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HSG
13th March 2007, 15:38
<br>There are many reasons to appreciate the new March/April 2007 issue of <i>Figure.</i> For one thing, the magazine has desisted from running the pharmaceutical ads that blighted its previous edition. For another, the magazine still does <i>not</I> run any diet ads (and hopefully, never will again--ever).

The cover also features an arresting cut line: <i>"Confident. Sexy. Plus-Size."</i> The prominent juxtaposition of these words suggests that they are synonyms (which they surely are).

And . . . oh, who are we kidding? There is one very, <i>very</i> good reason to appreciate the new <i>Figure</i> and it's the only reason that really matters.

The breathtaking Kelsey Olson is in it.

True, Miss Olson's two images are Fashion Bug ads, rather than editorial pages, but in a custom magazine such as <i>Figure,</i> the line between editorial and advert is rather blurry.

The bottom line is this--if you want to possess lovely new pictures of Kelsey, the April <i>Figure</i> is the place to go.

Here is one of Kelsey's enchanting new images, a larger version of the Fashion Bug ad that was recently posted on this forum. Her beauty is indescribable--she glows with life and vitality. Note the "slight rise" of a "slope toward the throat" that Renaissance writers (rightly) considered the loveliest of all feminine facial features. Kelsey's blonde tresses cascade gently over her shoulders, and her softly curvy waist is visible. <p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/figure01.jpg"></center><p>In her other <i>Figure</I> ad, Kelsey explores a different aspect of her talent, looking vulnerable and needy--and thus, all the more irresistible. She absent-mindedly plays with her hair, in the manner of all true goddesses, and her tresses flow around her, gently buffeted by a halcyon breeze. Her baby-blue eyes have a beseeching look in them. She exhibits no visible clavicle, but rather, a soft and natural figure. The clothing is simple, but the lace trim of the top suggests Kelsey's own nature: a contemporary girl richly adorned with the visible traits of timeless feminine beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/figure02.jpg"></center><p>You will not find more beautiful images in any other magazine on the news-stands this month, no matter what sizes the models are, and no matter what artful locations the photographers might find. Kelsey's beauty surpasses all.<p><center>* * *</center><p>The contents of the magazine are at the expected <i>Figure</I> level. The quality of the editorials has never quite matched the stellar benchmark set by Yanderis's "Romantic Lines" layout (the one featuring feminine frilled blouses, shot in an Old South plantation). However, the magazine deserves boundless praise for its commendable policy of using of models size 14 and up.

In a rare instance, in this issue, one of the magazine's readers does a reasonable job of modelling, and produces an attractive image (p.13). The use of professional models is still strongly advocated, though, for their ability to respond to the camera.

The swimwear layout is probably the most notable feature in the issue, and the following shot of Ashley Graham quite attractive. The image communicates an appealing spirit of indolence and leisure, and even a dash of self-indulgence, signified by the fruity cocktail. It situates the plus-size model in an environment of ease and relaxation that richly agrees with all full-figured goddesses.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/ag/figure01.jpg"></center><p>Figure could still greatly benefit from featuring more youthful models, and more stylish layouts, but at least the magazine's most glaring past shortcomings have largely been eliminated, leaving it a rather size-positive publication--certainly far more curve-friendly than any other magazine on the market.

<i>Figure</i> is well worth supporting--and often turns up wonderful surprises.

- <a href="http://www.figuremagazine.com" target="_blank">Figuremagazine.com</a>

davey49
14th March 2007, 20:48
Do people here subscribe to Figure or buy it off the newsstand? I only got the February issue a few weeks ago. I don't know if I wasn't paying enough attention or it came out really late.