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Chad
8th October 2009, 10:38
Even though there's already an extensive thread (http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=1572) about Kelsey Olson's Hallowe'en promotion, Torrid has a new feature to go along with this campaign that's so exciting that it deserves a thread of its own.

It now features videos of Kelsey modelling four of the outfits. And you've never, ever seen plus-size beauty look as stunning as this.

Here's the video for the Candy Striper costume. Click on the "watch video" button below the thumbnail, and try not to have a heart attack as you view it. The outfit fits closely, showing off the model's luscious curves. And the much-celebrated white stockings define her gorgeous legs. Notice the cute little curtsy that she does at the end.

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302040724&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442202542


Here's the Alice in Wonderland costume. Again, the outfit fits snugly, showing off her perfect, perfect figure. These videos remind me of Igigi's clips of Marritt, except Kelsey is even more beautiful and captivating on video. In fact, she may be the most natural and compelling video model I've ever seen.

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302040724&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442202546


Kelsey looks most adorable of all in the Miss Muffet costume. The pink is an ideal look for her. I love how she moves - so gracefully, yet coquettishly, especially with the way she flutters her skirt. And the outfits irresistibly defines her every curve.

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302040724&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442202430


But the best video of all is the one showing off the French Maid outfit. Appropriate, given the theme, Kelsey is more sensual here - moving slowly, indolently, really playing the "character." She also looks most seductive in this outfit, with the black fishnets making her legs look alluring.

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302040724&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442202110


I just wish that Torrid had also featured her in the video for the beer maiden outfit, and in a clip for the princess costume (which has no video at all). It also would have been nice if the videos were a bit larger. But just as they are, they're about the most gorgeous demonstrations of full-figured feminine beauty I've ever seen.

MelanieW
8th October 2009, 15:01
WOW. I am almost speechless at how beautiful Kelsey looks in these videos. Without a doubt, she has the most gorgeous figure of any plussize model today. Its not just that she is a perfect size 16, but that she has such a visibly soft figure - so naturally curvy, not artificially "toned". Her images inspire me more than those of any other model because she is indisputably a flesh-and-blood woman.

And she really is the finest video model of all. I remember thinking so when I saw her bridal videos for Torrid a few seasons ago (theyre gone now, alas), but she has become even more curvaceous and gorgeous since then. These videos set a new standard in plussize beauty.

Bravo to Torrid for this entire campaign, and especially for these videos. I hope Torrid will feature Kelsey in more video promos in the future. By showing the clothing in motion, and offering a 360-degree view, videos provide a good sense of what the apparel really looks like.

