View Full Version : Charlotte Coyle: VIDEO preview, pt. 2

4th August 2006, 19:25
<br>We are simply ecstatic to be able to share a <i>second</i> video preview of Charlotte Coyle's forthcoming prime-time documentary.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv13.jpg"></center><p>This is a thirty-second clip of the official Channel 4 trailer for the show. In addition to treating viewers to further glimpses of Charlotte in that hot pink dress, it also shows her at a photo shoot,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv15.jpg"></center><p>dealing with some astonishing production news,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv14.jpg"></center><p>and--best of all--teaching her proteges some of the tricks of the trade, like how to do one of those breathtaking hair twirls that one sees in shampoo commercials:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv16.jpg"></center><p>(This is, in fact, our favourite bit of the new clip, because it shows off Charlotte's golden tresses, and luscious, shapely arms.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv16b.jpg"></center><p>The clip also contains moments of real humour, as it hints at some of the daunting challenges that Miss Coyle faced in putting together this project.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv18.jpg"></center><p>But ultimately, Charlotte prevails. It will be thrilling to see the results of this unprecedented program.

The preview is available in two formats, smaller or larger, linked below.

And for all of you lucky residents of the U.K., the show will be broadcast next Thursday, <strong>August 10th, 21:00</strong> (9:00 P.M.).

The clip picks up after the narrator has posed the question, <i>"Is Britain ready for a plus-size beauty contest?"</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv19.jpg"></center><p>(Our answer: <i>"Ready and waiting . . . along with the rest of the world!"</i>)</i><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/beauty2small.wmv" target="_blank">Click here to view the smaller trailer</a> (1.8Mb)
- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/beauty2large.wmv" target="_blank">Click here to view the full-size trailer</a> (5.3Mb)

5th August 2006, 19:23
As everybody has said, Charlotte is utterly spectacular, now more than ever, and the program looks like it will be SO much fun! I cringe at the title, but I guess its the price Charlotte had to pay for getting the program made at all. The most important thing is that it will show off her, to an entire nation. Most viewers will never have seen beauty like hers, esp. in England, where plussize modelling is usually the faux-plus kind, which basically looks indistinguishable from the minus-size girls. Charlotte will be a revelation to them.

I only wish Charlotte were IN an actual hair/shampoo commercial, tossing her golden tresses like Petra Nemcova in her Pantene "Volume" TV ad. The world would never be the same!

6th August 2006, 20:08
Charlotte is probably the first model identified by name in The Times since the days of Sophie Dahl. It's great to see.


The description of the show is basically what you'd expect from a journalist:

The backlash against stick-thin models continues apace. Here, size-18 model Charlotte Coyle organises a beauty contest for plus-size women who are comfortable with their curves. I used to always think that because I was naturally big, she says, I wasnt supposed to be happy or allowed to be happy and its not true. She holds auditions, chooses 12 contestants and organises every aspect of the event herself, which includes hiring a venue, trying to find a sponsor and handing out leaflets in the street. It is an exhausting and quixotic endeavour;...But in the end, it is a resounding success...

It's heartbreaking that Charlotte used to feel this way. Thank goodness she overcame this, and acquired the joie de vivre that she displays in the previews.

But "Backlash"? What "backlash"? It would be nice to finally see a "backlash"! But it hasn't happened yet - not when the media is controlled by a small group of like-minded individuals.

Typically, this writer doesn't acknowledge that stick-thin models WERE the blacklash - the backlash to several thousand years of beauty and femininity. This "backlash" became the hegemony, and hasn't loosened its dictatorial grip ever since.

At any rate, the show is not for entertainment reporters or the media elites (they'll never change), but for the vast majority of the public, who've never been allowed to see plus-size beauty in film or television. That this program was ever made is little short of a miracle.

If only it could be shown in North America (and given a different name)...

8th August 2006, 15:31
<br>We stumbled across a very interesting <a href="http://www.showbizzsite.be/soaps/detail.asp?iImsNid=16863" target="_blank">news item</a>, yesterday. It appears that not only will Charlotte Coyle's program be broadcast on Thursday, on Channel 4 in Britain, but that it will also be shown later this month on Channel One in Belgium (yes, Belgium, the land that gave us painters of plus-size beauty such as Peter Paul Rubens).

Our occasional forum contributor Kirsten has kindly provided us with a translation of several excerpts from the notice. Right away, we are pleased to find that the unfortunate English title of the show has been changed--entirely for the better.

According to Kirsten:<p><blockquote><i><strong>Miss Maatje Meer</strong>

"Uitzending: op donderdag 31 augustus om 21.15 uur op En"</i>

"Broadcast: on Thursday, August 31 at 21.15 on One" (I guess that's their channel One.)

Phrases that caught my eye:

<i>"Maatje Meer"</i>: Here we have the Dutch diminutive -je which connotes affection. It could be loosely translated as "just a little more" or "just a little bigger," which would be understood as something nice.

<i>"Ik wil de wereld tonen dat een maat 42, 44 of 46 niet abnormaal is. En dat wij vrouwen met grotere maten mooi zijn en best fier mogen zijn op ons lichaam," fulmineert Charlotte Coyle."</i>

"I want to demonstrate to the world that a size of 42, 44, or 46 is not abnormal. And that we full-figured women are beautiful and it's best if we're proud of our figure," declared Charlotte Coyle.

Fulmineert is an interesting choice of word. It's related to the English word fulminate, you know, to make a passionate declaration.</blockquote><p>Thus, not only will Charlotte achieve national, but <i>international</i> recognition with this program. At last, we will be able to apply the phrase "world famous plus-size model" to one of the world's greatest living exemplars of timeless beauty.

And without a doubt, <i>"Miss Just-a-Little-Bit More"</i> (more beauty, more allure) is a very fitting title indeed.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cc/tv12.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/charlotte.htm" target="_blank">Our humble tribute . . .</a>

M. Lopez
9th August 2006, 02:43
This is just a heads up for readers in the U.K. that Charlotte will be on today's episode of Richard and Judy on Channel 4 at 17:00 (5 P.M.), promoting her upcoming show. From what I understand, Richard and Judy is basically to Britain what Regis & Kelly is to the U.S. So this appearance will give Charlotte (and therefore, plus-size beauty) even more exposure, in a major way.

The show's site is here:

- Richard and Judy microsite (

and the bit with Charlotte is described as follows:

"Britain has become a [sizeist] society, reinforced every day by images of stick-thin models whose shape bears no resemblance to the average British woman. A provocative backlash is underway in the United States with plus-size beauty pageants, and now, plus-size model, Charlotte Coyle is bringing the first pageant to the UK.

As part of the Channel 4 Shape of the Nation season, [the show] follows Charlotte organise an event to challenge the notion that only skinny women can be attractive. Charlotte Coyle, Zoe Millman and Carly Amphlett join Richard & Judy live in the studio."

[Link edited--HSG]