View Full Version : All curves are beautiful

4th July 2011, 01:32
<i>[Originally posted on the Judgment of Paris Forum on November 13th, 2004, in response to a post by Chad introducing a British plus-size model named Emma.]</i>

Emma is very pretty, has a lovely figure, and that sheer top is a wonderful example of goddesslike styling.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/emma01.jpg"></center><p>It is only in the modern age that society has shunned the soft, rounded midriff. Throughout Western history, artists have celebrated this feature as an irresistible aspect of feminine allure.<p>From the Louvre collection, here is a sculpture on the <i>Venus Genetrix</i> theme, dated from around the first century A.D. Note how the goddesses's full midriff presses against the delicate "wet drapery" that adorns the figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/gallery/genetrix01.jpg"></center><p>This trait is prominent in many Classical sculptures. Here is a Roman copy of a Hellenistic "Winged Victory" from the Bardo Museum in Tunis. <p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/gallery/victory01.jpg"></center><p>What we now term a "pear-shaped" figure was revered as the epitome of sensuality since time immemorial. Why it is suppressed by today's fashion elites is a matter of ongoing debate, although perhaps it reminds them too vividly of the gender identity of their customers, when many feel more comfortable surrounded by androgyny . . .<p>Regardless, it is most encouraging to see today's most cherished plus-size models bringing back this womanly ideal--as we see in this breathtaking image from Barbara Brickner's legendary test series with Douglas B.:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/bz04.jpg"></center>