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Old 22nd February 2008   #1
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Default ANTM: Whitney Thompson

Well, it took ten seasons, but Tyra Banks's TV program, America's Next Top Model, has finally found a plus-size contestant who is a timeless beauty of the first order.

Incredible, isn't she? Buxom, alluring, gorgeous, with ideally round facial features, and a stunning ability to present herself as the sensual goddess that she is.

Her name is Whitney Thompson, and while she is rather on the faux-plus size, her figure does have a trace of womanliness.

There is something lively and vibrant about this girl. She seems wickedly intelligent and poised.

But the quality that makes her a Judgment of Paris favourite, beyond even her remarkable looks, is that she possesses the most important, most irresistible of all feminine character traits: vanity.

You can see it in her pouty facial expressions. You can hear it in her words. This vixen knows just how desirable she is.

Whitney's extremely alluring conceit should serve her well in the competition, which is intensely biased against full-figured beauty, and rigged to prevent any plus-size competitor from succeeding.

No silly fashion shoots or misguided industry opinions will adversely affect this girl's richly justified self-confidence. During one of her interview clips, she states:

"I represent a healthy American woman, which should be the ideal American woman."

She is so right. And when she says those words, one has the exciting sense that what she is really saying is, "I, Whitney Thomposon, should be the ideal American woman." And looking at her breathtaking beauty, who can disagree?

The first episode of ANTM Season Ten opened in a private-school setting, showing the contestants in school uniforms. It was a brilliant concept--but alas, we missed the first part of the program, and didn't begin recording the show until the second half.

Needless to say, Whitney passed this preliminary round.

Her delight in her success is evident in this picture, which exhibits that most sensual, most seductive of all facial features, the "slight rise" of a "slope towards the throat," which Renaissance writers held to be the epitome of feminine beauty.

The next photo session was intended to mimic "grad pictures." Here is Whitney preparing for the shoot:

Observe what a brilliant pose she chooses--a surprised look, as if someone had caught her in a state of undress.

The affected modesty of the pose is tantalizing. Not only is this girl gorgeous, but she is creative, and a brilliant model.

ANTM also required a more subdued expression, and just watch Whitney prepare for this. She arranges her stole (note the deliciously soft facial features),

slings it over her shoulder (just look at that aristocratic expression),

and arranges it on her person (calling to mind Rubens' famous Venus-in-furs portait of the voluptous Helena Fourment),

The sensuality of the fur against the model's bare skin is overwhelming,

and she heightens the effect by her smouldering glance, with one eye alluringly obscured by her raven tresses.

In the final judging, Whitney's name wasn't immediately called, leading to some tense moments.

And when her name was announced, her facade cracked, and some vulnerability was revealed. One of the things that makes vain goddesses so intoxicating is that they secretly need constant flattery and reassurance of their own beauty and supremacy.

As she took the podium, her self-assurance returned. She fairly beamed with pride. Just look at those perfect cheekbones.

Our very favourite picture came when Tyra reminded her that she is there to prove that full-figure beauty is ideal. Whitney looked down, as if in a modest acknowledgment of her own supremacy.

All smiles (and what a smile!), a moment later.

Who knows for how many episodes we will be fortunate enough to see this girl on the program. That Whitney is more beautiful than the other models is beyond dispute (especially since her rivals are quite painfully homely, not even attractive within the diminished possibilities of straight-size models).

We earnestly wish that Whitney were fuller-figured, of course, and her sensual, appetitive poses suggest that someday, she might blossom into a more opulently-proportioned goddess. But even now, she has a softness about her, especially in her babylike facial features, that is quite irresisitble.

For most of the pictures in this episode, she wore her hair either tied back, or dressed simply,

but when, for one shoot, she adopted a more voluptuous, Romantic hairstyle, the full measure of her beauty was revealed.

We have two short Whitney videos to present. The first, about 90 seconds long, excerpts her appearances on the premier episode (at least, from the point that we began recording it).

The second, a Facebook video, constitutes a brief promotional trailer of Whitney, filmed during the girls' initial Covergirl shoot.

Let us hope that we see more of this stunning beauty on future episodes of ANTM.

- Click here to view ep.1 excerpts video (17 Mb)

- Click here to view Facebook video
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