Karen Vermeiren: Miss Etam
The Etam Group is one of the largest fashion brands in Europe, with branches in many nations throughout the continent. The Dutch division is known as "Miss Etam," and the company's new fall/winter 2010 catalogue includes a very special surprise.
Two of the book's pages are devoted to Etam's plus-size line, and the catalogue's key model is size-16 Belgian beauty Karen Vermeiren. The first of the two pages is absolutely delightful, showing Karen flanked by a pair of acolytes, in the manner of a high-school queen bee nestled amid her worshipful subjects. Like the social butterfly that any girl so lovely must be, she receives a call on her cell phone from one of the many young men begging to date her. Observe that not only is Karen the most gorgeous of the three, but that she is also the most generously proportioned, and the one who possesses the most natural height (5'8). Her white tunic gently embraces her figure, suggesting (if not defining) the sumptuous fullness of her waist. The colour palette of this collection is very appealing, particularly on Karen, with her purple sweater playing off against her dark tresses and pretty complexion.
A close-up shows the sensual beauty of Karen's plump facial features, with high cheekbones softened by facial fullness, as well as that most seductive of all facial traits, a curve under the chin. The darker hair colour agrees with the model, as does the luxurious length of her hair. She fairly glows, her whole being communicating pleasure, ease, and comfortable self-indulgence.
The second full-figure-fashion page in the Etam catalogue is just as charming, showing Karen gleefully showing a cellphone picture to her follower. "What sort of image might it be?" one wonders. Perhaps she is proudly displaying the results of her latest modelling campaign, making her friend jealous by showing her an especially attractive picture of herself. Alternatively, she could be presenting an image of the latest in a long line of GQ suitors who are eager to court her--this too designed to raise her colleague's envy, and to remind her who the queen bee among them really is. Although Karen's top isn't closely fitted, the shrug presses the fabric against her body, thus allowing the alluring fullness of her midsection to be displayed.
A closer view once again exhibits the opulent fullness of Karen's face, particularly the "slight rise" of the "slope toward the throat" (as Renaissance writers described this adorable feature). Her long brunette tresses add greatly to her look. The swell at her waist is unmistakable. Although not in fact a teen model, Karen's generous proportions, and the fact that she is not starving herself into a faux-plus size, endows her with a perpetually desirable look.
What a pleasure it is to see another European company enlisting plus-size models in its promotions, and in particular selecting a genuinely full-figured goddess like Karen rather than a disappointingly faux-plus Amazon. Mrs. Vermeiren is the most attractive model on the European continent, and, at a splendid size 16, she is authentically curvaceous. Her campaigns are unfailingly size positive. Would that more North American clients would book models her size or larger, and with her degree of beauty.
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