Christina Hendricks: “It’s really hard to find a bathing suit if you have breasts”

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Christina Hendricks is the lovely cover girl for the August issue of Lucky. I like the blowout Christina got – it makes her look kind of dated, but as I’ve said, I like fluffy hair. I would rather be looking at a big, dated, fluffy blowout that some flat-ironed, parted-down-the-middle, bangs-trauma’d nonsense. So whoever did Christina hair and makeup for the shoot knew what they were doing – I know this because Christina’s pale skin and red hair seems to frustrate and confuse so many magazine stylists and makeup artists, and the result is all too often “corpsey”. Not here – although the beige-nude frock doesn’t help, it’s not offensive.

In the interview excerpts from her Lucky piece, Christina is talking about body image once again, but she changes it up a little to talk about her difficulties finding a flattering bathing suit. I’ll say - here are some recent photos of Christina in a one-piece. She’s a pretty girl with a nice figure, but that swimsuit makes her look horrible! Here are the excerpts from Lucky:

It can’t be easy dressing a particularly curvy figure in a town where many women are a size zero. But Mad Men star Christina Hendricks says she’s managed to find a way to fit and flatter her hourglass shape.

“I have to be careful about my proportions and keep it simple,” the 36-year-old actress tells the latest issue of Lucky magazine. ‘What works for me is structure and something that shows my waist’

However, the star admits she especially finds it difficult to squeeze her curves into a swimsuit.

“It’s really hard to find a bathing suit if you have breasts… You either get smooshed down or there’s no support. My husband and I have sketched out designs.”

Christina appears dressed in a clinging beige Donna Karen New York dress on the cover of the magazine, wearing green and gold jewelry. The star, who plays office manager Joan Holloway on the hit drama series set in the 1960s, says she tries not to feel the pressure about dressing up for red carpet events.

“I try to remain calm and remind myself that this is a fun, lovely event,’ she says. ‘For award shows, people are taking pictures of every inch of you. They are taking pictures of your fingers and your toes.”

The actress has just been named as the face of Vivienne Westwood’s jewelry collection and names the British designer as one of her favorites when stepping out on the red carpet.

“Vivienne Westwood for drama, L’Wren Scott for her perfect tailoring and body consciousness and Zac Posen for whimsy,” she says.

Christina, who will soon begin filing a fifth season of Mad Men, also discussed why she dyes her naturally blonde hair red.

“I was obsessed with Anne of Green Gables, so I wanted red hair… My mom said, ‘I’ll throw a rinse on it.’”

Christina also knows the power of some perfectly placed accessories, like the bright green Van Cleef & Arpels necklace that sets off her hair.

Her other go-to accessories? “I collect animal bracelets,” she said. “I got my first one off the Mad Men set; they let me keep a horse cuff I fell in love with.”

[From The Mail and Fashion Etc.]

I love “My husband and I have sketched out designs.” Like Christina and her husband went to their laboratory and really tried to solve this perplexing riddle of a flattering swimsuit. As for Christina always talking about body image and her curves… yeah, I’m getting a little tired of it. But I love her, so I don’t mind listening to her talk endlessly about it.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Try Robin Piccone and Shoshanna Swim, Christina. You can get ‘em at Bloomies.

  2. operagirl says:

    I have her same coloring and hair, and I would love to know what they are using on her lips. It’s the perfect color.

  3. Luna says:

    And sometimes interviewers just have to come up with interesting questions. It’s like they ask the same questions to the same person EVERY time. No wonder it gets old. I love her, though! Hopefully she’ll keep her red hair for a long long long long time. Red hair is so lush <3

  4. Lol says:

    She’s so sexy :)

  5. kibbles says:

    She looks gorgeous in these pics. One of the few celebrities these days that I genuinely enjoy seeing and reading about.

  6. CT says:

    It’s SO true about the swimsuits.

  7. Brittney says:

    I’m a 34DD and have the same problem… most bathing suits simply aren’t made for people like us, and I don’t have the money to find designers who actually do that. I have to buy two-pieces with XL tops and S bottoms, and even then my neck hurts after an hour or two from the weight, and I have to keep adjusting to keep them lifted.

    Maybe this is all TMI, but srsly, Christina can talk about her body every day all day and I won’t mind. It’s very nice to be able to relate to someone in Hollywood. Not that Angie won’t always be my girl…

  8. Praise St. Angie! says:

    also agree about the swim suits.

    I buy them from Athleta – they have underwires and come in actual cup sizes.

    plus, they’re geared for water sports so they offer good support.

  9. Jaded says:

    She’s going to get tired of those funbags some day….I was a 36DD for many years, then when I got into my fifties my boobs morphed into an E cup and literally controlled my life. Clothing and bathing suits that fit properly were impossible to find. I had to wear a stretchy bra to bed. My shoulders had ruts in them from bra straps, my neck and shoulders always ached, I had permanent chafe marks under my boobs from underwires. I found a good plastic surgeon and had a reduction done. I’m now a C cup and feel free as a bird!

