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HSG
13th April 2013, 17:28
<br>Aficionados of timeless beauty, prepare yourselves for a treat.

The world's most beautiful plus-size model, Sophie Sheppard (size 16/18, 38dd-41-49 ), appears in a multi-page editorial in the latest issue of Germany's top general-interest women's publication, <i>Maxi</I> magazine, May 2013.

At the moment, only two images of this feature have turned up online. The first is, in fact, a page from the April issue, promoting Sophie's appearance in the periodical. Right away, this indicates the high regard in which <i>Maxi</I> holds the gorgeous Miss Sheppard, adverting her presence in the magazine with the same dramatic impact that it would feature a forthcoming showing from a top celebrity.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi02.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi02a.png" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Little wonder that <i>Maxi</I> is making such a fuss over the model's appearance in its pages. Just <i>look</i> at her. The beauty staggers belief. Her full lips form themselves into a felonious, candy-pink pout. A steamy look radiates from her blue eyes. Yet her round facial features soften the effect, tempering her wildness with a doll-like prettiness and angelic grace. Most captivating of all, her tresses have been teased into a majestic blonde mane, cascading into a lazy curl at the very ends, but with a trace of measured messiness along the sides, betokening the model's unbridled, passionate nature. This image represents the perfect synthesis of contemporary style and timeless femininity.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi02.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi02b.png" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>But ladies and gentlemen, you haven't seen anything yet. To ensure that every single individual in the German-speaking world purchases a copy of this magazine, <i>Maxi</I> has also published the title page of Sophie's editorial, and without exaggeration, this is one of the most exciting plus-size-model image ever to appear in print, in any publication.

Miss Sheppard appears on the left, joined by Dutch model Tess Henstra. And while Tess is certainly charming, Sophie is infinitely more luscious and desirable. A consistent stumbling block in plus-size fashion is the fact that even when the industry does use genuinely curvaceous models such as Sophie, it usually dresses them in formless attire, thereby foolishly hiding their figures. Rather, the whole point of shooting full-figured models is to define their ample curves and showcase them as visibly as possible--and to its great credit, this is precisely the pro-curvy approach that <i>Maxi</I> took in photographing Miss Sheppard.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi01.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi01a.png" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>A closer view highlights the celebratory nature of the <i>Maxi</I> editorial. The tight red blouse defines and exhibits the model's sensually heavy voluptuousness, while the abbreviated black skirt clings to her sinfully indulged figure and displays her generous reverse-view curves. In tune with the full-blooded allure of the image, Sophie's expression is openly carnal, languishing, her lips parted in insatiable, appetitive desire. Her fair skin is luminescent, standing out vividly against the red lip colour and blouse. Her blue eyes smoulder with wanton passion. But oh, her silky tresses are her crowning glory, shimmering in gold that appears richer than the costliest jewellery, flowing indolently over her shoulders, forming a thick, weighty curl that rests heavily against her buxom contours, leading the eye along every curve of her sumptuous physique.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi01.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi01b.png" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>An image such as this justifies the existence of plus-size fashion itself, which only realizes its true potential as a subversive aesthetic movement when it celebrates the well-fed beauty of an utterly ideal goddess such as Miss Sheppard.

Congratulations to <i>Maxi</I> on such an outstanding presentation, and applause to Sophie for once again confirming her reputation as the most gorgeous plus-size model in the industry today. We eagerly look forward to further images from this editorial.

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- <a href="http://www.maxi.de" target="_blank">Maxi magazine online</a>

HSG
18th April 2013, 14:22
<br>At last, some preliminary scans have appeared from Miss Sheppard's exciting editorial for <i>Maxi</I> magazine. We hope to offer superior renditions in the future, but for now, these provide a look at how stunning Sophie appears in Germany's top women's general-interest magazine.

The finest image from the editorial, by far, remains the title page, shown above, with Sophie in ravishing red. However, the outfit in the following image also clings lovingly to the model's succulent, size-18 figure (38dd-<strong>41</strong>-49), embracing her hinder curves and acknowledging her buxom contours.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi03a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The position of the handbag is a dastardly tease, hiding the most generous aspects of the model's shape, though the accessory does inject a welcome splash of colour into the ensemble. The model deftly adopts a convincing non-pose, capturing the look and feel of a streetside candid. The viewer wholly believes her as a sophisticate who appears ever-so petulant at being disagreeably interrupted (by a wolf whistle, perhaps?). Paradoxically, Sophie's glance is quite seductive in the very fierceness of her pique. Observe how the blouse acknowledges the sensual fullness of her waist.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi03c.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Colour is definitely the theme of this editorial, as demonstrated in the following page, with Miss Sheppard garbed in a deliciously tangy citrus blouse. The tiny purse is more ornamental than functional, adding a marvellously girlish touch to the outfit. Notice how, with her alluringly wild, witchy hairstyle, unaffected stance, and baby-soft facial features. Sophie appears extraordinarily youthful in this image--a teenager, even. If in the previous image she was a young professional, here she is still in wild-child mode, and all the more irresistible for that reason. The fact that the model can so convincingly create the impression of any age whatsoever, from teen to twentysomething, is a remarkable testament to her talent.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi05.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi05a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Looking a little closer, we perceive a sensual suggestion of roundness at the model's waist, which the blouse so coyly skims. Her luminous countenance and gentle expression are fresh and fair. The overall sensation that the image projects is one of relaxation and ease, invigorated by a simmering undercurrent of hedonistic abandon, a young vixen just waiting to be ravished--or rather, teasing her throngs of admirers with such a suggestion.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi05.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi05b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Sophie continues exuding a youthful quality in the next image--and little wonder that she does so, for an outfit as multicoloured as this practically demands that the wearer give off a punkish vibe. Observe that the accessories, however, give the ensemble a touch more class, making it a very versatile look.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi04.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi04a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Again, the measured messiness in Sophie's hairstyle enlivens the overall effect and adds a bit of fun, as does her vivacious expression. Even this outfit, however, contains a subtle, size-positive detail: the swell of fullness at the model's lower middle, a single womanly touch in an otherwise vertical look.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi04.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi04b.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>And finally, we catch another glimpse of the outfit that <i>Maxi</I> magazine featured in its preview for this spectacular issue. Again, the luminous fairness of Sophie's skin tone catches the light and glows with a divine radiance. She perfectly blends two personae in this photograph: a sophisticated contemporary lady, as evinced by her stylish attire, and a wanton goddess, with that breathtaking, teased hairstyle, so wild and bewitching, as unbridled as her own passions, which she carefully keeps in check, but unleashes when the occasion is right.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi06.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi06a.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Notice the accessory at her cuff, a playful element that invigorates the outfit and complements the model's youthfulness. Some models can be classy, other can be steamy, but Sophie alone can merge both qualities in a single image and have each aspect enhance the other, creating a look that both irresistible and elegant.<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi06.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ss/maxi06.jpg" border="0" title="Click to enlarge" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>Sophie is the very personification of ideal contemporary femininity, at once aristocratic and ladylike, ebullient and youthful, and above all, voluptuous and full-figured. Her well-fed loveliness is the epitome of timeless beauty.

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