Curvy Mae West Honored for All Time
Notoriously famous but well-loved, plus size Mae West has certainly established
her place in history not just by her memorable quips and double entendres, but also for revolutionizing sexuality
and lending her name to some of the most significant items in modern life.
During World War II, Allied soldiers called their inflatable life jackets "Mae
Wests," most probably a rhyming slang for life-vests, but definitely due to its resemblance to her curvaceous
torso. Similarly, “Mae West” is a term used to describe a parachute malfunction, where the shape of the canopy
becomes distorted and looks like a large brassiere, again in reference to the full-figured celebrity’s upper body
proportions. And there is such a thing as the Mae West Lips Sofa, a creation by artist Salvador Dali for British
poet Edward James, during the surrealist movement in 1938.