What a joy it is to encounter a modelling test so lovely that it makes one's heart ache in that special way which only the finest expressions of beauty can manage.
Such is the effect wrought by the latest photo shoot with fair-featured plus-size model Lily Cummings (size 14). As noted in our introductory thread
about her work, it was an enchanting picture of the model with blossoms in her hair that initially drew Miss Cummings to the attention of this forum. In Lily's latest test, she finds herself adorned with flora in an even more captivating manner. These are pictures that impress themselves indelibly on the viewer's memory, never to be forgotten.
The first is, above all, one of the most mesmerizing flower-accented portraits we have ever seen. Dressed in delicately feminine white lace, Miss Cummings appears as soft and ethereal as an angel. Her tresses are so fair as to blend into the pale-golden radiance of the sunlight behind her; one hardly knows where the model's locks end and the sunbeams begin. It is as if Lily herself were the source of the dazzling light. A tuft of white tulle adorns her ringleted hair, as well as the crowning touch, a yellow rose in full bloom. Lily's arm movements are seductively languid, and her gaze is the model's trademark demeanour, an almost expressionless look, with parted lips, that suggests sensual lassitude. This is the very personification of femininity itself.
A second floral image creates an altogether different effect, richly contrasting with the first. The image has a hot, tropical quality, with the model's skin as hale and flushed as it was porcelain fair in the previous photo. Appropriately, the flower is now a passionate pink, testifying to the model's hot-blooded persona. Her steamy gaze melts the film in the camera. The thick blonde curls tumble over her face in a bewitching manner.
A second headshot in the same outfit draws as close to the model a physically possible, highlighting her facial features, a heavy golden tress, and a feature for which Miss Cummings is particularly celebrated: her wide, perfect mouth. Only because Lily's lips are naturally shaped and not overly full (in the collagen-bloated manner that disfigures too many modern victims of cosmetic surgery) is this image so successful. All the more delectable for their candy-pink hue, the model's lips are the focus of the viewer's attention, forever hungering for a sweet kiss. Observe too the spun-sugar eyeshadow, which completes the savoury effect.
A final image of Miss Cummings from this shoot displays her attractive dress, so fittingly adorned with a floral print, as well as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful hairstyles we have ever seen, with the model's magnificent tresses cascading over her face in a voluptuous mass of blonde, sensually veiling one eye, and terminating in a thick, heavy, lazy curl. Such a heady profusion of golden hair intimates the most alluring weight and indolence on the model's part, which the dreamy languor of her pose confirms.
Bravo to Lily and to photographer Krystle Parker for recreating the Angelo Asti aesthetic for the present day. With truly feminine styling adorning a soft, fair, plus-size beauty, one can escape the mundane modernism that surrounded us every day of our lives, and enter the paradisaical realm of ideal beauty to which Western culture traditionally aspired.
We earnestly hope to see more photographs from this fascinating test.
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