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HSG
6th December 2007, 17:24
<br>Few aficionados may be aware of this, but besides <i>Figure</I> and <i>Big Is Beautiful,</i> there are two other publications currently in print which exclusively employ plus-size models.

Both are what may be termed "sewing" magazines, and in addition to featuring editorial pages showing full-figured models in various outfits, the magazines include cut-out patterns for readers to utilize in fabricating the displayed garments for themselves.

Sewing is all but a lost art among women today, but readers with older European parents may remember their mothers buying patterns and fabric from textile stores, and sewing dresses at home, on venerable Singer machines.

It is hardly coincidental that both of these plus-size sewing magazines are European in origin. They survive as tributes to the noble distaff heritage of traditional womanhood.

One of the two publications, the biannual <i>Burda Plus,</i> is a consistent disappointment, as it exclusively features faux-plus models. But the other magazine, a Dutch quarterly launched earlier this year, is far more notable. It is called <i><a href="http://www.knipmode.nl/knipXL/" target="_blank">KnipXL</a>,</i> and it is already on its third issue.

Said issue (Winter 2007) deserves a mention here, because it includes several editorial pages featuring the lovely and popular Karen Vermeiren. Karen is a rarity in European--a model who is youthful (early 20s), gorgeous, and genuinely full-figured--and her work always merits praise.

The most exciting page in the magazine--and one of Karen's most thrilling images to date--is the following. Although the dress is black, the feminine cut exhibits the model's shapely arms and soft shoulder-and-neck area. This is a shining example of the "body as fashion accessory" principle, whereby the soft fullness of the model's figure, so generously on display, is the most eye-catching aspect of the look. Note also that the dress reveals the rounded contours of the model's waist. Karen adopts a fittingly sensual, dynamic pose for this seductive dress.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip01a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>Alas, the rest of the pictures are far more conservative, although Karen's luscious figure does attempt to give the formless garments some shape. Here, the attractive curve of her hip is visible beneath the fabric of the dress.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip04.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip04a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>This outfit gently embraces her generous waist.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip02a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>The same is true of this ensemble. The sheer sleeves are an attractive touch--the next-best thing to sleeveless. Note the appealing fullness of the model's facial features.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip03a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>And finally, although many of Karen's headshots have been far lovelier than this (see her ZJ.dk <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=1191" target="_blank">campaign</a>, for example), this picture does, at least, display the soft fullness around the model's neck-and-shoulder area (with no visible clavicle).<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip05.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/knip05a.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" border="0"></a></center><p>Applause to <i>KnipXL</i> for featuring such an attractive and truly full-figured model in its pages. Although the clothing is not as exciting as one might wish (excepting the sleeveless dress), perhaps the fact that these items are meant to be home-sewn results in a relative simplicity of design.

Nevertheless, the pictures amply testify to the voluptuous beauty of Karen's figure, and we earnestly hope that these tear sheets advance her career. She is the most promising model on the European continent.<p><center>* * *</center><p>Incidentally, anyone wishing to order issues of <i>KnipXL</I> can do so via the ever-helpful services of Typical Dutch Stuff, which also ship issues of hard-to-find <i>Big Is Beautiful</i> magazine overseas.

- <a href="http://www.typicaldutchstuff.com" target="_blank">TypicalDutchStuff.com</a>

Kaitlynn
7th December 2007, 17:19
Pity the dresses are so matronly, as Karen is a sexy, young, fresh model, and has such a luscious figure. I do agree that the first picture is eye-popping. The cut of the dress frames her soft features and draws attention to them.

Speaking of her ZJ campaign, there's a nice little treat for Karen fans at the official site of Ballgroup, the company that owns ZJ.dk. If you click on the homepage, you'll see an animation of Karen walking out in a ZJ outfit. A few other models follow her, but Karen is first, prettiest and curviest, and has the most attitude. Her red legging draw attention to her full, shapely legs.

http://www.ball-group.com/

I love the way she walks, very smoothly, sinuously, and gracefully, as true plus-size goddesses do. I'd LOVE to see her on the runway someday...

HSG
15th December 2007, 04:24
<br>Ms. Vermeiren also appears in a fine ad in the current (Winter 2007) issue of <i>Big is Beautiful</I> magazine. The ad copy is somewhat obnoxious, but the image is gorgeous. "Winter wear" is probably the most challenging attire for any girl to model, the hardest in which to appear beautiful, since it generally eliminates all body shape. But Karen's facial features are so lovely, her expression so winning, her demeanour so delightful, that the beauty of the picture cannot be denied. With her long brunette hair spread loosely over her shoulders, and a merry glint in her eyes, this is one of the most appealing images of the winter season, and brings a touch of warmth to even the coldest heart.

It takes an exceptionally attractive model to make a winter ad memorable, and Karen certainly succeeds.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/bib01a.jpg"></center></p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kv/bib01.jpg" target="_blank">Click to view larger</a>

MelanieW
21st December 2007, 22:53
There is also a fun ZJ ad featuring Karen at the Big Is Beautiful Web site, showing her alongside the company logo - that saucy little minx with the cute tummy.

http://www.bigisbeautiful.nl/NL/ADV/adv13/zij.jpg

I love the fact that this company is totally celebrating a curvy waist, both in Karens picture and in their logo. Especially for a European firm, this is a definite sign of progress, and many U.S. retailers could take a cue from them, in featuring pretty and genuinely plussize models.

I also love the new Karen Vermeiren gallery on this site:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/karen2.htm