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M. Lopez
22nd May 2013, 22:07
In browsing through the forum, I noticed that no one ever got around to mentioning the work of lovely Kelsey Olson for Cult of California, a West Coast label for which she has done a number of campaigns.

Some of the images that CofC creates are perhaps a bit eccentric, but others are absolutely gorgeous, such as this enchanting picture of Kelsey looking very soft and feminine, with flowers in her hair, her tresses gently illuminated.

http://i39.tinypic.com/ev15he.jpg

The label uses another image of Kelsey in the same outfit for its official logo.

http://i40.tinypic.com/1zqvr6c.jpg

And just for good measure, here's a picture of Kelsey at a CofC photo shoot that shows her illuminated by a unique lamp. There's something moody and dramatic about this image.

http://i43.tinypic.com/nfmq90.jpg



Beyond those promo shots, what I love about the CofC catalogue pictures is that they appear not to have been manipulated in any way with Photoshop, nor has Kelsey's figure been distorted with any form-constricting "shapewear." Instead, in this dress, the lovely roundness at her middle is clearly evident.

Rebirth Dress in Fiery Red

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch007-rebirth-dress-in-fiery-red

http://i44.tinypic.com/bg9sub.jpg http://i42.tinypic.com/dbtf89.jpg

Striking a dramatic pose in the same dress:

http://i41.tinypic.com/2ug1k53.jpg



Photos of the black version of the same dress also show Kelsey looking every inch a size 16/18, with an attractive fullness about her figure, a real sense of substance and generous proportions, especially in profile. Kelsey's tresses look especially pretty in all of these CofC photos, long and golden and romantically wavy.

Rebirth Dress in Black Candy

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch007-rebirth-dress-in-black-candy

http://i39.tinypic.com/335ftab.jpg http://i42.tinypic.com/6opxcj.jpg

The dress is quite seductive from the back as well, at least on Kelsey's figure.

http://i43.tinypic.com/33jmj3k.jpg



Black Unicorn Mesh-Sleeve Jog Top; Heritage Peplum Skirt

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coc-020
http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch007-heritage-peplum-skirt-red
http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch07-heritage-peplum-skirt-black

http://i42.tinypic.com/4j6bux.jpg http://i41.tinypic.com/2nlfqde.jpg



Now, this may be the most size-positive picture of the campaign, with Kelsey wearing a tight skirt that defines a womanly swell at her middle. But look at how confident and seductive she appears, as if she knows that her rich curves make her irresistible.

Honor Midi Sequin Skirt

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch004-honor-midi-sequin-skirt

http://i43.tinypic.com/11tom6g.jpg

How refreshing that CofC allowed Kelsey to be so expressive in these photos and didn't require her to follow catalogue conventions.

http://i39.tinypic.com/npnafl.jpg



Harlow Midi Pencil Skirt

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch004-harlow-midi-pencil-skirt
http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/copy-of-coch003-harlow-midi-pencil-skirt

http://i42.tinypic.com/8z2pg5.jpg http://i43.tinypic.com/1ftiy9.jpg



This could be CofC's most elegant item, a velvet dress that clings to every curve of Kelsey's body. She looks even more richly voluptuous than usual in the profile shot, dangerously alluring.

Hype Velvet Peplum Dress

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch005-hype-velvet-peplum-dress

http://i39.tinypic.com/1ox5ax.jpg http://i42.tinypic.com/x6be3l.jpg

A close-up of the reverse view, which shows off the model's attractive profile and her light-hued eyes.

http://i42.tinypic.com/fksakn.jpg



Kelsey gives her generous reverse-view curves a little extra emphasis with this sinuous pose, while in profile she shows off her buxom beauty. The sight of those golden tresses cascading down her back is captivating.

Pink Hi-low Priestess Top

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch11-pink-hi-low-priestess-top

http://i41.tinypic.com/30usrjn.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/2vtb0xz.jpg



Rapture Legging

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/cocic001

http://i41.tinypic.com/2uzedqr.jpg http://i39.tinypic.com/34qp91j.jpg



Occult Black Sequin-Sleeve Moto Jacket

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/holiday-2012/products/coch006-occult-black-sequin-sleeve-moto-jacket

http://i41.tinypic.com/2yzac6u.jpg http://i43.tinypic.com/aavz2w.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/21blnk8.jpg



While the images of CofC's black moto are attractive, especially the profile close-up, the pictures of the label's white jacket are thrillingly pro-curvy. They very visibly show luxurious swells of roundness at the model's midsection, as her tight skirt clings to her every contour. Yet Kelsey poses like a goddess, like Aphrodite in snug, sexy attire, playing with her golden hair like a consummate seductress. This is pure size celebration.

White Jacket

http://i41.tinypic.com/ea2wxj.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/2vjoca8.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/4jom6f.jpg http://i41.tinypic.com/9kxpnc.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/30mlb4p.jpg



Pink has always been Kelsey's ideal colour, with her fair complexion, golden hair, and sky-blue eyes.

Pink Top

http://i40.tinypic.com/30aquzs.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/2ld1h.jpg



Another West Coast model, Summer Nicole (the Katy Perry of plus-size modelling), also models several CofC items. The profile view of her in this outfit is one of the most sensual images I've ever seen. It shows the soft fleshiness and swell of fullness at her middle - a very natural physique, very feminine. Gorgeous, languishing pose as well.

Honeydew Bra

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/frontpage/products/coc54-honeydew-jog-bra

http://i44.tinypic.com/9pt94h.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/2wfiki8.jpg


Summer looks very much the dark, mysterious temptress in these photos, with her black nail colour. I love how she plays with her hair and glances flirtatiously over her shoulder.

Cross-Back Top

http://shop.cultofca.com/collections/frontpage/products/coc128-cross-back-top-butter

http://i43.tinypic.com/2ynrm9t.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/5032u8.jpg


Cult of California deserves great praise for showcasing its fashions on Kelsey, a gorgeous and genuinely full-figured model, and for celebrating her natural curves rather than diminishing them with digital manipulation or disgusting "shapewear." Kelsey looks softly curvy and round and naturally beautiful in these photos. I wish CofC every success and hope to see more of Miss Olson in its fashions.