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HSG
23rd June 2009, 07:02
<br>Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to introduce you to a gorgeous young Canadian plus-size model named <strong>Jesse West</strong>.

Jesse (formerly of Sherrida Models) was recently signed by the Giovanni Agency in Montreal, which is best known for representing plus-size supermodel Barbara Brickner. Jesse is listed as a size 14--but just barely a size 14, and one dearly wishes that she might become fuller-figured.

However, her beauty is undeniable, as shown here in a casual headshot in which Miss West flashes a coy look,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/jw01.jpg"></center><p>or in this photograph, in which Jesse displays her more glamorous side. Note the model's fair complexion, which gives her the appearance of a modern-day Snow White.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/jw02.jpg"></center><p>But the best introduction to this young goddess (who is also sometimes billed as Jesse Rae West) comes in the form of video excerpts from her appearance on a Canadian shopping network in September 2008. In the video, Jesse promotes a series of garments that, whatever their intrinsic merits, look absolutely stunning on her, thanks to the delicious curves of her figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/0cap108.jpg"></center><p>In fact, one of the reasons why this outfit looks so alluring on Miss West is because it reminds plus-size-model aficionados of Barbara Brickner's legendary knit-dress <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/bb/bb03a.jpg" target="_blank">page</a> from the Fall '97 issue of <i>Mode</I> magazine--which was one of the boldest and most revolutionary images in the magazine's history, and one of the all-time greatest depictions of plus-size beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap004.jpg"></center><p>This image gives a fine sense of the model's reverse-view curves.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap007.jpg"></center><p>A close-up shows her buxom contours, and suggests soft curves along her back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap009.jpg"></center><p>Notice the stunning contrast in the two models' figures. Miss West appears luscious and full and womanly, while the straight-size model on the right appears flat-chested, emaciated, and androgynous; artificial, compared to Jesse's well-fed natural beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap023.jpg"></center><p>A profile shot shows that Miss West also possesses the highly sensual detail of a curve at the abdomen. And note how the curvaceous golden sculpture in the background echoes the undulating contours of Jesse's figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap025.jpg"></center><p>Another reverse image:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap028.jpg"></center><p>And a rare, straight-on shot, showing the model's womanly hips.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap032.jpg"></center><p>One of the more amusing aspects of the video is how frequently the designer comments that while Jesse has--of her own preference--donned large-size clothes for the shoot, he might have put her in looser, <i>extra</i>-large samples. It is a clash of old, outdated thinking versus the pro-curvy philosophy of the present day. The aged designer still clings to the long-discredited notion that full-figured women need to hide and disguise their bodies, while sumptuous young Jesse seeks clothing that embraces and defines her sinful, irresistble figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap003.jpg"></center><p>To his credit, though, despite his apprehensions, the designer frequently compliments Jesse on her look, saying that she is "cooking" in the outfits, and that she has "sexy appeal."<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap012.jpg"></center><p>Indeed, in this capture, Miss West seems to be casting an evaluating eye on her fellow model, and thinking to herself, "Pfff--you <i>wish</i> you were as voluptuous as I am." And she would be right to think so.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap001.jpg"></center><p>At this stage, if you cannot contain you enthusiasm any longer and simply <i>must</i> see Jesse in living motion, click on the link below for a video of Jesse on HSN.

- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2n_m-IZyd8&fmt=18" target="_blank">Click to watch video</a>

Next, here is a lovely close-up of Jesse wearing a wrap top.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap034.jpg"></center><p>As this still shows, the wrap style is ideal for plus-size figures, as it accentuates buxom curves and offers a glimpse of decolletage. Note again the contrast between the models, and how well Jesse fills out her top, while on her underweight rival the garment hangs empty and lifeless.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap037.jpg"></center><p>A barely glimpsed close-up of Miss West modelling a red suit catches her flashing a rare, but adorable smile.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap044.jpg"></center><p>Suits are altogether unsatisfactory items for goddesses to wear, but if a suit is necessary, then obviously it is better for the wearer to have sufficiently opulent curves to give the garment some shape. In this still, Jesse's figure strains against the fabric, transforming it into seductive attire.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap045.jpg"></center><p>A different brown top, and a close-up from the other angle, offers the model a chance to display her voluptuous figure. Her expression is soft and serene.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap067.jpg"></center><p>What makes Jesse so captivating on video is how confidently she stands, how proudly she displays her replete proportions--not caving in her chest as if she were afraid of being full-figured, but boldly exhibiting her curves.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap081.jpg"></center><p>In fact, in this segment of the video, one actually hears Jesse speak, in response to a question from the designer.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap077.jpg"></center><p>Her voice, as one might expect, is soft and lyrically sweet, very youthful and innocent and girly. In this she joins other goddesses, like Chloe Agnew, Christina Schmidt, Kailee O'Sullivan, and Barbara Brickner, who all have having enchanting feminine voices that match their soft physical beings.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap079.jpg"></center><p>Note, as Jesse pulls tight this garment, how it shows off the sensual swell of her abdomen.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/jw/cap090.jpg"></center><p>Jesse is a promising young talent, and could become one of the industry's next great supermodels, particularly if she becomes at least somewhat fuller-figured. We wish her every success.

- <a href="http://www.industryfolio.com/model1.asp?clientid=684421-997&gender=WOMENPLUS&gallery=4&page=1" target="_blank">Giovanni Models comp card</a>

Kaitlynn
23rd June 2009, 17:28
I think Jesse is very pretty, and she did a marvellous job in that video. I especially love the fact that she was confident enough to insist on wearing clothes that actually fit her body, rather than accepting the larger-size clothing that the designer wanted to give her, which would have been too formless, and would have made her look older and matronly. By wearing clothes that actually fit her, fit her snugly, she managed to turn even ordinary apparel into sexy attire.

She's wonderfully youthful. She was 19 in April of this year, so probably 18 when she shot that TV promo.

I found a brief interview with Jesse here, as part of a write-up about a Toronto fashion show from earlier this year.

http://www.shedoesthecity.com/special/fat09/model1.html

I especially appreciate her answer to this question:

What’s your favourite body part and why?

I really like my bust and waist, or silhouette - makes me feel very feminine.
There's the body-confidence that all full-figured girls should possess, and which allowed her to ask for clothing than fit her better than what that shopping network was planning on giving her.

I also like the fact that twice in that brief profile, she mentions that she likes "napping." It's nice to find a plus-size model who admits that she loves just relaxing, rather than feeling compelled to make a list of strenuous activities- as if to apologize for being curvy.

tkds
23rd June 2009, 23:28
I absolutely love that video. Notice how the designer (a) cannot keep his hands off Jesse, and (b) cannot stop talking about how beautiful she looks in the clothes. Whereas with the skinny model, the best he can do is to try to give her the illusion of some shape by adding belts.

Jesse is breathtakingly gorgeous and sensual in the knit dress.