Alaina: The Next Generation of Beauty
Long-time readers of this site may recall a Click model named Chrissie Crawford, who was, for several seasons, one of the most celebrated up-and-coming talents in the industry.
With long, brunette tresses, a softly voluptuous figure and an exotic look, Chrissie was ahead of her time in introducing the kind of allure into plus-size modelling that was hitherto the exclusive provenance of Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated superwaifs.
Even more importantly, as a genuinely full-figured goddess, Chrissie defied the absolute hegemony of the faux-plus standard that blighted the plus-siz industry of the day. At a time (shortly after the collapse of Mode magazine) when visibly curvaceous beauty was all but banished from full-figured fashion, Chrissie confounded the industry by not starving herself down into a faux-plus size but maintaining her luscious curves. Her opulent figure and her unapologetically seductive look made her one of the most popular names in the industry, despite the curve-o-phobia of the fashion establishment.
Fast forward to 2015, and our Web project is now honoured to present some of the most breathtaking images of plus-size beauty in ages.
The model exhibits all of Chrissie's most celebrated features: a sensually soft and untoned physique, generous voluptuousness, wisps of dark hair caressing her face, and gorgeous arms so full and luscious as to put even the most renowned Classical sculptures of Aphrodite to shame. She sits serenely, pedestalized as the goddess that she is.
Even as the model gazes out the window, perhaps in reverie, it is the viewer himself who feels that he is in a dream, a dream world of ideal beauty: for no feminine form was ever more desirable than this.
The daylight creates a chiaroscuro effect, highlighting every rich curve of the model's soft arms. She seems elegant and refined, her hand-on-the-shoulder gesture a graceful touch, the opulence of her limbs augmenting her femininity.
But upon seeing the model's visage, one realizes that, no, this is not Chrissie after all, despite her many similarities in figure and hairstyle. Proving the old proverb that the apple does not fall far from the tree, this is, in fact, Chrissie's extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Alaina Megan, in a series of Senior Class photographs taken by her celebrated mother (and posted with her permission).
Alaina has inherited every bit of her mother's loveliness, as well as her evocative posing style. This “modest model” stance is gentle and serene, while the delicate touch of her fingers on the ornate glass doors is a supremely graceful gesture. Observe too the size-positive shapeliness of the model's lovely physique.
The passive tranquility of the next photograph is utterly captivating. The light seems to bathe her skin in a soft luminescence. This image also one reveals quality of beauty that is uniquely her own and distinguishes her from Chrissie: a rich fullness in her visage, which constitutes the epitome of ideal feminine beauty, including that loveliest of all facial features: a soft curve under her chin.
When we, at last, see Alaina in colour, we notice more traits that distinguish her from Chrissie, most notably her fiery tresses, with stray wisps of flame dancing over her soft, rounded cheek. Her expression suggests a mysterious moodiness that is darkly alluring. The dress sets off the opulence of her full, swan-like neck. (And yes, as observant viewers may have realized, this dress is one that Chrissie herself wore to one of her most memorable photo shoots.) There is a languishing indolence about her demeaour that is supremely desirable.
Never, in all the years that we have operated this Web project, have we understood the female fascination with footwear. We include this image to offer the complete set of photographs and because the nail design exhibits distinct artistry.
Did we mention that this series of images comprises our young lady's senior class photos? Here you see testimony of this fact written in the sand. The model looks uncommonly cheery in this image, and the contrast of the Little Black Dress™ with the beachfront setting is artistic and eye-catching.
One sense that the next photograph was composed especially to show off more nail art, this time on the model's fingertips. Said nail art, as well as Alaina's deep crimson tresses, stand out vividly against the otherwise muted colours of the setting. The image also celebrates the model's exquisite skin tone, a very fair shade indeed, which has been mercifully protected from the blazing sun of the Deep South and left immaculately white, thus enhancing the loveliness of her rounded arms.
As noted earlier, Alaina has clearly inherited her mother's talent for posing, but her specialization of looks is quite different. In contrast to Chrissie's open seductiveness, her daughter's most evocative expressions show an arresting vulnerability, an undisguised neediness, a look of nameless longing. Even without professional modelling experience, her range is remarkable. And her eyes…
…exhibit a deep green hue that rivals even the most crystalline blue for beauty. This gaze is one of the most searching looks that we have ever seen, a demeanour of open yearning, in which the model looks as if she has laid bare her heart. She appears irresistibly helpless and in need of protection. The doll-like fullness in her face augments her attractiveness still further.
A walk by the seashore produces another rare image of Alaina with a smiling expression. She seems like a latter-day Aphrodite having just emerged from the sea (and not even the most renowned of Botticelli beauties was ever as gorgeous as she), even as the chic dress lovingly embraces her every curve.
But it is still Alaina's moodier looks that exert the greatest effect upon the viewer. Her faraway gaze is intensely romantic, like a Brontë heroine staring off across the endless sea, her heart swelling with deep passions. The beauty of her facial features, in their luxurious roundness and youthful delicacy, is astounding to see, while the bare shoulders contrast the model's ethereal qualities with a substantial, tactile reality.
Did even Lillian Russell herself exhibit a profile as lovely as this? One wonders. Alaina exhibits profound nobility and sophistication in her demeanour, her complexion so fair as to appear lit from within. Yet the sumptuous richness and robustness of her facial contours adds corporeal sensuality to her elegance and refinement.
For a change of pace, here is Alaina in a second look, a casual outfit that her glamorous beauty belies. By all accounts, the model herself is the kindest, most thoughtful individual whom anyone could ever hope to meet, yet the moody, self-satisfied persona that she creates here adds an exciting fascinating to the image. The kicked-up feet suggest seductive lassitude.
When she does smile, Alaina's winsomeness melts the heart, so open-hearted and sincere she appears, even as she intimates a touch of mischief and intrigue. Her long, heavy tresses cascading over her shoulders suggest a harmonized contrast of sensual languour with fiery passions — an utterly intoxicating mix.
The final image in this series presents Alaina adopting another dreamy, faraway look. The natural setting, so beautiful yet romantically isolated, make this seem like an intimately personal portrait, a private moment that the viewer shares with the model, as she is lost in thought. The kicked-off shoes suggest a relaxed mood. The bright fabric that contrasts so vividly with her four-alarm tresses skims alluringly yet modestly over her generous curves.
A close-up permits one more look at those doll-like facial features, as soft and round as a fresh peach, so well-fed and girlishly pretty — the epitome of feminine loveliness.
Alaina Megan is indisputably one of the most gorgeous girls ever featured here, a promising young starlet who easily surpasses most professional models in beauty and in sheer talent.
Re: Alaina: The Next Generation of Beauty
Alaina is a great beauty. I hope we will see more of her in the future, and I wish her all the best as she embarks upon the next stage of her life.
And what a talented photographer Chrissie is! My goodness, these photographs are beautifully executed. She is as talented behind the camera as she is before it.
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