voluptuous, with big boobs (real or not), and bigger hips and a round bottom.

I have always felt 'sexy' because my curvy shape is much more in line with the men's magazines, and frankly, I am straight so I am trying to be attractive to men. I might not be a size 0, but I think I have a decent figure. But by fashion standards I am fat.

This leads me to my point about Christina. She is 'curvy' but by no means 'fat'. Look at her arms- they are skinny. Look at her face- skinny. She just has a nice (ok, lets face it- it is amazing) rack, a small waist, and curvy hips.

So why all the hub-bub about her shape? It is because she is a cross-over from what men find attractive to the fashion world. But for her to be the poster girl for 'large' women is silly. She is still a thin girl- she just has curves.

Personally, I wish more fashion designers and/or tv/movie producers would get with it and see that women don't have to be a size 0 with the body of a young boy to be 'sexy'.

Thanks dolls,
The Glamorous Housewife


It bothers me that people keep talking about her as a "big" girl. Sure she has great breasts but everything else on her is tiny. Its totally unfair that someone who in regular society would be looked at as tiny (with massive boobs) is labeled as "big" in hollywood. I wish we could all make a bigger deal over how natural and sexy she is than how she's a "big" girl. Maybe then hollywood would start allowing its actresses to eat a meal.


Not crazy about the cover but I salute her and the magazine. She is a gorgeous woman.


I too am wondering about the "fake boobs" comments. I always think "fake" when I see an otherwise rail-thin woman with huge bazoombas. But while Christina has a great waist, she does have a butt too.


Fake boobs do not look like that. Obviously men can no longer tell the difference, which I find kind of sad. I guarantee you that her boobs don't stand straight up on her chest when she lays on her back at night. Those puppies lay down too. She looks gorgeous and very thin.


I said it before, I'll say it again: J'adore Christina (and Joan)!

These photos are pure gorge (and that last one is jaw-droppingly awesome). It's wonderful (and about damn time) that we have a star who has more curves than the Autobahn. The queer in me wants to switch for her. The drag queen in me wants to be here.

To repeat Scary Mary: Team Hourglass FTW!


Does anyone know what her actual measurements are? To me, she looks about like Marilyn Monroe, who according to her official website, was 37-23-36, which is by no means fat. Christina is beautiful and of a figure that is still much smaller than most of us.


Did they photoshop her waist in that last one, or is she bending over or something? That looks so weird.


no chance those boobs are fake!

her boobs usually look out of balance as noted in the first picture. the second photo is beautiFUL.

ko


She looks wonderful. I just want to know who made the corsets so that those of us with larger chests can buy them and look awesome too! Especially the dark one in the second picture.


Anne - that could be an effect of the corset, amazing what those can do!


My wife has tits like those and they are most definitely real. Boob pillows, gotta love'em!

I've got to heartily second Glamorous Housewife's comment on the difference between beauty in magazines aimed at men vs women. Guys love curves.


That last photo is really lovely. She is a gorgeous woman. I don't know where people are getting the fake boob thing, either. Hers look nothing like fake boobs. They look very very real. Also, she is pretty slender otherwise. The "big" woman comments are weird to me. Only her boobs look big.


If those are fake, they are the best fakes I've ever seen. Beautiful woman, beautiful photos.


parisiennelauren

I highly doubt they're fake - firstly, they don't look fake and secondly, mine look just like that when in a structured, push-up bra/top/corset/whatever. Why are we even debating this? It's insulting.


I have a very hard time believing they are not fake - just not round hard fakes.

Quoting another comment:
"celebrities with the scrawny wiry limbs "

Look at her arms - either they photoshopped the hell out of her or she has extremely tiny (but not boney?) arms, a tiny waist and gigantic breast and normal legs - all with no bumps,lumps, etc.

The proportions just seem very very unlike what I've ever seen


It's a little ironic that she poses in a teensy corset and then says she doesn't want to talk about her figure.

I mean, what do you expect? Pay no attention to the tits behind the (very small) curtain?

Not to dis her, I love her, but please.


If those are fake, it's a damn good boob job.

Mine look like that in corsets, and they are certainly not fake, thank you!

When I grow up, I want to be Christina Hendricks!


If those are fake, it's a damn good boob job.

Mine look like that in corsets, and they are certainly not fake, thank you!

When I grow up, I want to be Christina Hendricks!


Whoops, computer spaz.


Being a woman who had real boobs like that I will say I can spot fake boobs and those are REAL, folks. Fake boobs do not move like hers do (watch her walk to the stage on the Golden Globes) and I bet that scene in Season 2 was only too real when she rubs her sore bra strap marks.

We are all so obsessed with boobs. Hers are beautiful for sure but when I say I "had" boobs like that it's because I had reduction surgery and I am willing to bet if Christina weren't in the spotlight she might consider it some day too.

Having big boobs (even when they are lovely) is a pain in the ass (so to speak). And it is no fun to be stared at and have everyone talk about them all the time. It's tiresome.

That's the other reason I know hers are real... She has the annoyed tone of a big-boobed woman who has had enough.

She does herself no favors complaining and then posing like that... but I get it. I really, really do!

Christina... if you ever decide you're done with all that, I have a great surgeon who will take what you have and make them as beautiful but smaller and you'll be comfortable in your body. Call me!


Totally agree that her boobs are real. Look at her thighs and butt. She is a perfect hourglass, like Marilyn Monroe (and, sadly, me before 3 kids). She's not fat, some of us are just born with big tits, large-ish butts and thighs, and tiny waists. I think she looks amazing and healthy and REAL.


