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Graham
13th February 2011, 02:22
Something far more exciting took place yesterday than anything going on at NYFW. February 12th was the day of the main runway show at the Brazilian equivalent of FFFWeek, "Fashion Weekend Plus Size," or FWPS.

All of the publicity prior to the event indicated that luscious size-20 goddess Mayara Russi would be the star of the show. In this article, the opening paragraphs are all about Mayara - how she got started in modelling, etc.

http://g1.globo.com/pop-arte/noticia/2011/02/gordinhas-sobem-passarelas-na-semana-da-moda-gg.html

The first line says, "Known as the Ana Paula Arósio of plus sizes, Mayara Russi will be featured at the event" (Ana Paula Arósio being the top model and actress in Brazil). The text also says that Mayara will be the "highlight" of the third FWPS. The Brazilians now clearly recognize their shining star.

Better still, the earliest news article about the event itself, released just a few hours ago, offered the very first catwalk pictures of FWPS 2011, and both are of Mayara.

http://ego.globo.com/Gente/Noticias/0,,MUL1647451-9798,00-FABIANA+KARLA+GANHA+CARINHO+DO+NAMORADO+DURANTE+DESFILE.html

Fans will be thrilled to know that she has obviously not diminished herself, but remains sumptuously proportioned.

http://ego.globo.com/Gente/foto/0,,46073936-EXH,00.jpg

A bit more searching turns up two amateur cell phone pictures of Mayara on the runway yesterday. Her hips and thighs are clearly as opulent and womanly as ever. No one can fill a pair of jeans the way she can.

http://i56.tinypic.com/fazzub.jpg

A profile view shows the sensual fullness of her waist and her abundant reverse-view curves.

http://i52.tinypic.com/2m5nqee.jpg

I'm sure that there will be many more images and video clips of this event forthcoming, but this is a nice preview. It's always a pleasure to see that unlike many North American labels, the Brazilians still know what a plus-size model is supposed to look like, and that they avidly enthuse over their most full-figured goddess.

What a beautiful world it would be if all of the most attractive plus-size models were a stunning size 20, like Mayara.

Kaitlynn
13th February 2011, 05:11
Hot off the press, here's the first significant write-up about the show.

http://g1.globo.com/pop-arte/noticia/2011/02/boas-ideias-e-pesadelos-fashion-se-dividem-em-desfiles-para-gordinhas.html

It features another pair of images of Mayara. She is so luxuriously full at the waist. Gorgeous. In the left image, you can even see the sensual detail of the plumpness at her wrists around her bracelet. She has definitely maintained her alluring figure. I like the wild hairstyle in the picture on the right, but the makeup is a bit too dark around the eyes, I think. I can't wait to see more photos.

http://s.glbimg.com/jo/g1/f/original/2011/02/13/ana.jpg

The article also indicates that the show included something absolutely adorable- a line of full-figured children's wear. Aren't they the most precious cherubs? Especially the angel on the left. So cute, yet with a little fullness at the waist, showing that these genuinely are curvy girls. I think this is a marvellous idea. Young plus-size girls endure such terrible mistreatment at the hands of the media and, in some cases, the cruel state apparatus (which has been indoctrinated into weight hysteria). It's never too early to have young full-figured girls dressing in pretty attire, so that they really feel comfortable eating whatever they like, knowing that they're beautiful.

http://s.glbimg.com/jo/g1/f/original/2011/02/13/kids.jpg

FWPS seems like such a size-positive event. I'd expect no less from the Brazilians. I'd love to attend, someday.

Suzanne R
14th February 2011, 01:14
I love the little girls! So cute! And such a tragedy that they will potentially grow up to be victims of a society that loves to stigmatize and hurt anyone who doesn't fall into the mould of perceived "perfection."

Hannah
14th February 2011, 03:00
I've found the first video footage of the event, apparently a news report about the show which aired on a Brazilian news network.