  10. saintdevil says:

    Well, if it’s so hard, maybe you should get rid of those ridonculous implants…

  11. j says:

    Okay, when are we going to talk about the horrible photoshop in the first picture? It looks like she has a hairless vagina inserted onto her chest & her arm is a twig. They transferred fat from one place to another and it looks obscene.

  12. L says:

    Totally agree about the swimsuits. Esp bikinis. OMG it’s so hard to find a bikini that has enough support for the girls and doesn’t make me look like a porn star.

  13. gee says:

    Her styling and everything is perfect here! She looks great, and I like the beige with the green elements. So pretty!

  14. the original bellaluna says:

    This is why I was singing praises to the folks who sold tops and bottoms in separate sizes.

    Being a size 5 bottom and a 36C top (pre-babies) was no picnic!

  15. DanDan says:

    Well, why doesn’t she try being 6′ and try finding jeans or long sleeved shirts that fit well? It’s much harder, believe me, especially if you’re an ordinary person and live in a small city where everything’s made for short people.

  16. Cait says:

    News flash Christina, smaller chested women still have breasts too!

  17. the_blonde_one says:

    “As for Christina always talking about body image and her curves… yeah, I’m getting a little tired of it.”

    I would like to point out that even here it’s the first thing mentioned in any post about her. Either too much showing, too little showing etc etc. So if it’s all WE talk about why shouldn’t she? It’s her body we’re obsessing over.

  18. Isa says:

    All she does is make me glad I don’t have that body time. Sheesh.

  19. trolleydolly says:

    As someone who is a 30H, and struggled for years to find swimwear – there is an amazing UK based website that sell properly designed and supportive bikinis and swimwear for DD cups to K cups. bravissimo.co.uk

  20. Praise St. Angie! says:

    DanDan, move to NJ!

    I’m laughing because I’m only about 5’4″, and I have the hardest time finding jeans/pants that DON’T require me wearing 4 inch heels!

    Even jeans or pants that are labeled as “petite” or “short length” require me to wear at least a 2 inch heel.

    Wish I could take a couple of your height inches… :)

    EDIT: trolleydolly, that site is great! they have such pretty suits! thanks for sharing!

  21. Samantha says:

    “It’s really hard to find a bathing suit if you have breasts… You either get smooshed down or there’s no support.”

    Amen, sister.

  22. StephanieMarie says:

    Spaghetti straps=no good for large breasts..
    That’s “Dressing Yourself 101″ for goodness sake…
    As a C cup even I can’t get away with those straps…NO support and your breasts look overwhelming to your frame…

  23. the original bellaluna says:

    @ DanDan & Praise – I hear you, sisters. I’m 5’10″ ish on a bad day, and jeans that fit my leg length and flatter are a near impossibility. Don’t even get me started on finding jeans that fit with a 4 inch heal or a blazer that fits and doesn’t make me look like Lurch.

    Suffice to say I wear men’s jeans (Levi’s button-fly Silver Tabs in the “loose” fit) and men’s blazers when I can find them in my size, without looking like I’m wearing my dad’s suit.

  24. Audrey says:

    I LOVE that she’s talking about clothing issues for large breasted women. I’m a 34DDD and I’m stuck in the same old rut of v-neck t shirts and sweaters. Designers and off the rack stores really are losing money by not making clothes for us curvy ladies.

  25. picopink says:

    I have the same problem with swimsuits, I usually just wear a sleeveless matching shirt with it. Her hair and makeup look great! These are the first pictures where I thought she looked really pretty! The dress is looks wonderful too. Good for her.

  26. anti says:

    beautiful photos… but her arms do look a lot thinner in these photos than usual. the rest looks GREAT!

  27. maggie says:

    Lands End= amazing suits

  28. GeekChic says:

    @operagirl, I use a color that is very similar to what Christina is wearing (I’m naturally blonde and very pale). It’s called “royal raisin,” and it’s by Revlon, one of their ultra-long wear formulas. Put it on in the morning, and you don’t have to touch it up at all during the day.

    @Jaded, I did the same thing. I went from a 34DDD to a 34C, and was so happy with the results. It had just gotten so painful carrying those things around, and I ended up with a bulging disk in my neck from it. The surgery was painful, but the short-term pain was worth it, in my opinion, for the longer-term relief.

  29. esblondie says:

    News flash Cait, you can go to Target and find a cute swimsuit, not to mention wear tops and dresses I have no chance of ever wearing!

    I mean really. Is there anything even remotely stating that smaller-chested women have no boobs?

  30. TaylorB says:

    Praise, DanDan, Bella, etc.

    I feel your pain. I am 5 ft 1 in, broad shoulders, boobs, no butt to speak of… basically a reverse weeble wobble. Nearly impossible to fit.

    I did find a trick for pants and shoes, and it saves $$$ buy your jeans and sneakers in the kids dept. I bought some Merrel hiking boots in the kids dept, same as the adult ones but about 30% cheaper. And jeans are almos 1/2 the price and the legnth is pretty spot on.

