A sneak peek at the October cover of Lucky magazine shows a gorgeous shot of Christina Aguilera in a denim shirt that really brings out her eyes. It's weird, though: The shirt is gaping open in the center, to accomodate Xtina's bust, and yet: there's NO cleavage to be seen!
Above, the cover is next to a shot taken at The Voice press junket on August 12. It's not news to anyone that Christina has rather large breasts; even when she's not showing cleavage, there's a fullness — each one is almost as big as her face. (I've had a music industry source tell me about the day she got implants, saying she loved them and was so super happy; even without this anecdote, evidence points to surgery. Which is fine, you do you.)
But this cover makes The Voice star look like a B cup. There's no cleavage, and if her boobs were pushed to the sides — been there, done that — they're sure not bulging into the armpit territory, as one would expect (and as the laws of physics demand). In addition, the sides of the shirt have been mysteriously nipped in. Our old friend Photoshop! (Or, as Michelle Visage calls it, "The Airbrush Diet.")
Of course, we treat cleavage very strangely in this culture; it's considered inappropriate in the workplace, and so super duper sexy that politicians have it removed from photos or get in trouble for exposing it. Southwest Airlines won't tolerate it. But those of us packing a sizeable rack know it can be difficult to hide. A scoopneck top is both friend and enemy: Comfortable, but more likely to lead some people believe that you're slutty, thinking about sex, showing off, or inviting comments. On a men's magazine, the cleavage would stay, obviously. But for a friendly ladymag like Lucky, when your cups runneth over, you'd better camouflage them, it seems. A quick survey of covers shows that ladies with smaller breasts can show a lot of chest skin, while larger-breasted women are covered and minimized.