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HSG
21st January 2010, 04:00
<br>One of the most fascinating things about plus-size modelling is that the same girls who are the most gorgeous models are invariably the finest talents as well, in terms of pure technique.

It is as if the two gifts, beauty and modelling ability, go hand in hand. The most attractive goddesses tend to pose more fluidly and walk more gracefully than their rivals. Perhaps modelling is something inherently feminine, and the more beauty that a girl is given, the more gifted she is likely to be as a model.

A few seasons ago, we posted a fascinating <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=627" target="_blank">video</a> of Shannon Marie on the <i>Roseanne</I> show. It showed her modelling in living motion, and demonstrated how adept she is at her craft. Fluid, graceful, natural--she is not only indescribably gorgeous, but flawless as a model as well.

And now, we have a new video clip to share that is equally mesmerizing.

Wilhelmina and Ford regularly feature 30-second promotional films of their girls, showing them approaching the camera, introducing themselves, turning to one side, then the other, and doing a short walk. These clips give a sense of a model's camera presence, voice, and ability to walk on a runway.

But now Heffner Management in Seattle has released the first of its own talent videos, featuring none other than the most gorgeous and popular model currently active in the industry--the incomparable Kelsey Olson.

However, in terms of content, this Heffner video is notably different from the New York promos.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/03.jpg"></center><p>It begins as the Wilhelmina/Ford videos do, with the model introducing herself. Kelsey's beauty staggers belief.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/02.jpg"></center><p>But what follows is something utterly extraordinary, and seldom seen by the general public--a reel showing Kelsey actually <i>modelling,</I> striking a series of poses and expressions as if she were on a photo shoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/04.jpg"></center><p>The video shows her shifting from one position to the next, adopting one demeanour, then another.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/06.jpg"></center><p>Every single pose that she strikes could be a stunning image in an editorial, or a commercial campaign, or a catalogue shoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/07.jpg"></center><p>She adopts many fan-favourite looks, such as this heart-stopping, hands-in-the-hair pose.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/08.jpg"></center><p>(Note, by the way, the illustration of the doll-like, ethereally beautiful girl on the wall behind Kelsey. Did the videographer intentionally include this picture in the frame, to show the likeness of Kelsey's fairy-tale beauty to that of the illustration?)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/10.jpg"></center><p>Miss Olson takes advantage of every piece of wardrobe that she wears--here, showcasing her pretty scarf, creating the kind of look that she would generate if it were the item being promoted.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/13.jpg"></center><p>Here, she strikes the familiar "modest," downward-looking pose that one associates with Barbara Brickner.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/14.jpg"></center><p>Kelsey's golden tresses are among her most stunning features, and she deftly manipulates them in many images to add variety to the looks.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/15.jpg"></center><p>Her creativity is limitless. Every frame in this video could be a publishable print.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/16.jpg"></center><p>Not a single pose looks contrived or "pageanty"; every stance is supremely naturalistic, yet masterful at display.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/17.jpg"></center><p>She never repeats herself, but with the subtlest tilt of the head, or altered placement of her hands, she creates a wholly different image.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/18.jpg"></center><p>Just the slightest turns of her body yield altogether new photographic possibilities for the potential shooter.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/19.jpg"></center><p>This is one of our very favourites, a pose that showcases every curve of her figure--the most gorgeous figure of any model in the industry today--especially her most sensual feature, her opulent 39" waist.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/20.jpg"></center><p>If one didn't know that these were screencaps from a video, one would believe them to be thumbnails of a bona fide, full-fledged photoshoot. Just look at this dreamy, languishing gaze.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/21.jpg"></center><p>Kelsey is so hauntingly gorgeous that it is easy to become absorbed by her beauty alone, and not realize just how accomplished she is as a model, in terms of pure technique.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/23.jpg"></center><p>It is as if the video were a graduate lesson in modelling, with Kelsey showing other girls how the very finest models in the industry perform at their craft.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/25.jpg"></center><p>Every one of Kelsey's features is mesmerizing in and of itself. One could watch the video just focussing on the movement of her tresses, or the expressions on her angelic face, or the soft curves of her well-fed figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/26.jpg"></center><p>As an instructional video, though, it would be both revealing and intimidating to aspiring models. <i>"How,"</i> they would be compelled to ask themselves, <i>"could I ever hope to compete with <strong>her</strong>? How could I ever dream of modelling like that?"</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/27.jpg"></center><p>To witness Miss Olson altering her mood and deamour instantaneously, effortlessly shifting from sensual and vulnerable, to utterly delighted with herself, is simply astounding.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/28.jpg"></center><p>The video is like a kind of dance; a modelling ballet. But remember--this sequence was not choreographed in advance, but is an impromptu demonstration of the model's innate technique; a showcase of the abilities that she brings to every photo shoot. No wonder photographers love working with her. She makes their job a breeze, giving them everything they could ever want, each shot note-perfect.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/29.jpg"></center><p>In these screencaps, we have restricted ourselves to showing Kelsey's final poses, the stances that she holds on before shifting to the next. But we want to feature two transitional pictures,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/30.jpg"></center><p>simply because watching the cascade of Kelsey's tresses is utterly entrancing. This is a high point in the video for all aficionados of feminine beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/31.jpg"></center><p>Her eyes are so expressive. There is so much life in her gaze, such presence, with each glance absorbing the viewer's attention.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/32.jpg"></center><p>But not a single pose is over the top. Every expression is realistic and convincing.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/33.jpg"></center><p>Beyond that, though, it is a sheer pleasure to watch Kelsey model; to see the joy that she radiates.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/34.jpg"></center><p>One's heart cannot help but be gladdened at the sight of such beauty. It truly is like watching an angel (one who has donned casual contemporary clothing) exuding her divine gorgeousness before one's very eyes.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/35.jpg"></center><p>An angel with a coquettish streak, mind you; for an heartbeat, Kelsey alters from a sweet innocent to an appetitive temptress.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/36.jpg"></center><p>One senses that Kelsey could model this way endlessly, striking one original pose after another for however long the photographer would want. She could fill a whole magazine in one shoot, or produce an entire campaign.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/38.jpg"></center><p>But we have not yet revealed the most extraordinary thing about this video, and about Kelsey's modelling prowess.

