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Old 6th June 2008   #1
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Default Heather Shantora: New Test

The case of Heather Shantora (Hughes, Brigitte) is similar to that of Valerie Lefkowitz and Melissa King. All three are extremely beautiful models, and all three were extremely popular until they appeared in anti-plus campaigns that betrayed the very purpose of plus-size modelling.

With some distaste--and putting aside their great disappointment--fans forgave Valerie, particularly because she has recently blossomed into a size 18, and is currently the most gorgeous that she has ever been in her extraordinary career.

Ms. Shantora is a more difficult case to reconcile, as she hadn't built up the body of work that Valerie had when she appeared in her anti-plus promotion. However, Heather did feature in a J'ai Bridals ad that is, without any exaggeration, one of the most gorgeous images that any plus-size model has ever created, and her Ford video further testified to her extraordinary loveliness.

The simple fact is that the plus-size fashion industry is desperately lacking in genuinely full-figured models who exhibit timeless beauty, and Heather is one of the few--the very few--who truly embodies the Classical ideal. Therefore, it would be foolhardy to ignore her work, on account of one very unfortunate campaign.

With that in mind, we note that Heather's London agency, Hughes Models, just released images from a recent test, and since there was hardly a model in the industry more desperately in need of new test images than Ms. Shantora, we feel compelled to celebrate these new pictures, because they are truly beautiful.

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Regrettably, Healther's images are not nearly as size-positive as those of her Hughes peer Grace. In fact, they almost seem calculated to minimize Ms. Shantora's curves, which is extremely unfortunate, because her 43-34-49 proportions give her one of the best figures of any model in the industry.

Nevertheless, the photos are very attractive. This classic headshot shows off the model's fair skin, blue eyes, Nordic tresses, and the softness of her facial features. The hand-in-the-hair pose is extremely becoming, and the gold bracelet adds a chic element.

In the following picture, which almost qualifies as a figure shot, the luxurious breadth of the model's womanly hips is suggested beneath the satiny softness of the fabric. The dress exhibits a glimpse of decolletage, although the pose unfortunately somewhat diminishes the bust. The model's expression is passionate, and from this particular angle, the adorable, babylike quality of her facial features makes her appear remarkably youthful, almost teenaged.

Although not particularly size-positive, this is probably the finest image in the series in photographic terms. Note how the muted aquamarine dress compliments the neutral wall and background. The arches in the distance provide a Classical element, underscoring the model's goddesslike status. Her faraway gaze is filled with emotion. Her bare white arm adds a touch of sensuality. The golden tresses tumbling over her soft neck are princess-like. Heather may be a Canadian by birth, but she fully embodies the archetype of the "English rose."

This closer view emphasizes the round cheeks and high cheekbones that give Heather's facial features their signature babylike quality. The bubblegum-pink lipstick contributes to the effect. The styling, however, is quite mature, and the contrast of the two age elements makes for an interesting blend. The model's expression is cute and youthful, but her eyes offer a coy look of invitation that bespeaks a certain worldliness.

A full-length image in the same coat only slightly indicates the fullness of the model's figure, with a hint of curve at the abdomen. The smile is warm and endearing.

We end with a pair of headshots that similarly show a contrast in age. The first of the two is pretty, fresh, and girlish. The model's fair hair blows delicately around her face, and her eyes are gentle and non-threatening. The bare neck and shoulders add a sensual element. She appears youthful, almost childlike, and therefore intensely attractive.

But observe how a different expression (and slightly different colour filtering) create a wholly different look in the second picture. Here there is a touch of wildness, of hunger in her demeanour. One senses the appetitive nature that has given her her luscious figure. The eyes now seem intense and penetrating. If the previous headshot suggests "princess," this one portrays the "empress" who has grown used to having her every whim fulfilled, and will not tolerate even the slightest delay in having her desires satisfied.

Heather is a gorgeous model with genuinely plus-size proportions and one of the most beautiful faces of any model in the industry. We hope to see her in more campaigns in the future--as long as long as those campaigns are not for products that are predicated on resentment of the fuller female figure, produced by companies whose very existence is based on promoting negative body image.
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Old 26th September 2008   #2
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Default Re: Heather Shantora: New Test

After an absence of several months (perhaps due to international travel), Heather Shantora is back on the Ford Toronto board.

Fans will be delighted to see her new measurements, as posted on the Ford site--particularly her 48" hip size. The stats are very close to what Hughes posted, and much more luscious than her previous Ford listing.

Ford has also released several new Polaroids of Heather which show that her more generous curves agree with her. This image exhibits the allure of her womanly body-type, with her curvy proportions endowing her with a desirable pear-shaped silhouette. Notice also the fullness of her shapely legs, which wholly fill her tall boots.

A profile shot exhibits her buxom contours, and especially allows her to display her most gorgeous figure feature--her soft, full arms.

Heather's London test was highly artistic, but failed to showcase the beauty of her lovely figure. These simple Polaroids (very well styled, albeit one would have preferred a dress in a different colour) do a much better job of presenting her Classical proportions.

Heather's fuller figure has markedly increased her beauty, and we look forward to seeing her in future campaigns.

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