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Emily
1st March 2008, 02:28
I found something rather interesting online the other day. Someone has revised a series of plus-size-model images to resemble Victorian photographs.

The models in question will be familiar to everyone -- Shannon Marie and Kailee O'Sullivan. How interesting that the creator chose two Irish beauties to spotlight in this manner.

First, here are her interpretations of Shannon Marie's photographs:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2296/2242610728_2dce100937_o.jpg

She even gives her a fantasy name, calling her "Claire," and deeming her "una belleza clįsica" (which needs no translation).

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2222/2241817439_f4c56ae707_o.jpg

Shannon Marie is, of course, the loveliest model that there has ever been, or ever will be, and I find it remarkable how convincing these redone images are. One could easily take them to be actual Victorian photographs.

Now, here are her interpretations of Kailee's pictures.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2250/2242609412_d05385a87e_o.jpg

This photo really does seem to belong in an antique oval picture frame.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2381/2241816329_7b8844a2cc_o.jpg

She gives Kailee the fantasy name "Lily Anne," which is so appropriate, I think, since it echoes the name of that most famous of Victorian-era beauties, Lillian Russell.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2230/2242609544_3c0a41dd0b_o.jpg

The pictures are entirely convincing, and demonstrate very effectively that today's most popular plus-size models would have been considered the epitome of feminine beauty in the 19th century -- or in any age prior to the modern day.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2214/2242609450_678f16ffe4_o.jpg

It makes one yearn to return to that bygone era -- a more beautiful time than our own, a healthier and nobler age in every way.

Here is the creator's flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/liliumvictoriana/page2/