Looking at the above images--each one showing a perfect pose, a publishable look--how long do you think that it would take any model to establish such flawless positions and expressions? A half-minute each, perhaps, of careful, conscious arrangement?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/heffnervid/40.jpg"></center><p>Not even close. The entire video--featuring every single one of the above looks--lasts under a minute and a half. Indeed, taking away the titles and Miss Olson's introduction, her complete modelling time lasts approximately <i>1 minute.</I>

That's right--Kelsey adopts every single one of these flawless looks in a matter of mere <i>seconds</i>--approximately 2 seconds each; the exact length of time that a photographer would require to click the shutter. Her transitions are a blur of motion. Frame by frame, she transitions into one publishable pose after another, without missing a beat.

We have never seen anything like it.

No one, watching this video, will fail to be amazed at what it actually takes to be a <i>great</I> model, and at just how brilliant and accomplished Kelsey is at her craft. Not only is she infinitely more gorgeous than any of the straight-size waifs, but she could put them all to shame in terms of pure modelling ability.

It is a wonder to behold.

And so, without further ado, prepare yourselves for the most breathtaking 80 seconds of beauty that you may ever see on film:

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Kudos to the Heffner Agency for producing this brilliant video, showcasing Kelsey's incomparable talent in such a captivating way.

- <a href="http://www.modelwire.com/webCS/portfolios/LinkedPortfolioView.aspx?tpl=2x1STbtn&pflID=3306a8d1-ca66-48ff-af87-2ff15a515fee" target="_blank">Kelsey: Heffner portfolio</a>

Emily
21st January 2010, 18:18
Oh, my goodness, what an exciting video! I confess, I watched it first just to admire Kelsey's soft beauty (she is so lovely), but then I viewed it again to pay attention to her technique, and it amazed me.

