As a style editor, I am often inundated with ways to make yourself look better. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking that no matter what lipstick, anti-aging cream or body shaping underwear you use, you’ll never look good enough. FusionTV‘s video on the casting requirements for breasts featured in a topless scene shows us why it’s so easy to fall into that trap.
Casting director Sande Alessi speaks candidly with host Cleo Stiller about the thinking process behind casting an actress when nudity is required — and it’s not exactly body positive. In fact, ‘perfect looking’ breasts will often trump talent. “Well, it’s almost always looks,” Alessi starts, “And then we’ll see what their acting ability is next.”
When Stiller asks what Alessi is looking for, she states: “They would have to be perfect. They would have to have a good nipple size and colour. They’d have to be perky.” To be fair, this isn’t far off from what modeling agents are looking for (there’s a reason why Victoria’s Secret Angels have a pretty homogeneous body type), but Alessi’s brutal honesty can be quite jarring. Going through a lineup of breast shots, she takes Stiller through a typical casting conversation. “Her nipples are too big. Those are too droopy. These are way too small. It’s so sad because she’s so pretty.”
The kicker comes when Stiller asks what would happen if a particularly talented actress came in to audition and nailed the character, but possessed uneven breasts. “She’s just not gonna get it,” Alessi replies in an apologetic, yet factual tone.
Knowing that on-screen breasts must meet such scrupulous standards — where perkiness and nipple color are valued more than skill at a craft — kind of, well, sucks. Heaven forbid lopsided breasts make their way into mainstream media. There’s just no miracle cream to fix non-screen-worthy boobs.
It’s no wonder women are so conscious about their bodies when only one kind of ideal is presented on screen. Teens especially, who are looking at a world coloured through the false reality of social media, see only one type of body and aim to project that same body to the world. Even celebrities praised for their figures are called out for Photoshopping their bodies; no one is immune to the pressures of perfection.
The good thing about this is, the more we talk about it, the more we realize unrealistic these standards are. Sites like 007b, that feature user submitted galleries of real life chests, paint a better picture of what the world’s breasts really look like. Fancy that, all the breasts aren’t the same — almost as if it were a reflection of reality.