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HSG
27th September 2005, 05:40
<br>After a wait of several interminable weeks for a DVD recording of Charlotte Coyle's British TV appearance to make it to this side of the Atlantic, we finally received this priceless treasure earlier today.

And the results surpassed even our most immoderate expectations.

The images are no less wondrous than if Helen of Troy herself had been brought to life, and interviewed on daytime television.

No matter how compelling even the finest still images may be, one cannot fully appreciate the allure of a goddess until one sees her beauty in living motion. And impossible as this may seem, Charlotte is even more gorgeous in moving pictures than in any of her still images--even in her fabled Torrid covers.

The TV segment, which consisted of an interview with Miss Coyle, followed by a brief fashion show, took place not in a studio, but out in the open air, on a public promenade along the riverbank of the Thames. And fittingly, Charlotte stood beneath the a canopy of verdant branches, as if by her very presence she had enabled a fragment of idyllic Antiquity to materialize around her, right in the heart of this urban metropolis.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap020a.jpg"></center><p>Like a heroine in an epic romance, Charlotte's fair tresses flowed freely in the breeze. Her golden bracelets, dreamy blue eyes, and the Classical motif that embellished her sable dress reinforced the impression of Miss Coyle as a legendary beauty of a nobler age, reborn in the world of the here-and-now, to bequeath to us the true Ideal of femininity.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap031.jpg"></center><p>Standing atop the makeshift runway for the brief fashion show, Charlotte seemed, in effect, to be perched on a pedestal, elevated above the mortals who could only gaze in awe at her supernal loveliness.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap026.jpg"></center><p>And to watch how the camera crew meticulously filmed her appearance on this program--lovingly capturing every nuance, and photographing her from every angle--one inevitably viewed them as the modern equivalent of the sculptors and artists who, in another time, would have immortalized her divine proportions in marble, so that her Ideal beauty could live on, for perpetuity.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap014.jpg"></center><p>But what the program also revealed was that, despite her unearthly beauty, Miss Coyle is actually a very friendly and personable individual. She laughed easily and joked freely with the program's hosts, as they asked her about her modelling career, and her experiences in America.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap047.jpg"></center><p>And after viewing this segment, we realized that, until now, Charlotte has been known exclusively for her steamy, alluring expressions--expressions which she renders better than any other model. But seeing her smiling warmly during this discussion, we discovered another side of her personality, and learned that she can be both charming and affable--and can convincingly demonstrate those characteristics on film.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap038a.jpg"></center><p>In fact, the interview with Charlotte was so animated and easygoing, that if one closed one's eyes and just listened to the conversation, one could almost see the model as a "girl next door," distinguished by a rich Irish accent and an irrepressible love of life<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap052.jpg"></center><p>(that is, if one lived next door to the most gorgeous woman on the planet).

Hopefully, we will be able to convert this video recording to a Web format in the near future. But in the meantime, readers can gaze longingly at the images posted above, and reflect on the fact that the beauty which Charlotte possesses has inspired the creation of the greatest works of art the world has ever know.

Beautiful beyond all comprehension, and genuinely, <i>gorgeously</i> full-figured, Charlotte is nothing less than the ideal plus-size model--the one we have all been waiting for. If anyone can bring about an aesthetic restoration, it is surely this fair Irish lass.<p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/charlotte.htm" target="_blank">Charlotte Coyle: A Panegyric</a>

Chad
27th September 2005, 14:47
I for one would offer a king's ransom to be able to view that video online. Charlotte has mostly shot in casual contemporary apparel so far, so to see her in something so elegant and feminine is a total revelation. It suits her so well - like it was made just for her. And the majestic attitude in the top image is perfect for such a dress. I love how the sheer portions seem to be flowing in the wind. I wish the whole dress had been made of that diaphanous material.

You're right - she's even more gorgeous when photographed in natural daylight. I'd love to see a test in a lush setting.

And heavens, what a stunning figure. None of her past images has shown how curvaceous she really is. If it's not impolite to say so, I think the much-contested title of "shapeliest legs of any plus-size model" now belongs to Charlotte alone.

