While scores of plus-size-model fans vociferously enthused
about the three initial images from Katherine Roll's recent test with photographer Stanley Debas, little did they know that the most
gorgeous photographs from the shoot were yet to come.
Now that we can share seven more flowers from this virtual bouquet, we confidently judge this to be the most deliciously girlish, luscious, succulent photoshoot that any model has ever created, one that richly confirms Katherine's distinction of having the most gorgeous figure of any plus-size model in the industry.
Moreover, it is a styling tour de force, featuring the most irresistibly feminine wardrobe of any test that we have ever seen. The outfits vividly express Katherine's identity as a timeless beauty, one with the figure of a goddess but with the ripeness and vibrancy of youth.* * *
A breathtaking headshot leads off the series, with Katherine's graceful gestures framing her angelic face. With one hand she brushes back her tresses, while with the other she delicately caresses her golden hair. These hand movements are intensely seductive, for they enact the physical engagement that the viewer himself subconsciously longs to perform. Her eyes are the most delicate shade of blue, yet a banked-down fire smoulders within them, suggesting carnal passions eager to be unleashed, as echoed by the appetitive set of her lovely mouth, with her parted lips. As readers noted in the previous thread about the current test, this is the most gorgeous hairstyle that Katherine has ever worn. Although the 'do is stylish and carefully crafted, observe the seductive touch of wildness about it, with several strands of gold having escaped from the rest, veering off in uncontrolled abandon, as if to betoken the passions that the model can barely keep in check. The lemon yellow of her top stands out richly against the deep-blue sky, like the sun piecing through dark clouds. (The lighting in this image is phenomenal.) The model's necklace is enchanting, with its delicate pink flowers and undulating off-white trim looking like the sugary frosting of a delicious cake, intimating not only how delectable the model herself appears, but subconsciously suggesting the rich appetite that has endowed her with such luxuriant beauty.
The most sensual feature of all in this photo is the sight of the seductive dimples at the model's knuckles and wrists. Such irresistibly feminine details exclusively distinguish true plus-size goddesses, and are among the most alluring physical characteristics that any girl can possess. No suitor can resist the urge to kiss a soft, plump hand with such sensual aspects, and it was from precisely this desire to honour a seductively dimpled hand with a kiss that the tradition of a gentleman kissing a lady's hand originated.
To the certain delight of Katherine's legions of fans, the next image exhibits her full, rounded arms, showcasing them in a loving manner. Katherine's golden tresses fall over her shoulders but leave her arms bare, like curtains that have parted to exhibit the opulent fullness of her limbs. Consider the model's captivating gaze: Something, or someone, has clearly caught her attention, and that someone is undoubtedly an admirer who has come upon her idyllic retreat and stands spellbound by her beauty (a fact which pleases the model greatly). If we follow her line of sight to her admirer, then trace it back to her, we can see that he has fixed his gaze directly upon her luscious arms. And who can blame him?
Surely there have never been images that more richly evoked "paradise on earth" than these. One of the qualities that make them so captivating is that they suggest leisure and indolence on the part of the model. Katherine creates the enchanting persona of a goddess who whiles away her days in complete relaxation, casually leafing through magazines in pursuit of her favourite pastime: discovering new fashions and adornments for her own beauty. Perhaps the oldest archetype of romance is the motif of discovering a beautiful girl reposing in the grass in an Arcadian paradise, and these images compellingly bring that meme to life.
The next image, however, may be the most arresting in the entire series. This picture shows Katherine in an exciting outfit that was not previewed in the previous thread--a savory dress in a hue somewhere between strawberry pink and cranberry red. The delectable colour of the dress stands out against the lush green verdure like ripe fruit in the height of summertime. This image dispels any doubt that Katherine possesses the most gorgeous figure of any plus-size model, with the wrap design of the dress closely defining the model's body, going easy at her rich waist but lovingly embracing her womanly hips. The bejewelled necklace enhances the glamour of the outfit, the overall impression of the look being one of luxurious richness, particularly given the opulent fullness of the model's figure.
What makes the picture especially compelling is the model's pose and expression. Although this is a still image, Katherine deftly creates an impression of movement, imparting to the viewer the sense that she has emerged from behind the tree and is slowly, indolently, taking a pace towards him. Her expression is openly carnal and seductive, with rapacious hunger smouldering within her eyes, an intensity of passion echoed by the vibrant hue of the dress. The image conveys a sensation of full-blown beauty, a presentation in which all restraints have been dispensed with. The model boldly projects the full measure of her allure. The angel has been set aside; she is now the carnal seductress, yet is sophisticated and elegant in her attractions. She is an empress, a queen, one who has lavishly indulged herself with the pleasures to which her beauty has entitled her, and now sets her sights on new prey, knowing that the very magnificence of her well-fed appearance is the most compelling attraction of all.
If the previous image showed the model interpreting plus-size beauty in the most regal and majestic manner possible, the next picture celebrates feminine curvaceousness in a coquettishly girlish way. Katherine's come-hither gaze recalls the coy flirtatiousness of a '50s pin-up, but her feline eyes add an extra touch of minx-like allure. At last, we see Katherine's lemon-yellow outfit in full, and it turns out to be the most deliciously seductive dress imaginable, fitting her voluptuous figure like a second skin. The model's golden tresses both frame and lead the eye down towards her plump décolletage, beguilingly showcased by her scoop neckline. The abbreviated sleeves expose the round fullness of the model's sumptuous arms. The verdant greenery in the background echoes the model's own lush, teeming beauty.