Mayara appears only briefly at 00:28 for a few seconds, but oh my, she looks stunning. She walks very gracefully, but with authority and a definite awareness that she is the most attractive model in the show.

Here are a couple of screencaps that I managed to take. I think her figure is even more luscious than it was last year.

http://i55.tinypic.com/13zabgo.jpg

This is the ideal full-figured physique. If more models had Mayara's rich proportions, women would feel comfortable about having curvy waists rather than feeling self-conscious about possessing such attractive body types.

http://i51.tinypic.com/j5ut86.jpg

Here's the video itself. It's a pity not to be able to understand the Portuguese narration, but Mayara's beauty is comprehensible in any language. There are even a few shots of the adorable little girls in the show. Who knows? Maybe the cherub in the red sweater will someday grow up to be a beautiful plus-size model like Mayara.

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Chad
14th February 2011, 19:11
I did a search of my own for FWPS images, particularly of Miss Russi, and turned up a few gems.

One article about the event comes a professional-quality image of Mayara on the runway, as well as a blurb about her.

http://modaspot.abril.com.br/news/news-eventos/fashion-weekend-plus-size-teve-desfile-de-moda-infantil-e-presenca-de-atriz-global?page=2

It's gratifying to see that when these articles do mention one of the models by name, they single out Mayara for praise. They know that she is the most beautiful woman in Brazil. The translation runs something like:

Another segment that is growing along with the FWPS is plus-size modelling, which is increasingly professional. One example is Mayara Russi, 21, one of the hottest names for plus-size fashion shows, campaigns and catalogs."My greatest reward is seeing other women getting dressed, feeling better and with more self-esteem," said Mayraa, who intends to pursue a career as a plus-size model internationally.
"Hottest" is right. Just look at this image that comes with the article. She has such sumptuous, womanly hips. And the jeans are so seductively tight on her. This is an alluring, youthful, plus-size fit, the kind of fit that underweight girls adopt, but it looks far more attractive on a full-figured model like Mayara.

http://i56.tinypic.com/b8pu9e.jpg

And if that didn't earn Mayara the title of "hottest" model at the show, this backstage image surely will. The fleshiness at the neck and shoulder area is incredibly sensual.

http://i53.tinypic.com/142wumd.jpg

Two more images of Mayara on the runway, looking stunningly curvy. Too bad the pics are from a severe angle.

http://i52.tinypic.com/2jczcau.jpg

http://i52.tinypic.com/2ivb76b.jpg

I hope that Mayra does "pursue a career as a plus-size model internationally," as the article states - so long as she never diminishes her opulent curves.

Pamela
15th February 2011, 19:47
This Brazilian web log offers a detailed write-up about Magnolia, one of the labels that appeared in the show.

http://mulherao.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/fwps-magnolia/

It comes with a stunning image of Mayara looking robust and glamorous in a sleeveless dress. This was probably the most beautiful item that she wore in the show.

http://mulherao.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/dsc_3485_r.jpg

I do think that Miss Russi looks even more gorgeous with her hair down, but nevertheless, she is stunning, and has one of the most attractive figures of any plus-size model in the world.

renata
17th February 2011, 22:46
The same web site that Pamela found has now posted another collection that Mayara walked for, called "Flight Level."

http://mulherao.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/fwps-flight-level-2/

There have been a few small pics of Mayara in this outfit, but this professional runway photograph is absolutely stunning. She looks sooooo curvy: buxom, with full arms, a sumptuous waist, and very shapely, rounded legs. And with her high cheekbones, her facial features are lovely. I adore the semi-smile that she's adopting in this picture, almost like a Mona Lisa. She looks so content and self-satisfied. It's a pleasure to look at her. She's one of the most beautiful models in the world, and genuinely full-figured.

http://mulherao.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/dsc_3600_r.jpg

This was also the show in which the plump little girls walked. Be sure to click on the link to see their pictures. They're so adorable, especially "baby Mayara" in the red/grey sweater vest at the very end of the post.

Karsten
23rd February 2011, 09:54
I've been enraptured with the pictures of Mayara from this show. Even with her hair pulled back, this is an all-time high for her in terms of beauty. She looked more gorgeous at this FWPS event than ever before.

I've been searching diligently and found a few more images at this web log.

http://adrianalibini.com/blog/?p=213

This behind-the-scenes photo may be my favourite of all, so far, showing Mayara preparing to walk the runway and having a stylist adjust her footwear. Her figure is so luscious and opulent, especially that gorgeously full waist, unconstrained and softly rounded.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5298/5467009356_3306105b55_z.jpg

Her arms look very shapely in the runway presentation. I love her calm demeanour too.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5135/5466421369_62b9321cb7_z.jpg

Looking so elegant and alluring in her stunning, sleeveless dress.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5258/5466420189_c2891c7f02_z.jpg

After the show, it seems that all the press wanted an audience with her, and no wonder. She was definitely the star. Her facial features and neck area look so rich and full here.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5055/5466414313_1f7c794948_z.jpg

She really is a goddess. How I wish that she had walked in the Lane Bryant show in Las Vegas. She would have looked breathtaking in the seductive Cacique apparel.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5256/5467012500_be8741ac0a_z.jpg

FFFWeek, FWPS, and now the Lane Bryant Curvy Convention show are the three plus-size runway events that are actually worth watching, because they feature genuinely full-figured models (especially FFFWeek and FWPS). I hope that Mayara's stunning beauty will persuade North American promoters that they can and should feature even curvier girls in their catwalk events.

Chad
23rd February 2011, 19:57
The material from this show seems to be getting better and better, with ever-finer images consistently showing Mayara looking sumptuously curvy.

I've found the most interesting FWPS video yet, featuring excerpts from the show backstage and on the runway. It has a few brief glimpses of Miss Russi: first at 0:23, then at 1.09, and then two interview segments, one at 2.59 and a follow-up at 3.25.

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Here are a few screencaps. She looks utterly amazing:

http://i56.tinypic.com/67tez6.jpg

In her slinky evening dress.

http://i53.tinypic.com/fp70b9.jpg

Sleeveless, so it shows off her gorgeous arms.

http://i51.tinypic.com/1z19pq1.jpg

A rare reverse-view glimpse of Mayara.

http://i53.tinypic.com/21twzr.jpg

Being interviewed by the Brazilian press.

http://i53.tinypic.com/ab4bja.jpg

The last two images, showing her in the beige travelling outfit, are the most exciting. Her generous figure, especially her opulent waist, looks so round and full. She's such a shapely vixen.

http://i56.tinypic.com/n50src.jpg

You can perceive her waist sensually pressing against the fabric, but she looks completely confident in her allure, secure in the knowledge that she is a young goddess.

http://i56.tinypic.com/20h9hqv.jpg

I hope that Mayara's images from this show will help all women realize that they should be proud of the womanly figures, especially seductive features such as curvy waists and plump arms - features that the fashion industry is too timid to celebrate, but which are the most alluring of all physical characteristics of plus-size beauty.

M. Lopez
29th May 2011, 21:51
This is a very late addition to this thread, but I just stumbled across a complete video of one of the FWPS runway shows in which Mayara appeared. This video was only published a couple of weeks ago, which is likely why no one caught it earlier.

Mayara appears in three instances in the video, for those who wish to fast-forward to her portions: first at 0:59, in a chic black ensemble, second at 12:04, in a sleeveless dress, and then finally at 13:09, as the final model in the "clapping" finale.

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Amazingly, Miss Russi looks even more gorgeous on video than in still images. With her size-20 figure, she has the perfect proportions of a true plus-size model. I wish all models were as curvy as she is. I especially wish that there were plus-size models in North America with her level of beauty and her abundance of curves.