View Full Version : Kailee O'Sullivan in Curls

8th July 2011, 22:45
<br>She doesn't wear her hair this way very often, but when she does, the results are adorable.

Kailee O'Sullivan recently shot a new test (her first in some time), the images of which were successively rolled out by the model's representatives: Dorothy Combs (Miami), Click (New York), and Brigitte (Munich). The Miami agency provided the most comprehensive selection, but Click reproduced the images at the largest size.

The headshots are without a doubt the standout achievement of the shoot. They show the model wearing enchanting Victorian curls that accentuate her innately doll-like look. Indeed, they are among the most beautiful close-ups that any model has ever created.

Click NY selected the following as Kailee's representative headshot, and it is easy to see why. The model's fair skin seemingly glows with its own inner light. Her face is exquisitely rounded, the cheekbones softened by facial fullness. Her pink lips and blue eyes create a sensation of girlish prettiness, recalling the delicate femininity of youth. (No red lip colour could ever be as desirably kissable as this candy pink.) Her limbs appear soft and rounded, her skin exhibiting the flawless smoothness of a newborn. But above all, it is the masses of thick, heavy, luxurious curls flowing all around Kailee's face and body that captivate the viewer. Kailee is known for her mutable hair colour, and her tresses seem to change hue right before one's eyes in this photograph: now reddish, now auburn, now a deep gold. Her gaze is steady and impassive, but the riotous profusion of her hair betokens the voluptuous passions that smoulder behind those cool blue eyes. Mesmerized, the viewer lovingly traces the course of every cascading wave, every luxurious curl in her opulent tresses. The sight of the bare skin coyly revealed beneath the curtain of her aureate hair infuses the image with intense sensuality, an effect that the model heightens by the Rubenesque gathering motion of her arms, which draws attention to what she so artfully conceals.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test06.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test06a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>From her very first promotional <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzjwPIP3x_w" target="_blank">video</a>, Kailee has recurrently shot in bold, primary colours, especially favouring royal reds and vibrant blues. This outfit shows Kailee in a blue mode, a colour that sets off her auburn tresses particularly well. One always prefers thin belts to wide ones, but the binding does accentuate the model's buxom contours, so attractively revealed by the deep-V neckline. Her goddesslike pose helps to accentuate the curves of her body, with the fitted skirt defining her womanly hips.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test15.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test15a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Another close-up shows some lovely, lingering waviness in the model's tresses, their voluptuous volume aided by a bit of wind. Kailee plays up the drama of the image with an intense, faraway gaze. Even in a studio setting, one images her looking soulfully out to sea. The set of her lips is fascinating, for it suggests a slight touch of cruelty, yet the model is so exquisitely pretty that even her petulance is adorable. Her complexion is dazzlingly fair, contributing to the overall effect of softness that she so ably generates. The scoop neckline exhibits a heady view of her décolletage, while the little buttons of her top appear tantalizingly precarious.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test19.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test19a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>A second image showing Kailee in this look achieves considerably visual interest thanks to the sight of her hair billowing in the wind, offering further testimony of why plus-size models should always grow out their tresses and never, ever cut them short. The striped top embraces her buxom curves, while Kailee's recurrent blue/red colour theme appears in the belt/pants combination. This is one of the more appealing and wearable nautical-themed outfits that we have yet come across.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test20.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test20b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The previous images may all be clicked to be viewed at a larger size. The following pictures are only available at reduced dimensions, but they may be even more gorgeous than the preceding photos.

