Today we have two women competing for the title of the biggest--Lacey Wildd, a glamour model who wishes to expand her breasts to LLL to be amongst the top-five biggest-breasted glamour models in the world and Susanne Eman who wants to be the fattest woman in the world.
Two women equally determined to go down in history because of going to extremes - a human Super Sizing.
Lacey Wildd, a glamour model who already has a LLL bust, has four children living at home who beg their mother not to put her health at risk anymore, let alone the teasing the children need to endure.
But Lacey insists that her ambition to increase the size of her breasts is actually for her children's welfare. "I started all this so I can give them a better life,'' said Ms Wildd to the Sun Sentinel. "My boobs are my paycheck. Go big or go home is my motto... I am proud to be plastic."
At the same time that Wildd explains her breasts pay her bills, she also admits that because of her surgeries she can't pick up her youngest daughter or exercise. I wonder how this can be good for her children.
I do not want to judge anyone's choices for how they choose to use their own body, but when those choices are having a negative impact on their health and on their children, that seems to be the line where I'm willing to say that something is wrong.
Radar Online reports that Dr Phil McGraw has been trying to help Susanne Eman, but she and her fiancé keep sabotaging his help. The 33-year-old is attempting to gain enough to weigh 800 pounds for her wedding, but dreams of reaching 1200 pounds by the time she is in her forties.
Dr. Phil said that one time he weighed Eman on a freight scale, "She was 600 pounds and it broke her heart" she wasn't heavier.
While I am happy that Eman feels good about herself regardless of her weight, or in her case, because of her weight, she is jeopardizing her health all for publicity and a questionable claim-to-fame.
"It's a perfect pairing," she said. "I still want to be the fattest woman in the world and Parker is fine with that ... being this fat has given me a feeling of total freedom and not only self acceptance but confidence."
Imagine for a moment that instead Eman was vying to be the skinniest woman in the world by starving herself - wouldn't there be an uproar? So why is it okay to punish the body in the opposite extreme?
We seem to be a culture that celebrates extremes of any and every stripe. It's no longer eye-catching enough to be merely 'okay' at something or to be merely pretty or healthy or successful.
With our global culture everything has now become commonplace to the point that the only things that can really make us sit up and say "Wow!" are those things that can be labeled 'supersize'.
Superstorm Sandy. Biggest Boobs on Earth. Fattest Lady Alive. Supermodel.
It's no longer seen as enough to be known within one's own town or region for being good at something; now that we have access to what everyone else who does what we do is doing, we feel the need to compete at the highest level - the 'super' level.
Perhaps the answer is a return to smallness, an embracing of who we are on a local level.
Of course, in the past without a person's ability to expose their 'specialty' online there was not as much a chance to build a fan base either. There was not much opportunity to monetize one's quirky extremes.
The 'super' expansion of our social networking has caused a need for 'super' attention, which can sometimes seem as it can only be achieved through 'super' big messages (and bodies).
How far and wide will this trend go? Will there be a whole new breed of pageants on the forefront?
Miss Superobese! Miss Superanorexic! Miss Superboobs!
Or will we start embracing who we really are and loving ourselves as just as we are?
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