Beach or Bust - Debenhams Reveals Top Celebrity Beach Bods

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Marilyn Monroe and Christina Hendricks have replaced Raquel Welch and Kim Kardashian as top of the beach bods, according to research by Debenhams Travel Insurance.

Marilyn Monroe and Christina Hendricks have replaced Raquel Welch and Kim Kardashian as top of the beach bods, according to research by Debenhams Travel Insurance.

But while the famous faces are different, the British public still favour the fuller figure, with the top 10 celebrity women all boasting cup sizes between C and GG.

Says Sasha Nagalingam, Swimwear Buyer at Debenhams, “With ‘My week with Marilyn’ making waves and Mad Men now established as a cult classic, it’s not surprising Marilyn Monroe and Christina Hendricks are front of mind when it comes to celebrating the female form.

“But with the average cup size of the list going from a C to a D in just one year, they are proof that a voluptuous figure is even more desirable that ever before.

“And women want to imitate the look; sales of gel-filled bust-boosting bikini tops increased by 58% last season and we have extended the range ready for the spring 2012 swell."

Debenhams has also experienced growing demand for fuller bust range Gorgeous which caters for sizes between DD and G, with buyers having increased volumes to guarantee availability of larger sizes.

Continues Sasha, “Whether women are stuffing their bikini tops, or Britain’s breasts are get getting bigger we may never know, but we can definitely expect to see an abundance of bust on beaches this summer!”

Also taking their place amongst the curvy screen sirens of past and present are Ursula Andress, Kim Kardashian and Scarlet Johansson.

In previous years, big Hollywood names dominated the list, but stars of the small screen are creating a splash in 2012 with TOWIE’s Amy Childs and Lucy Mecklenburgh coming in at number nine and ten respectively.

In addition, X-Factor judge Tulisa Contoslavos made her debut on the list at an impressive number five; having been photographed on numerous beaches in recent months.

A regular on the list in recent years, Dame Helen Mirren climbed to from ninth to seventh place proving the looking fantastic on the beach is not something reserved exclusively for the younger generation.

Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone and Kim Cattrall also represented the over 50s, all making the top 20.

Continues Sasha, “Our results tell us that looking great on the beach is not about being the thinnest or the youngest woman around. Women are increasingly appreciative of figures that symbolise all the great things about womanhood.”

Top 20 beach bodies of all time:

1.    Marilyn Monroe

2.    Christina Hendricks

3.    Ursula Andress

4.    Kim Kardashian

5.    Tulisa Contoslavos

6.    Raquel Welch

7.    Helen Mirren

8.    Scarlet Johanson

9.    Amy Childs

10.    Lucy Mecklenburgh

11.    Kelly Brook

12.    Beyonce Knowles

13.    Tyra Banks

14.    Brook Shields

15.    Elle Macpherson

16.    Kim Cattrall

17.    Rihanna

18.    Sharon Stone

19.    Jennifer Anniston

20.    Goldie Hawn

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