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HSG
5th May 2012, 15:30
<br>Fans of gorgeous plus-size model Sophie Sheppard will be delighted to know that she is now signed with the famous Ford+ division in New York.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/august10.jpg"></center><p>As one of the first examples of her involvement with the agency, she is participating in Ford's first open call for plus-size models in over a decade, which is going on today--at this very moment--at the Ford offices in New York.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford01.jpg"></center><p><i>Vogue Italia</I> is streaming photos live from the event at <a href="http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-curvy/curvy-news/2012/05/ford-new-face" target="_blank">this</a> link.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford02.jpg"></center><p>Here is Sophie amid a group of her fellow Ford goddesses. Notice lovely Kaela Humphries immediately to the left of Sophie.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford04.jpg"></center><p>In the following image, Sophie and the other models are joined by the division's bookers.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford05.jpg"></center><p>Gorgeous Miss Sheppard alongside another Ford model.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford03.jpg"></center><p>In the following photograph, Sophie appears at the far right, at the judging table. Notice her famously long, luxuriant, golden tresses.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford06.jpg"></center><p>Congratulations to Miss Sheppard on signing with this prestigious agency. We look forward to seeing her career progress.

- <a href="http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-curvy/curvy-news/2012/05/ford-new-face" target="_blank">"The New Ford+ Face" at <i>Vogue Italia</i></a>

Chad
8th May 2012, 15:01
Ford+ has now posted a lovely photograph of Georgina and Miss Sheppard from the weekend casting event. Sophie looks breathtaking!

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Better still, Ford+ has also posted a brief video from the shoot, featuring a number of the organizers, as well as Sophie and Georgina. If you like, you can fast forward to 1:28, when the models share their impressions. They're both Australians, but listen to how different their accents are! I always love hearing Sophie speak, and to watch her demeanour is a treat. She has a soft touch.

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Marvellous footage from an exciting event. I foresee great things for Sophie with Ford.

HSG
9th May 2012, 13:10
<br>Is the Ford+ agency turning a corner, at last?

Are true plus-size models finally going to be represented by the top full-figured modelling agencies?

Past experiences warrant caution and skepticism, but nevertheless, one has reason to hope.

As we have mentioned earlier in this thread, gorgeous plus-size model Sophie Sheppard recently signed with the Ford+ division. In so doing, she immediately becomes the agency's top plus-size model.

Ford has now posted Sophie's portfolio online, which, excitingly, lists the model's truly goddesslike proportions:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/stats01.png"></center><p>One gasps in wonder at the full measure of Sophie's beauty:

38d-<strong>41</strong>-49

This gives her an even richer waist measurement than Kelsey Olson, and luscious hips equal to those of the stunning Katherine Roll.

What is just as wondrous as Sophie's possessing such a goddesslike figure in the first place is the fact that Ford+ proudly lists her stats on its Web site.

Hopefully, this signals that the Ford agency will be celebrating Miss Sheppard's beauty, without asking her to diminish herself into a lesser form. Sophie possesses the precisely the kind of natural, visibly full figure that curvy women have been asking plus-size retailers to employ in their advertising for years. Add to that the fact that she has fair features, a round face, long tresses, and she truly is the perfect plus-size model.

The heart beats with anticipation to see whether Sophie will be the model who finally brings the true plus-size body--and with it, timeless, Old World beauty--back into fashion.

-<a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/sophies.htm" target="_blank">Sophie Sheppard Gallery</a>

HSG
9th May 2012, 19:34
<br>To the delight of all Sophie fans, Ford has now published the model's portfolio online and has included a captivating set of Polaroids. Polas (or "polars") are invariably a fine way of appraising a model's true appearance, as, by tradition, they employ a minimal amount of cosmetics and Photoshopping.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola01a.png" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The most exciting aspect of the model's Polaroid card, however, comes in the form of the statistics that appear listed at the bottom. Not only does this confirm the model's curvy waist measurement of 41 includes, but, even more thrillingly, it gives Sophie's hips at a luscious 51 inches.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola01b.png" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>This is a breakthrough of the most extraordinary magnitude. Again, we reiterate our hope that Ford will encourage Miss Sheppard to retain her current, sumptuous physique, and not diminish herself into a meagre, lesser size.

The Polaroids themselves are loveley, though of course, one would wish that Sophie were garbed in fitted attire.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola02a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Nevertheless, the images do acknowledge her long, luxuriant, blonde tresses, which she herself highlights by caressing them so bewitchingly.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola05.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola05a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>A closer view also highlights her ever-so-fair eyes, and, with the hair tied back, her round facial features.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola04.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford-pola04a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Miss Sheppard enters the Ford agency as one of the two most exciting up-and-coming plus-size model in the industry. Her success could change full-figured modelling, entirely for the better.

