It's nearly impossible to define the cultural standard of beauty anymore, with your typical buxom bleached blonde look giving way to modern beauty icons like Adele, Lady GaGa or Tan Lady (yeah, I said it.) Even more difficult can be making period-accurate TV, particularly as the creative minds of Starz's 'Magic City' found out when casting women...
For those who haven't tuned in to watch Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston and Olga Kurylenko battle it out in the 1959 decadent Miami lifestyle (and you should, considering it's already renewed for season 2), you know that the series features of bevy of beautiful women, whether sunning themselves by the pools or donning their finest evening wear. But, as you might well know, women of the era looked just a bit different from the surgically enhanced, taut and tanned crop casually strutting about Miami in 2012.
According to an interview with The Miami Herald, 'Magic City' extras casting director Bill Marinella had a difficult time finding women without anachronistically sculpted chests, telling the paper “I’ve actually had better luck finding synchronized swimming groups than I did finding real boobs. 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.’ ”
A pick-up line as good as any.
Given that Floria accounts for about 16% of the nation's women with breast augmentations, the producers of 'Magic City' even had to go as far as specifying the body types of women in their casting reports, with bold text like:
GIRLS HAD FULLER FIGURES BACK THEN. SO NO SKINNY MODELS. ALL-NATURAL — NO PLASTIC SURGERY/BREAST IMPLANTS.
So why such dedication to period-accuracy, with a readily available supply of beautiful (if unnaturally so) women, largely to be utilizes as background or featured extras? According to the show's executive producer Mitch Glazer, “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.”
Frankly, who needs fake-looking women? Give us your Christina Hendricks, your Scarlet Johansson, your Sofia Vergaras any day! And natural women, head on down to Miami when the second season of 'Magic City' starts production to secure yourself a spot!
Have you been watching 'Magic City,' enthralled by its period-accurate look at 1959 Miami? Let us know in the comments!