You may not have ever seen proportions like that, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Look at Dolly Parton for one. I graduated from high school at 5'8" tall weighing 118 pounds, so skinny my hip bones stuck out of the front of my jeans like knobs and I was carrying a pair of D cups. It happens. She's perfect.


I don't think it is realistic to call Christina Hendrick's big by any stretch of the imagination. NOr is she what most women see when they look in the mirror in the morning.

It is nice to see a female who is not auditioning for a role as a stick insect on my TV. However, she is not "average" or "normal" and definetly not "big" she is FUCKING HOT.


Anon at 10:16 AM said:
"Look at her arms - either they photoshopped the hell out of her or she has extremely tiny (but not boney?) arms, a tiny waist and gigantic breast and normal legs - all with no bumps,lumps, etc."

I'm *positive* her arms & legs were Photoshopped to death, have you seen her arm IRL? Definitely not that thin, and the 'shop job on her legs (from the full pic w/o lettering) was pretty sloppy, didn't need to be perfect is my guess as they were cropping that part out.


I think I have a new girl crush!

My only complaint is the way she's holding the hair in the cover photo. I don't like the way it goes across her crotch. Sorta weird to me.

Other than that, I'm seriously moist over this woman. HOT!


I would, however, agree that the pix have been photoshopped. When DON'T they do that nowadays? However, the boobalishousness is real. :)


Love the second picture. She's fabulous.


What a funny cover to do for someone who doesn't want people to focus on her body...

And it's beige! focus is on the upper part thought, as dictated by MC's editor..


I was lucky enough to have met and chatted with Christina a couple of years ago (she's delightful by the way).

She's not just a "skinny" girl with boobs and hips. I'd say weight-wise, she struck me as average. As in, you can see women her size walking around Target and not give their weight a second thought. And this is when she was smaller (she's gained a bit of weight since breaking out as Joan). So she's not fat, but trust me, she's in no way teeny-tiny.

Also, I'm no expert, but her boobs looked perfectly real to me (not that I was evaluating them while we were chatting, heh. Just sometimes, it's so obvious you can't help but notice). Her breasts fit her body, and they look soft and full, and as if gravity applies. My boobs look just like hers, and my are all natural. I have no idea why there are always cries of "fake!" whenever her boobs show up, but I can only assume those accusing her of going under the knife either have no idea what real breasts look like or Christina has the best plastic surgeon in the world and I want his number.

These pictures? Love. Love. Love. Let the curves come out to play darling, you're beautiful!


On the "real" vs. "fake" issue - definitely real. I am not quite 5 feet tall, I have a small waist, and I have an all-natural 32DDD chest. And the hips to match (thanks, Greek peasant ancestors). Her chest is a very natural shape and appears to respond to gravity. Also, you can sort of tell by the way the skin on her chest looks so natural and soft, and is not stretched taut over implants.


Incredible beauty. Inside & out.

As my dad used to say,
"That's the kind of woman you just hand your paycheck to".


Yeah, the fake insinuation is getting to me. Please explain why you think they are fake. She's got boobies like the women in my family have boobies. Yes, there they are.

I just wish we had skin like that. I'm telling myself that her skin was photoshopped in that smooth, which I'm sure is true. Still, I could go for some peaches and cream complexion.


Dang, she is pretty. I too have red hair and big breasts, and I can tell you that many men love the combination of the two. My husband would think she is perfect. He hates super skinny women. He, like many men, wants a woman to feel like a woman, not a like a little boy. (his words) I hope she never tries to change her body. She is amazing.


Boobs, schmoobs, that SKIN!


Love her. Love that she's representing all of us that aren't stick figures. And she's got the talent to back everything up :)


It's sad that our culture is so used to large breasts being fake that people now assume that every busty woman helped a plastic surgeon buy a yacht.

I say those gorgeous breasts are REAL, and the "titscrepancy" that many people have mentioned is proof of it. Natural breasts are rarely exactly the same size, and the larger the breast, the bigger the discrepancy can be. Trust me on that one.

Like Zelda, I'm walking proof that a woman can be slender and naturally busty. I'm 112lbs, wear size 2 jeans and a 32DDD bra, and dammit, I'm sick of people assuming I bought my tits.


She is gorgeous. What a society we live in. SHE is what women are SUPPOSED to look like. I love her! I would give anything for a figure like that!

She's perfect!


I'm not going to enter the debate about whether or not Christina's are real, but I do think it's interesting that people find them to be so unusual that they think they must be fake. I think it goes to show how much the under-representation of voluptuous women in mass media has affected people's ideas about how "normal" women look. Maybe hers are fake and maybe they aren't, but women with curvy figures and large breasts just like Christina are all around us in the world, even if they aren't all over magazines, film, and TV.

I think she looks amazing.


balsamicdragon

Her boobs are def. not fake, I can loook down and see boobs just like that, and mine are real thanks :) However, the pix have been photoshopped to death (like almost all magazine pix are). So while we can applaud the portrayal of a "real woman's body" one must remember that that a real woman with breasts like those has bigger arms, bigger legs, a bigger waist, and skin that isn't airbrushed on.


Don't silicone breasts look real like that? I know they are using them again. I thought it was the saline that look like they are two bowls stuck on a chest??


How breathtakingly gorgeous IS she? *drool* I think she'd be more ok with everyone talking about her body if they didn't make SUCH a huge deal about it and/or they at least made such a huge deal about her acting abilities, which are just as impressive as her rack.

