Earlier today, Tenille's Australian agency, BGM Models, kindly sent us larger versions of the model's new images for Embody Clothing, along with three never-before-seen headshots of this exquisite beauty.
(You may click on any of the following images to view them at a larger size.)
The plus-size industry is now graced with a number of stunning blonde goddesses, but they each have a look that is distinctly their own. Tenille's exciting persona is that of a nymphet, a young lass whose fairy-tale looks have allowed her to grow up deliciously spoiled, being given everything she has ever wanted. She openly capitalizes on her angelic looks to wrap the world around her finger. There is more than mischief in her eyes, a touch of devilry that plays off against her fair features. Her blue eyes are not gentle, but steamy, like ice on fire. She clearly takes pleasure in enslaving the heart of every man who gazes upon her, thrilled by the power of her own beauty. Her babylike facial features evoke the captivating qualities of girlhood itself--a time when petulance is adorable and selfishness is sweet.
Her golden tresses flow loosely, lazily over her shoulders, as if echoing the model's own sensual indolence. One stray tress even gently touches her delicate cheek. Though she is only a U.S. size 12 (and one does wish that she were a tad fuller-figured), her facial features have a fed look about them that makes them doll like and enchanting. Yet the following image is particularly interesting because in it, the photographer (whom we assume is Natalie Wakeling) catches Tenille in a rare reflective moment. One will notice that the model's eyes are not directly gazing into the camera but ever-so-slightly away, as if she were lost in thought (though still creating a captivating image in the process). This image offers a hint of the keen calculation behind those baby blues. She is no innocent, but a roguish minx who craftily cultivates her irresistibly vulnerable, needy look, for she knows that no living mortal is immune to the draw of such a persona. Observe how the cool-temperate lighting emphasizes the exquisite fairness of her soft complexion.
The makeup artistry contributes much to the success of these images, from the bubblegum-pink lip colour that subconsciously intimates the model's girlishness to the dramatic eyeshadow that emphasizes the piercing blue of her eyes. In the following image, the model allows herself to reveal more of her exciting impulse towards getting whatever she wants, yet notice that she deftly manages to exude such self-assurance without a trace of unattractive aggressiveness (a skilful feat on the model's part, hitting just the right emotional note in this manner). Her power derives, paradoxically, from her vulnerability, for all would willingly surrender to her, just because of her feminine beauty. Her golden tresses cascade magnificently around her face, like golden waves. The image is even effective in terms of presenting the apparel, for it suggests the drama that a cape allows the wearer to evoke.
The rest of the new Embody images have been posted above, but fans will enjoy seeing them at a larger size (by clicking on them). The following is certainly the finest of the new photographs, owing to the daring styling choice of offering a glimpse of the model's bare midriff. Consider how much more sensual plus-size models are compared to their underweight rivals: a minus-size model, even disrobed down to a bikini, would be unable to generate even a modicum of the seductiveness that a plus-size model manages to evoke simply by baring a touch of her soft midsection.
"Ice Queen" is what Embody calls its new denim line. Was there ever a more inspired term for plus-size jeans? The label applies to Tenille herself as much as it does to her garments, and it even offers a double entendre: for not only does Tenille thrillingly create the persona of a vain, spoiled, irresistible ice queen in her images, but "ice queen" recalls "ice cream," subconsciously reminding viewers that in order to obtain the alluring curves of a plus-size model, a girl can and should indulge liberally in said decadent delicacy.
As Shelley noted, the following image is eye-catching in that the tropical theme carries through every element: the luscious greenery, the floral-print garment, and the model's steamy allure. It also creates a fascinating visual effect in that, with Tenille's fair skin, flowing hair, and billowing wrap, she appears almost sylph-like, as if she might float on the gentle breeze.
Let us hope that many clients see how effective Miss Roberts is at showcasing Embody clothing, and take this as sanction to embrace models in a variety of heights--particularly those below 5'8. Tenille is much closer to the median height of women at 5'5 than most plus-size models, yet she can generate all of the goddesslike poses and expressions of her more Amazonian peers; moreover, her height gives her an advantage in creating uniquely youthful and vixenish demeanours, which make her images (and thus, her attire) that much more memorable.
We wish Tenille continued success in breaking down industry barriers (and continue to hope for her to blossom into a more subversively curvy size), and we applaud Embody Clothing for its visionary casting choice, gorgeous photography, feminine styling, and effective hair/cosmetics artistry. This campaign offers a glimpse of a more beautiful future.
- Embody Clothing