It is with heavy hearts that we bring you the news that cleavage was officially pronounced dead earlier this week by Vogue. It is survived by bare shoulders, stomachs and legs, according to the December issue of the women’s fashion bible.
Since we’re not in the business of telling ladies which part of their body is out of style this season but we do want to honor the distinguished legacy cleavage leaves behind, we encourage you to join us on a neckline-esque plunge into some of its most defining moments.
Pangea breaks apart
~175 million years ago
The single most monumental cleavage in our planet’s existence.
Homo and Pan sever ties
2.8 million years ago
If it wasn’t for the cleaving of these genera from the tribe of Hominini, we’d still be chimps.
An anonymous Aurignacian makes the Venus of Hohle Fels
38,000 - 33,000 BCE
This carved mammoth tusk — which features a considerable bust — is the oldest undisputed sculpture of a human.
The East-West Schism
The break between the great Christian factions of Europe was going to be called the East-West Cleavage, but of course the Orthodox Church wasn’t having any of that.
The Papal Schism
A 40-year-long fight for the papacy split the Roman Catholic Church into factions. Now that, my friends, is election fatigue.
Botticelli leaves it up to the imagination with Primavera
The Renaissance was a high point for gods and goddesses frolicking in the buff, but painters like Sandro Botticelli adopted the less-is-more strategy.
The U.S. declares independence from Great Britain
Everyone knows the George Washington chopping the cherry tree story is a fabrication. What he cleaved with his hatchet was the United States, from England.
The Republican Party is born
When the Whigs Party split, we got the Republican Party. If the Trump faction breaks off after this election, we might get a new Wig Party.
Jane Russell is the reason for “cleavage.” The word, that is. The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America coined the term to talk about her breasts, for which director Howard Hughes created a custom push-up bra.
In Loren’s own words, from Entertainment Weekly, “I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate.” Also: first photographic evidence of side-eye.
The Beatles part ways
Paul McCartney’s public announcement of the split followed years of smaller cracks. His massive stadium concerts to this day show we’re still dealing with this one as a species.
Michael Jackson leaves the Jackson Five
Without cleavage, the King of Pop would have simply remained the youngest member of the Royal Family of Pop.
Pamela Anderson stars in Baywatch
You say cleavage, the world thinks Pam Anderson in a red swimsuit.
No one remembers the Grammys because of J. Lo
You can thank Jennifer Lopez and her green Versace dress for creating Google Images.
Hillary Clinton introduces it to Congress
Hillary Clinton had to wait until 2016 to become the first female candidate for president of a major U.S. political party. But leading up to her bid in 2008, she became the first to teach the U.S. that cleavage and Congress are not mutually exclusive.
Beyoncé decides to leave Destiny’s Child, become Independent Woman
There are classic songs on every album Destiny’s Child released (even the Christmas one), but without leaving the group, Beyoncé wouldn’t have been able to release six classic albums in a row. We’re open to a DC reunion, but not an uncleaving.
Kate Upton arrives
2010 - Now
With the fashion industry finally accepting women of all bust sizes, you’d think cleavage would be permanently in style. But Vogue says it’s dead.
So go ahead, take the day off to mourn.