The ladies of The Real Housewives of Orange County may think bigger is better, but for The Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin, less is definitely more. On April 7, she tells Life & Style in an exclusive interview, she had a breast reduction to bring her 32G-cup chest to a 34DD. "There is no reason anyone should have to suffer from low self-esteem or poor body image," says Jill. "We have the power to change our bodies in a safe and positive way." Here's how and why she did just that.
L&S: What made you decide to get a reduction?
Jill: This was not a decision that happened overnight, that's for sure. Time and gravity had taken their toll, and I developed health problems, which limited my physical activity over the years. Although they were fabulous assets until my mid-30s, they became a problem as time went on.
L&S: Were you hesitant to talk about it?
Jill: I wanted to go public with my story to show women there is no shame in wanting to look and feel your best as long as it's done safely. I want to put an end to the rumor that a breast reduction and lift has to be a painful and long procedure.
L&S: How has it changed your life so far?
Jill: I'm still a 34DD and full, so most of my clothing seems to fit -- but better. I still have to get the sports bra off, so I won't really know what to do with them, so to speak, until May 1. I have some new Le Mystère bras waiting for me and can't wait to go shopping for more. They never made pretty bras for women my size before.
L&S: Was the process easier knowing your family was there for you?
Jill: Absolutely. I could not have done it without my husband, Bobby, and my daughter, Allyson. Bobby took me to the hospital with my parents, Gloria and Sol. My parents stayed until the surgery was over and deemed a success. Bobby stayed with me every second. I'm planning Mother's Day for Gloria now, and I think a Kodak digital frame will let me show all my photos with the new boobs.
For more on Jill Zarin and her breast reduction surgery, check out the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!
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