Is That a Giant Bra Outside of Dallas City Hall?


Co-creator Leslie Ezelle with "You Can't Strap a Good Woman Down"

Is That a Giant Bra Outside of Dallas City Hall?

It’s fixin’ to be, as we say here in Texas. Because You Can’t Strap a Good Woman Down — and Dallas now has the Big D cups to prove it. Here’s the story, as told on September 19, 2011, by Leslie Minora at

It’s not often you see an undergarment fashioned out of recycled twisted metal into a beautiful sculpture that’s sturdy enough for children to climb on like monkey bars. But if you happened to be in Dallas’ West Village on Saturday afternoon, in the plaza between Mi Cocina and Magnolia Theatre, you would have seen a pink-laden celebration with the huge (13 by 14 feet, to be exact) metal brassiere as the centerpiece.

The unveiling of the bra, by local sculptor George Tobolowsky and former Cowboys cheerleader, HGTV Design Star contestant, and breast cancer survivor Leslie Ezelle, drew attention to the Dallas County affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“This is all about breast cancer, and destruction, and the rebuilding back,” Tobolowsky said of the bra with the pointy “Madonna look”.

“He let me work on it,” added Ezelle (pictured here with the giant bra), who drew a sketch that inspired the sculpture. The initial drawing had the bra standing vertically — but, said Tobolowsky, “A 2,000-pound bra…needs to be on the ground.”

Did he ever imagine himself fashioning a giant bra from recycled metal? “Maybe when I was younger, but not at my age,” the artist said. Ezelle hopes they can build a platform for the bra that reads, “You Can’t Strap a Good Woman Down.”

“I don’t do pink; I don’t do breast cancer,” said Ezelle. The cancer survivor and interior designer said she would like to have her own reality show, “the real modern family,” she said, referencing life with her partner, four children, plenty of pets, and a massive renovation of their home. The premise would be something like “living through construction and not killing your partner,” she said. It would showcase her penchant for interior design in the midst of her busy life.

The cast of upcoming reality show The A List: Dallas showed up and mingled at the event. They even joined many more in the crowd as they wrote messages on pink bras and threw them onto a nearby tree, uniquely adorning it as nearby diners watched.

On October 3, the bra will be relocated to City Hall, where the mayor and city staff will have the same view currently enjoyed by Mi Cocina patrons and West Village passersby.

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1 comment to Is That a Giant Bra Outside of Dallas City Hall?

  • eBetsy

    Now after reading this, doesn’t blinging a regular life-size bra sound a lot easier? So get out your glue guns, ladies, it’s bling time! 🙂