27th January 2006, 11:00
I am so grateful I found this site and these forums. As a recovering anorexic, seeing these images of beautiful women is helping to combat the negative images I see on television and in magazines daily.
I do have one question, though, and I hope no one minds me asking. I know a lot of emphasis is placed on models, and there are pretty strict guidlines for models. But my sister is 5'2" and size 22. She's beautiful! My friend is a plus size model in North Carolina, and she's 5'5" and size 18/20. Do you also celebrate and see the beauty in these proportions? I'm not asking this to be critical. I'm just curious.
Again, thank you for celebrating womanly beauty.
28th January 2006, 02:57
my sister is 5'2" and size 22. She's beautiful! My friend is a plus size model in North Carolina, and she's 5'5" and size 18/20. Do you also celebrate and see the beauty in these proportions?
Thank you for your kind words about the site. It is our honour to be able to share the plus-size fashion industry's greatest images of timeless beauty, but inevitably, this means that our presentation is limited to what the industry creates.
Nevertheless, the proportions that you describe sound ideal for plus-size modelling--at least, as it <i>should</i> be, and <i>could</i> be, and perhaps, soon will be. An 18/20 at 5'5 would exhibit a wonderfully curvaceous figure indeed.
As far as anyone can tell, the insistence on above-average height in plus-size modelling is just a holdover from straight-size industry thinking. That segment of the fashion industry prefers exceedingly tall girls, because such models possess no trace of womanly curves, but instead, exhibit elongated frames that embody the androgynous modernist aesthetic.
But in the case of plus-size modelling (in which a generously-proportioned shape is meant to be <i>showcased</i> rather than suppressed), a shorter height should be an advantage. Models who enjoy a less-than-Amazonian height tend to display curves more visibly, voluptuously, and naturally, than taller models--which is undoubtedly why many of the industry's most celebrated stars have been closer to 5'8 than to 6'0.
But hopefully, the future will bring success to many plus-size models who are both more lavishly proportioned, and stand at a more natural height, than their straight-size peers.
Christina Schmidt (whose exquisite proportions are due in part to her non-Amazonian height) modelling a Torrid top that beautifully suggests her shapely, natural figure:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/torrid19.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/christinaschmidtgroup/" target="_blank">Christina Schmidt fan group</a>
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