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March 14, 2008

Body Size, Body Shape: 6 Women's Stories

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jennifer denton and lucy sykes rellie in white tank tops

Jennifer Denton and Lucy Sykes-Rellie

Photo Credit: Henry Leutwyler/Henry Leutwyler

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SMALL-BREASTED
JENNIFER DENTON, CO-OWNER OF NYC'S BLOW SALON
In much of America, big boobs reign, but growing up in preppy '80s Westchester, New York, the overtly sexy bikini thing wasn't exactly the norm. It was only when my girlfriends got bustier that I realized I was under an average B. I didn't reach for a padded bra, but I also wasn't entirely comfortable with my body until I was in my late 20s and figured out what flattered me. Only once did I have full, sexy breasts: It was a temporary perk of being pregnant. Today, I'm happy to work with what I have. And I rarely have to worry, Will my boobs look okay in this?
FAVORITE LOOK: Tunics, A-line tops, girly minidresses.
DO: Layer silky blouses, tanks, and necklaces.
DON'T: Anything strapless — there's not enough to hold it up!

BUSTY
LUCY SYKES-RELLIE, DESIGNER OF LUCY SYKES NEW YORK, A CHILDRENSWEAR LINE
Mother Nature has a sense of humor. I come from a long line of small-boobed females, so when I reached my teens and lost my puppy fat, I shocked everyone when I grew an enormous chest. At 11, I was treated like a teenager, which wasn't easy. Even now, at 34DD, I'm not into having them on display. Still, I'm glad my husband thinks I look amazing and feminine. Having kids made me happiest with my figure. My big boobs were so efficient when I was breast-feeding. Ultimately, being healthy and self-accepting is what's cool.
FAVORITE LOOK: My low-cut Versace gown.
DO: Wear tanks under low-cut tops for day.
DON'T: Crush yourself into too-tight clothes.


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