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Old 7th July 2009   #1
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Default Kelsey: Once Upon a Time . . .


No matter how gorgeous Kelsey Olson appeared in past costume campaigns, she has reached a new zenith of fairy-tale beauty in Torrid's new 2009 "costume shop" images.

Whatever images of loveliness you have seen in your lives, nothing has prepared you for the sight of Kelsey in Torrid's new princess outfit. The heart races as one gazes upon the "measured messiness" of her enchanting hairstyle, simultaneously elegant and wild. Kelsey's fair complexion, blue eyes, and adorable smile give the image a gentle sensuality, while her buxom contours make the picture intensely alluring.

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Even more seductive is the newfound softness in Kelsey's facial features. Observe the sensual curve under her chin, bespeaking the model's captivating tendency towards self-indulgence--a quality befitting such a dazzling princess. There is a glow in Kelsey's face, a flush that a girl only achieves when she is not starving herself, but is enjoying life to the fullest. And notice the fascinating choker. Like Kelsey herself, it is at once both chic (the Old World ornament) and alluring (the black band tenderly embracing her neck).

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The sight of her soft, rounded limbs, free of any trace of muscle tone, and the expanse of her bare shoulders and decolletage, is dizzying. Also, notice how the silhouette of the lovely gown suggests the luscious width of her 37" waist--her most seductive figure feature. As befits a true princess, Kelsey appears to have lived a spoiled, pampered lifestyle, never exerting herself in any way, having all of her desires fulfilled, confident that her beauty entitles her to indulge herself as much as she wishes. Her demeanour indicates that she knows exactly how gorgeous she is. She seems utterly delighted with her own appearance--and that makes her all the more irresistible.

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A full-length view of this attractive ensemble shows a particularly enchanting feature--white fitted hosiery embellished with delicate blue ribbons. Nothing could be more charming than this, especially in how the hosiery fits snugly over Kelsey's soft limbs. The outfit brings out the full measure of Kelsey's beauty--her babylike face and her girlish fair features playing off against the voluptuous allure of her well-fed figure, clothed in an outfit that is at once innocent and seductive. This is the epitome of timeless beauty.

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Impossible as it may seem, Kelsey looks even more breathtaking in the following outfit, a candy-striper ensemble that is particularly dazzling because it shows Miss Olson in her most irresistible colour: baby pink.

Kelsey still exhibits the gentleness seen in the previous image, but here she introduces a more open sensuality. The parted lips, the "come hither" look in her eyes suggest the model's appetitive nature. It is a soft, but a hungry look, the gaze of a goddess who feels no need to restrain her desires, but gives them free reign. The buxom swell of her figure is overwhelmingly seductive.

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Again, the increased fullness of Kelsey's face makes the viewer's heart race. There is a richness in the model's facial features that is intoxicating. The opulent blonde curls framing her face add to the sumptuous quality of the image. The pink lip colour intensifies the enchantment, for nothing is as irresistibly girlish as candy-pink lips. The headpiece may be part of a candy-striper's uniform, but on Kelsey, it is also reminiscent of a coronet. She seems like a crowned princess in this ensemble, for her look here is even more luxurious and well-fed than in the previous outfit. One could drown in those soft blue eyes, which look so indolent and languid.

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Kelsey's pose is relaxed and confident. The fitted outfit, snug but not constricting, suggests the womanly proportions of her figure, from the generous width of her waist to her curvaceous hips. The model seems completely at ease with herself, secure in her own beauty, in her ability to possess any man's heart and enslave him for all time.

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The full-length view shows Kelsey's shapely legs, again defined so beautifully by the girlish white hosiery and--too adorable for words--embellished pink ribbons. True, this is a specialty outfit, but it increases Kelsey's already superlative beauty so dramatically that a creative goddess could incorporate some elements of this look into a wearable, casual ensemble. White hosiery with pink ribbons--no human alive can resist such seductively innocent beauty.

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Torrid's third new offering is an Alice in Wonderland costume, and here, intriguingly, the seductiveness is no longer merely hinted, but is openly acknowledged. Again the model poses with parted lips, but now those lips are a passionate shade of red, suggesting a more intensely appetitive nature. