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<br>Fans of gorgeous plus-size model Kelsey Olson (Dorothy Combs/Heffner) may recall the name of Jason Vrolijk. This Los-Angeles-based photographer formerly published an online magazine named <i>Inspire,</I> which once featured Kelsey as Sleeping Beauty in a fairy-tale-themed issue. That <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=1443" target="_blank">image</a> of Kelsey as Brier Rose helped us to formulate the conceit of our subsequent <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/" target="_blank">interview</a> with the model, which took place beside Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland.
Mr. Vrolijk now publishes a different monthly online magazine called <i>Bridget Marie,</i> and we are delighted to say that Kelsey Olson appears on the cover of the publication's April issue and throughout its pages.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bm02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bm02a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Before we proceed any further, though, allow us to direct you to the publication itself:
- <a href="http://www.bridgetmariemagazine.com/" target="_blank">Click here to read <i>Bridget Marie</i></a>
Now, besides its many stunning images of Kelsey, the issue also contains a gool deal of notable textual content. Jennifer Wisner contributes a powerful article on eating disorders, called "Dying to be Thin." Her disclosures are sobering, indeed frightening. Between Wisner's essay and Kelsey's images, this issue may prove to be a powerful weapon against the fashion world's anorexic standard.
Kelsey herself is given a two-page interview in which she discusses bullying. It is mortifying to learn that even such a gorgeous girl (one who exhibits a normal, moderately curvy physique, not even dramatically full-figured) was bullied when she was young. Her comments are a must-read for all of her fans, especially the younger girls who idolize her as an embodiment of true beauty. These youngsters may now feel a greater kinship with Kelsey, given how the difficult experiences of her youth may mirror their own hardships.
But the masterpiece of the issue is the following breathtaking image. Kelsey's dress--the most beautiful article of clothing in which she has ever been photographed--exhibits all of the Old World elegance of a gown that Lillian Russell might have worn. One veritably conceives of it as dream-clothing. It captures the romance of a Victorian wedding dress, yet it is absolutely wearable in the real world, mixing fantasy with actuality, just like the model herself. And unlike any of the other pictures in the magazine, in this photograph one discerns the soft, sensual fullness of the model's most gorgeous figure feature--her 39" waist.
Kelsey's pose--and no pose could have been more perfectly chosen--is gentle and dreamy. Observe how the gracefully outstretched left hand, delicately holding the fabric, visually balances the right hand that softly presses against her temple. The light streaming in from outside bathes her in a soft glow, as if the radiance were emanating from within her--as if she herself were the sun illuminating the outside world. Her golden hair is elegantly arranged in a dressy manner that would suit Victorian sensibilities, yet still exhibits unbound freedom, delicately caressing her shoulders. Although Miss Olson's fair eyes, light tresses, and round facial features lend themselves to child-like associations, this is one of the most consciously doll-like photographs that she has ever created. The result is a tour de force of romantic femininity and timeless beauty.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bm01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bm01a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Mr. Vrolijk has also uploaded to the <i>Bridget Marie</I> Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150142117545779&set=a.230558465778.145625.230557620778&theater#!/pages/Bridget-Marie-Magazine/230557620778" target="_blank">page</a> a larger version of the group shot that appears in the issue, showing the photographer among his models. This image offers another view of Kelsey's exquisite attire, which looks as if an array of seamstresses had toiled night and day for months to create it, in order to adorn the princess of the realm. Observe how the eye travels directly to Miss Olson in this image, as she adopts a look that exudes languishing sensuality, yet vivacious personality as well, coupling indolence and attraction in a unique manner.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bm03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bm03a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>What a pleasure it is to find Kelsey appearing in the context of such a size-positive issue, and to see her dressed in the kind of romantic, Old World attire that harmonizes with her timeless beauty. The lacy, delicate fabric brings out her ladylike qualities, heightening her radiant femininity.
Bravo to Mr. Vrolijk for publishing such a fine issue, and for featuring as his cover girl the most gorgeous and popular plus-size model in the industry today.
Be sure to read the issue cover to cover, to view many further stunning photographs of the lovely Miss Olson.
- <a href="http://www.bridgetmariemagazine.com/" target="_blank">Click here to read <i>Bridget Marie</i></a>
2nd April 2011, 11:36
I can't stop looking at that picture of Kelsey in the lace dress. It's as if the photographer found the perfect item to show the model's very soul on the outside of her person. I would never believe that this dress was something made in the 21st century. If I didn't know where it came from, I would think that the magazine had it on loan from a museum. Kelsey is always pretty, but that dress brings out her beauty in a way that perhaps nothing she has worn ever has before, not even a bridal gown, because this item shows her shapely legs.
And yes, the pose is key to the dreamlike effect of the image. She looks so vulnerable and childlike. Someone floated the idea of a trend called "communion chic" in a different thread, and this image epitomizes that look.