Bee, I think I want the name of your surgeon. I've never understood women who want huge implants. Lugging around a couple of natural DDs myself, they are a pain in the neck (literally), the back, the shoulders, and on a 5' 2'' frame make it impossible to find a non-custom made button down shirt that fits. I'm pretty sure I've had enough of them. Now if only I lived in the US, which is where I'm guessing you are...


A society where an unbelievable amount of women, including teenagers, feel the need to go through major surgery to make their breasts bigger?

I'm not saying Hendricks are not real, or that she is not lovely or anything, but I don't get all this victimism on the subject of big-bossomed woment... America today, far from being a society which doesn't appreciate big breasts, is arguably the society in history that has given more relevance to big breasts...


Totally gorgeous!

She knocks everyone out of the room with her look. Most celebrity women are like salad with not dressing, and Christina is like a delicious desert with whipped cream!

But she her body doesn't look like everyone's out there; she is exceptionally beautiful.


Anonymous said...
She is gorgeous. What a society we live in. SHE is what women are SUPPOSED to look like. I love her! I would give anything for a figure like that!

A society where an unbelievable amount of women, including teenagers, feel the need to go through major surgery to make their breasts bigger?

I'm not saying Hendricks are not real, or that she is not lovely or anything, but I don't get all this victimism on the subject of big-bossomed women... America today, far from being a society which doesn't appreciate big breasts, is arguably the society in history that has given more relevance to big breasts...


The pictures are gorgeous, but it's her acting as Joan that I really love. I was so relieved when Don, Roger, Bert and Lane brought her back into the fold at the end of Season 3.

Perfect fit of actress and character. I love you forever, Joanie!


On the one hand, yes, hooray that "Hollywood" has become so open minded that a woman who is not exactly skinny is not limited to best friend/frump/comic relief roles.

On the other hand, it's still so rare that we have to make a big fucking deal of it.

And on still the other hand, it's pretty much a given that an attractive young female star-in-the-making will at some point pose in her underwear (or less), as she must be considered "hot" if she's to have a career at all.

And that, my fellow citizens, is what we're supposed to call progress.


Summer on 2/16/10 at 10:46 AM said... I say those gorgeous breasts are REAL, and the "titscrepancy" that many people have mentioned is proof of it. Natural breasts are rarely exactly the same size, and the larger the breast, the bigger the discrepancy can be. Trust me on that one.

I know! Also the "hang" on each real breast may be different therefore causing a "titscrepancy". The lager the "rack" the more "discrepancy" between the "hang" of the left and right breast or more precisely "the more it shows up in low cut clothes".

TampaBay


Oh, and I think it's meant to be a Botticelli reference, not a carpet matches the drapes one, but it's not very well made.


Yes, I love her, but she's not "big" in any normal sense of the word. She's tiny and has huge boobs. In fact, it looks like she doesn't work out that much (when you look at her arms unphotoshopped), which if anything makes me envy her even more.

Most actresses look like their thinness comes from the combination of wonderful genes, tons of working out, and little food. The working out and little food make them relatively flat, but in a world that values boobs that leads them to surgery. It's unreasonable to expect people whose work is not performing to go to these extremes.

Christina isn't as thin as others, but her looks appear natural. That's great for her, and I'm happy she hasn't felt the need to submit to the same rigors that other actors do, but it doesn't make me feel any closer to her, honestly. She's pretty much a big winner in the genetic lotto. I've looked her size (except in the breast area), and that was when I was undereating and working out two to three hours a day.


Why would someone who bought her boobs bitch about the attention she's getting with them? Seriously, have you ever heard Pam Anderson sigh in resignation when her boobs are brought up?

Women who buy their boobs love showing them off. That's why they buy them. Think of any actress out there who has a great body and fake tits--ever hear a one complain about how all anyone talks about is her body? No. Because she's got the body she coveted, and she's glad people are noticing and admiring it.

We of the Big Tit Tribe have spent most of our adult lives with the attitude: Eyes Up Here, Buddy, and Christina comes across as one of our members.

As to her posing in a corset and then complaining about the attention her body gets, well, she's an actor, and her body is part of her job. She might be personally uncomfortable with the attention it gets, but she knows it's part of her image so her job is to play up what people want to see.

It sounds like she's only recently begun to accept her body. Hollywood is horrific to women who aren't super skinny, and she's probably been told her entire career to drop 10 or 15 pounds or she won't work no matter how good she is. Joan has liberated her from that insanity, and now she's able to let her body settle into a healthy state, but the focus is still on her body and not her work. It's got to be frustrating.


She is stunning and talented. I am happy to see an actress that looks like a woman doing fantastic work.


BBC America had a great documentary on My Big Breasts and Me that chronicled three women of differing ages with naturally large chests and the negative attention and other uncomfortable aspects of being gifted with such genetics. I found it so refreshing as I'm also gifted, just not so thin.

Christina is all natural, definitely, and all beautiful too.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/292/my-big-breasts-and-me.jsp


Pepper- Her breasts are NOT fake. If they were fake, you would see an obvious implant line in both of the photos. There's no amount of airbrushing that would make fake boobs look real. From a woman with large, real boobs who is often accused of having fakes, Ms. Hendricks' boobs are not fake.


