Fans of Mayara Russi have been petitioning us for months to add the Brazilian bombshell to our survey page, and we have finally gotten around to doing so. This South American goddess is also now represented by four new galleries of images (linked below), owing to the fact that her entire modelling history was discovered all at once, so the number of pages comprises a retroactive compendium of her best work.
The discovery of Mayara, and of South America plus-size modelling in general, has been one of the great success stories of 2010. At a time when the European and North American industries have been blighted by an infestation of faux-plus models, Ms. Russi, at a size 18/20, reminds the world of the kind of figure that plus-size models should
Moreover, the photography of most of her campaigns has been remarkable size-positive. This too is a reproach to the worldwide full-figured fashion industry, which frequently hides its models curves, as if it were ashamed of them. By contrast, many of Mayara's campaigns have lovingly celebrated her womanly hips, generous bust, and, most daringly, the rounded fullness of her waist--her most gorgeous figure feature.
Plus-size modelling worldwide could learn much from the example of Mayara Russi and her South American peers and how they are photographed. Hopefully this collection of images will prove instructional to agents as to what size models they should be representing, and to clients as to what size models they should be booking, and how they should be shooting them.
Modelling for Idalina Moreira Jeans, spring/summer 2010:
- Mayara Russi Gallery One
- Mayara Russi Gallery Two
- Mayara Russi Gallery Three
- Mayara Russi Gallery Four