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TV's 'Magic City' has Trouble Casting Natural Bosoms

by Clem Mestre

TV's 'Magic City' has Trouble Casting Natural Bosoms

Thousands of actresses looking for their big break in films and television turn to cosmetic surgery to get an aesthetic edge on the competition, but for at least one new show, natural looks are in.

The Starz channel produced TV show Magic City depicts Miami in the 1950’s, telling the story of protagonist Ike Evans’ dealings with the mob to keep his glitzy hotel, the Miramar Playa, afloat. The casting director, Bill Marinella, is striving for period appropriate depiction in all aspects, including the shape and bust of 1950’s starlets. The details of one casting call notice read: “GIRLS HAD FULLER FIGURES BACK THEN. … SO NO SKINNY MODELS. ALL-NATURAL — NO PLASTIC SURGERY/BREAST IMPLANTS.” So far, finding Floridian actresses to fit the bill is more difficult than they’d imagined.

“I’ve actually had better luck finding synchronized swimming groups than I did finding real boobs,” Marinella related to The Miami Herald. “We did a lot of research and reached out to burlesque clubs and just finding people on the beach and literally walking up to them on the street and saying, ‘Hey, you look like you’re right out of The Great Gatsby.’” Other anachronisms that get girls nixed include excessive thinness, tattoos, lip augmentation, hairless bikini lines, and various modern cosmetic procedures.

Although the first breast augmentation surgery was performed in 1895 by Austrian-German surgeon Vincenz Czerny, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that silicon and saline implants were mass produced. These implants made surgery safer and quicker by reducing the size of incision necessary for implantation, but the procedure was costly for the age and carried a much higher risk of complications.

But times have changed, and according to recent statistics a region composed of eight south-eastern Atlantic states, including Florida, is responsible for nearly 16% of all cosmetic procedures performed in America, with breast implant surgeries accounting for much of that percentage. Data collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicates American doctors performed 307,180 “augmentation mammaplasty” surgeries in 2011, making it the most popular cosmetic surgery by a hefty margin.

Despite these trends, other players in the entertainment industry have mixed feelings on breast implants. Actress Anna Paquin, known for the distinctive gap in her front teeth, recently stated that she thinks choosing cosmetic surgery can actually limit actresses more than enabling them. “I think anyone is as critical as they have the energy to self-obsess, but I also know as an actress you are more limited if you interfere with your looks,” the 29-year-old star told Zooey Magazine. “If you have a whole bunch of work done with your teeth and your face and your boobs then you're only going to play modern people. That's a big choice to make. Very limiting.'

Magic City will extend its quest for naturally gifted extras as the Starz series was granted another ten-episode season a month before the official premiere. “God is in the details,” the show’s executive producer, writer and Florida native Mitch Glazer told The Miami Herald regarding the continued search. “We live in a world of bloggers and people devoted to scrutinizing. I’m sure that’s kind of thing that would bring on thousands of emails, you know, about a woman’s breasts or whatever.”

If you’re interested in learning more about affordable and natural-looking results from cosmetic surgery, contact us today. Our Plastic Surgery Portal specialists will schedule you a free and confidential consultation with one of our many certified plastic surgeons in your area.

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