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Old 28th October 2008   #1
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Default Whitney: CoverGirl ad #8


In a textbook case of Murphy's Law, last week's CW broadcast to Canada was intermittently scrambled, so fans of Whitney Thompson were only able to see incomplete fragments of her latest CoverGirl commercial.

However, the few screencaps that we were able to create from our partial video show Whitney looking utterly stunning.

The commercial begins with Whitney's face being slowly disclosed from behind a curtain. Her expression is serene and lovely--a highly feminine "modest" gaze, with eyes downturned, which is a timeless pose for great beauties. The hair arrangement is breathtaking.

The close-up that follows is perhaps the most beautiful image of Whitney to date. This pouting expression, which fans saw frequently during the ANTM judging panels, is by far Whitney's most gorgeous look, in all of its regal haughtiness. One imagines that a high-born princess would look exactly like this, as her servants attended to her and helped perfect her beauty. One sees the elegance and feminine delicacy of Whitney's features when she adopts this expression.

This commercial returns to the "photoshoot" theme that this series has been alternating with "lifestyle" segments. Alas, the first outfit, seen below, isn't the most appealing wardrobe one might imagine.

But Whitney makes the best of it, and poses with all of the thrilling vanity that would befit an ornate ballgown. Note again that riveting pouty look, and the enchantment of her heavy golden tresses.

For a change of pace, the next shot shows Whitney with a warm, sunny smile--her other signature look, nearly equal in beauty to her pout. One gazes in wonder at the golden tresses cascading around her pretty face.

Another close-up shows the model's attendants refining her look. Like the rest of the ads in this series, this commercial is effective (but subtle) as a cosmetics promotion.

Next, the commercial returns to the shoot itself, showing Whitney in new, far preferable attire.

In fact, this tightly-fitted outfit provides a better view of the model's figure than any image to date--better even than her swimwear photo. The sweater clearly defines her sensually full abdomen and generous reverse-view curves, with the belt even shown pressing into the soft fullness of her back. Fans have always hoped to see Whitney become more curvaceous, and this deftly-chosen angle suggests what a curvier Whitney would look like, how much more beautiful she would be at a fuller size. This is also a lesson in ideal photography, for here CoverGirl shows plus-size companies how they should be photographing their models: to accentuate their curves, not to minimize them.

Her expression is arresting, although nothing can match the allure of her pout.

A close-up vividly shows how effectively she employs her eyes.

Notice, however, that the gentler set of the mouth, seen here, is actually more effective than the tighter set of the mouth, above.

Alas, the CW broadcast fizzled shortly after the above shot, eliminating the final moments of the commercial. The last frames consisted of a series of pictures of Whitney in the first outfit.

These images were shown in quick succession, demonstrating what a variety of poses a fine model can devise for a single look.

All in all, this ad was excellent--the best of Whitney's "photoshoot" commercials. As noted above, it yielded both her most stunning headshot and most alluring figure study--which is an extraordinary accomplishment for a half-minute of film.

A complete video of the commericial (slightly oversaturated) is available at the CW site, at the link provided below, where you can also watch the rest of Whitney's CoverGirl commercials to date.

- Click here to view clip

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Old 28th October 2008   #2
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Default Re: Whitney: CoverGirl ad #8

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Fans have always hoped to see Whitney become more curvaceous, and this deftly-chosen angle suggests what a curvier Whitney would look like, how much more beautiful she would be at a fuller size. This is also a lesson in ideal photography, for here CoverGirl shows plus-size companies how they should be photographing their models: to accentuate their curves, not to minimize them.


Let's give credit where due: These CoverGirl ads have done better than anyone could have hoped in showing off Whitney's figure, and never more splendidly than in this marvellous still. I actually have an even higher opinion of Whitney now that I see that she does have a trace of genuine curves. And yes, an even fuller figure for Miss Thompson would make her even more beautiful.

Agreed about the vain, pouty expressions. I love those. It's a nice departure from the usual looks that plus-size models are asked to give.
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