[ READ Part TWO Here: BELLE VERRE – STEVEN MEISEL: Vogue Italia – June 2011 - that's a follow-up story to this one]
Today, fortunately, women with voluptuous curves and real flesh and a sizable amount of heft are being admired as “real women”.
Even wolf-whistled at, and commented on, as in the 50′s and 60′s.
Whether the latter is a good or bad thing thing depends on which side of the feminist debate you come from.
To me, when women who were ridiculed, insulted and asked to “lose weight”, “eat less” or stop eating are now admired, in whatever fashion or form, that can’t be bad.
They are now being accepted as normal – not unusual.
Tara Lynn – Curvy French PLUS Size Model
Being thin and perky is not the norm anymore and that’s a good thing because it means the clock is now swinging back to good sense.
That does not mean that being thin or perky is bad as long as you are naturally so and not as a result of societal pressures or crazy-ass diets and fads. It also means that being curvy, bootylicious or voluptuous does not equate to being morbidly obese.
Being abnormally thin or anorexic or obese – any extreme is not a good thing for your health and wellbeing.
Tara Lynn is the incredibly curvy amazing beauty who has captured the attention of the fashion world is one of the most well known plus size models. She started out by appearing online for Nordstrom and since then has taken off like a well padded rocket.
She is the face of Brazilian lingerie company, PliÃ for their Shape Wear collection for plus sizes.
She has also been prominently featured in Elle & Glamour magazines. She has been one of many convention breaking models who have appeared in magazines wanting to highlight girls women who are ‘ronde’.
V Magazine used her in their shoot Curves Ahead in 2010 when they were celebrating ‘real’ women. She appeared alongside other plus sized models Candice Huffine, Kasia P, Michelle Olson and Marquita Pring (seen below).
French Elle featured Tara Lynn on the cover and in a twenty-page-long editorial, for the magazine’s first celebration of ‘ronde’ women in the April 2010 issue.
H&M fashion chain in the UK have Tara Lynn proudly displaying her curves in a bathing suit for the latest Big is Beautiful collection (H&M’s last campaign starred ultra-thin supermodel Gisele Bundchen).
Vogue Italia June 2011 – Plus Size Models
Plus size girls unashamedly flaunt full thighs, stomach rolls and love handles (things that would normally be airbrushed out on a high fashion magazine) whilst wearing everything from figure-hugging Agent Provocateur bodysuits to cut-out Gucci swimsuits.
Sure, a whole bunch of advertisers who have suddenly discovered a potentially huge and hungry market are suddenly very keen to jump on the curvy, voluptuous, “plus size” bandwagon.
And Ok, it may be opportunistic or even exploitative. But like wolf-whistles, if advertisers are heralding a new era of respect, acceptance and (OMG!!) adoration of the plus size woman, then hey, I don’t see it as a bad thing at all.
Here’s a self-explanatory lil story I found on the interwebz about curvy women:
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defends and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “
To which I say, “Bravo” & Amen!
[More beautiful Plus Size Models below: lovely Randy Graves, followed by the models of Curvy Kate (UK) Lingerie, then the Dove campaign models, followed by a V Mag image]
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