Emily
28th September 2005, 03:34
Although I have respected all of Charlotte's work, as everyone here has, I consider this appearance even more important than all of her previous images. We have all seen how alluring she can be, but until now, few of her images (even the Torrid photos) have revealed just how curvaceous she really is. It's one thing for a model to express Victoria's Secret sensuality if she is imperceptibly plus, but for her to do so when she is genuinely Classically proportioned, and visibly full-figured -- that is the true revelation, that is when plus-size modelling becomes a cultural force for good.

I now feel that Charlotte can be even more inspiring and instrumental in reforming society's modernist aesthetics than I previously believed. I eagerly hope she achieves more visibility.

I also love the dress. It's nice to see Charlotte in a less modern, and more timeless outfit. I would like to see this dress with some variations -- perhaps a higher hemline, and altogether more of the "diaphanous" material.

kirsten
28th September 2005, 13:00
The dress is fabulous, I wonder who the designer is. The regal-looking gold-beaded neckline and hemline is hot right now in fashion but it also reminds me of the beaded collars of ancient Egypt. Timeless indeed.

And the graceful way Charlotte stands on the platform reminds me of how towns in classical civilizations had statues of their patron deities which instilled pride and a feeling of protection. She would be a worthy model of such a statue!

HSG
28th September 2005, 21:25
<br>It took a great deal of effort, but we can finally share a tiny glimpse of Charlotte Coyle's TV appearance in the runway segment, in the form of a .wmv file. The clip is just over a minute in length, and comes in at a staggering 16.6 Mb, so you will need a pretty fair computer and Web connection to view it.

We trust that fans will be absolutely delighted to see this, one of the finest presentations of Classical feminine beauty ever captured on film.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap029.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/charlotte02.wmv" target="_blank">Click here to view the Charlotte Coyle excerpt</a>

M. Lopez
29th September 2005, 04:35
The video is nothing less than a revelation. We've been talking about the Elena Miro runway show recently, and what sort of image that show, or any show like it, would need to present, in order to be truly subversive. I think this video clip provides the answer. Just imagine Charlotte, looking as she does in this video, and Barbara, and models of similar curves and beauty walking a fashion-show runway, dressed in body-conscious and stylish apparel. The result would be nothing less than a sensation.

And the presenter on the video is right when he says that Charlotte is obviously adept at walking the runway. She walks with confidence, poise, and grace - everything a plus-size goddess should possess.

HSG
30th September 2005, 22:28
<br>We are now thrilled to be able to bring you the "other half" of Charlotte's television appearance--the two-minute interview that preceded the fashion show. Despite being slightly longer than the previous clip, this file comes in at about the same length (15.6 Mb), so once again, you will need a decent system to view it.

If you have never encountered a real Irish accent before, you're in for a treat. And what a joy it is to hear Charlotte confirm that she now feels very comfortable about her size. But listen also to the way in which the male host stresses the phrase <i>"plus-size"</i> when he refers to Charlotte as a <i>"plus-size</i> model" and announces the program's forthcoming <i>"plus-size</i> modelling feature." He uses the term with such genuine enthusiasm, as a mark of distinction, signalling that this example is a cut above any other item in this category, the way one would refer to a "<i>five-star</i> hotel," or an "<i>A-list</i> celebrity."

That is certainly the way in which the present author has always used the term "plus-size," and one dearly wishes that every full-figured goddess would think of this phrase in precisely this manner--as a superlative.

Looking at Charlotte's voluptuous beauty, it is impossible to think of this term in any other way.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/cap059a.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/charlotte01.wmv" target="_blank">Click here to view Charlotte's pre-show interview</a>

MelanieW
19th October 2005, 09:32
I have to say that of all the runway shows that have been discussed here lately, these two minutes of Charlotte Coyle on British TV are still my favorite of all. I adored seeing Crystal Renn for Gaultier because the theme of the show was so inspired, and timelessly beautiful, and because Crystal looked more curvaceous than she has of late, but these glimpses of Charlotte Coyle are still the very best examples of true plussize beauty on the runway. Charlotte looks so stunningly beautiful - both truly plus, and truly gorgeous - that I cant imagine a better representation.

But between Charlotte, Crystal, and Barbara in the Mode show, I think these appearances prove once and for all that actual plussize figures (size 14 and up) do belong on the catwalk. I really hope the fashion world will finally see the light........