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Old 21st May 2010   #1
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Default True plus-size model at

Visiting this forum has taught me to take note whenever I come across an all-too-rare example of a true plus-size model being used in a fashion campaign. A while back, I noticed a legitimately curvy model at a French retailer called [strong]46 et Plus[/strong]. (The "46" refers to size, not age, with 46 being the French equivalent of a U.S. size 16.) The model had fair skin and a soft physique. Her hairstyle was painfully short, but she was definitely not faux-plus. The company's fashions were mostly formless, but at least one item that the model displayed was body conscious and showed off her figure.

I visited the site again today, and was pleased to see that the photography and fashions have both improved, that the model's hair is a bit longer, and that she has retained her luscious figure. She may even be a bit fuller, and therefore more attractive.

Here she shows off a pretty top.

In the past, her modelling abilities were so-so at best, but I think her technique has improved, e.g. in the case of this hair-over-the-eyes look. Notice how soft and full her arms appear, especially from the reverse view.

Several of her pictures show that she has especially luscious legs.

This isn't much of an outfit, but again it shows her full, shapely legs.

The company obviously decided to have a little fun when styling this ensemble, as they gave the model a touch of a period look. With those lovely legs, she looks terrific in short skirts.

But the two sets of images that especially impressed me were the ones showing her in figure-embracing casual tops, which really define her curves. These simple but body-conscious items represent a definite step forward for 46 et Plus, which has tended towards formlessness in the past.

This item even shows off the roundness at her midsection.

The 46 et Plus model has real potential, I think. If she grows out her hair and retains her current, opulent proportions, and if 46 et Plus shoots her in a more creative campaign, this company, and this model, could end up producing many size-celebratory images. This isn't the first time that a French company has proven to be more size-positive than other European counterparts, and hopefully it won't be the last.

Here's the official 46 et Plus site:
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