When I chose her, never in a million years did I expect to have the privilege of getting to sit down and interview her. She was just wonderful, and I'm so excited to share the time we spent together you with!
Jenny Eden: I feel like I should admit that it took me about 2 weeks to work up the courage to ask for this interview, so I have to ask...
What were the first thoughts to go through your head when you find out some random girl is running a website dedicated to breast augmentation and that she's chosen you as her Boobie Guide? Awkward? Creepy? All the above? :-)
Miss Tina Louise: I am actually flattered that I am your Boobie Guide! I rarely open my own emails, as I have my assistant sort through what's genuine and what's not. Occasionally, I have girls who do reach out to me and ask about breast augmentation so you are not the first. :-)
Jenny Eden: Well, I'm so honored that you are taking the time to join us today! While we're chatting, I want to come clean on the fact that I've been lurking your Instagram for quite some time as I've searched for my Boobie Guide.
During that time, it's become crystal clear to me that you're a creative, confident woman who isn't afraid of hard work. Seriously, you're posting new photos from different shoots all the time.
So I'm curious... Was becoming a model something you've always wanted?
Miss Tina Louise: I actually had no intention on becoming a model when I grew up, but I was randomly approached by a photographer in my early 20's who really liked my look... or maybe my boobs... LOL :-D
We did my first professional photoshoot, and those photos ended up on the cover of Maxim Magazine. Shortly after that I won "Australia's Hottest Bikini Babe," and that's when my glamour modeling career pretty much skyrocketed.
Jenny Eden: Since you didn't have any intentions of becoming a model, I have to imagine that life for you today is quite different than your childhood...
Miss Tina Louise: Life is completely different for me now. I had a secluded childhood, because I grew up on a farm with a large family. We lived in a 3 bedroom cottage on a dirt road in a very small country town in Australia.
There was not a lot going on back then, so my parents moved us all to a different state so we could have a better chance at life when I was 15.
That move changed my life forever.
I went from being a tomboy and grew into being a young woman, and that's when I began learning about fashion and beauty. Everything was new to me, but I thrived!
Jenny Eden: Yes you did! You have such a genuine and radiant look in all of the photos and videos you share, and yet I've noticed two very distinct sides of your personality as well. Is that intentional?
Miss Tina Louise: I'm quiet surprised you picked up on that. I am a Gemini, so I always knew I had more then one personality. I always try to project the two, because I feel I'll be able to connect with a bigger audience.
And believe it or not, I'm quiet shy...
...which is when the cheerful and playful side comes out. But I am also comfortable enough in my own skin to take a more poised and assertive look.
Jenny Eden: And has that self-confidence always come naturally for you, or it something you've had to work on?
Miss Tina Louise: I've been in the industry for so long now, that it comes naturally to me.
But it wasn't always like that.
I had to push myself, because I never thought I was pretty growing up. I had a lot of self doubt, too, because I was bullied in school for being flat chested and too skinny.
Jenny Eden: I'm really sorry to hear that, but it's really inspiring that you've been able to overcome something like bullying. You're obviously not flat chested anymore, and since you're my Boobie Guide, I hope it's ok for me to ask... have you had a breast augmentation?
Miss Tina Louise: Most people don't believe this story when I tell them, so I am always happy to share!
While I was 21, I was on a vacation with my best friend who was visiting her family in Thailand. She ended up going into a clinic to have some freckles removed, and it happened to be the same clinic her cousin used for her breast augmentation.
Then my best friend came out and told me that the doctor had convinced her into getting breast implants. She asked me if I was interested in getting mine done, too.
On the spot, I decided I wanted them done.
I knew that they would make me feel more like a woman and help me put the bullying I endured through school about being flat chested behind me.
I went in for a consultation not knowing ANYTHING about the procedure. (When I think about it now, I must have been crazy!)
Jenny Eden: Oh my gosh... that is a little crazy!! :-)
Miss Tina Louise: Yeah, I just pointed to a picture and said "like that," because his English was not the best. Three hours later I was going in for plastic surgery.
Can you believe it?!
I went from being a B cup to a DD/E cup. I never asked how many CCs, because I didn't do any research and didn't know what questions to ask.
I also didn't know until I woke up from surgery that the incision was made through my armpit. Again, a question I never asked because I wasn't prepared.
But... the boobies that you are looking at now are not the same ones I had when I first had my breast augmentation. I have had them redone since.
Jenny Eden: Ahh, so you've had a revision, then. What led to that?
Miss Tina Louise: At the time, I thought bigger was better.
For the first procedure, I wanted them big. But because I didn't really have time to think about it, I knew I had made a wrong decision about 3 years later. I carried those huge breast implants around for 10 years before I decided that I had to have them redone.
The last 3-4 years before having them redone, I was extremely self conscious about them. People never looked at my face when we spoke, and I could never wear any of those cute dresses the pretty girls wore because I just looked ridiculous in them with my boobs bulging out.
Guys didn't take me too seriously either. Yeah, they were great for modeling, but that was about it.
I had them redone and downsized when I turned 31. I now have size D cup, round silicone breast implants, which suit the frame of my body so much better. They are still not perfect tho... I would actually prefer to go down one more size, but I will wait until after I have children one day.
Jenny Eden: Thank you so much for vulnerability and honestly. You didn't have to share all of that with us, and I'm grateful that you did.
You bring up so many important points for the ladies reading this article who are trying to decide whether or not they should go through with a breast augmentation. To wrap this up, if you were sitting across the table and having a cup of coffee with one of these women, what last piece of advice would you give them?
Miss Tina Louise: The reason I like doing interviews like this is because I would have loved to have someone who could have guided me through it also. So firstly, I would say, it's your body.
Don't let anyone else make this choice for you.
Secondly, if you believe it will make you feel happier and give you more confidence... then why not?!
What I would advise is making sure you choose the right size for your body...
...because bigger is not always better.
I made that mistake the first time, and I'm so glad I can share my story with everyone else who is going through this decision right now. :-D
Thank you again to Miss Tina Louise for joining us today! Please be sure to follow her on Instagram!
Thoughts from Dr. Jeremy PyleThis was a great article and I'm thankful you interviewed her. I couldn't help but think, when she was mentioning waiting 7 years (7 YEARS!) before changing out her implants that it's a relatively inexpensive, short procedure that can be done with you awake to participate in the decision making.
I know there are thousands of people who have implants that are a little larger or a little smaller than they would like. I hope those people are reading this and reach out to learn more here.