5 Famous Pairs of Lips


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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie's lips are the gold standard for many women getting plastic surgery.
Angelina Jolie's lips are the gold standard for many women getting plastic surgery.
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Wherever there's a buzz about lips today, the name of Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is sure to arise. In the popular media, her name is almost synonymous with beautiful lips. A British plastic surgeons' association has publicly bemoaned the problem of middle-age women demanding surgery to make them look like Angelina Jolie in a misguided notion that new lips will change their lives [source: Martin]. Last year, a survey of plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills found that Jolie's were the lips most sought after by patients [source: Elsworth]. And in the run-up to Oscar night 2009, a Beverly Hills surgeon reported that Angelina Jolie's were one of the two top pairs of lips desired by other actresses [source: MSN].

What is it about Angelina's lips that makes them so desirable? "Full," "sexy" and "bee-stung" are the adjectives that pop up most frequently in the lip-related media frenzy.

One sign of the fame of Angelina's lips: There are Web sites on which people devote a good deal of time and energy discussing whether they're real. Some even show baby and childhood pictures of girls identified as a full-lipped young Angelina to illustrate their theories [source: Examiner].

But wait -- we said Angelina Jolie's lips were one of the two top pairs of lips sought out by other actresses. Find out who her competition is on the next page.