I find it sad that some of the men and even women posting on here don't really know what a woman's body looks likes or they have a preconceived notion that if you have small arms you can't have big boobs or if you have big boobs you must have a big ass. Really folks? Most of the women I know with large breast have a smaller bottom or hips and the women (like myself) with curvy bottoms are stuck with no boobs. It happens all the time and this is why women are constantly complaining about their proportions. This is why you can now buy swimwear as seperates. I need a small top but a medium bottom. My sister needs a medium bottom but a large top and then their are the lucky women that have it all, lovely proportioned curves.


I don't think what Christina Hendricks has is "a body that looks more like [our] own"! She's a bombshell! She's a knockout who isn't emaciated. That's different from "ordinary figure."

But I'm totally with you on the boobs. It's too bad her face is sort of wonky in the cover picture (it's a lovely face, just a bad picture) but that second one is just an invitation to Valhalla, for sure.


And because this is a top pet peeve of mine: Women aren't SUPPOSED to look like ANYTHING. The only thing women should look like are themselves, as they are. There is enough pressure from the media and the society, let's not add anything extra, shall we?


I still remember the first time I saw her on Firefly, something like eight years ago. It wasn't terribly relevant to the plot but I still remember thinking what a remarkable body she had. Sounds like she's resigned to it if she's doing lingerie photoshoots now but she definitely had that rack back then and she is also definitely a tiny tiny person. Genetic lottery FTW!


Maria: Christina isn't as thin as others, but her looks appear natural. That's great for her, and I'm happy she hasn't felt the need to submit to the same rigors that other actors do, but it doesn't make me feel any closer to her, honestly. She's pretty much a big winner in the genetic lotto. I've looked her size (except in the breast area), and that was when I was undereating and working out two to three hours a day.

Happy? Really? You sound anything but. You sound resentful that she's won the genetic lottery and that even when you work hard, she's still got what you want without working for it.

Her body works for her. She's being celebrated not because she has a naturally killer body, but because she's a new standard in Hollywood. Or actually, a really old one.

Make no mistake, if she wasn't on Mad Men, she'd be killing herself to lose weight or she wouldn't work.

If you're not an actress, then let your body do what it's supposed to do. Christina is a poster girl for a new paradigm in Hollywood, not a role model for how everyone should aspire to look. If that's all anyone gets from celebrating that a different body-type is being represented in Hollywood, the point has been missed.


Siyah: "Women aren't SUPPOSED to look like ANYTHING. The only thing women should look like are themselves, as they are."

Thank you.


*snort* VeryNot, I had no idea we had a Big Tits Tribe. I'm going to have to tell my friend about it.

While we're on the subject of boobs - go out and get yourself measured at a real lingerie store, not Victora's Secret. They won't put you in a size they don't carry in the store. I was recently fitted into a 30DD and it's been a revelation. Mom got a 38F. It's crazy how much it does for your figure to have the BTs hoisted up right.


My beautiful, younger sister (who has unfortunately passed away) was built exactly like Christina. Those breasts are real! When dressed correctly, as she is most of the time, she is stunning! I'm a
clothing designer and there are all sorts of designs and techniques to flatter hers and other types of figures. Christiano Siriano's design was completely wrong!!!


For every Christina Hendricks there are 10,000 fatties with beastly looks. A sad truth.


I feel that I have to speak up. I cannot say for sure whether or not gratuitous photo-shopping is involved in these photographs (though it wouldn't be surprising.) But it appears that those individuals who are claiming "fake" here are doing so based on proportions.
Speaking for myself, I am thin with slender limbs, a large D/DD chest, and no ass to speak of. While being proportionate is a nice idea, it is not always the case. There are plenty of us with body parts that don't match, and to claim that it isn't natural or unhealthy is a bunch of BS. There are no "standard" body shapes. We are all unique, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Christina is a gorgeous woman with real natural curves, and her talent and beauty should be celebrated, not picked apart.

~L


"Isn't it refreshing to see a major pair of tits that look like a couple of soft, inviting boob pillows instead of a couple of rigid tupperware bowls bolted on to her chest?"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I don't know which I like more, the observation or that you actually made it, not just thought it.

(They look real to me, as much as you can judge from magazine photos.)


the first pic has creepy eyes. i also dont like the way they photoshopped her into doll-like smoothness or the extensions. she's gorgeous, they don't have to do that. the second photo is lovely.

boobs are NOT fake, check out the everclear video she was in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n5-9_YIpLM
in 1997 she was thinner and younger and still had large breasts.

also she was pretty bouncy at the golden globes and fake ones don't move like that.


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Anonymous
2/16/10 10:47 AM

She is gorgeous. What a society we live in. SHE is what women are SUPPOSED to look like. I love her! I would give anything for a figure like that!

She's perfect!


Really? I was unaware that women were supposed to look like anything other than themselves. It's this kind of attitude from both sides that make young girls and women feel even more awkward and ashamed of their bodies (as if being a teenager isn't hard enough). Either it's the media showing us super skinny gals or it's this notion that to be a "woman" you have to have an hourglass figure.

I've never watched Mad Men (don't judge, I don't have TV, lol), but I think this lady is very beautiful. But I also think small-boobed Katherine Moenig ("The L Word") is beautiful too. To each his own, of course, but the notion that woman (or men) are supposed to look a certain way is a horrible notion.


the millions of women out there who want to see a body on their TV screens that looks more like their own

Sorry boys, but I think this is crazy. Most women's bodies don't resemble Christina Hendricks' in the least. She's certainly different from the modern rail thin model/actress type that has come to predominate in the past decades, but it's not like American women identify with super voluptuous, Bardotesque hourglass figures either. I love CH, because she's a brilliant actress, she's incredibly gorgeous, and it is indeed refreshing to see a different body type on my tv screen -- but not because my own body looks anything like hers.


