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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progressive plus-size retailers in dispensing with the androgynous "toned" look (which now seems so artifical and outdated), and rekindling the natural appreciation of the luxuriantly soft, feminine aesthetic.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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Old 14th April 2007   #2
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I swore off reading "women's magazines" (except for the occasional issue of Figure) some years ago, out of frustration with their contradictory messages, which were never more glaring than in their "shape" issues. Still, I have to admit that this stunning photograph of Kailee, actually celebrating her curvy waist, brought be back to the fold. I picked up the magazine earlier today.

The mixed messages are still there, of course. This issue does have some high points, including:

-a so-so swimwear spread, which shows two size-18 models

-an article about an author who slams diet myths (although the magazine's interviewer still tries to turn it into a body-diminishment piece)

and delightfully,

-an image of Emma, Lady Hamilton (who is praised as a "model who shunned corsets and stiff updos")

Emma's image is a small one, but it seems fitting to find it in this issue, since Kailee is one of the rightful inheritors of Lady Hamilton's legacy as an icon of full-figured feminine beauty.

Mind you, all this is offset by the magazine's diet ads and other regrettable features, including an astronomical waif count. I would have preferred to find the Kailee image in Figure, if only because then it would have been situated in a predominantly size-positive context, not contending with mixed messages.

However, Glamour is one of the few magazines that have some "influence" over the fashion industry and public perceptions, owing to its considerable readership. Therefore, hopefully, their progressive and daring presentation of such a gorgeous plus-size model -- softly-figured, fair, and feminine, rather than "toned" -- will encourage other publications (and perhaps even some plus-size fashion retailers) to adopt this timeless aesthetic in their own images and promotions.
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I am happier than I can possibly express to finally see a model with a soft and natural, non-athletic figure photographed so well - looking so beautiful - in a mainstream magazine. I hope this finally heralds the rediscovery of the timeless ideal. Young women today can far better identify with, and respond to, a model with a comfortable figure like Kailee's, than the ropy-muscled androids who dominate the mass media.

This image actually did remind me of something else, from Glamour - a wonderful comment from a male writer, praising the beauty of soft midriffs on women, which the magazine published last fall. It was posted on this forum, here:

Here's an excerpt:

I've been spending my Sunday afternoons at a particular cafe, sort of writing this column but mostly women watching. There are plenty of wannabe Giseles to look atóconcave-stomached girls wearing tiny shirts. But I'm obsessed with one woman who always comes in with her scrappy black mutt. She has long, dark hair, big hoop earrings and a curvy, soft belly. Those Renaissance painters knew something Hollywood doesn't: Rounded lines just look more inviting than hard, straight ones.
Situate this quoted text alongside this lovely image of Kailee, and the result is an extremely size-celebratory message.

Bravo to Glamour for featuring these positive images and statements. If only they were the norm, for the magazine - not the exception.

Oh, and incidentally. Kailee also appears in the current Mervyn's flyer. It's a pretty image, even though it gives no hint of her curves. Thank goodness we have the tear sheet for that...
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What amazes me is how much superior this image is to those horrible "reality" campaigns. This photograph just as authentically depicts all of Kailee's natural curves as those campaigns do, but instead of showing the model in industrial undergarments, standing in front of a glaring floodlight- like she's in a police lineup- this beautiful picture shows her in sexy lingerie, gently lit in the manner of a museum sculpture, and posed in a comfortably recumbent position. It makes a world of difference.

And of course, the most crucial distinction of all is that unlike the women in "reality" campaigns, Kailee is utterly gorgeous.

This is how size celebration should look like- a faithful depiction of soft curves, but also a chic and stylish fashion photograph, of an indisputable goddess.

Oh, and by the way, did everyone catch that in the Entertainment Tonight video about this Glamour page, the host called her "Kallie O'Sullivan?" I think that brings the total number of variations that we've heard on her Christian name to five...
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Miss O'Sullivan fans might also enjoy seeing these, her latest Ford Polaroids.

"Polaroids"? One supposes that the word has become a misnomer, as these pictures are undoubtedly not actually the product of a one-click Polaroid camera (remember Polaroid cameras?), but rather, digital images. Isn't almost all photography digital, these days?

Nevertheless, long after the Polaroid technology has been superseded, the term is still used to refer to a particular kind of picture of a model--a photograph that is basically an unretouched snapshot, free (theoretically) of airbrushing, Photoshopping, etc., and is therefore considered a direct and authentic presentation of a model's genuine "look."

That makes these images arguably the truest, most unforgiving test of a model. And it should come as no surprise that Kailee's Polaroids are possibly the best that we have ever seen.

In this soft natural light, with no colour distortion, the camera glories in the roundness of her facial features, and the auburn of her flowing tresses. Kailee's expression is captivating, but feminine, not aggressive. Her attractive but modest top hints at her voluptuous contours.

An even closer view shows the dazzling whiteness of the model's complexion--fair, but vibrant as well, with a natural glow, and a slight flush.

In this image, Kailee exhibits the "proud" aspect of the "voluptuous and proud" equation that Glamour magazine employed to define her. She looks adorably pleased with her own beauty--as well she should be. Miss O'Sullivan is likely to succeed in her stated wish to pass along her body confidence to other young women--and no goal could be more admirable, in this day and age.

Although the top in these Polaroids is gently embracing rather snug, Kailee's Glamour page amply testifies to the authenticity of her Classical figure. What this white garment succeeds in doing is playing up the innocent, even angelic aspect of her beauty--much as this is belied by her dangerous curves.

There is nothing "simple" about these "simple snapshots." Kailee's Polaroids surpass most models' heavily-processed magazine or campaign images as aesthetic accomplishments--all thanks to the model's innate, natural, timeless beauty.

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