14th April 2011, 01:13
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I just adore the peaceful, tranquil mood of this photograph. It's like an illustration from a Victorian storybook, except brought to life and shown on a real-life princess. It has some of the prettiness of bridal fashions, and yes, some of the girlishness of a First Holy Communion dress - touches of a Catholic aesthetic. It's so sweet and innocent. I adore it. The pose, the hairstyle, the dress - I love everything about it.
I looked through the Bridget Marie issue and enjoyed all of the content. I just wish that the issue had included the "making of" video (which is currently unavailable). It would be delightful to get a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of this issue, especially with Kelsey in this enchanting dress.
18th April 2011, 19:16
I just wish that the issue had included the "making of" video (which is currently unavailable). It would be delightful to get a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of this issue, especially with Kelsey in this enchanting dress.
Here it is at last! The video is even more wonderful than we could have hoped.
First, it shows Kelsey arriving to the shooting location. Then - and this is priceless - she is seeing dancing with her hair in curlers.
There are countless images of Kelsey looking very curvaceous in her fitted white tee.
The video includes shots of her putting on her famous white lace dress, along with a sequence in which she tries on all sorts of poses in the video - including some very sensual ones, stretching her legs out on the windowsill.
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Kelsey is fascinating to watch when she models. She effortlessly shifts from one pose to the next, each stance offering a publishable picture. And the video truly celebrates her curvaceous physique.
The shoot looks like it was a lot of fun, and the photographer clearly created an easygoing environment, one that produced so many visual masterpieces.
Thank you, thank you to Bridge Marie Magazine for sharing this footage!
21st April 2011, 06:44
<br>We are always thrilled whenever a video accompanies a campaign, editorial, or test shoot, as the footage often contains a host of visuals that never make it into publication, but are every bit as beautiful as the officially released imagery. Indeed, thanks to the fact that video footage is seldom doctored, it usually conveys a much more size-positive effect than the published photography. Furthermore, videos often show models behind the scenes in disarmingly candid moments, which their fans find highly endearing.
(The aspect ratio of the <i>Bridget Marie</i> video is a bit off, so we have adjusted it for these screencaps and have posted them at the correct 16x9 proportions.)
For example, who doesn't relish the opportunity to see Kelsey Olson in curlers?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm01.jpg"></center><p>Or who could fail to delight in the sight of the model dancing around the house, prior to shooting,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm02.jpg"></center><p>looking wonderfully curvaceous?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm03.jpg"></center><p>What no still image can indicate is how casual and easygoing a person Kelsey is in real life. The unrehearsed footage shown in the video conveys this appealing aspect of her personality.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm04.jpg"></center><p>This still shows her lost in thought, indifferent to the camera observing her. Such moments are as captivating as any official photographs.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm09.jpg"></center><p>Miss Olson always looks particularly attractive in "making of" pictures that show makeup artists carefully highlighting her innate loveliness, like handmaidens adorning the beauty of a princess.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm07.jpg"></center><p>She appears so calm and tranquil, as radiant as an angel.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm08.jpg"></center><p>The hairstylist cannot resist running her hands through Kelsey's hair in an almost sensual gesture, while the model looks as innocent as a schoolgirl.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm05.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>The rest of the video shows the footage of the actual shoot. Kelsey's counterpart for this session was a gorgeous brunette named Natiana Day, who has appeared in <i>Bridget Marie</I> magazine before. Like Kelsey, she has a sensually curvy waist and soft facial features.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm11.jpg"></center><p>No wardrobe could have been more size-positive than the simple white tees that photographer Jason Vrolijk assigned to his models. The outfits play up the theme of the issue ("Love the skin you're in"), embracing every soft, sensual curve of the models' bodies. In the following image, the most sensual shot in the entire video, the white tee defines the luscious curves along Miss Olson's back.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm12.jpg"></center><p>Kelsey appears as pretty as a Victorian doll in the next image, which showcases her full facial features and buxom curves, as Mr. Vrolijk presents her with her attire for the shoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm13.jpg"></center><p>With her gorgeous figure undistorted by any disfiguring shapewear, these stills of Kelsey in her second-skin white tee display her womanly curves as few images ever have before.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm33.jpg"></center><p>Miss Olson's most seductive figure feature is her sumptuous 39" waist, which she exhibits with complete confidence, thus encouraging other women to embrace their natural body types and recognize their own beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm32.jpg"></center><p>In a profile shot, the model nonchalantly plays with her hair, thus emphasizing the attractive fullness of her arms. Observe the makeshift wind machine (a hand-held fan), which one of the male models obligingly focuses on Kelsey to allow her tresses to flow in the breeze like a stream of gold.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm31.jpg"></center><p>The group shots show how effectively Mr. Vrolijk chose his models, allowing the lean frames of the men to form a Classical contrast to the soft, sensually untoned bodies of his goddesses.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm28.jpg"></center><p>Readers are to be forgiven for envying these GQ chaps this once-in-a-lifetime shooting session. Never again are they likely to work with models as gorgeous as these. Here they form bookends pressing together the voluptuous vixens, like knights protecting fair damsels from harm.