"Tlo said: Inside, she talks about the media focus on her body"




Yikes, and I can see from skimming the comments here what she's talking about. Imagine having your breasts be such a topic of conversation and speculation. It's high school writ large (like, across the sky).

--GothamTomato


I wish I was her baby.


Y'know, I'll reiterate this once more, then shut up about it. I've met Christina. She's not skinny. She's not tiny. Truly, in person, her weight looks average.

I find it interesting that so many in this blog think she's skinny and seem to have issues with her being called big or average. I've read comments on other blogs from people who think she's fat and should lose 50 pounds. Some people in the fashion rags have savaged her for being too fat and trying to look sexy in fitted gowns.

The woman can't win. She has a fantastic body, but so many can't see it because they're too busy imposing their own issues or cultural standards on her.


I am a DD and have had large breasts since like 6-7 grade.

This is what makes ME wonder
one must remember that that a real woman with breasts like those has bigger arms, bigger legs, a bigger waist, and skin that isn't airbrushed on.

It is not that breasts that size are not real - or even fairly common - it is that breasts that size usually are not on a body with very slim with tiny arms and a very tiny waist. And pictures I've seen - I think it was from Beggars & Choosers - where she is laying, they seem to look a little unnatural.

BUT - I also think her head is awfully tiny for her body, so maybe it is just that she has very rare proportions.

I don't think she looks very good in the first pic, but she does look very good in the second.


She looks downright amazing. I feel for her, though. Having boobs that big is no day in the park. I have a small frame and I had surgery last year to go from a G to a C. She looks great but I understand completely the emotional pain.


"It was one of those questions we had to ask or we wouldn't have felt we were doing our jobs, but we felt uncomfortable asking it."

I love you guys and I'm addicted to this site, but this statement doesn't ring quite true to me. You actually DIDN'T have to ask.


" jiyin said...

the millions of women out there who want to see a body on their TV screens that looks more like their own

Sorry boys, but I think this is crazy. Most women's bodies don't resemble Christina Hendricks' in the least. "


Which is why they said "more like their own" instead of "exactly like their own."


the "titscrepancy" is just evidence of reality. It is because of the fact that her weight is shifted to one foot, her hip line dropped on her left side, so everything on that side shifts downward.

jeez!


Gotham: "I can see from skimming the comments here what she's talking about. "

Exactly. I hope she doesn't read this blog. Can you imagine how bizarre it would be to see people scrutinizing, analyzing, speculating about your body parts?


I didn't know I had so many sisters out there...*waves* I'm 5'1, and a 32DD or DDD (depending on manufacturer). Just take her body and scale it down proportionally, pretty much, and you've got me.
I can't even wrap my head around why people would think those boobs are fake. They must never have seen a real pair!


She is so fantastic. Joan is incredible, but I fell in love with her as Saffron in Firefly. Wish I could emulate the fire in her eyes!


Brooklyn Bomber
Can you imagine how bizarre it would be to see people scrutinizing, analyzing, speculating about your body parts?

I don't know about the other busty gals here - but I hear(d) it all the time. I was never thin, but couldn't legitimately be called fat through my 20's (other than my breasts I had an athletic body). But I got constant comments either about my breasts or calling me fat (many harsh, harsh insults) when I had a firm body just not a small waist.

I am actually surprised when I find that other large busted or large frame (but not flabby/fat) women were not subjected to the comments. I am glad for them, but really surprised.


She's gorgeous and sexy, size shouldn't even factor into it. Who cares?

Theres no way in hell those boobs are fake btw.


I have E-sized breasts, and honestly hers immediately raised questions with me. It has nothing to do with proportion, but rather with cleavage. Women with natural breasts have cleavage that converges and meets at the top. Hers does not.


Please look at this picture of Christina:

http://www.goodplasticsurgery.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/christina1.jpg

You can clearly see the "squareness" of the tops of her boobs. Real breasts do not just suddenly begin a couple of inches below the collarbone. I've noticed this also when she wore the Christian Siriano gown. I have very large breasts (which run in my family) and mine are not square, and have a gradual fullness even when pushed up or smooshed. I think this shows she had some additional enhancements done---nothing wrong with that of course. But her boobs are not 100% natural. In my opinion.


I'm really tempted to pull out the camera, because my boobs have that same look when cinched up. There's nothing gradual about how they blend with the collar-bone section; there's the top of my breasts that slope sharply into the flatness of my collarbone.

meh. If I posted photos, people'd probably accuse me of having fake boobs.


I'm really glad to see a woman with a healthy figure garnering attention. She's talented and lovely.

There is *nothing* about her chest that looks unnatural to me, and I look at a pair similar to hers (in the mirror)on a daily basis, so I agree with the other women on here who have expressed similar opinions.


Team Hourglass FTW indeed!


I have no problem with Christina Hendricks personally, but I'm getting kind of sick of all the attention she's getting. In nearly every photo I see of her there are hundreds of comments about how beautiful her body is and how big her tits are, but I rarely hear about her talent or personality, or even her beautiful face. I also don't understand why her body is that much more acceptable than a tiny girl. Being super curvy with a tiny waste is just as hard to obtain as being rail thin for some people. It's nice to see someone that doesn't look starved or plastic, but she still fits into the "conventionally beautiful" box.


