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HSG
12th March 2006, 14:27
<br>Of all of the models who appear at this site, none inspire more comments from visitors than Christina Schmidt. This is undoubtedly due to many factors, including her celebrity as a <i>Degrassi</i> star, the extensive media coverage of her career, her YAA acting award, and her incomparable work for Torrid.

But the principle reason why Christina attracts such a vocal and devoted following is because she is unlike any other model in the world. No other talent in the industry matches her combination of youth, supermodel-glamourous beauty, an A-list Hollywood/<i>Vogue</i> posing ability and camera presence, <i>and</i> genuinely curvaceous proportions, which endow her with the soft fullness of a Classical goddess, rather than a tanorexic stick figure.

Besides a steady slew of comments such as, <i>"What a beautiful woman,"</i> <i>"Absolutely Stunning,"</i> and <i>"Christina is simply HOT,"</i> Miss Schmidt's images evoke a highly personal reaction in many readers, who see her as an aspirational star, but in a purely positive sense--i.e., as one whose beauty, confidence, and success augment their own self-esteem, rather than diminishing it.

For example, "Jennifer" writes:<p><blockquote><i>"I think she's really pretty. As am I, as a bigger women, there are more and more of us out there. I think if there were more celebration of bigger women, then more of us would make it big!"</i></blockquote><p>"Jaycie" enthusiastically comments:<p><blockquote><i>"christina is my faviorite person. she inspires me to be who i am. shes beautiful and she's breathtaking. she was beautiful also on Degrassi. she has it going for her! If I had to say who was my faviorite model in the world it would be christina, because she is a very pretty woman who should show the world who she is."</i></blockquote><p>"Rebecca Martell" admits that<p><blockquote><i>"christina schmidt is so gorgeous.. i aspire to be like her.. but only.. me.. her hair rocks!!"</i></blockquote><p>"Marisa" tells us that<p><blockquote><i>"I can't believe Terri from Degrassi is a model!! WOW!! good for her. These pictures give me great inspiration."</i></blockquote><p>We have refrained from editing these comments for grammar, because in their unvarnished form, they communicate the contributors' heartfelt sincerity. Many plus-size models affect readers in a cerebral, somewhat detached way (i.e., by representing a principle, or a concept of beauty, that the world sorely lacks). But Christina touches young women in a uniquely personal manner. She allows them to love themselves, and genuinely to believe that voluptuous vixens can be <i>more</i> beautiful than their underweight rivals.

Whenever anyone casts aspersions on the potential attractiveness of the fuller female figure, Christina's fans can always cite her as an undeniable example that girls with curves really do have . . . an <i>advantage.</i>

Christina is the living embodiment of what our celebrity culture could look like, if the media embraced timeless feminine beauty rather than modernist androgyny. She merges the best of the Old World with the best of the new. In her, Venus meets <i>Vogue,</i> Helen of Troy meets Hollywood, and she points the way forward to what the media of the future will look like.

Ultra-glamorous new test image of Christina, by Toronto celebrity photographer David Leyes (<a href="http://www.davidleyes.com" target="_blank">www.davidleyes.com</a>).

(You may click on the image to view it at a larger size.)<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/leyes01.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/leyes01a.jpg" border="0"></a></center><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/christina3.htm" target="_blank">A selection of Christina's recent Torrid work</a>

renata
12th March 2006, 18:30
I agree with what those girls wrote in the quotes. I feel the same way. I think of Christina as my role model because I get to fantasize about what it would be like to be an actress, a model, and beautiful, and proud of how I look. I identify with her, although I know I'll never be that confident. I often copy her look, or whatever she's modeling, although I try to change it a little for myself, to make it more me. Every time she has a new campaign or acting role, I feel more hopeful. I really do. The other girls can have their waif stars. I know Christina is prettier and more talented than all of them. She's what Vogue models SHOULD look like!

Kaitlynn
13th March 2006, 03:59
I think Christina is incapable of taking a boring picture. Every single photo she takes is full-on "WOW"- the way a person usually only reacts to the very best magazine covers. I think that's what "star quality" really is, that ability to dazzle, to absolutely grab your attention and take your mind off anything else. I don't know what to call it- "presence" "glamour" "poise"? It's amazing beauty, of course- but it's something else as well. Like those movie stars in classic films, who seem to glow from within.

Whether it's shooting for Torrid, or for a test, there's just something about a Christina Schmidt picture that's completely unique. I think we're all SO lucky that she's out there, getting seen by the public, and showing the world what curvy girls CAN look like- at their best.

Emily
13th March 2006, 14:46
This kind of image, the kind that Christina specializes in, shows exactly what the plus-size industry needs, to give it more excitement. I remember remarking on this with some of her best Torrid photos, and it's here as well -- the "look" that the magazines give to the big-name stars (the Catherine Zeta-Jones kind of star power). I can just imagine Christina tossing back her hair for the next photo, flashbulbs popping, reporters asking her a dozen questions at once, while she drinks it all in. Think Anita Ekberg...

That's the next step, I think -- to show that not only are plus-size models beautiful, but that they're thrilling, too. Christina exemplifies this better than anyone.

M. Lopez
14th March 2006, 15:53
We talk a lot on this forum about actresses who offer positive statements about body image from time to time (usually hypocritically), but Christina is the real deal. Her contribution surpasses that of all the other celebrities put together. By actually being curvy rather than turning herself into a waif, she does more than merely pay lip service to size celebration. She walks the walk. Her career successes send out a truly positive message, rather than a mixed message.

It's one thing to suggest, "If only..." or, "What if?" It's another thing to actually embody the principle, and Christina is the real thing. That's why I believe that she has a better chance of bringing about a cultural reappraisal of feminine beauty than any other model or actress. Go Christina!!

HSG
15th March 2006, 02:30
<br>Here is another exciting image of Christina Schmidt from her David Leyes test. If the plus-size industry has any sense, it will realize what a golden opportunity Christina's existence presents them with. Here is a model who is singularly gorgeous, is camera-trained (both still and video), exceptionally well-spoken (and brilliant in interview situations), proficient in movement, <i>and</i> authentically curvaceous. It's as if Fate created her expressly to give the plus-size industry a public "face" (and figure). No other talent would be better suited to representing the industry (and the curvy girls of her generation) in a media environment, and no other talent would have a better chance of using the power of the mass media to generate a size-positive rather than an anti-plus effect. In print advertising, in television commercials, in public appearances . . . the possibilities are endless.

In the past, the plus-size industry has all-too-often failed to capitalize on the opportunities that have presented themselves. Let's hope that in this case, the stars align themselves better, and that the cause of size celebration takes the step forward that North American women have been anticipating for so long . . .<p><center><a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/leyes03.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/leyes03a.jpg" border="0"></a></center></p>(Click to view larger.)

MelanieW
15th March 2006, 17:36
For me, theres no question. Christina is my absolute favorite plussize model (although I also admire Barbara, Kelsey, etc. very much, and love their work). But theres just something about Christina thats a step above. She has that X-factor, that bit of danger in her pictures that makes her unique, even though she is also always pretty and gorgeous too. But where other models create images that say its "okay" to be curvy, Christinas images say, "How could you NOT want to look like me??"

I adore every picture of hers I ever see, and I hope she takes plussize beauty to the next step, because she definitely has a better chance of making that happen than anyone.