Fish-lips and a flat-chest… this is the cross that the young, beautiful Denise Richards had to bear as a teen. Denise reveals in a recent feature how peer pressure and bullying as she grew up in Illinois, rather than the demands of Hollywood, was the reason she chose to buy herself a pair of new boobs, aged just 19.
I find it staggering and sad that a gorgeous young woman would feel so desperate about being flat-chested that she would go under the knife. When your body is healthy, pert and youthful — and in pretty good nick, if you’re Denise Richards — what have you got to complain about?
I’m not insensitive to the hurt caused by cruel taunts. I don’t remember being on the receiving end of any, despite my very tiny chest, but I had body insecurities just like any young girl.
I solved them with a Wonderbra (back in the days when I could find one that fit).
I get that it can be painful being dealt a body by nature that doesn’t match up to the ideal you’re bombarded with in magazines and movies. And I know it can be soul-destroying never graduating from your training bra, when all the other girls go cup, cup and away!!!
I just wish that young women could find a better retort to body issues than surgery. And I wish that surgeons had more moral gumption that to be granting the wishes of women that haven’t had a chance to grow into their bodies and learn to be confident about them.
What do you think? Have you been the victim of peer pressure? How did you deal with it?