April 15, 2010
Even at the peak of her modeling career, SAMANTHA FOX (born 1966) was nothing but an ordinary 16-year-old Londoner with a great rack. She seemed destined to languish as just another Page Three Girl, gracing the Sun’s pages one day and forgotten the next; or perhaps she’d go pornographic, like a slightly younger Traci Lords was doing at that same time. Instead, Fox did something that now seems quaint in the age of Katie “Jordan” Price’s perpetual display of mammary explosiveness or Jade Goody’s until-death reality-show runup: she insured her 36D breasts for a quarter of a million pounds sterling. Even more than Madonna’s Material Girl-dom, this act typified ’80s excess and foreshadowed our contemporary hunger for tawdriness with an ironic flourish. At 19, Fox started a successful singing career, with parenthesis-obsessed dance hits like “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” and “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too).” But by then, her pioneering celebrity-for-celebrity’s sake glory days were already over.
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