By far the most sensual aspect of the image, and the most size-celebratory detail in any photograph in this entire test, is the sight of the model's shapely thighs pressing against the fabric of her yellow dress, forming undulating curves, as if her pretty outfit can hardly contain the fullness of her physique. The way in which the model coyly accentuates her hips, via her sitting position, is utterly beguiling--and consciously so. This is what makes the photograph such a masterpiece of size-celebration: the sense that the model recognizes that it is the visible fullness of her figure, as defined by her outfit, that makes her so irresistible. And she is absolutely correct in this assessment.
Adding another flavour to Katherine's delicious colour palette for this shoot, the next image finds her in a dress that is as mouth-watering as a grape on the vine. Fans were treated to a preview of this lovely outfit in the previous thread, but this full-length image reveals the purple dress to even more captivatingly beautiful than anyone could have anticipated, thanks to its attractively abbreviated length and the sheerness of the fabric. In a stroke of modelling genius, Katherine plays up the ballerina-like associations that the fabric evokes by tugging at the hem and adopting a dancer's pose. The lighting is especially effective, with the sunlight streaming directly onto the model's tresses and making them shine with a golden radiance, as if they were lit from within--this sunlit yellow effectively harmonizing with the purple hue of the dress. The tie just under the bust emphasizes the model's voluptuousness.
Katherine's smiling expression gladdens the heart. Her facial features have a sensually well-fed look, which, together with her joyous mien, suggests the sheer pleasure that she takes in her own beauty, a quality of self-adoration that makes her utterly irresistible. Observe the soft fullness of her arms and the untoned shapeliness of her legs. The emerald foliage behind her provides the ideal backdrop, with the rich greens playing off against her purple dress. Generally, one finds the fashion industry's obsession with footwear to be quite incomprehensible, but Katherine's shoe selections invariably warrant attention. These adorable pink shoes add an essential touch of Barbie-like girlishness to an outfit that is already delightfully doll-like, and the balletic way in which the model has positioned her feet makes for a graceful presentation.
What a pleasure it is to revisit Katherine's baby-pink outfit, in an image that better shows off the delicate beauty of this charming top, with its floral embellishment. (Don't miss the connection between the trim at this top's neckline and the pink blossoms in Katherine's necklace in the lemon-yellow headshot.) Katherine's luscious arms appear sensually soft and full and rounded, as perfectly formed as if Praxiteles himself had sculpted them in marble. There is a heaviness to her limbs that is utterly intoxicating.
The model's weighty limbs and her recumbent pose given the image a sensual quality of feminine lassitude. The image effectively underscores Katherine's goddess identity, depicting a persona who is too seductively indolent for any exertion, but prefers reposing in the grass and being passively worshipped for her beauty. Her expression is carnal and appetitive, but in a different manner than in the initial headshot in this post, or in the cranberry-pink dress photo. Here, the allure is more docile. Instead of a rapacious feline advancing on her prey, in this image the model appears well-sated, yet still craves more, secure in the knowledge that her quarry will come to her, irresistibly drawn by her beauty.
The final new image from this series may be the most tantalizing of all, not only because the model wears a dress that is outright red--the colour of love, of the rose, of the heart, and of the ripest, most succulent fruit--but also because it is a headshot, making this the only one of Katherine's looks that fans have not yet seen full-length. However, what one does see of the dress is breathtaking: a one-shoulder, goddesslike design comprising a cloth-like material that evokes the linen fabrics of Classical Antiquity, yet in a vibrant hue of which the Ancients never dreamed. The wrap design conforms closely to the model's body, defining her buxom voluptuousness. The emerald verdure richly sets off the full-blooming colour of the dress. Observe the ornate earrings, which add glamour and sophistication to the look.
The supreme achievement in this image, however, is the model's gaze, an expression utterly unlike any she has ever created before. This is a quintessentially cinematic look, the kind of intense, direct stare that a Kim Novak might have created in a studio portrait from the golden age of Hollywood. (The narrow focus enhances this impression.) Many of the images in this photoshoot have benefitted from the model's appetizing youthfulness, but in this headshot, even more than in the cranberry-pink-dress photograph, Miss Roll demonstrates how much emotion she can infuse into an image. Her gaze conveys a searching, yearning quality, a hunger that is more than merely physical. The sensation is deeply compelling, because the desire that one sees in her eyes mirrors the nameless longing that her own beauty evokes in the viewer.* * *
These visual masterpieces exhaust all superlatives. They exhibit the finest wardrobe styling of any plus-size model's test to date: enchanting outfits that play up Katherine's youth and femininity while celebrating her sumptuous curves. The backgrounds are inexpressibly perfect, ideally setting off every look and harmonizing with the model's own natural beauty. The hairstyling is exquisite, gracing Katherine with the most beautiful style she has ever worn. The lighting is outstanding, richly evoking the vivid hues of the model's wardrobe while also capturing the emerald radiance of the Arcadian foliage.
And of course, the model herself may well be the loveliest goddess in the industry today. In previous tests, Katherine has already demonstrated her extraordinary range and versatility, but this shoot further confirms her modelling prowess, her ability to create a rich variety of personae evoking different ages, personalities, and emotions.
Bravo to Miss Roll and to all involved in creating this outstanding test, which is easily one of the finest shoots--perhaps the very finest--that any plus-size model has ever created.
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- Katherine Roll: Effortless Allure