Last Night's TV: Enhancing a Trashy Reputation ; Death of a Porn Star C4

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Last Night's TV: Enhancing a Trashy Reputation ; Death of a Porn Star C4


Hanks, Robert, The Independent (London, England)


One of the oddest aspects of Death of a Porn Star was how little it had to do with sex. Its subject was Eve Vallois (who died mysteriously in March 2000), better known to the world as Lolo Ferrari, once the possessor of the largest breasts in the world, size 54J. It's hard to find a way of describing her breasts that conveys not just the size, but the lack of proportion, the sense of being disconnected from any human form. The commentary described her as an 'international sex icon', and at one low point in her career she did venture briefly into pornographic films. But, really, what she was an icon of was trashiness, extremity, self- destruction: when she appeared on Eurotrash, with Jean-Paul Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes pillowing their heads on her cleavage, that wasn't about sex, it was about willingness to be the butt of ridicule and revulsion.

Ferrari herself was seen in interview here explaining that, for her, her breasts had nothing to do with sex " they were about motherhood and innocence. She also said, 'I had these breasts made to protect me from life and people,' a thought reflected in the title of her first single, 'Airbag Generation'. A plastic surgeon who had worked on her dismissed the idea that her breasts might have been a burden to her, or that her desire to have such a distorted physique reflected any psychological fragility: 'Her breasts were her happiness,' he maintained, 'of that I am certain.'

Everything else in the film seemed to contradict this view. Her mother, Catherine Vallois, said that from an early age Eve had been over-sensitive about her appearance: 'Her complex started when we used to tell her she had a small head.

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