In particular, the following headshot rivals the first image in this post as Kailee's masterpiece from the shoot. Which is more alluring: the soothing serenity of her expression in the previous close-up, or the blazing intensity of this photograph? The previous image shows a greater mass of the model's luxurious tresses, but in this image, Kailee matches the piercing emotion of her gaze with a highly dramatic gesture--clutching passionately at her hair. We have never before seen a pose quite like this. The model seems to externalize the subconscious yearning of viewers to plunge their hands into her tresses and to hold her hair in two handfuls. One even imagines for a moment that this image might be a snapshot of Kailee looking into a mirror, overcome by her own breathtaking beauty, enamoured of her own appearance, caressing her hair in ardour. Nothing in existence is as attractive as a goddess who is vainly enraptured by her own allure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test07.jpg"></center><p>Maintaining her blue/red colour preference, Kailee balances her previous blue outfit with a turn in a blood-red dress. Fittingly, she infuses this image with fervour in equal measure to the passionate hue of the fabric. Her pose emphasizes her sinful curves, as she boldly thrusts out her hip and reaches her arm behind her head to better display her figure. The close fit of the dress acknowledges a hint of sensual roundness at her middle, while the scoop neckline exhibits the swell of her décolletage.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test12.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test12b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The ruby red of this dress seems to unleash dormant passions in Kailee, for we have never before seen her pose so provocatively. The fullness of her voluptuous curves is evident, adding more fuel to the fire in this steamy image. However, with her gracefulness and babylike facial features, she softens the effect and renders even such high-temperature allure in a tasteful manner. The deliberate exposure of a hint of her thigh is intensely daring, and with her open-mouthed facial expression, she continues her fascinating mirroring practice, whereby her face displays the viewer's own reaction to her work--which would be to utter a breathless gasp at her boldness. Kailee gasps as the viewer himself would gasp upon seeing this visual; just as previously, in clutching her tresses, Kailee acted out the viewer's own subconscious wishes.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test11.jpg"></center><p>The next image too can be interpreted as betokening a profound engagement with the viewer. Kailee touches her soft cheek in the gentlest of ways, a delicate, caressing gesture, enacting the viewer's own subconscious impulse. This practice of binding performer and audience, model and viewer, together in the same emotional experience is remarkably intimate. Her lips are gently parted, while her hair flows down her shoulders in a yielding manner, as if she is completely relaxed and has let down her guard. Her buxom curves are shadowed, but all the more sensual for being half visible, half perceived.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test14.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test14a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The final image in the "red" series is moodier and mysterious, with Kailee's eyes taking on a hypnotic intensity, playing up the somewhat alien qualities of the dress, in its almost metallic sheen and binding pattern. Observe the one stray tress teasingly straying into the model's décolletage.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test13.jpg"></center><p>The test includes a lingerie image that artfully discloses the model's secrets. What her apparel images suggest, this attractive photograph confirms, in terms of her size, and one dearly wishes that the model were a tad fuller figured. However, in a point of great beauty, she exhibits a hint of roundness at her middle, and although her figure is slim, she does exhibit a soft and natural physique rather than an unappealingly toned frame. The hand-in-the-hair gestures is eternally captivating, unfailingly irresistible.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test09.jpg"></center><p>To add some variety to the shoot, two images appear in black and white, showing Kailee's hair dramatically raised, as if by an intense updraft. This is the sort of unconventional composition that fashion magazines adore, but to her credit, Kailee navigates the unusual conditions of the image in a successful way. Her open-mouthed expression echoes the viewer's own surprise at this unique visual, but she remains convincing and believable rather than extreme. The pretty blouse is very feminine, adding a dose of much-needed traditional beauty to the overall impression.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test17.jpg"></center><p>Even in a second photo exhibiting the wind-tunnel effect, Kailee remains attractive and appealing. One almost conceives of this as a dream image, for the billowing tresses give the look a touch of the surreal, yet without compromising Kailee's beauty. The photographer's vision is playful rather than edgy/ugly, a characteristic that the model's own innate loveliness helps to foster.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test18.jpg"></center><p>Returning to the blue outfit, Brigitte Models offers this close-up of Kailee boldly flaunting her voluptuous physique. Notice an especially sensual detail--the way in which the model's curves seem to be tugging at the buttons of her blouse. This is a hallmark of attractive, pro-curvy fit, where the outfit exhibits a snug appearance, seemingly barely capable of encompassing the wearer's figure. It creates a livelier and more interesting look than a looser, less tense adornment, which would appear stiff and dull.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test16.jpg"></center><p>Another take on the nautical ensemble finds Kailee with a languishing look in her eyes, stroking her tresses in a dreamlike manner. For the majority of this shoot, Miss O'Sullivan explores intensely dramatic emotional territory, but this image recalls how effective she is at generating indolent, languorous looks redolent with feminine sensuality.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test21.jpg"></center><p>We end the series with a third example of a Kailee-in-curls headshot. The model's repertoire is limitless, so for this picture, she explores yet another emotional effect: an irresistible appearance of neediness and helplessness, with a beseeching look in her eyes that exhibits naked vulnerability. There is so much yearning in her expression, such longing, such hunger. Her nonchalant gesture of twining one golden curl around her fingers is clearly done for the purposes of display, a quality that the photographer captures by foregrounding the model's hand. The model's porcelain skin seems lit from within. Her big blue eyes, spherical facial features, and the waves of her tresses all create visual patterns of roundness that are supremely pleasing to view, and quintessentially feminine.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ko/test08.jpg"></center><p>If she were fuller-figured, Kailee O'Sullivan would be among the most gorgeous and popular plus-size goddesses. As it is, she is captivatingly beautiful, and displays unique posing abilities, with an extraordinary emotional range. She has been called the most Romantic of full-figured models, and with good reason. Her round, doll-like facial features and fair skin are the definition of timeless beauty. Her figure, though not as generously proportioned as fans would wish, is attractively soft and untoned.

