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HSG
11th March 2006, 17:36
<br>At last, we can add a surname to the designation of popular Irene Marie model Anna (size 14/16), whose full name, it turns out, is the wonderfully Slavonic <strong>Anna Loukachenets</strong>.

Anna has a tear sheet in the March 2006 issue of <i>All You</i> magazine, which is the "custom publication" of the Wal-Mart chain. We had heard that <i>All You</i> reguarly features plus-size models in its pages (and occasionally even on its cover), but the Canadian division of Wal-Mart does not carry the magazine. Only recently did <i>All You</i> become available to Canadian readers through direct subscriptions, via the official <a href="http://www.allyou.com/allyou/" target="_blank">AllYou.com</a> Web site. And we were pleased to see that the first issue that arrived on our doorstep featured Anna, in the image posted below.

(You may click on the scan to view it at a larger size.)<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/allyou01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/allyou01a.jpg" border="0" alt="Click to enlarge"></a></center><p>The photograph may not be particularly size-positive, but at least the magazine allowed Anna to show off her curvaceous legs. No waif model could ever possess such shapely limbs.

Otherwise, the magazine carries the same mixed messages, diet ads, etc., as do mainstream glossies such as <i>Glamour, Marie Claire,</i> etc. But even an occasional plus-size-model appearance is better than nothing, particularly if truly full-figured models are chosen (size 14 and up), and ones who are as gorgeous as Miss Loukachenets.

Simultaneously, we discovered in image of Anna at the Web site of the <i>Holland Sentinel</i> newspaper, illustrating a fashion article from 2004. This image is particularly attractive because it shows off the beauty of the model's face, which fulfills Firenzuola's Renaissance-era description of ideal facial features; i.e., <i>"If the chin I have described should then slope toward the throat and <strong>run into a slight rise</strong>, it gains in overall beauty,"</i> (as quoted in a recent post).<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/newspaper01.jpg"></center><p>It is a distinct pleasure to see Anna's career progressing. She possesses every attribute of a living goddess, and then some, and we fully expect to see more of this great talent in the near future.<p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna.htm" target="_blank">Anna Loukachenets galleries</a>

Kaitlynn
26th March 2006, 17:49
Anna has a stunning figure, of course, but what really makes her images so extraordinary is her face, which is as about as far removed from modern angularity as any model's face I've ever seen. It's as angelic as that of a goddess in an Asti painting, or like timeless beauties such as Emma, Lady Hamilton. You can't achieve this look through self-deprivation; only through a combination of blessed genes and natural self-indulgence. She is what, I think, most people think supermodels look like (or should look like), when they think of "supermodel beauty"- not realizing how hideously gaunt and androgynous today's "super"models have become.

HSG
26th March 2006, 21:13
<br>The current issue of <i>Figure</i> magazine comes with a lingerie supplement featuring many images of Anna and Melissa King. Our long-standing reservations about <i>Figure</i> still hold true (e.g., although this particular issue doesn't carry diet ads, recent issues have done so), and <i>Figure</i>'s lingerie layouts are usually marred by intense, unsubtle floodlighting.

This editorial, however, is rather better. The lighting is softer and gentler, and it throws the babylike roundness of Anna's facial features into gorgeous relief:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure02.jpg"></center><p>The lighting here is reminiscent of the manner in which Classical sculpture is usually photographed--i.e., deliberately lit from an angle, in order to emphasize its smooth contours.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure03.jpg"></center><p>Here, Anna is shown wearing her hair up, in an especially pretty, romantic style. As we have noted before, goddesses need not have their cascading tresses shorn in order to achieve a "short" look. In fact, the extra length helps to create a successful "voluminous updo."<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure05.jpg"></center><p>Because this is a lingerie editorial, readers will have to look the magazine up for themselves in order to view the images in full. But we are pleased to share close-ups of Anna's lovely facial features, which the photographer shot in such an attractive way.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure07.jpg"></center><p>And not only does Anna possess the face of an angel, but she has a way of creating alluring, come-hither, mischievous expressions that make every image come to life.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure06.jpg"></center><p>And here is the standout image of the entire layout, one of the best presentations of the soft fullness of timeless femininity that we have yet encountered. Gentle, yet sensual, it calls to mind some of the better <i>Figure</i> covers of past seasons, which were astonishingly beautiful and size-positive.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure01a.jpg"></center><p>Bravo to everyone involved for this lovely editorial. One only wishes that the quality of <i>Figure</i>'s photography were more consistent; and more importantly, that the magazine would finally stop publishing diet advertising, in order to demonstrate a genuine respect for its readers.

The link below shows a full-page scan from this layout. Readers who do not care for lingerie images in general are asked to please give it a pass . . .<p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/anna/figure04.jpg" target="_blank">Click here to see a page from Anna's <i>Figure</i> editorial</a>

tkds
30th March 2006, 02:31
While we're on the subject of the lingerie supplement to Figure, we should take notice of the article in there entitled "The New Sensuality" which has some wonderful, almost poetic passages, such as these:

On touch: "The sensation of touch is strongly associated with luxury and softness." Definitely not describing an angular waif!

On taste: "When we think of sensual food, we prefer shapes and consistencies that are round and succulent, or juicy and plump. Sensual foods celebrate the female form." Translation: "Sexy girls have dessert"!

Chad
5th May 2006, 21:47
Just a tip for all Anna Loukachenets fans, I stumbled across a memorable new image of the model at Dillards.com. It's a lingerie pic, so I'll offer it as a link, instead of posting the image directly. But it really deserves to be seen.

For one thing, Dillard's photographed her in an admirably size-positive way, even showing off the natural curves around her waist. And for another, her expression is among the most alluring that I have ever seen any plus-size model create. It's the darkest kind of sensuality, like the look of a fairy-tale villainess - but an irresistibly beautiful one. Her face is so round, so gorgeous...well, just see it for yourselves.

http://www.dillards.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=301&langId=-1&storeId=301&productId=735955&No=297&overallOffset=3&N=1003099&searchUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dillards.com%2Fendeca%2FEndecaStartServlet%3FNo%3D297%26overallOffset%3D3%26N%3D1003099&R=LF-170

Even cropped as a headshot, it would still be a remarkable photo.