You could say a lot of things about Anna Nicole Smith. Annoying? Yeah. Dumb as a bag of hammers? Yep. Most people remember her for those things and maybe the circumstances of her untimely death, if they remember her at all. They forget that, back in the early 90s, Anna Nicole was giving the whole world boners, serving as an early version of Kate Upton or Christina Hendricks. And just like those later hotties, Anna's curves helped rewrite what sexy was all about, making her the biggest thing in both modelling and pop culture for a time.
Playboy and her wildly popular 1993 Playmate of the Year spread was the launching pad for Anna, back when Playboy could still have that effect on careers. She later replaced Claudia Schiffer as Guess Girl. That said a lot about her popularity, since apart from hair color, she had nothing in common with any other Guess Girl. Anna redefined voluptuous with her curvy body. That body, combined with constant associations to beauty icons like Marilyn Monroe, helped win over a population caught up in mid 20th century nostalgia. Soon she was acting, albeit badly, in various movies and was all over the talk shows and newsstands. And then the roof caved in.
Marrying an 89-year-old oil billionaire, decrepit and and unable to do much of anything besides lavishing her in finery, made Anna the joke of the decade and took the term "gold digger" to new lows in most people's minds. His death a couple years later hurt her even more, especially when the legal battle for his money brought details of their show marriage to light. Soon her modelling career was ruined and her rep trashed, reducing her to tabloid antics and early forays into crappy reality shows. Weight fluctuations and pregnancies by unidentified baby daddies ensued, followed by diet pills and drug cocktails which made her a stumbling and mumbling zombie and ultimately sealed her fate for good in 2007.
Pretty pathetic tale - one that's seen Anna go down as a shallow airhead. And maybe she was. I like to remember Anna at her best, when that curvaceous body was shaking up long held beliefs about what was sexy. Sure, there have been hotties since then who did that much more effectively, but as far as bodies go, Anna at her best could hold her own with the lot of those who came later. And if you're partial to the curvy gals like me, you gotta give her credit for that.
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