We continue to hope that someday, Kailee might blossom into a fuller size. She brings to her images absolutely unique qualities and emotional depth. It is endlessly rewarding to pay tribute to her artistry and beauty.

- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kailee.htm" target="_blank">Kailee O'Sullivan Galleries</a>

15th July 2011, 12:16
These pictures are dazzling. They're some of the most stunning plus-size-model images I've ever seen, and for Kailee, the close-ups really are her most beautiful headshots ever, as far I can remember. Her hair looks gorgeous in those thick, doll-like curls. She looks like a fairy-tale princess.

Hughes Models just unveiled a brand-new web site, and naturally, one of the Kailee-in-curls photos is in rotation on the cover page. In fact, it's the very first picture that comes up when you click on the Hughes site.


Full-size version:

I like the fact that Hughes separates its talent into two different 10+ and 14+ divisions. The former is, of course, not a plus-size board at all, while the latter is the true Hughes plus-size board. Better still if it were listed as 16+ (U.S. size 14 and up), but at least Hughes doesn't try to pass off its very smallest faux-plus models in its genuine plus-size board.

Kailee's headshot is also the cover of her individual online portfolio at Hughes:


I appreciate that Hughes recognizes which one of its talents is its most gorgeous and popular star!

Agency site:

22nd July 2011, 21:42
I have to say that my own favourite among the new Kailee-in-curls images is the very first one, where Kailee's tresses are spread all over her bare body, like a lion's mane. She appears serenely secure in her own beauty, imperial and majestic.

Just as an extra note for Kailee lovers, I found a small photo of the model at Deb Shops. Apparently, she is part of the promotion for the company's new "Reign" line of denim.


Here's the landing page:


26th July 2011, 02:45
Quite by accident, I recently came across another campaign by Kailee. This is for a European label called "b2," from Via Appia. A Dutch site features the images. The clothing is so-so, but Kailee's photos are always interesting to see.


http://www.idofortuin.nl/collection_images/dx4kzMFQ31_2.jpg http://www.idofortuin.nl/collection_images/dx4kzMFQ31_1.jpg

http://www.idofortuin.nl/collection_images/dx4kzMFQ31_4.jpg http://www.idofortuin.nl/collection_images/dx4kzMFQ31_3.jpg


I'm amused by the scrunchy face that Kailee is making in the last photo. It's different - a little bratty, a lot of cute.

Oddly, when I visited the Via Appia site (http://www.via-appia-mode.de/), I couldn't find this (or any) complete campaign. But I did find one more Kailee photo - another "scrunchy" picture.


She has so many different sides to her personality! It's what makes her photos so interesting...

26th July 2011, 15:32
I love the scrunchy face! What a charming, childlike expression. Kailee resembles a mischievous little girl, her nose crinkling with her laughter. Lovely.