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Old 6th August 2008   #1
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Default Whitney: Jacksonville magazine

Here's some great news about Whitney Thompson, the plus-size winner of America's Next Top Model. She appears on the cover and in a multi-page layout in the August 2008 issue of Jacksonville magazine.

The cover line says it all: "Va-va-voom." But if you think that's great, the magazine's site also provides the unretouched image that was used for the cover, and as you can see, it's an even more exciting picture. The plunging decolletage is very daring. It's gorgeous- one of my favourite Whitney pictures yet.

There's a preview of Whitney's story here:

Or you can read the entire magazine online, full-size, here. Whitney's layout begins on p. 48, and features many alluring new pictures.
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That's quite an eye-catching cover - and an even-more stunning original picture. Wow.

The article itself has a host of pictures at Whitney's current size, as well as older ones from her straight-size modelling days, and it's amazing just how much better she looks at her fuller size. The softness has completely transformed her, giving her a beauty she never had before. Or to put it another way, it brought out the beauty that was previously disguised.

The article that comes with the layout is quite size-positive. Here are some excerpts:

Three years ago, the Atlantic Beach native decided she was going to quit the business to focus on school. That and she was tired of hearing that she was “too big” to be a successful model beyond Jacksonville.

"I was sick of hearing that I needed to lose weight, the so-called plus-size model recalls. "I just wanted to eat pizza like a normal person."

But before she could retire to a life filled with pepperoni and marinara sauce, fate intervened....

She is...completely comfortable in her role as a healthier alternative to the stick-thin models that dominate the fashion industry.

"Nine-year-old girls are doing on diets because they think they have to be super-skinny to be beautiful. That's what they see in the magazines. But I want to get the image out there that you can be a normal size and still be beautiful."

Something I've always admired about Whitney is that she unabashedly talks about enjoying food. That's just as important as her size is, in terms of the message that she's sending.

Young girls who read her articles will realize, "Hey, it's okay if I love pizza too, because here's a model who IS living 'a life filled with pepperoni and marinara sauce,' and she won ANTM, and is doing TV commercials and magazine covers."

Instead of starving themselves, they'll know that can actually eat and be beautiful. And that's a message that they desperately need to hear.

By the way, check out more sensual pictures of Whitney at a Florida store called "It's Eclectic":
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By far my favorite Whitney picture, very very sexy!!
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Long-time readers will recognize the pictures in Miss Thompson's Jacksonville layout and "It's Eclectic" promotion as having appeared on the forum before (i.e. here and here), albeit in smaller forms.

When the previous images from the "It's Eclectic" campaign were posted, readers enthused about the lovely accessories that the stylist discovered for the shoot. This accessories-focus is now understandable, since it turns out that the photos were specifically produced for an accessories client. The pink costume jewellery is fun and feminine, and tailor-made to accentuate Whitney's girlish nature. The fuchsia ornament in the hair is a clever update of the Victorian convention of ladies decorating their tresses with flowers. The "measured messiness" of the hairstlye is quite alluring, as is the model's partly-disrobed state. And notice the extremely appealing self-satisfaction in Whitney's expression.

Here is a rare and intensely dramatic "serious" expression from Miss Thompson. She creates the exciting persona of a spoiled, self-absorbed beauty queen, whose selfish pout is her natural demeanour. (And nothing could be more seductive than that.) In those greedy eyes one sees the knowledge that her provocative manner of dress heightens her desirability, and enables her to get anything she wants, down to the last drop of blood, from any man whom she allows to worship her and cater to her whims.

Turning to the Jacksonville editorial, the magazine chose wisely in selecting these images for its Whitney feature, as they are some of the model's loveliest photos--better than anything that the New York photographers have produced to date (her charming cycling snapshots notwithstanding).

Modelling fans generally prefer colour photography to black and white, but the monochromatic tones do give the images a cinematic quality. With her buxom figure, Whitney recalls silver-screen starlets such as Kim Novak or Anita Ekberg. The dress in the following photo is daringly cut, showcasing the model's ample charms.

The satiny fabrics contribute to the vintage feel, and although one always wishes that Whitney were a bit fuller-figured, she does have shapely forearms. Notice the opulent accessories (ring, hair clip, etc.), and another thrillingly vain expression.

This photograph particularly benefited from being originally reproduced in colour, as the hues enabled the viewer to see the roses in Whitney's hair (a splendid touch). However, the lacy fabric of the dress, the mysterious effect of the veil, and the model's rapacious expression still make the image eye-catching, even in black and white.

New to this layout, however, is the following exciting picture of Whitney in a two-piece swimsuit. The photo is reminiscent of the model's revolutionary Seventeen bikini editorial. Particularly effective is the contrast between Whitney's full, feminine figure and the frames of the male models. Her legs appear soft and luscious. Her body displays the pear-shaped contours that epitomize the Classical ideal.

Nature's plan for the human species is made evident in this picture--the men are clearly meant for hard labour, discipline, and physical toil, while the goddess is meant for ease and play, for relaxation and generous self-indulgence.

She is Venus rising from the sea, and the male runners are her servile acolytes, ready to obey her every whim, enslaved as they are by her beauty. Her apple-cheeked countenance beams with self-satisfaction. Her golden, braided tresses testify to her Nordic perfection.

Both the Jacksonville layout and the "It's Eclectic" campaign are among the most remarkable presentations of Whitney's beauty that the public has seen since she won America's Next Top Model. We eagerly look forward to her future triumphs.

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Truly brilliant.

The differentiating factors between men and women are hips and bosom. And Viva la difference!
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Latest Whitney photos:

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