Hey, who doesn't love cleavage? We certainly do. However there's a time and a place to show off the goods, and the following ten people might want to rethink their attire in certain situations. Read on and decide for yourself if these ladies should have concealed or revealed!
1Meghan McCain's Not-So-Conservative Tweet
On the surface, Meghan McCain is a conservative Republican, just like her father, Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Yet anyone who has read Meghan's blogs or books knows that she tends to be very liberal about certain issues. Still, when she showed off her enviable cleavage to her 100,000 Twitter followers in 2009, she was shocked when the photo circulated around the internet and she was called everything from "slut" to a disgrace to the Republican party.
Instantly outraged, McCain threatened to leave Twitter over the media melee, but eventually she decided to simply acknowledge that posting the photo was not her smartest moment, and move on.
2Katy Perry: Too Hot For Sesame Street
In September of 2010, singer Katy Perry stopped by Sesame Street to perform a duet of her hit song, Hot 'N' Cold, with Elmo. In the video Katy and Elmo sang and danced in typical Sesame fashion, but it wasn't Katy's singing skills that ended up drawing the ire of outraged fans, it was her outfit.
Perry, who is well known for having a gorgeous décolletage, was wearing a tiny bustier that barely contained her bountiful bosoms, and many parents who saw the online preview of the clip were scandalized that she would dress in such revealing clothing while appearing on a children's show. The producers of Sesame Street yielded to the public outcry and decided not to air the clip on the show.
Thanks to the power of the internet, however, you can watch it here:
3Mom Gets Bust-ed At School
When Florida mother Laura Campanello arrived to pick up her teenage son from school she became irate after spotting a woman with exposed cleavage. In fact, after Campanello and the woman had a heated argument over whether the woman's low-cut blouse was appropriate attire for a school, she took matters into her own hands -- literally.
Campanello reportedly reached into the other woman's shirt, pulled out her breasts and squeezed them together. The police were called and Campanello was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
4A Royal Hullabaloo
At a wedding, it's customary for guests and family members to dress conservatively so as not to upstage the bride. This rule is definitely in play at a British royal wedding, yet when Lord Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman were married in 2009, all eyes were not on the lovely lady-to-be, but on the groom's mother instead.
Princess Michael of Kent was determined not to be out-shined by her new daughter-in-law. She turned up at the wedding in a low-cut gown with her royal jubblies on display, causing a collective raising of the eyebrows amongst her people. Dubbed "Princess Push-Up" by the British media, Princess Michael seemed unperturbed by the scrutiny.
5Hillary's Hint of Cleavage
In July of 2007, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was speaking live on the Senate floor when suddenly people noticed something different about her. For years Clinton had been in the public eye, and she seldom deviated from her ultra-conservative pant suits and chaste evening gowns. Yet here she stood, wearing a V-necked tank top under a pink blazer... and showing just a glimpse of cleavage.
Though hardly scandalous, this peek at Clinton's feminine assets was as well-noted as it was fleeting; she has never displayed even a hint of cleavage in the Senate since.
6Baring All For Beer
Every year the Soulard Oktoberfest in St. Louis, MO, draws thousands of revelers who come for the German music, games, food, and beer. In 2010 the organizers of the event ran into some trouble, however: their photos of four well-endowed Fräuleins toting beer steins were deemed too scandalous for billboards and bus stops.
The photos had previously been approved by the Metro advertising company until suddenly a "nameless, faceless bureaucrat" interfered and put the kibosh on displaying the busty photos throughout the city. The organizers were forced to cancel the campaign and spend the $11,200 they'd planned to invest on the billboards elsewhere.
7Puppet Cleavage: Just Say No
Avenue Q is a subversive musical in which all but three of the characters are puppets. One character is called Lucy the Slut, and it was Lucy's pink, fuzzy ta-tas that lead a Colorado Springs, CO, advertising company to publicly reject a series of posters designed to promote the traveling version of Avenue Q.
Instead of Lucy's lovely lady lumps, promoters opted to show the face of another puppet instead.
8Salma Hayek's Story Time
Just this month, beautiful actress Salma Hayek showed up at the 10th anniversary of Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer wearing a plunging low-cut black dress. As she read to the children gathered around her, she repeatedly leaned over to speak with them, showing off her fabulous rack in the process.
Some said she showed a bit too much skin to all of those preschoolers, but quite frankly... we doubt it was the kids (or their dads!) who were complaining.
9More To Offer
Sex sells, a concept that two candidates on Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party ticket understand all too well. In 2009 the picture above appeared on more than 750 billboards; the photo shows both of the powerful women with their cleavage on full display. The phrase, "We have more to offer" is written in German underneath.
Candidate Vera Lengsfeld was behind the ad campaign. Chancellor Merkel, who had been criticized by the media previously in 2008 for the same photo used in this campaign, did not approve the use of her image and said the billboards were "embarrassing," and "shameful."
10Amanda Drury: This is News?
In 2009, CNBC Anchor Amanda Drury wore a blouse that some viewers considered to be too skimpy for TV. The shiny blue ruffled top did show a healthy amount of skin, causing the media to poke fun at Drury by implying that even anchorwomen were being negatively-impacted by the textile shortage.
Reportedly, the big wigs at CNBC asked that Drury ditch the low necklines and she now dresses conservatively on the air. No word yet on whether her ratings have dropped exponentially.