I'm not loving the cover photo. Her expression is kind of vacant and spaced out, a typical guy's fantasy. Her boobs also look wonky and I wonder if her right is bigger than her left because she looked like that in Christian's dress at the Globes, too - one side fuller than the other. Most women are like that, so it's no biggie, it's just emphasized in a corset top.

Love the second photo. That's really pretty.


The only reason people are always talking about her body is she's always displaying it! She had boobs spilling all over the place at the Golden Globes. Did she seriously think no one was going to write/talk about it? Puh-leeze.


I don't know any nicer way of putting this, but anyone who questions the authenticity of her breasts obviously hasn't seen very much (straight) porn. (Um, me neither....)

Here are some examples, without linking to any unsavory websites.

Real -- Mimi Rogers in "Full Body Massage," Jennifer Connelly in "Mulholland Falls," Shannon Whirry in a million Skinemax films from the '80's.
Fake -- where to start? Clips featuring Mia Zottoli and Hannah Harper are readily available.

If you *still* can't tell the difference... I don't know what to tell you.


Cracking me up, everyone analyzing her boobs to death, then wondering why women get boob jobs! Because society is obsessed with boobs. I myself have very small boobs, an A cup, and believe me, no one talks about small boobs b/c they don't have as much value or something. I am also very slim, even though I eat well, sometimes it is just genetics. But I can see why starlets feel the need to get their boobs done. I am not one, so I feel no need and appreciate NOT having huge boobs. Lucky for me my husband loves them as well.


She's a bit smaller than average (if average is still a size 14), but hardly petite, skinny, or tiny. Just at a good, comfortable, obtainable weight for her frame. She's also lost quite a bit of weight since she started Mad Men...

On the boobs, her body is very soft. She doesn't really have any muscle. Boobs are just fat, so the softer you are, the more likely you are to have large breasts IF that is where your body stores fat. Her body stores it in her boobs. If she had 17.5% body fat, she'd probably be emaciated with medium sized tits.

Some girls store fat in their hips, or their thighs, or their stomach, or their arms, and some girls store it in their boobs.

All this fuss over real, or fake is kinda silly and pointless... She's got what she's got, and she chooses to make use of the fuss to gain popularity and notoriety. She's hella lucky she has a good face and acting skills, or she'd be a forgotten centerfold in a mens mag at best.


She's amazingly gorgeous and incredibly sexy. She looks good enough to eat. BUT, she does NOT look like normal women. Most women are rectangle shaped. She is just one of those one in a million classic hourglass figures.


"You can clearly see the "squareness" of the tops of her boobs. Real breasts do not just suddenly begin a couple of inches below the collarbone."

- *head smack*
This is getting ridiculous. Breasts do not just come in different sizes, but different shapes, too! And *gasp* they're located at different heights on each woman. Also, the clothing/undergarments a women wears can cause drastic changes in breast appearance.
This is not rocket science, folks!

~L


The titscrepency in the first picture is probably occurring due to the exceedingly poor fit of the bustier. The cups are a good two sizes to small, and it looks bad. I also wish they'd used a color other than white... They could've used peach or pastel blue if they wanted to keep the innocent look, and it would've looked less like gramma's best lingerie...

The second picture with the corset looks worlds better. The girls are hoisted by something that actually fits them... Hallelujah!


"anon said: You can clearly see the "squareness" of the tops of her boobs."





OK, someone needs some remedial Sesame Street to learn the difference between circles and a squares.

--GothamTomato


imdona: The only reason people are always talking about her body is she's always displaying it! She had boobs spilling all over the place at the Golden Globes. Did she seriously think no one was going to write/talk about it? Puh-leeze.

Would you suggest a turtle neck? An oxford shirt buttoned to her chin? How about a muumuu? When you have big tits, they're always out there. How dare Christina want to dress in a gown and look sexy like all the other actresses at an award show! For shame Miss Hendricks, cover your ample bosoms before a child sees them and turns into a murdering fiend at their very sight! Did we learn nothing from the Janet Jackson scandal?!

And people are talking about her boobies because it's on topic for this discussion. Her body is the subject of the article and is featured in all it's glory on the cover. Plus, how can anyone fail to notice all the women here talking about their own big tits and feeling a kinship with Christina? Posting on the subject on hand, discussing the societal pressures on women to conform to a certain beauty standard, and defending someone against unfounded accusations of body modification doesn't = OBSESSED WITH BIG HOOTERS.


Siyah: "Women aren't SUPPOSED to look like ANYTHING. The only thing women should look like are themselves, as they are."

Hear, hear.

I hope to god she doesn't go and do a Sophie Dahl on us.


So sad that people have to rush to say "fake." I have been watching Christina Hendricks since her soap days. She dieted a little more stringently then, but even with iron corseting there was no disguising the abundance of boobage. You can go to the Museum of Broadcasting and see. Or Netflix her guest episode of "Firefly." The woman is all woman. Oh, and fake breasts do not bounce like hers do when she walks rapidly. That's Mother Nature's handiwork.


Anonymous said...

I have E-sized breasts, and honestly hers immediately raised questions with me. It has nothing to do with proportion, but rather with cleavage. Women with natural breasts have cleavage that converges and meets at the top. Hers does not.

I have Gs and they can be positioned not to converge (momentarily before gravitating back to the middle).


sweetlilvoice

She makes me proud-sexy large chested redheads unite!


