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19th June 2007, 15:02
<br>Forum reader and contributor Kirsten has kindly alerted us to a series of fascinating ads originating in Brazil. In these images, iconic film images are reworked to feature plus-size models in lieu of the original, underweight actresses.

Here, for example we see a lovely reinterpretation of the best-known image in the reprehensible film, <i>American Beauty</i>:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ad01.jpg"></center><p>The model's limbs are soft and shapely, and the expression is very cute. Even her visage is prettier than that of the ingénue who appeared in the original film. "American Beauty" was, of course, the popular epithet of Lillian Russell--and this model far more closely approximates Lillian's luscious figure than did <i>American Beauty</i>'s anorexic lead actress. (The film itself had nothing to do with Lillian.)

Here is a recreation of Sharon Stone's famous questioning scene in <i>Basic Instict</i>:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ad02.jpg"></center><p>And here, a fuller-figured model enacts Marilyn Monroe's celebrated skirt image from <i>The Seven-Year Itch.</i> Marilyn herself was, of course, quite curvy by today's corpse-like Hollywood standards, but the same image with a more generously-proportioned model has a considerable allure of its own.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/ad03.jpg"></center><p>The only limitation of the second two images is that the models, while reasonably attractive, are not nearly as gorgeous as our favourite plus-size models. If, say, Shannon Marie or Christina Schmidt or Kelsey Olson had recreated these iconic film stills, the results would have been even more breathtaking, and the effect even more subversive.

Ironically, the context in which these images was created was anything but size-positive. Nevertheless, the pictures communicate a pro-curvy message. The models are pretty <i>enough</i> to demonstrate that full-figured ingénues would be every bit as desirable--indeed, more desirable--than the famished actresses who star in mainstream cinema today.

We look forward to the day when these images will represent the actuality of the silver-screen, a day when timeless beauty will return to cultural prominence.

21st June 2007, 00:44
The images are beautiful, especially the first one, but I do wish that they had been created with the top plus-size models instead. That would have made them even more effective.

Not only would the plus-size supermodels have been more attractive, but their expressions would also have been more compelling. For the Marilyn picture, Shannon Marie would have exuded more lyrical beauty - it would have shone from her, as it does in all of her modelling pictures - and Christina Schmidt in place of Sharon Stone would have radiated the kind of "I'm so hot" ultra-confidence that Stone's character in basic instinct always exhibited.

Still, I think the concept is a great one, and would make for a wondeful plus-size clothing campaign or magazine editorial.