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm29.jpg"></center><p>A close-up shows the astounding beauty of the models' facial features. What makes both Kelsey and Natiana so gorgeous is the visible weight in their faces, which gives them a plump, well-fed look that is the epitome of timeless feminine ideal.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm30.jpg"></center><p>Perhaps the video's most charming sequence is a clip of Miss Olson and Miss Day dancing together. Observe the soft fullness of Kelsey's arms.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm37.jpg"></center><p>The models' white tops lovingly define the fullness of their waists--a trait that all plus-size women should feel confident in possessing.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm38.jpg"></center><p>Like all full-figured goddesses, these models display a natural facility for sensually indolent dance movements.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm39.jpg"></center><p>Whereas straight-size and faux-plus models have to starve themselves, and thus arrive for shoots feeling cranky and miserable, plus-size models can eat whatever they like and as much as they like, and thus feel comfortable and satisfied, making them a pleasure to have on set.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm40.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Could it be? Yes, this is the stunning dress that Kelsey donned for the most celebrated image in the magazine, a lacy white gown that accentuates her true identity as an angel descended from heaven.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm14.jpg"></center><p>The following sequence vividly illustrates the point that we made earlier about videos capturing priceless moments of the shooting experience that are never represented in print. First, Kelsey adopts a breathtakingly seductive pose that shows off her gorgeous legs.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm15.jpg"></center><p>A moment later, she switches to a more demure position,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm16.jpg"></center><p>then to an earnest pose,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm17.jpg"></center><p>before returning to a display of her full, shapely limbs.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm18.jpg"></center><p>Kelsey may have the most attractive legs of any model currently working in the industry. Little wonder, then, that she so willingly exhibits them.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm19.jpg"></center><p>A pair of close-ups show the model looking even more angelic and innocent than usual. With her lips parted and a vulnerable look in her eyes, she resembled a Romantic heroine gazing out to sea for the return of her beloved.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm21.jpg"></center><p>This particular hairstyle is exceptionally attractive on Kelsey--one of the most beautiful she has ever worn--and endows her with the look of a great beauty from another time.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm23.jpg"></center><p>In the next still, Kelsey adopts the standing pose that appeared in <i>Bridget Marie,</i> although her gaze in this capture is ever-so-slightly different from the picture in the magazine, which showed her with downcast eyes.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm20.jpg"></center><p>Part of Kelsey's charm is not merely that she <i>looks</I> like a young girl (when the situation demands), but that she possesses the bubbly energy of youth--the quality that enables her to enjoy Disneyland, or to jump for joy in her pretty white dress like a child on her Holy Communion who can't wait to run and play.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm36.jpg"></center><p>(Such frolic must nevertheless be followed by a moment's attention to one's hair.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm41.jpg"></center><p>For the more elegant outfits of his shoot, Mr. Vrolijk invited the models to adopt more dramatic poses, filled with emotion, like this languishing ensemble photo.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm24.jpg"></center><p>In this adorable image, Kelsey seems to be nestled in the other model's lap, as if she were an adorably spoiled younger sister, the blonde princess of the family, secure in the care of her older sibling.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm26.jpg"></center><p>These images are remarkably lyrical and tender.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm25.jpg"></center><p>For a change of pace, this marvellously chaotic jumble of models makes one think of a handful of dolls that have been haphazardly thrown into a corner.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm27.jpg"></center><p>This, on the other hand, is the most dramatic group photograph of the entire shoot. Observe how Kelsey commands the frame with her passionate pose, clinging to the other models, her leg outstretched, like a heroine of romance.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm34.jpg"></center><p>A close-up shows the profound emotion in her gaze, a mixture of vulnerability, longing, and the gentlest femininity. The drama of Kelsey's pose recalls the way in which the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalen were historically depicted at the feet of the Cross, in Renaissance and Baroque art. Yet Kelsey's gaze is more delicate and refined, recalling the looks that Lady Hamilton adopted in the paintings of George Romney.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm35.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Kudos to Jason Vrolijk for a stellar issue of <i>Bridget Marie</I> magazine--by far the finest to date. He achieved a profoundly size-positive effect by clothing his models in fitted tees that defined their soft, curvaceous bodies, and also generated high romantic drama by garbing Kelsey in a gorgeous lace dress--one of the most beautiful outfits that she has ever modelled, one that brought out the essence of her femininity.
And bravo to Kelsey for some of the most moving and passionate modelling that she has ever done.
We are also pleased to introduce Natiana Day as a model with attractively full facial features and a soft, curvy physique, and wish her every success in the industry.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bmvideo/bm42.jpg"></center><p>May every girl who reads <i>Bridget Marie</I> feel just as comfortable and confident in her body as is Kelsey, and may she "love the skin she's in."
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