March 2, 2010
Who would have thought that in an age of excess and in a place where
the mantra seems to be “big is always better”, Hollywood’s leading
ladies would begin to downsize?
And I’m not talking about the size of their swish
mansions, length of their manicured fingernails or amount of hair
extensions glued to their scalp.
Oh no. Instead I’m talking about two distinct assets in
their lives: the age of their men and the size of their breasts.
Less is more … Drew Barrymore reportedly has opted
for smaller breasts.
Let’s start with the men.
Last year, it was Newsweek magazine that boldly
declared 2009 was “the year of the cougar”.
And who could blame them? After all, it seemed everyone
from Jennifer Aniston to Ivana Trump to Madonna was dating a younger
man, effectively morphing the May/December relationship into the trend
du jour among the glam set.
In fact, ever since my serial singleton friend Andrew
introduced me to a sport he called “cougar
hunting” when I started my blog, I’d long been fascinated by
this type of romantic union.
And it seems I’m not the only one. According to the
Australian Bureau of Statistics, relationships in which the woman is 10
years older than her partner have risen by 23 per cent since 1996, the
statistics making it quite clear it’s not only the celebrities who are
Of course having a celebrity figurehead at the helm of a
dating trend helps loosen traditional dating conventions and encourages
the rest to follow suit.
And thanks to the likes of cougar It-girl Demi Moore and
pin-up toy boy Ashton Kutcher hooking up, getting hitched and flirting
with each other via their Twitter accounts, the trend has spread like
And the marketers have quickly cottoned on. Popping up on
the singles scene are speed dating events for cougars; online dating
sites for toy boys, “cougar cruises” and reality TV shows exploring the
Yet as with with all trends, it was inevitable that a
younger, swankier brand would soon emerge.
Yep, there are now a new brand of man hunters on the
block: the “pumas”.
These women are a little younger (in their 20s or 30s), a
little hotter and a little more vicious than their older counterparts.
And with Jennifer Aniston set to play a role in a new
film titled Pumas, one can only imagine what will happen to
relationships in the near future.
But on to another topical favourite: Hollywood breast
sizes. At the same time as leading ladies are downsizing when it comes
to their choices in men, many are also downsizing in another area of
their lives: their breasts.
It’s hard to believe that a cup of cleavage would ever go
out of fashion but it seems celebrities such as Denise Richards,
Victoria Beckham, Drew Barrymore and Jordan have all allegedly reduced
their cup sizes, all in the name of fashion.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr Nicholas Nikolov says that
he’s noticed the trend among his celebrity clients and says that, while
men will always be attracted to bigger breasts, things are slowly
starting to change.
“Men no longer appreciate larger breasts alone,” he said.
“They appreciate beauty of women with good proportions overall.”
My 28-year-old cameraman friend Joe concurs. He told me a
story about spotting a woman out on the street who had “the tiniest
legs and the tiniest waste, but the largest ‘rack’ I’d ever seen. She
should have tipped over. Physics doesn’t say she should operate that
While Joe admits he’s more of a “boob” man than a “butt”
guy, he says he’s more attracted to women who are “in proportion for
their height and who hold themselves with confidence”, rather than
someone who’s simply got large breasts for the sake of a bit of
Oh, and he also prefers to date older women too … just
in case you were wondering …