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25th April 2009, 16:40
<br>There is something immensely appropriate, indeed wonderful, about seeing a plus-size model in a magazine titled <i>Gourmet.</i>

As the publication's name implies, <i>Gourmet</i> is nothing less than a festivity of food--a celebration of preparing it, cooking it, and best of all, eating it. Its editorials feature images of models enjoying sumptuous repasts in elegant, Old World settings.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/gourmet03.jpg"></center><p>Nothing could be a more natural fit for such a magazine than to enlist the services of one of the world's most beatiful full-figured goddesses. Perhaps someone at <i>Gourmet</i> had a flash of insight and realized that seeing such a gorgeous model enjoying the magazine's recipes would make that food particularly appealing to <i>Gourmet</i>'s readership. Who could fail to attribute a plus-size model's luscious, well-fed beauty to the meals that she is seen devouring? Readers surely grasp the causal relationship between the lavish food and the model's beauty, correct attributing her good looks to her sensual appetite, as displayed in the magazine's pages.

If <i>Gourmet</i> is wise, it will now regularly call upon Kailee and other plus-size goddesses to appear in its pages. Nothing could be a better testament to the pleasurable and aesthetically beneficial aspects of uninhibited self-indulgence than the sight of a voluptuous vixen freely enjoying <i>Gourmet</i>'s feasts.

Kailee's appearance in the magazine consists of an elegant two-page spread showing a group of models partaking of a generous luncheon, with the backdrop suggesting the rolling hills of Tuscany.

As <i>Gourmet</i>'s caption notes,<p><blockquote><i>This Tuscan-inspired meal is full of pristine ingredients and bold flavors--balsamic-marinated Treviso radicchio with fresh ricotta; grilled sausage-stuffed calamari; french pasta with crabmeat, peas, and chile; grilled lamb chops with porcini mustard; and melon with basil-lime granita--that will sweep you off your feet.</i></blockquote><p>Every square inch of the table is covered with savoury delicacies.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/gourmet01-550.jpg"></center><p>Kailee is on the right, of course, with the light illuminating her from the side in an interesting chiaroscuro effect. The attractive sleeveless, feminine dress suggests her buxom curves.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/gourmet02b.jpg"></center><p>She adopts an extraordinarily serene expression, a look of great satisfaction. She appears to be in her element in this image, obviously enjoying the meal to the fullest.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/gourmet02a.jpg"></center><p>Above all, what makes Kailee so gorgeous are her soft, rounded facial features. She has the ideal mix of high cheekbones along with fullness in her cheeks, which creates an enchantingly opulent facial look. These are the qualities that make Shannon Marie the loveliest of all models, and Kailee possess them as well. Compare her exquisite face to the sunken-cheeked, undernourished, older-looking model across from her at the table, and marvel at just how much more attractive the fullness of Kailee's face really is. Not too the sumptuous roundness of her neck and arms.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/gourmet02.jpg"></center><p>Even <i>Mode</I> seldom featured plus-size models enjoying food this way, and never in imagery as elegant as this, with such an Old World quality.

When the next magazine for full-figure fashion debuts, it should take a cue from <i>Gourmet</I> and present curvaceous models indulging freely in the rich, sinful delicacies that have endowed them with their lush beauty.<p><center>* * *</center><p>Here are several larger versions of the two-page scan, which you may use as a wallpaper, depending on your monitor width.

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26th April 2009, 03:13
The picture is a glimpse into a better world. It also looks like an Italian genre painting, a style which depicted the pleasures of daily life.

27th April 2009, 02:38
The picture is a glimpse into a better world.
I agree. I find the picture perfectly emblematic of what plus-size models represent: a satisfied life, an enjoyable existence in which women delight in life's pleasures (food foremost among them). What a contrast to what emaciated models represent: a life of self-induced starvation (literal torture, as discussed in another thread), of deprivation, and constant misery.

While androgynous models are shown pushing starvation and exercise-torture (which suits them), let plus-size models appear in images like this, celebrating a more natural existence -- a genuinely happy life.

Hopefully, women will realize which is the preferable condition -- and which models are more feminine and beautiful.

I only wish that all of the female models in this image had been full-figured. Then the message would have been even more compelling.

27th April 2009, 22:52
It also looks like an Italian genre painting, a style which depicted the pleasures of daily life.
Yes! I associated it with a number of paintings that I've seen on this site before, including The Feast of the Gods by Hendrick von Balen,


or The Sense of Taste by Rubens:


The idea of gods and goddesses sitting down to a feast is delightful - and as Emily noted, if the female models had all been curvy, the magazine really would have painted an image suggesting the joys of goddesses of beauty.


19th May 2009, 07:40
If the editorial celebrates the pleasures of a good meal, then I've got just the article for dessert. The following story describes a return to popularity for traditional desserts.


I like it because it's a really upbeat story, with no mixed messages, and some really positive statements- including a reminder of a study that was noted on this forum at the beginning of the year, which found that full-figured women are happier than their underweight rivals.

Pudding power

When times are tough, we reach for the sugary comfort of good old-fashioned deserts

Lydia Slater

April 5, 2009

The credit crunch has not only affected house prices and livelihoods, however: it is also changing our taste buds. Faced with uncertain economic climes, we are scurrying back to the warm embrace of the stodgy sweet... A survey carried out last month for an online education guide found that...two-thirds of us would be disappointed to see chocolate sponge and jam roly-poly give way to fruit salad.

...“We’re looking into old recipes more and more,” says April Preston, the head of product development at M&S. “The mood is quite nostalgic. We want things to be a bit simpler, and traditional food fits into that. For instance, a few years ago, nobody was eating pies, but now they’ve been reinvented and are selling extremely well.”...

“Indulging in food can play a great role in making people feel happier about life,” says Ewan Venters, the food and restaurants director at Selfridges. “As high-end luxury goods become less affordable, people are turning to food for treats. After all, food is about tradition, indulgence and getting the family around the table at home, rather than going out.”

Sophie Conran, pie aficionado and champion of traditional British food, is not surprised by the proud return of the proper pud. “These puddings give you a nice cosy feeling and a little bit of sweetness to cheer you up,” she says... The food writer Tom Parker Bowles agrees: “British puddings offer straightforward comfort, with no prissy continental complications. In challenging times they’re a sweet, stodgy salve.”

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, of course, which may well be the reason for this year’s other surprise statistic. A recent poll for Special K found that curvy size-14 women are far happier with all aspects of their lives, including their appearance, than the treacle-sponge-deprived size eights.

There is no better way to insulate yourself from the chill winds of economic hardship than by diving into an oozing steamed pudding and wrapping yourself in a rich, vanilla-scented security blanket of custard. Next up? Selfridges predicts the revival of that 1970s favourite Angel Delight.
It's a rare and wonderful example of an anti-diet, pro-indulgence message in the media. I wish there were more.