Denise Richards was mercilessly teased as a young teen for her small bust and "fish lips".

The one-time Bond girl admits she was targeted by cruel bullies in her native Illinois and years later, at the age of 19, she went under the knife to boost her breast size as she tried to break into Hollywood.

Even if I lived in Illinois which I did up until I was 15; that was the time of puberty and peer pressure

She says, "Living in Illinois in a small town, kids were making fun of me calling me flatchested, (saying) my lips were too big; I was fish lips."

But Richards is adamant she didn't feel under extra pressure to get the breast enlargement operation just because she was an aspiring actress living in Los Angeles.

She adds, "Even if I lived in Illinois which I did up until I was 15; that was the time of puberty and peer pressure... So whether I was in Illinois or L.A. I probably would've bought boobs."

Richards recently admitted she regretted her first boob job because she didn't check her cosmetic surgeon's credentials properly before handing over her money. The medic botched the job and Richards was later forced to undergo a breast augmentation procedure to correct it.

In other related news the former Bond star has revealed she once had a lesbian fling with a "beautiful" Hollywood actress.

Richards, who has two children with Charlie Sheen and recently adopted another daughter, was being interviewed by America's shock jock Howard Stern for his radio show when she admitted to sleeping with a female pal.

And Richards - who famously had a same-sex tryst with Neve Campbell in Wild Things - insists her lesbian lover was also a well-known star.

She says, "I just met her through friends and work and stuff... I was just curious. We were curious. She was a girly-girl. She's beautiful. You would know who she is."