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22nd May 2007, 16:13
Here's a refreshingly positive article that I found online. It's about a full-figured girl who became a contestant in the Miss Northern Ireland competition, and is now set on becoming a plus-size model.


The contestant herself could much benefit from longer hair and a different dress, but I like the article as a whole because it has some wonderfully size-positive quotes, and also provides a view of Ireland as being much closer to appreciating timeless beauty than we are here, in North America. What else would one expect from the nation of Charlotte Coyle and Chloe Agnew, and the homeland of Shannon Marie, Kailee O'Sullivan, Kate Dillon, etc?

Here is the excerpted text:

Big is beautiful, you shouldn't be someone you're not
Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Big, buxom and bubbly, Eavan Murray meets Northern Ireland beauty pageant contestant Arlene Nugent who has her sights set on a catwalk career

This 20-year-old Ballygawley blonde is big and proud - she has no time for skinny super models or size zero waifs. Fresh from a starring role in the opening heat of this year's Miss Northern Ireland competition, Arlene is set to bounce onto the catwalk.

The audience at the beauty pageant raised the roof when Arlene took to the stage in a bid to win the title and tiara, and now she is hoping her big-time debut will lead to a career in modelling.

"I'm trying to beat down the size zero craze and encourage young girls...If you are a bit bigger, it's really attractive and there are loads of clothes out there for bigger girls," she says, as she models for a magazine photo shoot.

At a time when the nation is fixated with overweight children, size zero models and Posh Spice wannabes, Arlene says: " Big is beautiful."

"...So many girls are stick thin. And so many girls crave to be as thin as them. But being bigger doesn't matter. It's beautiful, it's normal and it's you. You shouldn't be someone you're not."

And the blonde stunner says she never has any problems attracting men...

Size debate

The size zero debate raged this year with London Fashion Week refusing to ban allegedly dangerously underweight models.

This came in the wake of the tragic deaths of Brazilian model Ana Caroline Reston and Uruguayan Luisel Ramos who both lost their lives to anorexia.

Alison Campbell, of Northern Ireland modelling agency ACA, is more positive on the industry here: "The fashion scene in Ireland is very different. There are no size zero models on our books and there is also no demand for them. The smallest size we have is an eight and even that is too thin sometimes.

"We do have regular requests for plus-size models. We actually have a couple of shows in the next few weeks and there are several being cast."...

As Arlene slips into her stunning full-length ball dress during the shoot, she says she is ready to take on the world and fly the flag for plus-size models.

"This has just been the best experience for me, I have loved it and let's hope there is a bright future for me," she says.

Proud mum Patricia admits she used to worry about her size.

"I'm very proud of Arlene, she has a brilliant personality and is very confident, which is all I want for my children. She really is one of a kind and very, very beautiful.

"Being a bigger girl she has always been proud of her size. I used to worry about eating disorders but Arlene was always ok. This whole issue of children being put under pressure unnecessarily is an awful thing."

[Arlene says] "I like my size, I'm so happy and so content and I have never had any problems with it. I like to say to myself: 'Curves are hot ... zero is not'."

9th July 2007, 07:27
<br>That article includes some fine statements from the contestant. Let us hope that her attitude reflects a growing consensus of opinion among today's young women.

What makes Eaven Murray's attitude so progressive is that it is based on an <i>aesthetic preference</I> for full-figured beauty (her own, and in general). Ultimately, it is only when precisely this belief in voluptuousness as a superior kind of beauty becomes the dominant cultural ideal that the media world's androgynous standard will crumble.

Not all of the preaching about eating disorders and diet-starvation in the world will make one bit of difference until young women are <i>"proud of their size,"</i> and acknowledge that <i>"If you are a bit bigger, it's <strong>really attractive</strong>,"</i> and agree that <i>"Curves are hot, zero is not,"</i> to use Murray's phrases. When the timeless aesthetic of full-figured beauty is restored, when young women realize that plus-size models are <i>more beautiful</i> than waifs, when they discover that clothing looks <i>better</i> on more generously-proportioned figures, then and only then will the poison of modernity be neutralized.

And there is no doubt that the great Irish beauties of the world, whom Kaitlynn references in her post, are helping to make this happen.

Lovely Kailee O'Sullivan, in a feminine MXM top (Summer 2007) that attractively accentuates her curvy figure:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/mxm23.jpg"></center>