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Pamela Anderson admitted openly to her breast augmentation and became the virtual spokesmodel for the surgery.  Victoria Beckham didn’t admit to her breast enlargement, but we all knew it, and she came to represent a “bad” breast augmentation result:  very visible, very plastic looking.  Of course, her modeling style didn’t help, since she essentially looked plastic from head to toe. But still, her breast augmentation results were highly visible and, for better or worse, she also came to represent breast augmentation in a very visible way.

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So when both of these women decided to reduce the size of their implants, it was bound to cause a little stir.  (Katie Price (AKA Jordan), British fashion model and Beckham’s friend/foe/rival also had breast reduction, but although this was noted, she created less of a stir.) The result has been, however, a whirlwind of speculation about whether larger breasts are out and whether celebrities and women in general are going to look for smaller breasts in the future.

What Trend?

Media website The Daily Beast is partly responsible for the flurry of articles considering this trend, with its slide show focusing on 13 women who had (or reputedly had) breast reductions. But is their list really indicative of a recent trend?

The gallery uses breast reductions by Drew Barrymore and Soleil Moon Fry (AKA Punky Brewster), both of whom had breast reductions in 1992, and are clearly not relevant to any contemporary trend. Also irrelevant because of their timeframe are the breast reductions of Kim Fields (Tootie from The Facts of Life) in 1984, Roseanne Barr in 1991, Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) in 1995, Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) in 2002, Queen Latifah in 2003, Kimberly Stewart (daughter of Rod Stewart) in 2005, and Sharon Osbourne in 2005. The gallery also uses a purported breast reduction by Jennifer Connelly sometime between 2000 and 2006, which is denied.  Her smaller breasts in 2006 are most likely due to significant weight loss, since her entire body is smaller, with pronounced bone structure.

So out of the supposed 13 stars comprising this trend, 9 are not temporally relevant and one is probably not even a real reduction (and wouldn’t be temporally relevant in any case), so we’re left with 2 prominent breast implant size reductions, and one wannabe reduction (Kelly Osbourne apparently wants her breasts reduced).

Big Busts Still Booming

The truth is that big breasts are still popular among celebrities and wannabe celebrities will probably continue getting breast augmentations to try and “fit the mold.” The truth also is that there is also no single standard for what makes a woman attractive and what will make a woman be considered a sex symbol.  For every Scarlett Johansson, there will be a Keira Knightly.

Breast augmentation is not about trends or social fads–it is about individual women who are attempting to find a look that helps them feel confident and comfortable with their own bodies. If you are considering either breast augmentation or breast reduction, it is best to make sure you are doing it for yourself and no-one else.