HSG
21st October 2009, 06:53
<br>With every new campaign, Kelsey confirms her status as the most gorgeous plus-size model working today, and these new Torrid videos offer an exciting visual testament to her beauty. Never has any model, except for Shannon Marie, more perfectly embodied the timeless ideal in all of its aspects.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs01.jpg"></center><p>The images are tiny, but the breathtaking beauty of the model's face and figure is vividly apparent. Most stunning of all is Kelsey's appearance in the Candy Striper costume, which shows her in feminine pink--her ideal colour. As she moves toward the camera, watch how she deftly teases her skirt to give it movement.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs02.jpg"></center><p>At the head of the runway, she strikes the classic model pose--confident and self-assured.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs03.jpg"></center><p>Observe how the skirt twirls as she begins her turn, displaying her shapely legs. (Voluptuous vixens may be certain that dressing in this outfit would instantaneously make them the stars of any Hallowe'en party.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs04.jpg"></center><p>As the turn continues, notice the model's buxom contours, as well as her most desirable figure feature, the sumptuous swell of her 39" waist.
<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs05.jpg"></center><p>Torrid must be commended for not disfiguring Kelsey's delicious figure with any form-constricting "shapewear," but rather displaying it in all of its robust fullness. Her profile in as lovely as that of any Classical sculpture--flawless in its rounded proportions.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs06.jpg"></center><p>As the model continues her turn, observe an even more gorgeous sight--the opulent curves along her back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs07.jpg"></center><p>Nothing could be more beautiful than the soft undulations that Kelsey's figure displays--so much more sensual and appealing than an artificially "toned," masculinized physique.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs08.jpg"></center><p>Watch how Miss Olson's blonde tresses fly freely, like a cascade of gold, as she continues her turn. The sight of the fabric conforming so closely to her figure is overwhelmingly seductive.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs09.jpg"></center><p>As she completes her turn, she fixes the viewer with an "I'm so gorgeous" look--a thrillingly vain glance which reveals that she knows that she is the most beautiful woman in the world, the very incarnation of human desire.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs10.jpg"></center><p>Notice, as the model walks away, how her lovely white stockings define the shape of her legs--possibly the most luscious legs of any plus-size model.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs11.jpg"></center><p>Her legs are soft and full, their exquisite shape due to the natural roundness that accrues from sweet self-indulgence, rather than gym-torture.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs12.jpg"></center><p>A final turn offers another view of her scrumptious profile.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs13.jpg"></center><p>In a signature example of her modelling brilliance, Kelsey completes the video by coyly tugging at her skirt in a quasi-curtsey--a playful, flirtatious gesture that causes viewers to lose their hearts to her forever.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/cs14.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>While many of Torrid's outfits look just as appealing in still images as in moving pictures, the charm of the French Maid outfit is only fully revealed when Kelsey displays it in living motion.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm01.jpg"></center><p>Notice, as Kelsey approaches the camera, how the fishnet stockings show off the decadent fullness of her shapely legs.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm02.jpg"></center><p>Kelsey "plays" this character particularly well. She convincingly adopts a haughty French air--but one that is quintessentially feminine. Just look at the aristocratic glance that she flashes at the end of the runway. And the hairstyle, with two stray blonde wisps escaping from beneath the cap, is enchanting.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm03.jpg"></center><p>The model's lush figure seems freer, more unconstrained in this outfit than in any other. We have turned up the gamma on these screencaps to better display the model's curves, as defined by the fitted clothing.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm04.jpg"></center><p>One perceives a seductive sense of weight about the model's figure in this attire, a luxurious heaviness--a quality that the model plays up with her slow, languorous movements. Notice the sensual swell of her shapely waist.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm05.jpg"></center><p>As she turns, admirers gasp as they see the alluring curves along the model's back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm06.jpg"></center><p>No physical features more vividly testify to a well-fed figure formed by natural self-indulgence than do the soft contours of a goddess's back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm07.jpg"></center><p>There is a babylike quality to such soft features--yet when they are seen on a model with a voluptuous figure like Kelsey's, the mix of youthful and womanly attributes is irresistible.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm08.jpg"></center><p>The camera catches another heart-stopping "I'm so hot" expression from Miss Olson as she continues her turn. Any goddess so richly proportioned is right to consider herself irresistible.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm09.jpg"></center><p>Notice the enticing business with the skirt. Kelsey's every movement is graceful, even balletic--and intensely seductive.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm10.jpg"></center><p>An ultra-confident stance finds the model showing off her womanly 46" hips.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm11.jpg"></center><p>A further half-turn dramatically displays her buxom proportions.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm12.jpg"></center><p>As Kelsey walks away, admirers marvel at the gorgeous shape of her legs,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm13.jpg"></center><p>the decadent curves along her back,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm14.jpg"></center><p>and the overall fullness of her silhouette.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm15.jpg"></center><p>A final turn toward the camera offers further testimony of her opulent waist.