Sophia Loren Explains 'Dirty' Look She Gave Jayne Mansfield in Iconic Photo

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You've probably seen the classic photo of the two old-school Hollywood bombshells: Italian actress Sophia Loren giving Jayne Mansfield the side eye. And you may have wondered what exactly Loren was thinking. What's with the shade? Was there some scandal brewing between them? Or was Mansfield drinking out of Loren's water glass? Well at long last, 57 years later, one of these ladies is finally spilling. Sophia Loren explained the Jayne Mansfield photo to Entertainment Weekly -- and it's totally going to remind you of a few women we already know ...


This was at a party thrown by Paramount Studios in Loren's honor welcoming the new actress to Hollywood. Mansfield made a dramatic entrance, the last one to arrive, and sat down right next to Loren. (Cough, cough, diva move, upstaging, cough.) That's when, as the 80-year-old star puts it, "it got amazing."

She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely ... Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.

Whoa -- I never noticed this before, but Mansfield is pulling a wee sneaky nip slip. Holy Intentional Wardrobe Malfunction circa 1957!

And we thought our generation invented the headline-grabbing not-so-accidental nip slip. Apparently that game is as old as film itself. Ah, the 1950s.

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You have to love Loren's look. Not only is the Playboy Playmate pretty much erupting right in front of her -- welcome to Hollywood indeed! -- this is also a rude introduction to the highly competitive game of attention grabbing. This is such a Kardashian/Real Housewives move, right? Where do you think they got the idea?

Apparently Mansfield also invented the fish lips pout.

And there's Loren, keeping it classy with her modest amount of cleavage even though, as you can see, she could definitely keep up in that department. You'd think Loren might feel a little threatened by Mansfield, but maybe not? I mean, without being too disrespectful of the dead, who looks like the desperate one in this photo? Of course, we all make mistakes like that when we're young. And anyway, Loren went on to enjoy a long, highly respected career as an actress.

What do you think of this early example of the intentional wardrobe malfunction?


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