The plunging neckline of frocks and blouses worn by Dancing on Ice hostess Holly Willoughby have caused a stir of controversy among its British audience. In the most recent episode, she wore a Grecian gown with a neckline that plunged below her breasts, causing a storm of controversy, with many viewers offended by the wardrobe selection. The hostess, famous for her 32D breasts, received both cheers and jeers for the choice. Some viewers questioned whether the outfit was appropriate for Sunday evening TV, when children would be watching. Others have praised her, saying the dress was “a bit revealing, but stunning,” and “she looked glamorous and confident in it, so why not?” There was even controversy about her figure, as some commented that it was nice to see a woman “who doesn’t look like a bag of bean poles,” while others said, “she doesn’t have the figure to war those outfits.” One viewer critiqued her for not having big enough breasts to fill the dress, while another implied she could use the support of “a well made bra.”
In my last post, I talked about why people feel they have the right to criticize public figures, especially their cosmetic surgery, but what does something like this tell us about the general public aesthetic that might guide us in selecting the size appropriate for breast implants? I think the variety of the response is valuable, and brings us back to the words of the bard: “Ya can’t please everyone / So ya got to please yourself.” Truth be told, probably the best comment was the one that said, “she looked glamorous and confident [in the dress] so why not?” The essential result to any cosmetic surgery, from a rhinoplasty to liposuction, is that it should make a person feel confident.