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm16.jpg"></center><p>She ends the video with another coy, flirtatious stance. Only a true plus-size model--and one as gorgeous and talented as Kelsey--could combine sensuality and grace so effectively.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/fm17.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>The most feminine of Torrid's Hallowe'en costumes, and the one in which Kelsey looks most adorable, is this Little Miss Muffet getup. No other model does girlish looks half as well as Kelsey.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm01.jpg"></center><p>Doesn't she look absolutely precious here? So much like a spoiled, well-fed little girl, who is the apple of everyone's eye, who loves being the centre of attention, and who gets anything she wants because of her fairy-tale beauty. (Rightly so.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm02.jpg"></center><p>Notice that with this outfit she wears the most enchanting hosiery of all: white calf-embracing stockings with delicate pink ribbons. If there was ever an item of apparel that could make admirers fall under her spell, this is it.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm03.jpg"></center><p>Watch the motion in Kelsey's skirt as she walks. This is why abbreviated dresses should be practically <i>mandatory</i> for voluptuous vixens. They enhance feminine beauty so vividly that all curvy girls should avail themselves of these enticing styles.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm04.jpg"></center><p>Just look at how delighted with herself Miss Olson appears in this ensemble--and understandably so. It seems to bring out her inner princess. Watch how she shifts her weight from one leg to the other as she stands at the end of the runway, and how she flirtatiously hikes up her skirt.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm05.jpg"></center><p>Although unfortunately this dress somewhat binds the waist (especially compared to the previous outfits), it still offers a sense of the model's generous proportions.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm06.jpg"></center><p>Notice the distinct fullness in her profile, and even the subtle curves along her back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm07.jpg"></center><p>Those luxurious contours become more alluringly evident as the model performs her turn.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm08.jpg"></center><p>What makes Torrid's outfits so seductive is that they embrace the model's body so closely, showcasing every detail of her feminine physique.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm09.jpg"></center><p>With her lavishly well-fed figure, Kelsey creates the impression of an enchantingly spoiled young beauty with a hearty appetite, whose mother plies her with delicious baked goods--which her self-indulgent daughter adores consuming.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm10.jpg"></center><p>She resembles an adored coquette of a Victorian novel, who is habitually <i>"very fond of sweets,"</i> and who feeds <i>"on creams and ices like a humming bird on honey-paste: sweet wine was her element and sweet cake her daily bread."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm11.jpg"></center><p>But the more she indulges, the more gorgeous she becomes. It pleases her to know that she can eat whatever she wants, and as much as she wants, and always remain the most attractive young lady in existence.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm12.jpg"></center><p>Notice her shapely legs as she walks away.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm13.jpg"></center><p>This profile view may offer the most alluring look at the model's curves. Again, there is an alluring sense of heaviness to her figure--which, juxtaposed with her angelic qualities, creates a seductive blend of effects, merging the celestial and the physical.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm14.jpg"></center><p>Returning to the storybook narrative described above, everyone who encountered Kelsey would marvel, with equal parts admiration and envy, how this young beauty was blossoming into a well-grown young woman.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm15.jpg"></center><p>For her part, Kelsey would eagerly drink in all the praise, her vanity gratified by the non-stop adoration, proud of the universal acknowledgment of her attractiveness, and pleased by the blessings that it would afford her.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/mm16.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>The final video finds Miss Olson in an Alice in Wonderland outfit, and once again the appeal of the getup stems from how it allows Kelsey to capitalize on her fairy-tale charms. (Note how shapely her legs appear in these stockings.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw01.jpg"></center><p>As before, the model flashes the viewer an "I'm so gorgeous look," which causes admirers' pulses to race.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw02.jpg"></center><p>She appears stunningly buxom as she begins her turn.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw03.jpg"></center><p>Note the enchanting ribbon/sash tied around the back of the dress. Feminine details such as these are utterly enchanting. One wishes that Torrid (and other plus-size retailers) would incorporate such charming elements into their regular outfits, not just into their seasonal costumes.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw04.jpg"></center><p>Another particularly appealing element here is the hairstyle, with the black ribbon situated atop like a coronet, and one eye covered by a dramatic swoop of golden hair.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw05.jpg"></center><p>This frankly seductive hair arrangement plays off against the innocence of the outfit, creating an irresistible blend of effects--a sweet young girl styled in a vixenish manner. Observe the excitingly vain expression here.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw06.jpg"></center><p>As the model walks away, notice once again the charm of the ribbon/sash at the back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw07.jpg"></center><p>The most seductive moment in the video comes at the end, as Kelsey nonchalantly plays with her golden tresses (stirring admirers' dreams of doing likewise). The comfortable fullness of her figure is evident.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw08.jpg"></center><p>She finishes this video with a modelling "signature" in the form of an especially charming stance.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/halloweenvids/aw09.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Fashion videos such as these give the public clearer impressions of what a retailer's outfits actually look like. Moreover, they showcase plus-size beauty in a three-dimensional manner that no still photographs can equal--just as sculptures better embody full-figured femininity than do even the greatest of paintings.

