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HSG
5th May 2006, 14:25
<br>Courtesy of "the eyes of Torrid," Michael Anthony Hermogeno, come two remarkable new outtakes of Kelsey Olson (Dorothy Combs Models, size 14). Whereas her initial images were serene and captivating, but with a touch of pizzazz, Kelsey's latest images have become more energetic and passionate--and the latest pair are the wildest and most unbridled yet.

This image in particular shows Kelsey channelling a bacchic spirit. It communicates a spirit of freedom and abandon. And the dress--an attractive, folkloric, peasant style--suits the mood perfectly, as do the model's loose tresses, and her dramatic pose.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bacchanalia01.jpg"></center><p>The pose is like a frozen dance, and surely if Praxiteles or any other Classical sculptor were alive today, he would implore Kelsey to allow him to sculpt her in this pose, in marble, for all posterity.

Similarly wild, if a tad more restrained, is this image, showing Kelsey curbing her vitality just a touch, yet generating all the more energy because of it. Here, the passion is simmering, but ready to be unleashed at any moment.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/bacchanalia02.jpg"></center><p>You can see many more examples of Kelsey's remarkable latest shoot at Torrid.com, including a passionate <a href="http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&RN=204&ITEM=593850" target="_blank">red halter top</a>, and an elegant yet alluring <a href="http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&RN=206&ITEM=508150" target="_blank">lace dress</a>.

Bravo to Kelsey and to Mr. Hermogeno for capturing the vital spirit of today's full-figured youth--and to Torrid, for giving them the feminine attire with which to show off their beauty to the world.

MelanieW
5th May 2006, 17:16
Kelsey looks stunning in those dress images, especially the top one, which is really original and dramatic. I can almost imagine the movement, as she tosses her head to the side. This is why I LOVE seeing the Torrid "outtakes" on this forum - you get to imagine how a piece will look when you wear it in the real world, and are in motion. Its what you get from a layout in a magazine.

Kelsey gets more confident and eye-catching as a model every time I see her, and that passionate red looks SO good on her, with her fair skin and that red lipgloss. Plus, I really appreciate that in the photo with the red top, Torrid shows that she does have a curvy waist - like most plussize girls do.

There are quite a few new passion-red tops on the Torrid site. I like this one too:

http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&RN=204&ITEM=556672

and I also like the fact that it includes a back view. I wish Torrid did this for all its pieces, esp. its halter styles, where the back view is at least as important as the front view. To someone ordering online instead of buying in the stores, seeing the back view is essential information.

And speaking of halters, I also like this "keyhole" design:

http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&RN=204&ITEM=528113

kirsten
6th May 2006, 20:31
Kudos to Kelsey and Hermogeno for demonstrating that the Bacchanalian spirit is best expressed with full-figured, classical beauty. Their joint efforts in these photos invite us to think of an era when there was a greater appreciation for the simple pleasures of food, wine, and song.

Also, pretty dress. The floral pattern reminds me of the type of embroidery styles found in Hungary and Poland.

MelanieW
16th May 2006, 05:42
I have to add just one more item to this thread - my favorite piece in Kelseys new "red" series for Torrid - a halter top that looks SO attractive on her figure:

http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&RN=204&ITEM=548615

This is such a comfortable style on a curvy waist, but it also really shows off beautiful shoulders, etc. And I especially like that Torrid did show a reverse view, in this case. With halter styles, the back view is the most important. The sash is also nice touch.

HSG
18th May 2006, 16:33
<br>This is indeed an attractive item, and it's remarkable how vibrant the colour looks against Kelsey's fair skin. The velvety red lipstick completes the look. The images remind us why peaches-and-cream complexions have been revered throughout the centuries. They allow a goddess to subtly suggest a wide variety of personalities, from au naturel and wholesome to (in this case) dramatic and intensely passionate, with just the subtlest of variations in personal presentation.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid19a.jpg"></center><p>And the crucial reverse view on the halter demonstrates why this style is infinitely more appropriate on a plus-size figure than on a skeletal frame. When waifs wear halter styles, they cannot hide their jutting, knife-life shoulder-blades, which are so prominent as to cause them to resemble famine victims, rather than fashion plates.

But on a naturally-proportioned figure such as Kelsey's, the look closely resembles the flawlessly rounded appearance of Classical statuary, and the result is irresistibly soft and feminine.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid19.jpg"></center><p>Halter styles are recommended for the goddess who suspects that there may be any human males left on the planet whose hearts she has not yet conquered. By wearing these designs, she will effortlessly enslave their souls for life--or longer . . .<p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey3.htm" target="_blank">NEW Kelsey Olson gallery</a>