Big Is Beautiful (magazine)
Without a doubt, one of the most perplexing questions in the magazine industry today is why The Netherlands, with a population of just over 16 million, can support not just one, but two professional-quality, independent magazines devoted to plus-size fashion, while North America has difficulty maintaining even one.
At this forum, we recently reviewed one of those Dutch publications, titled Vol magazine, and now we will discuss the second, which is descriptively but unimaginatively titled, Big Is Beautiful:
The quality of the photography in Big is Beautiful is roughly equivalent to that of Vol, or perhaps just a step beneath--i.e., equal to that of most North American "lifestyle" publications. The paper stock is premium matte, which is the same paper that is used in Real Simple magazine (whereas Vol's is premium glossy, like Vogue or Elle). In every way, then, Big Is Beautiful looks and feels "legitimate." Its dimensions, however, are considerably larger than those of Vol, or even of Figure--at nearly 10"x14", it is approximately the size of W magazine.
She makes a remarkable showing here, no matter what one may think of the makeup itself, and one can discern a certain softness in her features that is most becoming.
And Linda Caffa, Holland's "other" Linda, also appears in fine form in a conservative but nevertheless attractive ad for Exelle.nl. Linda is a size 16 by the American measure, and she exhibits the distinctive beauty that is unique to models with genuinely opulent proportions:
(You may click on the above image to view it at a larger size.)
Like the articles in Vol, the content of Big Is Beautiful is entirely in Dutch. But in most plus-size magazines, the articles are never nearly as important or compelling as the images (Mode, with its size-positive philosophy, was the lone exception), so the language barrier may be moot. Anyone in North America who is interested in subscribing to Big Is Beautiful can do so via TypicalDutchStuff.com, which is the same online resource that offers overseas subscriptions to Vol.
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