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Old 22nd October 2007   #1
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Default ''Curvy all over'' (Seventeen's Kelly)


On more than one occasion, we have praised Seventeen magazine for featuring truly gorgeous junior-plus models. By far our readers' favourite Seventeen model is Elle, a well-fed goddess whose rich curves have only increased over time. But in our latest discussion of Elle's work, we also noted another lovely Seventeen model named Kelly, and a reader has kindly informed us that Kelly returns to the magazine's pages in its November 2007 issue.

Kelly really is an extraordinary talent. Her "cuteness" rating is off the charts, and she rivals even the best professional plus-size models for sheer beauty. This image shows off her adorable facial features, including that most gorgeous of all attributes of facial beauty, the "slight rise" of a "slope towards the throat." Note also her high cheekbones, and warm smile.

The only shortcoming of Seventeen's plus-size-model images is that the magazine invariably dresses its girls in terribly conservative pieces. Nevertheless, Kelly's charm and curves make even the dowdiest fashions attractive. This dress suggests the model's attractively full proportions.

There is also something extremely appealing about the phrase that Seventeen uses to describe Kelly's figure: "Curvy all over."

Surely the quickest way for a voluptuous vixen to ensnare any man's heart is to describe herself by whispering . . . "I'm curvy all over."

Her beau would swoon.

In its models selections, Seventeen is providing a wonderful example for the rest of the industry to follow. Its curvy models' faces are every bit as gorgeous as those of any straight-size supermodels (indeed, more so), but they have visibly full features and figures as well (although Elle is certainly more opulently-proportioned that Kelly, which is why the flaxen-haired Rubens angels remains the public's favourite Seventeen model).

But most importantly, Seventeen's models are just as young as the minus-size waifs, which is something that agencies should take to heart. The plus-size industry puts itself at a significant disadvantage by the low rate of turnover in the top modelling divisions. Boards full of aging models can never compete, aesthetically, with a straight-size fashion industry that benefits from the intrinsic beauty of youth to glamourize its anorexic aesthetic.

If all plus-size models were as young and attractive as Seventeen's models, society would be compelled to acknowledge that full-figured femininity is far more gorgeous than today's toxically underweight standard.

Like Elle, Kelly is an extraordinary beauty with limitless potential. The top agencies should be falling over themselves to sign these Seventeen starlets. They would join Christina, Kelsey, and Kailee as the plus-size fashion industry's best hope for instilling in the younger generation a preference for timeless, full-figured beauty.
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Old 22nd October 2007   #2
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Default Re: ''Curvy all over'' (Seventeen's Kelly)

I can't remember the last time I saw plus-size girls encouraged in print to "show off" their legs. Bravo, Seventeen!
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Old 25th October 2007   #3
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Default Re: ''Curvy all over'' (Seventeen's Kelly)

Kelly and Elle are extremely pretty, and it would be wonderful to see more of them.

Speaking of this magazine, I saw on CNN's Showcase Tonight yesterday that Seventeen is running a year-long "body peace" project, supposedly advocating positive body image. However, I read the "manifesto" of this project on the Seventeen site, and found that a lot of the statements conveyed very mixed messages.

If Seventeen wants to really improve the body-image of young women, there's a better way to accomplish this than by surveys and petitions. All that the magazine has to do is feature plus-size models more often- and not just in "dress your body" pieces, like the kind of articles that Elle and Kelly have received, but in in glamorous editorials. And how about a plus-size model cover (with the model looking plus)?

A beautifully photographed eight-page glossy layout with attractive junior-plus models would be ten times as effective as any petition or project in furthering size celebration.

Instead of a year of discussion, how about a year of size-positive images?

The old saying is true- pictures are worth a thousand words.

Don't get me wrong- I applaud the magazine for using plus-size models in the first place (as other magazines sadly do not), and for choosing such beautiful plus-size girls. But it could be doing even more, by giving these models more prominence in the magazine.
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