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Old 13th April 2007   #1
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Default Kailee O'Sullivan IS Glamour

True glamour personified.

At last, the May 2007 issue of Glamour has wended its way to Canada, containing between its covers by far the most gorgeous picture that this magazine has ever produced--and one of the finest photographs of any plus-size model ever taken.

When we posted Entertainment Online's report about this issue, we applauded the image in principle, but worried what the final version might look like. Would Kailee suffer the fate that has befallen other full-figured models in mainstream magazines? Would she be vertically distorted? Would she be drenched in a radioactive pseudo-tan?

No worrying was necessary. When one finally sees the actual page, one discovers that Glamour has eschewed the modern aesthetic altogether, and presented Kailee's timeless beauty in all of its natural splendour.

This breathtaking image exalts the model's long, luxuriant tresses, and captivatingly fair skin tone--that peaches-and-cream complexion that was revered as the feminine ideal throughout history. But what makes this image such a perfect expression of size celebration, such a glorious presentation of the Classical aesthetic, is that it celebrates all of the model's soft curves, without reservation or apology.

In showing this remarkable image to its readers, Glamour is joining numerous progressive plus-size retailers in dispensing with the androgynous "toned" look (which now seems so artifical and outdated), and rekindling the natural appreciation of the luxuriantly soft, feminine aesthetic.

The pose is extraordinary--a relaxed, lounging position, of the kind that suits plus-size models so well. And Kailee, with her innate grace and elegance, executes the pose perfectly, adopting a captivating gaze that is confident, yet still betrays that hidden vulnerability which is her signature look.

To the Classical world, the beauty of this image would have been self-evident. A figure such as Kailee's would not have been regarded as an example of "alternative" beauty, but a stellar presentation of ideal beauty (which is surely is). When the sculptors of Antiquity depicted Venus, the goddess of beauty, they adorned her with exactly the same soft, generous curves that Kailee posssess:

It is to Glamour's great credit that it has brought this timeless (yet suppressed and forbidden) aesthetic back to life in the modern day, defying the very media culture of which the magazine is a part.

Here is a screen-size version of Kailee's tear sheet,

but fans will also wish to view this page in larger formats:

- Click here for medium-size scan

- Click here for full-size scan

Still, nothing can substitute for seeing the actual image in the magazine itself--just as viewing an Old Master painting in real life, in a museum, is always a richer experience than examining any reproduction.

* * *

The Judgment of Paris has followed Kailee's career with great enthusiasm from the very beginning--and particularly, from the debut of her sparkling promotional video--and it is a joy to see the industry finally awakening to her limitless potential . . .

- NEW Kailee O'Sullivan gallery

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