I've been seeing fashion pictures on this forum for a long time, but I never stopped to think about how the models actually performed in front of the camera. I guess I always thought, as was said in the post, that each pose took a long time to arrange, the way a painter might set up a model for an artwork. But of course, it could never be like that in the real world -- shoots would take forever! I am simply astounded that Kelsey can create so many perfect looks, looks so convincing that appear as if they were each slowly and meticulously arranged, in a matter of mere seconds, without any cues, just striking one natural stance after another. She must make the photographer's job effortless. All he has to do is point the camera, and Kelsey delivers.

I have a new respect for plus-size models now, beyond their amazing beauty. There is a phenomenal amount of craft involved in what they do.

MelanieW
22nd January 2010, 02:27
a pose that showcases every curve of her figure--the most gorgeous figure of any model in the industry today--especially her most sensual feature, her opulent 39" waist.
I absolutely agree that Kelsey has the shapeliest proportions of any current model. Every time I see her pictures, I think, "This is what a woman should look like". I laughed out loud when I heard some Web columnists calling the actresses at the Golden Globes "curvy". As if! Even Christina Hendricks, who is better than some, still cannot hold a candle to Miss Olson. I adore how soft and natural Kelseys figure appears, but also how ultra-curvy she looks, which is evident when you see her in profile in the video.

Her outfit is actually very casual, but Kelsey makes it look gorgeous and sexy, just by how she wears it, how she models it, and how it looks on her body. She inspires me.

Kaitlynn
22nd January 2010, 18:26
The title of this thread says it all: "the model's art." Seeing the way in which Kelsey moves- so gracefully and poetically- you realize that modelling really IS an art form, with Kelsey both as the artist and the subject, positioning herself as the work of art, sculpting her body into the most beautiful shapes. I know that the still images that come out of a shoot are what matter, but Kelsey's posing is lovely to watch in and of itself. Of course, it helps that she herself is so unbelievably gorgeous.

By the way, I noticed that Kelsey is sporting the same wardrobe here that she did in her most recent Polaroids, which were posted in this thread:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?postid=4662#poststop

Here they are again. They give a clearer view of what she is wearing than the small screencaps, and the pics without the jacket show off her luscious, perfect figure.

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/polaroid06.jpg

She grows more beautiful every time I see her, miraculously so.

M. Lopez
25th January 2010, 23:40
Like Shannon Marie before her, Kelsey really is the perfect plus-size model. Long tresses, fair features, a naturally soft figure (the ideal figure, in fact), a heavenly face, and, as we now learn, absolutely brilliant modelling abilities. She has everything.

A part of me is simply in awe of her; but another part finds her very gentle and approachable and friendly. She could do everything from unattainable glamour to girl next door. And in fact, I see many of those looks in this exciting video.

I can't wait to see more of her.

Graham
5th February 2010, 01:13
This site regularly features videos of the industry's top plus-size models, and many of these models are excellent in this medium - just as gorgeous and talented in their video work as they are in their print images (Kailee O'Sullivan and Christina Schmidt come to mind). But IMO, Kelsey surpasses them all. She's the most beautiful among the current crop of models, and the most fluid on camera. She really is the definitive plus-size model, capable of doing any look that's required - effortlessly. And this amazing video proves that, just as her stunning print work has been proving it for years.

HSG
21st September 2010, 22:14
By the way, I noticed that Kelsey is sporting the same wardrobe here that she did in her most recent Polaroids
The Heffner agency has now released full-size versions of those stunning Polaroids, which confirm yet again (as vividly as does her agency video) that Kelsey is quite simply the most beautiful model in the industry today.

We featured one Polaroid enlargement in <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=1780#post5546" target="_blank">this</a> recent thread update, but we thought that we would include another one here, in the original thread that showed Miss Olson's breathtaking modelling clip. The comparison between her lyrical stills and her fluid, graceful video is fascinating.

Not only does Kelsey possess the loveliest facial features of any of today's plus-size models, but she also exhibits the most attractive figure of any goddess, with buxom curves, a soft, full waist, and shapely limbs. In every detail she is the ideal embodiment of timeless beauty, and the public's enthusiasm for her work is limitless.
<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/polaroid09.jpg"></center><p>
Compare Kelsey's easygoing, approachable, sunlit disposition in this image with her sensual allure in the Polaroid in the above link. Her range is unmatched.