She is beautiful, and gorgeous and she does have implants, tastefully done
http://www.goodplasticsurgery.com/2009/10/15/christina-hendricks-nicest-implants-ever/


Breathtakingly gorgeous!. That said, let's shred the styling. Granny panties....seriously? They look dinghy next to the corset. And I'm with the other commenter that was kinda grossed out by the braid placement. However, isn't it amazing how we all stuttered when we saw a photo of a real person on a cover?


Dear Scary Mary, I almost wish this thread had stopped with your great comment:

Team Hourglass FTW.


I love (or rather not) this trend for defining a phisic that's so obviously exceptional and rare as the epitome of real...


So much for not doing whites or beiges for cover shots.


Even if she does have fake breasts, they look *very* real, which I think is a big improvement over the tupperware boobs TLo mentioned.

I just watched Jessica Alba in Valentine's Day, you have no idea how good it is to see a voluptuous lady now...


AS for the implant comments, I see no proof in the pictures of the cleavage, she is usually wearing really heavy cleavage busters (funny, for someone who is so sensitive about her body being a conversation point...), which is what creates that artificial shape. When her breasts are down, they look quite natural I'd say. As in this picture.

http://cdn.mademan.com/chickipedia//www/images/8/8e/Christina_Hendricks_8_306.jpg

As for women being "supposed" to be like this, this is such bollocks. Women are not supposed to be anything. What is Laura Bennet supposed to do? Is she supposed to get implants? Is she not supposed to be a women? In any event, if women were "supposed" to be anything, which they aren't, it wouldn't be large-breasted, as small breasts are (or used to be), much more common. The reasons why today in America the average size of breasts has significantly risen in a very short period of time are two: (1) surgery, i.e., ubiquitous breast implants, and (2) the use and abuse of hormones in food.


Christina looks ravishing, luminous and downright sublime. For me, the braid placement is a bit odd, but I get it. I suppose NY magazine's art director's wanted to make a very seductive and provocative spread, and from the looks of this thread it appears they've accomplished their goal.

edina


sweetlilvoice

While we're on the subject of boobs - go out and get yourself measured at a real lingerie store, not Victora's Secret. They won't put you in a size they don't carry in the store. I was recently fitted into a 30DD and it's been a revelation. Mom got a 38F. It's crazy how much it does for your figure to have the BTs hoisted up right.


Damn right! I got measured as a 32GG and I have been wearing a 36D. It's has changed my life.


Siyah said: "Oh, and I think it's meant to be a Botticelli reference, not a carpet matches the drapes one, but it's not very well made."

My goodness, you're right! And you're also right that it's not well done. I had a giant-size Birth of Venus on my wall for years and I usually notice the many references to the painting.

Anyway...

I'm another one who gets cheesed off by pronouncements that Christina Hendrick's body is more like "what a woman is supposed to look like" than others, or that she looks more "real."

I know plenty of women that are just as real as she is who have given birth through their tiny slim hips and nursed their babies with their almost-flat breasts. How are they less "real?" How can you say that they don't look like they're supposed to?

I don't like feeling marginalized because I'm fat. But the solution is NOT to try to marginalize our skinny sisters in return!


Anonymous at 12:26: I am in my late 50s, and have G breasts, and I have a push-up bra that gives me exactly that profile on my upper breasts: not everyone has the same proportion of glandular tissue/breast fat/subcutaneous fat all of which affect the way one's breasts compress as does the thickness and elasticity of the skin.

Hey! bodies differ and there's not One True Breast Shape. I seriosly doubt that there's any Nip/Tuck action in Ms. Hendrick's case because I've yet to see a set of fake knockers that have natural looking lateral aspect; that she bulges luxuriously at the sides is what screams "real" to me.


She's gorgeous.
That last pic is stunning.


Anon:
She is gorgeous. What a society we live in. SHE is what women are SUPPOSED to look like. I love her! I would give anything for a figure like that!

She's perfect!


Wow, really? You know, the thing that gets on my nerves is that these kinds of posts always turn into a bashing of thin models and glorification of another, curvier ideal. REAL beauty means being healthy and confident with your own look, not being particularly skinny or curvy. Thanks to Siyah; you articulated my point perfectly.


Hate the goddess hair.


She's gorgeous.

As a flat chested gal who's never worn a bra, I don't have an emotional feeling about her breasts. We are what we are. Celebrate!

Now, her skin, OTOH... I'd kill for that peaches & cream.


hands down the most beautiful woman on tv in a generation. whether she likes it or not, shes a bombshell & an icon in the making.

i would give anything to have that body even for a day. just stunning.


Siyah
2/16/10 11:18 AM

And because this is a top pet peeve of mine: Women aren't SUPPOSED to look like ANYTHING. The only thing women should look like are themselves, as they are. There is enough pressure from the media and the society, let's not add anything extra, shall we?

No kidding - thank you for saying this.

Women are damned no matter what they do or what their bodies look like. Are you thin? Then you are "bony," "scrawny", "unreal" and "need to eat a cheeseburger." Are you fat? Then you're "obese," "overweight", etc. Are you a mixture? Are you attractive? Then your breasts must be fake, you've been photoshopped, it's just the clothes, etc. Are you old? Then you're "veiny," or "a hag" or "mutton dressed as lamb." If you "dress for your age," then people talk about how matronly you look. Are you young? If you're modest and don't show lots of skin, you're a frump. If you show lots of skin, you're hoochy.

And so on.

It gets damn tiring.


