It might sound farfetched but insured celebrity body parts are a real thing. And it makes sense. These people have built their personal brand using their physical assets.
- Without a tongue, Miley Cyrus (who has her tongue insured for $1 million) couldn’t sing.
- Without hands, Keith Richards (who has his hands insured for $1.6 million) couldn’t play guitar for the Rolling Stones.
- Without feet, Michael Flatley (who has his feet insured for 20 million pounds) couldn’t dance.
Placing a price tag on body parts like these might make sense. Without them, they couldn’t create their music. But how about the celebrities who insure body parts simply for their physical appearance?
Let’s take a closer look at who these people are and which body parts they have insured.
Bette Davis might have been one of the first celebrities to insure a body part. She chose to insure her waist.
Bette Davis’ waist was worth $28,000 when she was at the peak of her career in the 1930’s and 1940’s. That would be the equivalent of approximately $2 million today.
Why her waist? Because that’s what gave her the on-screen appeal she needed to dominate her acting career and become one of the most famous actresses of all time.
Surprisingly, butts are one of the most popular body parts to protect. For celebrities who have a reputation for having particularly impressive curves, the thought of anything happening to them could mean lost money on modeling opportunities.
For butts in particular, Jennifer Lopez, who was perhaps one of the first women to encourage females to embrace their curves, allegedly has her rear end insured for $300 million. Kim Kardashian is another celebrity well known for her backside. After all, she’s the one who “broke the Internet” with a picture of her backside. Her butt is insured for $21 million.
Another popular asset to insure? Legs. What’s interesting is the bulk of the celebrities insuring their legs do not make a living by walking, running or jumping. Case in point: Taylor Swift (whose legs are insured for $40 million) and Mariah Carey (whose legs are insured for $1 billion) are known for their vocal chords.
Even though these celebrities got their fame because of their singing talents, they use their legs to perform. Stage presence is a big part of the pop music industry so without the ability to dance to their own music, they could lose money on concert gigs.
There’s something spectacular about flashing your pearly whites. When you’re an actress, this one asset can land you million dollar roles. If something were to happen to ruin your famous smile, you could be out millions of dollars on lost parts.
Perhaps this is why both Julia Roberts and America Ferrera chose to insure their famous smiles.
Dolly Parton naturally insured two of her biggest assets, her breasts measuring a reported 40DD, way back in the 1970s for $600,000 — that’s $300,000 each — and Dolly has taken pains to remind her fans that they’re all real.
Perhaps the weirdest thing ever insured was by celebrity & former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth, who took out an insurance policy on his sperm for more than $1 million. It was speculated by most that this was done in order to ward off any paternity lawsuits from angry groupies.
Insurable body parts might seem farfetched but when you get down to the amount of money these celebrities earn off of their assets, it’s clear why they do it. Without the body part, they would be out of a paycheck.