Although numerous full-figured models are quite attractive, Justine Legault possess the kind of supermodel beauty that puts her in a class of her own. No one, no matter how size-prejudiced they may be, can look at her and deny that she is stunning.
Justine is currently achieving a measure of success in her home province of Québec. Last season, we enthused
about her August layout in Châtelaine
magazine. More recently, she appeared in an editorial in the November 2008 edition of Coup de Pouce,
another French-language women's monthly (akin to Glamour
or Marie Claire
), scans of which appear below.
Even more wonderful than learning of a new editorial featuring a Judgment of Paris favourite is discovering that the aesthetic of said editorial is timeless rather than modern. Mlle Legault's layout was not shot in an ugly urban cityscape suited for starving waifs, but in the bucolic Québec countryside, in a rustic setting that harmonizes perfectly with Justine's robust charms.
The cover page of the editorial establishes its thematic brilliance. Yes, a straight-size model does appear in the picture as well, but the photographer commendably places her in a secondary, subservient position to Justine, who rides like a high-born princess atop her steed. The underweight model appears to be a mere stable-girl, a servant, tending to Mlle Legault's every whim. Whereas the waif must trod on the ground, Justine sits at her elegant ease atop her mount, and can enjoy the country air, yet avoid any exertion. The pace of their walk is slow, so as not to agitate the delicate sensibility of the blonde goddess. The contrast in the models' figures is highly appropriate to the setting, and harkens back to an aristocratic time, when a serf would have lived on meagre rations, while a noble damsel would have indulged her lavish appetites, thereby augmenting her beauty, her fuller figure betokening her pampered lifestyle.
The close-up reveals Justine's enthralling natural charms. Her buxom figure is attractively framed by the lace-trimmed camisole, the necklace drawing attention to her decolletage. Her clavicle is submerged in soft fullness. Her braided hairstyle has a country-girl quality, but again one senses an aristocratic air--that the braid was tied for her by a handmaiden. The hairstyle seems carefully groomed, but the one stray blonde wisp suggests the wilder passions simmering beneath her comfortably placid mien.
Another stunning pair-shot shows, yet again, how the gaunt-looking skeletal model is outshone by Justine's opulent blonde beauty. The agrarian setting amplifies the sensation of lavish indulgence that Mlle Legault embodies. One recalls Charlotte Bronte's description of one of her female characters:
She was, indeed, extremely well fed: very much butcher's meat--to say nothing of bread, vegetables, and liquids--must she have consumed to attain that breadth and height, that affluence of flesh . . . Broad daylight blazed round her; she appeared in hearty health.
Justine personifies a Venus who has enjoyed the lavish bounty of Ceres.
A closer view reveals Justine's beauty even more fully. Her facial features are almost impossibly gorgeous, with the high cheekbones that have ever distinguished supermodels, but with the round facial shape and soft, "fed" look that are the hallmarks of true feminine grace. Most exciting of all, even obscured by her loose top, one senses the fullness of her waist, and the overall heaviness of her figure. Note that her tresses are a natural dark blonde (similar to Shannon Marie's), rather than the brassy sheen of dyed hair.
Of the four pages in the editorial, one shows Justine solo (although the photographer undoubtedly wished that he could have eschewed the minus-size model altogether, and shot Justine all by herself). Her attire clearly identifies her not as a labourer, but as the landowner's daughter, or as the consort of a man of wealth and means, her attractively haughty attitude suggesting a blue-blood lineage. The entire stable could have been a gift to her, for whereas some girls might beg merely for a pony, a damsel as beautiful as Justine could ask her affluent beau for a whole horse farm, and her wish would immediately be granted.
She has a coy look of invitation in her eyes, an easygoing allure, the irresistible attraction of someone who is completely self-satisfied, and is seeking pleasant diversions. The viewer, whoever he may be, (a suitor come a-courting, perhaps, or a GQ-type who is beneath her station,) looks up at her, and dreams of a "roll in the hay." (And how right that he should gaze upon her from below.) But it is up to the model's caprice whether she will permit such a tryst.
The final page in the editorial is the most attractive, and most size-positive. Again we see the shapeless waif paired off against Justine, whose luscious figure completely dominates the image. The crimson hue of her cozy sweater is effectively set off by the emerald grass and the warm browns of the woodwork. But it is her pear-shaped silhouette that primarily captures the eye.
The glory of Justine's figure is her womanly 46" hip measurement, and the fitted skirt unmistakably suggests the intoxicating fullness of her proportions. She recalls Kim Novak, although the actress's figure was never as sumptuous as this. Her golden tresses glow in the sunlight. The fullness in her face is evident.
How wonderful it is to see such an attractive editorial featuring one of the industry's most gorgeous plus-size models. Coup de Pouce deserves particular praise for shooting Justine in a non-urban setting, which complements her natural beauty, and for giving her such a superior role in these pictures, in contrast to the appropriately subordinate position of the emaciated model.
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