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HSG
10th May 2012, 22:48
<br>To its great credit, Ford+ has wasted no time in promoting its gorgeous new superstar. Within the space of a week, Sophie Sheppard has appeared in a Ford promotional event, shot her first agency Polaroids, and been given a place of honour on the agency's Web site.

Now comes the next step: Sophie's first official test shoot for Ford.

Four images from this initial test have been published so far, and while they do not explicitly acknowledge her opulent figure, they do showcase the model's truly breathtaking beauty--a level of personal attractiveness that is converting even the most die-hard adherents of the faux-plus standard into enthusiastic proponents of true plus-size models.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford07.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford07a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The most glorious of the new images is the only one in colour--this utterly magnificent headshot showing the model's long, golden tresses flowing freely over her shoulders. Sophie's wrap dress intimates her buxom décolletage, its navy hue providing an excellent backdrop for her blonde hair, creating the visual impression of jewellery against a dark velvet backing. One marvels at the model's fair eyes, her kissable candy-pink lips, and the whisper of blush at the cheeks.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford07.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford07b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Alas, the black and white photographs take away the glory of the colour scheme, but Miss Sheppard more than compensates by adopting captivating bits of business.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford08.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford08a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>In this headshot, for example, she pulls back her tresses in a dramatic manner, the way in which a suitor might grasp a beloved's hair in the throes of ardour. Her almost predatory expression suits the wildness of her golden mane.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford08.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford08b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Observe how Sophie raises the temperature to a fever pitch by clutching at her tresses with one hand and stroking them with the other, performing precisely the manner of tactile engagement that the viewer himself would wish to enact.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford09.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford09a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Her smile had the barest hint of a predatory quality, giving her the look of a Saxon warrior princess of a bygone era.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford09.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford09b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Fans of the model will be delighted to see that the test includes <i>one</i> three-quarter length photograph. The model's tee does not wrap close to her figure, but her pose bares the soft substantiality of her arms, which appear gorgeously shaped, rounded to feminine perfection by natural fullness and by the absence of any unattractive, androgynous "tone."<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford10.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford10a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Closer scrutiny reveals that her pants closely embraces her limbs, showing off the luscious fullness of her shapely legs. But the real beauty of Sophie's figure, in this image, remains her captivating arms, which she so consciously and proudly displays, for all to admire.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford10.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford10b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Bravo to Miss Sheppard for a stunning first test with Ford. The day is dawning on what promises to be a groundbreaking model/agency partnership that will merge the plus-size fashion industry with the timeless aesthetic of traditional feminine beauty in a more fruitful manner than anyone has yet witnessed.

- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/sophie/" target="_blank">Our Interview with Sophie Sheppard</a>

HSG
3rd July 2012, 12:34
<br>As fans have hoped, the Ford+ agency has now released several further images from Sophie's initial New York test with photographer Maxim Repin.

The first headshot now covers Sophie's Ford portfolio. This is a captivating photograph, with the model expressing a compelling look that mixes astonishment with emotional intensity. Kate Winslet not infrequently adopts expressions of this manner in her magazine appearances, always to great effect. Sophie's tresses are thick and wild, adding to the passion of the image.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford11.jpg"></center><p>A second new photograph at last shows a trace of fullness in the model's figure, particularly in her soft, rounded arms. The contrast of whites and blacks is highly dramatic, making Sophie's fair skin almost luminescent.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford12.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford12a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Aficionados of timeless beauty will notice a particularly size-positive detail in the photograph: the sight of dimpled flesh at the model's thighs. This is an extremely attractive, natural trait, and it is characteristics such as these which make genuinely full-figured models--and Miss Sheppard in particular--such admirable exponents of size celebration.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford12.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford12b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>A half-length photograph shows the model looking hale and healthy, with a well-fed fullness in her facial features. The delicate gesture by which she touches her tresses is feminine and comely. The stray wisps of hair lend the photograph an appealingly incidental quality.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford13.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford13a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Here too, however, the most engaging aspect of the photograph is a pro-curvy detail: the visible fullness of the model's arms, from the crease in Sophie's shoulder at the left of the photograph to the swell of fullness at the right.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford13.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/ford13b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Bravo again to Miss Sheppard for such an outstanding test. We eagerly look forward to her future triumphs on this side of the Atlantic.

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Maureen
4th July 2012, 00:21
Miss Sheppard is very beautiful. Her expressiveness and softness make her a true star.