Now, don’t laugh but it was my Mom who, at an early age, led me to appreciate the female leg. Actually, occasionally she would see a gifted young woman and say to herself in an offhand way, “Look at the hind-parts on that child”. Now, there I was, a nosy, young kid, I’d always ask her what she said. To which, she’d always reply, “Nothing”. It’s ok; like most children, I was listening. Better still, I was watching.
The first million dollar pins belonged to 20th Century Fox star, Betty Grable. Since then, we’ve seen others do likewise including Rihanna who assured hers for $1 million and Heidi Klum $2 million. Jamie Lee-Curtis, who has a nice pair if I may, indemnified hers for $2.8 million and Tina Turner has her bejeweled beauties underwritten for $3.2 million. Truthfully though, it’s the guys who’re the real prima-donnas.
According to Lloyd’s of London Rudolph Nureyev insured his tighted gams for $34,000, a tidy sum for the time then. Riverdance Michael Flatley has his livelihood protected against $40 million. Athletes are not above it all; Soccer players Dennis Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have each covered their trophies to the tune of £100m ($70mill) and $144 million, respectively.
Asses and Elbows
Other protected parts include such iconic organs as the nose of Jimmie Durante which was covered for $50,000. Bette Davis insured her tiny waist for $28,000 and while doing his own stunts, Donald Craig insured his body for $9.5 million during the filming of Quantum of Solace. But the fun really begins when you start to look at the other fun areas of the body. Yes, I know; I said fun twice.
Breasts were given their due: Madonna has her points protected to $2 million as well as Dolly Parton ($600k and a bargain at that!) and Holly Madison ($1m) but it was the biggest muscle on the human body that got the most attention. Jennifer Lopez has insured her butt for $300 million dollars. Let’s hear it for free enterprise; kind of makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it?
This brings me to Taylor Swift who today reportedly insured her legs for $40 million dollars.
With all of these well-turned ankles and other things walking about, what can I say? I wasn’t the insurance adjuster.