Lolo Ferrari, born Eve Valois (February 9, 1963– March 5, 2000), was a French dancer, sex star, pornographic actress, actress and singer billed as “the woman with the largest breasts in the world”though their size was artificially achieved.
She entered the international limelight in 1995 and appeared in the French Guinness Book of World Records in 1996 and again in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999. Her death in 2000 was initially ruled a suicide, but suspicions remained that her husband may have been involved. He was cleared in 2007.
Born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France, Eve Valois was raised in the resort town of La Baule. She often talked about an unhappy childhood, with her father absent and her mother disliking her. As a teenager, she obtained a few modelling jobs.
In 1988, she married Eric Vigne, a former drug dealer 15 years her senior who had just been released from prison. She then started to work as a model with her husband as manager. She also worked as a prostitute and her husband was arrested for being her pimp.
Encouraged by her husband, beginning in 1990 Eve underwent numerous plastic surgery operations to create a 180 centimetres (71 in) silicone-enhanced bust (she was originally a 37 inch bust) (22 enlargements, a Guinness world record). The Guinness Book of Records says each of her breasts weighed 2.8 kilograms (6.2 lb) and contained three litres of saline. She had to wear a specially engineered brassiere, and as a result of her many surgeries she suffered from a number of medical afflictions and lived with a heavy regimen of drugs. Her brassiere measurements have been given by various sources as 58F] 54G, and 54J, although these measurements appear false, breasts of similar size have a bra size of around 36T or 36MMM. The breast implants themselves were reputed to be designed by an engineer who was involved with the design of the Boeing 747.
In interviews, she said about her surgeries “All this stuff has been because I can’t stand life. But it hasn’t changed anything” and “I was frightened and I was ashamed; I wanted to change my face, my body, to transform myself. I wanted to die, really.” Some psychologists have conjectured that she might have suffered from dysmorphophobia.
On the morning of March 5, 2000, at the age of 37, Ferrari was found dead by her husband at her home in Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes département on the French Riviera of undetermined causes. The original autopsy determined that she had died of an overdose of antidepressants and tranquilizers. She had been depressed and her death was ruled a suicide. Her parents suspected that her husband was involved and achieved a second autopsy two years later. This second autopsy found that mechanically induced suffocation could not be ruled out. Her widower was suspected of causing her death, was arrested, and spent 13 months in prison. After a second medical analysis, he was finally cleared of the charges in 2007.
When Channel 4 broadcast Ferrari’s obituary on Eurotrash, it was transmitted with straight dubbing as a mark of respect (Eurotrash’s dubbing is normally campy, often playing it for laughs to get around the censorship regulations). In 2005 the station broadcast a documentary about her life, with interviews of her, her husband, her mother and her plastic surgeon.