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Old 1st June 2012   #1
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Default Tess Henstra: X-Two


Late in 2011, we introduced readers to a gorgeous new plus-size model named Tess Henstra, who is represented by Muse Management in NY and a remarkable number of European agencies.

Tess headlines the current spring/summer 2012 campaign from Dutch label X-Two. At a U.S. size 16 and with curvaceous measurements 42-35-48, Miss Henstra is legitimately full-figured, making her work quite beneficial to the cause of size celebration.

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Just as significantly, she is remarkably attractive, with a luxurious mane of thick blonde hair, hazel eyes reminiscent of Shannon Marie's, and, in her best images, visible, sensual weight in her face.

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To its great credit, X-Two shot this campaign in an attractive setting, with several images set against organic, natural backdrops. Tess looks lovely on this outdoor swing.

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In her best images, the model smoulders with sensuality, her steamy eyes hypnotizing the viewer.

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Even this particular outfit is quite attractive, a lacy top which bares some portion of the model's shapely arms.

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Alas, the majority of the X-Two outfits conform to the standard, formless European approach, rather than a body-conscious fit. However, the greenery adds a welcome dash of life and colour to an image such as this.

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Notice how the leaves veritably frame the model in an emerald canopy.

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The campaign was clearly shot in a suburban locale rather than in the woods, but the photographer took full advantage of the verdure on site to endow the images with natural beauty.

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Of course, the most gorgeous element of all is Tess herself, with her high cheekbones, mesmerizing eyes, and thick tresses curled into heavy golden locks.

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Alas, few of the images give a vivid sense of the actual fullness of the model's physique. This image comes closer than most to suggesting her size-16 proportions.

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Her poutier, more alluring looks may be Miss Henstra's deadliest weapons, but her smiling looks are enticing as well, showing her youthful, sincere enthusiasm.

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In this picture, the model's appealing, flipped-over hairstyle reminds one of Andrea Horblitt.

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Notice how the array of background elements in the image, from the barrel-like table to the outdoor bench with the pillows to the wicker piece and even the porch post, add visual interest and create a coherent, muted palette.

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Of course, the presence of pillows and a bench positively calls out for a picture showing the model in a recumbent position, and the photographer gladly obliges. The soft cushions echo Miss Henstra's own plump contours, while the rustic print of the pillow fabric complements the wooden pieces in the foreground as well as the model's top.

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Even her earrings pick up this organic motif. Her wrap top celebrates her generous décolletage. The model's pouty expression exudes effortless seductiveness.

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At last, after so many images showing Tess garbed in muted shades, we see a dollop of colour, thanks to her strawberry blouse in the following gorgeous image. Notice how the sunlight illuminates her tresses.

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The sensation that one derives from all of the photographs in this campaign is a calm, relaxed, easygoing mood, a feeling of ease and pleasure.

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Observe how vividly the model's turquoise outfit stands out against the dark, ancient-looking wooden doorway behind her.

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A closer view shows, better than any other image in this campaign, the visible weight in the model's face, a rich, well-fed look that not even her modelesque facial bone structure can obscure.

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The campaign's indoor images are every bit as captivating as the outdoor pictures. Observe how the photographer links the two by shooting Tess at a magnificent wooden table which looks like it was carved from an ancient oak. The vivid hue of her blouse stands out against the earth tones and the greenery in the background, visible through the open door. The elements in the foreground add visual interest.

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A closer view highlights the model's gorgeous facial features. The flowers and the lip colour pick up the berry shades in the fabric of her top.

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In the splendid image, the turquoise of the windows in the background harmonize with similar hues in the model's outfit. The tall, narrow shape of the windows and the coloured glass mimics the effect of stained-glass windows in a Gothic church.

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Up close, the model's expression looks bewitchingly feline.

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The final and most sensual indoor images show Tess relaxing on a plush sofa. Notice how the reddish elements in the pillows pick up the related hues in her berry-coloured top.

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Via a different pose, the model foregrounds her legs, showing the seductive fullness of her bare limbs.

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The photographer's keen eye for his surroundings effectively incorporates the Buddha statue in the background as another element of tranquility and serenity.

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Outstanding images from a gorgeous plus-size model an a pro-curvy fashion label with a keen aesthetic sensibility.

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- X-Two

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Old 3rd June 2012   #2
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Default Re: Tess Henstra: X-Two

Here's a fine video from X-Two showing behind-the-scenes clips of the making of this shoot.



It shows the model actually performing the movements which generated the campaign's images. She looks curvier in the footage than in the still photos. Fun to watch. Gorgeous model.
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