Kudos to Torrid for filming Kelsey in the company's Hallowe'en costumes, and to the model for her stellar performances. We look forward to seeing more videos of Miss Olson in the future, and we hope that other plus-size retailers will start little film divisions of their own.

Hannah
26th October 2009, 05:56
Note the enchanting ribbon/sash tied around the back of the dress. Feminine details such as these are utterly enchanting. One wishes that Torrid (and other plus-size retailers) would incorporate such charming elements into their regular outfits, not just into their seasonal costumes.
Agreed! And the truth is, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch for them to do so. Two exciting (and related) fashion trends emerging from Japan specifically emphasize ultra-feminine details of the kind that these outfits display. Both trends have been mentioned on this forum in the recent past.

First, there's the well-known "Lolita" style, which Emily referenced (also in a thread devoted to Kelsey's work):

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?postid=3560#poststop


Second, there's a "princess fashion" trend (hime gyaru in Japanese), which Kirsten discovered:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=1443


I could easily see elements like those white stockings with pink garter ribbons, or the waist sash tied in a bow, being accepted as part of these trends.

I hope these ultra-feminine, Old World looks make an appearance in North America. Plus-size models (especially Kelsey and Kailee) would absolutely be the perfect young princesses to show them off.

Tamika
26th October 2009, 22:25
I hope these ultra-feminine, Old World looks make an appearance in North America.
Lolita fashion (and its related subcultures) are such exciting signs of aesthetic restoration, and the best part is that they are indeed spreading to North America and the rest of the world. There are several Western lolita brands catering to non-Japanese lolitas, as well as online English communities of thousands who are devotees of the style, and many wear it every day in place of a regular, modern wardrobe.

Even more exciting is the prominence of the 'lolita lifestyle', which is followed by many lolitas in an effort to bring Old World elegance and style into every part of their lives, rather than just their clothing. Drinking tea, listening to classical music, and traditional feminine arts such as sewing and embroidery are all favourite pastimes of these lifestyle lolitas. It really does represent an entire frame of mind- an old-fashioned frame of mind- being brought into the modern world, and it's only getting more and more popular.

The costumes that Kelsey wears in these promotions have many elements of lolita in their design (though their costumey look falls very short of true lolita fashion, as lolitas are extremely concerned about quality and elegance). Those stunning knee-high socks tied with bows, which so wonderfully show off her shapely legs, are an almost essential part of the lolita wardrobe, as well as the puffy sleeves, ruffles and bows, and ribbon waist-ties.

All of this, along with the 'New Femininity' in mainstream fashion, is contributing to an increased appreciation for feminine beauty, which is excellent news for plus-size girls. As we all know very well, feminine attire suits the plus-size figure perfectly. Hopefully the prominence of these traditional, historical fashions and old-world mindsets continues to grow and along with it, the celebration of plus-size beauty. When a person sees a curvy goddess adorned in classic feminine fashion (as opposed to a bony waif), they will not be able to deny the true beauty before them.

HSG
19th December 2009, 20:29
<br>Thank you so much for your comments about the Lolita trend in fashion, Tamika. We earnestly hope that such styles will someday make an appearance on this side of the Pacific, and will be offered in plus sizes. The movement sounds very encouraging, both from a stylistic and a cultural standpoint. It would be worth learning more about it, as it sounds like a perfect example of the aesthetic restoration.<p><center>* * *</center><p>It may seem rather late to be adding to this thread; however, Hallowe'en being long over, Torrid has sadly taken down the product pages of its 2009 costume line.

But the brief Torrid videos that showed Miss Olson modelling the company's seasonal offerings were so beautiful, such a stunning presentation of curvaceous femininity, that we couldn't let them disappear into the aether. Therefore, we have assembled the following video showing Kelsey's four Hallowe'en clips stitched together. The videos were originally silent, so to make the viewing experience more enjoyable we have added a soundtrack--the song "Vivaldi's Rain," as performed by Chloe Agnew (herself a timeless beauty of the first order), from her <i>Walking in the Air</i> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000CNF4KG/thejudgmenofpari" target="_blank">album</a>.

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As described in the screencaps post earlier in this thread, these videos showcase Kelsey's beauty in a way that even the finest still images cannot. It is little wonder that she is so adept at modelling fantasy wear, for with her fair features and soft, natural figure, she is a living incarnation of the dreams of enchantment that reside in the human heart.

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