Lolo Ferrari (born February 9, 1963 and died March 5, 2000) was a French exotic dancer, adult model and porn star billed as "the woman with the largest breasts in the world." Born Eve Valois in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France, Lolo Ferrari was raised in the resort town of La Baule in an intellectual but extremely dysfunctional family. As a teenager, she obtained a few modelling jobs then in 1988, she married Eric Vigne, a man 22 years her senior. Career Seeking stardom and wealth and encouraged by her husband, Lolo Ferrari underwent numerous plastic surgery operations to create a 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) silicone-enhanced bust (22 enlargements, a Guinness world record) and to alter her facial appearance. The Guinness Book of Records says each of her breasts weighed 2.8 kg (6 lb) and contained 3 litres of serum. She had to wear a specially engineered brassiere size 54 J, and as a result of the many surgeries she suffered from a number of medical afflictions and lived with a heavy regimen of drugs. The size of her breasts prevented her from sleeping on her stomach or on her back and the lack of proper rest added to her health problems. However, her mental state was the most serious problem that was never treated and according to her husband, she suffered from chronic depression; as well, many feel that she undoubtedly suffered from body dysmorphic disorder. Ferrari wore stiletto-heeled shoes, excessive gold jewelry, including several necklaces and pendants on her neck, bangles and watches all over her arms, and a ring or two on every finger. She painted her long fingernails pink; it is unknown if they were natural or artificial. She also wore thick, heavy makeup on her skin to cover up her skin color. She would have panic attacks if she did not use makeup or wear jewelry, feeling that she was back with her old face and old body. Apparently even after her final breast implants, she wanted to have them done even bigger, but the skin was stretched and already desensitized. Adopting the stage name "Lolo", from a French slang word for breasts, along with "Ferrari" as a last name, she made a few pornographic films. Use of the Ferrari name (which she justified since it was her maternal grandfather's name) led to lengthy trademark infringement court battles with the Italian Ferrari automobile company when she tried to market a line of underwear called Ferrari Underwear and a Lolo Ferrari doll. In 1995, she caused a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival with the presentation of the movie Camping Cosmos by Jan Bucquoy and producer Francis De Smet during a boxmatch and she used the publicity surrounding The French way..."je veux que tu me sodomises chéri!" her enormous breasts to obtain a regular role on the British Channel 4 television show Eurotrash. The media hype led to appearances on other European shows and work in cabaret shows doing a song and striptease act. Hoping to launch a pop music career, she recorded two singles, titled "Airbag Generation" and "Set Me Free", as well as two more non-singles, a Euro disco cabaret song known as "Dance Dance Dance" and a cover of Thelma Houston's Euro disco hit, "Don't Leave Me This Way". However, for the woman who went to such lengths to obtain the spotlight, she ended up being little more than a sideshow freak, the constant butt of jokes and the object of a cult-like following. Personal life On the morning of March 5, 2000, several days after she recorded her second single "Set Me Free", she was found dead at her home in Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes département on the French Riviera, apparently the victim of a self-induced prescription drug overdose. According to statements made by Eric Vigne, her husband, who had found her body, she had been planning her own funeral, and a few days prior to her death had visited an undertaker and picked out a white coffin, saying she wished to be buried with her favorite decoration: none. Vigne was later arrested because of new evidence and inconsistencies in his version of the events leading up to her death. For instance, the drugs in her stomach had not begun to enter her bloodstream, and her body showed signs of mechanically-induced suffocation. Vigne was released from jail after spending over a year there. Ferrari's mother, Catherine Valois, has been pressuring the authorities and the legal courts to officially charge and have Vigne convicted of Ferrari's murder. As of October 2006, no legal action had been taken.Show less
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