Just because she has a large rack doesn't mean they're fake. Mine are probaby bigger than hers, and every bit of them are real. When you put them up in a corset like that, it's what they look like.

Many women have naturally large boobs, and it is completely normal.


All this intense discussion about accepting your body: big boobs or small boobs is great.
When are we ever going to have a discussion about accepting women with bigger hips or butts WITHOUT big boobs? Boobs are fixiated on more than ever but it seems most women would completely cut off their hips if they had a choice. When did it become a female ideal to look like a video game character?


I agree with fashion Fanatic, it's not a great shot, but she is fabulous nonetheless.


psst! SIYAH! (and the rest of the yes, sometimes they're real, good luck buying clothes crew):

Bravissimo.com
rebeccaanddrew.com


Damn, she's beautiful. Maybe it's just that seeing her body type is such a refreshing change from the stick figure norm of fashion photography, but whenever I see her I'm just blown away by her beauty.


If she had spent the money on the fake boobage, don't you think she would have paid a bit more and gotten some lipo too? It just doesn't follow that she would have her boobs made bigger and not have more surgeries since she works in such a weight conscious industry. I think that is a pretty strong argument for the bewbs being the real deal.


Julia, perhaps you are correct---I do realize that everyone has different glandular tissue, etc. I do hope her breasts are 100% real. It was just the sudden bulge and odd shape of her breasts at the top (the right one especially) in that one picture I linked to that make them look somewhat like implants to me. And Gotham Tomato, your "remedial Sesame Street" comment to me was uncalled for. I see a somewhat square shape, you do not. I'll assume you were attempting to be clever.


quigley (the cat)

Rana—thanks for saying what you did. Best comment here!

QTC


She's beautiful. Isn't it weird that our culture assumes large breasts are from surgical enhancement? I'm an hourglass too, and have been for fifty years, yes it IS possible to have curvy shapes and not be obese.


"anon said: And Gotham Tomato, your "remedial Sesame Street" comment to me was uncalled for. I see a somewhat square shape, you do not."




Sooo, we have to pretend her breasts are square, because an anonymous poster thinks she sees squares?

--GothamTomato


I think it is just nice to see a different depiction of a beautiful woman. I yearn for the day when we see women of every size, color and shape presented in the "beautiful, desirable women" roles.

It seems like there was sooooo much more body type diversity in the 70s, prior to the ubiquity of plastic surgery, and the seemingly single esthetic it delivers. However, I was young and may be remembering that incorrectly.


honesty.not.pc

"Isn't it refreshing to see a major pair of tits that look like a couple of soft, inviting boob pillows instead of a couple of rigid tupperware bowls bolted on to her chest?"

Fucking A-men to that :) God Bless the boob pillows of the world. I will fluff mine right now in solidarity.


Many of you are probably too young to remember the old Jane Russell Playtex bra ads in which she claimed that the bra provided "real support for real women", the implication being that small breasted females were less than real women. Judging from some of the comments regarding Ms Hendricks, we haven't really come very far from that old attitude. The fact that so many women feel compelled to undergo breast augmentation speaks volumes about our society's attitude toward the female form. And for the record, I think Christina Hendricks looks great, and I do believe she's 100% natural.


Christina is a beautiful woman with a beautiful body. And she should certainly be admired for her beauty.

However, as a small-chested woman, I do sometimes feel sensitive when people proclaim that [insert celebrity] is a "real" woman because she has a big chest, or a big butt, etc. and how men find that a million times more attractive than a stick-thin model with no boobs. What if a woman is naturally thin with no boobs? Is she not "real" and "attractive"? Can we not be more accepting of women of all shapes and sizes? Given that breast augmentation is the #1 plastic surgery, I think a lot of women have internalized the sentiment that unless you have boobs of at least a certain size, you are not a "real" woman or desirable.


HAWT.
Real.
Good on her for her obvious comfort in her skin. That's what's hottest and most real about her.


Isn't it refreshing to see a major pair of tits that look like a couple of soft, inviting boob pillows instead of a couple of rigid tupperware bowls bolted on to her chest?

Aw, T Lo, you sweet gay bitches. *sniffle* You're gonna make this boob-pillow-sporting girl cry. Thank you! ♥!


She is still small by 'real world' standards and its unfortunate that we put so much pressure on a woman's size.

My husband and I both drool over her, she's that rare woman that men want and women want to be and want to hang out with.


She is small by 'real world' standards and its a shame that they put so much pressure on women's size in the media, but I digress.

My husband and I both drool over her. She is that rare combination of woman that men want, women want to be and if they can't be hang out with. She seems natural and confident and fun.


I hope she has much continued success!


Seriously, this is so silly. She does not have fake boobs...just look at Heidi Platt or Spatt and tell me you can't tell the difference.

Apparently, her measurements are 36-22-36. So if Marilyn Monroe's measurements were almost the same, she's not that big. My father and mother met MM once day back, obviously, and my mother, a small woman herself said MM was tiny (and apparently a lot smarter than people gave her credit for).


And she is not big! We're just so used to looking at women with straighter figures. Size does not relate to shape.


If she wants people to stop talking about her body, maybe she should stop doing photo shoots in her underwear.


"If she wants people to stop talking about her body, maybe she should stop doing photo shoots in her underwear."

A valid point.
However, she's certainly within her rights to show her body if she wants to. Perhaps she had hoped that if she finally broke down and did this, people would stop obsessing so much. No need to judge!

~L


i wouldn't describe her a 'big girl' more of a 'busty' girl.





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