  31. original kate says:

    christina’s coloring is so lovely, and she looks great here. as for her boobs, what do we think – real or not? i vote real.

  32. ZenB says:

    I wonder if the reporters keep asking her, like they can’t believe a curvy girl made it in Hollywood or something. And for ONCE I mean “curvy” not as a euphemism for fat.

    @rebecca “Try Robin Piccone and Shoshanna Swim, Christina. You can get ‘em at Bloomies.”

    ~thanks! I have the same problem. It’s better now that I’m fat and curvy but trying to get into a bikini when I was just curvy was not fun. I had to go all the way to Newport Beach from LA to this one shop that sold separate tops and bottoms – small bottom and 34DD top.

    @Audrey – I’m one D less than you are and I cringe at the words “button down blouse”. They don’t fit. 34DD or 38DD it doesn’t matter. When I was younger the small fit right up to my boobs – I had to get a large and tailor it. Now the large fits up to my boobs and I have to get an 18-20 and tailor it. I also have wide shoulders to make this even more fun. I will never be less than a very tailored 12-14 blazer. Blah! Tailoring is not fun.

  33. Laura says:

    Equally, if not more difficult is having a AA chest. Swimsuits? Nope. Lingerie? Forget it. Dresses? Difficult. I’d rather deal with being squished in the bust then have a constant battle with all of the above flapping in the wind because I can’t remotely begin to fill the bust region. At least she gets to have a feminine body…those of us lacking breasts constantly battle a more masculine physique.

  34. Beth says:

    I no longer have the upper proportions of Christina Hendricks (yay, mastopexy!), but am built very much like her. For the last several years I’ve only bought swimsuits (1 and 2 piece) at Land’s End. When they say DD support, they ain’t kidding! And when you’re built like this, your best friend becomes either a tailor or your sewing machine! ;)

  35. Ally says:

    I love Lucky & I love Christina Hendricks.

    In defense of the body image talk, she (a) is doubtless always asked about it. Plus, (b) the Lucky interviews tend to happen over racks of clothes, when issues of fit lead to conversations about body type, size, etc.

    I look forward to buying this issue!

  36. vicky says:

    It is not difficult if you have breasts; it is difficult if you have udders.

  37. Amanda G says:

    I feel her pain. I have DD’s and it’s hard to find bathing suits with proper support and that don’t look like something my mother would wear haha

    BTW, she wouldn’t be talking about her figure so much if WE weren’t obsessing about it.

  38. mew says:

    She talks business with this one. However, she’s in a country where there are loads of variety and I assume she has money. She shouldn’t *really* have problem with that. She could get one or many even made just for her. It sucks for regular girls though and especially in countries where you don’t have fancy (or hardly any) brands, just extremely poor selection.

  39. california angel says:

    I love her figure and want it! : ) I have the boobs and the hips sans the waist lol. Vicki Secrets sells really great push-up bikinis for all sizes of boobs : )

  40. Erin says:

    WOW! Popsugar’s commenters are HORRIBLE! I don’t think she looks bad at all in that swimsuit! I am a size 8/10, 5’6″ and 145 lbs and have the same figure as Christina (not as big of boobs of course) and I can totally consign with the fact that one-pieces are a trial to find.
    I also love the fact that Christina has actual softness in her thighs and butt. Women are supposed to be soft and curvy; not hard and muscular, dammit!

  41. Sexy redhead! I think the reason she gets asked about her body all of the time is because she is one of the few full figured women in Hollywood.

  42. Kate says:

    Christina is FAT people that is why she cannot find a “proper” bathing suit. There are PLENTY of big breasted women wearing bikinis that fit them on the internet.
    Here’s what she looks like in a swimsuit:
    http://www.idontlikeyouinthatway.com/2011/05/christina-hendricks-is-super-sexy-for-real-you-guys.html
    And this one was taken on June 27 – 2 DAYS AGO!:
    http://www.idontlikeyouinthatway.com/pictures/20110629/Christina%20Hendricks%20Swimsuit/christina-hendricks-0.html

  43. Lucy says:

    Oooh! I LOVE her shamrock necklace. Anyone know where I could find it?

  44. Denver Danni says:

    I would add: giant boobs + 5’2″. So hard to find suits, I tend to choose the squishy down ones b/c its hard to find support for DDD’s. :-(

  45. Lucy-No word yet on the necklace?

  46. Isa says:

    body *type* not body time. Waaay too early for me to be commenting, obviously.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Does this woman ever talk about something other than her tits?

  48. jemshoes says:

    Wow, Christina is just beautiful in these shots! Breathtaking.

    *Sigh* As a petite girl with a very flat chest (think Kate Hudson before her boob job!), I can only DREAM of filling out bathing suits and bras and tops and tees the way normal women can, so it’s even harder to imagine being so buxom that you find it hard to wear clothes that fit and flatter your boobs! I’m also much too chicken to consider a boob job. ;)

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