For those of you who still haven’t seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you’re missing out. Not only because it’s a great film, but Rooney Mara‘s breasts are spectacular. In a society that once placed such great importance on large boobs, the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way and it’s about time.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is definitely having an effect on the fashion industry. Not only has it sunk its claws into clothing, with H&M releasing a line inspired by the film, but Mara’s breasts also seem to be a topic of discussion. A beautiful woman with beautiful small breasts — who would have thunk?

Simon Doonan who, as a gay man knows a thing or two about breasts (I’m being completely serious here), has, to use his words, “seriously posit the notion that big boobs might ‘go out of fashion.‘” As he points out, he’s old enough to remember the world, Hollywood and the fashion industry especially, when small boobs were quite common because people weren’t saving their pennies to get bigger jugs. You know, back when bigger is better wasn’t the “thing.”

Although the first breast implant dates back to 1895 when surgeon Vincenz Czerny used a patient’s own tissue to repair a breast that was damaged and misshapen after he removed a tumor, breast implants as we know it didn’t start until the 1960’s. It was then that the French company Laboratoires Arion introduced the world to the saline breast implant. The procedure would be around for almost two more decades before it would take off and make faux-breasted women something you see in everyday society.

In his piece, Doonan recalls:

As far as my pals were concerned, boulder boobs were for barmaids and strippers. Cool girls like Twiggy, Ali McGraw, Mia Farrow… were all highly desirable, despite being small of tit.

One memory of his in particular was that of Michele Breton in Performance. He admits he was more excited about the possibility of catching a piece of Mick Jagger‘s nakedness than anything else, but what he does remember quite clearly is Breton’s small breasts and how his (straight) buddies viewed them. When he saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo all of that came flooding back to him. He wondered could this gorgeous human being and her natural breasts possibly “possess the power to usher out the era of the porno-hooter? Can she put the natural knocker back up where it belongs?” Well, can it? [tagbox tag=”breasts”]

Breasts in all their sizes and shapes are beautiful and one of the most amazing physical features on a woman. Artists since the dawn of time have been honoring the perfection that is a woman’s curves in their work, and boobs are a very important asset in that equation. As to whether or not small breasts are about to become “fashionable” is anyone’s guess. In a society that loves excess it’s hard to imagine that large breasts, and fake ones at that, will become entirely passé. Ultimately it comes down to each woman’s personal take on their own breasts and the potential health risk they may want to take in the name of big tits. But hey, to each his own.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of our favorite small-breasted women who, despite what others may have suggested, kept their racks to a gorgeous minimum.

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