View Full Version : Michelle Ewin (CSI: NY)

24th September 2007, 15:22
<br>It's so rare to see actresses on television who are full-figured <i>and</I> attractive, that when the rare example of such a goddess comes along, it's worth taking note.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap006.jpg"></center></p>A forum reader recently informed us that an episode of the TV crime drama <i>CSI:NY</i> features a gorgeous plus-size actress, and a Web search turned up a clip of her appearance.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap010.jpg"></center></p>The actress's name is <strong>Michelle Ewin</strong>, and while she is obviously no Christina Schmidt or Anita Ekberg, she certainly has a look.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap022.jpg"></center></p>What works in Michelle's favour, in this episode, is the fact that the plot involves the murder of a young girl at a débutante ball. Michelle plays the victim's sister--who, like her sibling, was one of the debs--and as a result, the actress gets to play her scene dressed in a gorgeous débutante gown (strapless, sleeveless, which is always the most flattering design for showcasing plus-size beauty).<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap027.jpg"></center></p>What makes Michelle so gorgeous, apart from her buxom figure, are her lovely facial features. She possesses the exquisite combination of high cheekbones <i>and</I> lavish fullness in her face--the combination yielding a very well-fed look, which is highly alluring.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap034.jpg"></center></p>She also exhibits the "slight rise" of a "slope towards the throat." These qualities, along with the romantic hairstyle that she is given for the role, create the captivating persona of a spoiled, self-indulgent princess--the most alluring character-type of all.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap037.jpg"></center></p>One would almost think that the episode's director is a secret admirer of timeless beauty, as his camera captures Michelle in her figure-exhibiting gown from every angle.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap040.jpg"></center></p>Particularly eye-catching is the reverse view, which shows the soft contours along the actress's back (although the dress is cut too high to create as sensual a look as it could have done).<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap041.jpg"></center></p>A moment during which the actress does a turn for the camera seems expressly designed to show off her beautiful gown,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap048a.jpg"></center></p>and no viewer could possibly deny that Michelle's robust figure fills out such a dress far better than any stick-skinny Hollywood starlet ever could.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap053a.jpg"></center></p>Another element that makes Michelle's scene so captivating is that her character is written to be wicked--a villainess, in fact. (We will not reveal whether she is the murderess or not.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap055.jpg"></center></p>This gives her performance an extra touch of sensuality, for the contrast between the feminine softness of her well-fed appearance, and the evil disposition of her character, is intoxicating.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap070.jpg"></center></p>It is so refreshing, and so exciting, to see a full-figured character written not as a frumpy loner, nor as a self-pitying victim, but as a vain, irresistibly self-indulgent beauty queen, who puts her own desires above everyone else's.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap078.jpg"></center></p>This is a far more empowering role for a plus-size actress than the kind of feel-sorry-for-me parts to which they have hitherto been relegated. The character's alibi for the time of the murder is that she <i>"spent the night with a boy"</i>--this too being a significant detail, emphasizing that she is highly desired by the opposite sex. (How could she not be?)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap096.jpg"></center></p>The director even gives the viewer extra glimpses of Michelle's features, such as a flashback sequence which displays, in close-up, the fullness of the model's arms.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap081.jpg"></center></p>But the loveliest view of all appears when the actress exits the police office. The camera catches her with a serene expression on her face--and in that moment, she looks truly angelic.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap101.jpg"></center></p>The bodice of her dress appears a tad too constricting, and her figure seems to be struggling against it, fighting to give the piece a more naturally rounded form. The fullness of her silhouette is ver much evident.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap107.jpg"></center></p>Kudos to <i>CSI:NY</i> for casting a plus-size actress, for devising a compelling part for her to play, and for outfitting her in the most becoming wardrobe imaginable. If such instances of full-figured beauty on network television were the norm and not the exception, society would soon reject the anorexic modern standard, and embrace the timeless ideal.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/csi/cap109.jpg"></center></p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/video/csi.wmv">Click here to view video clip</a> (39 Mb)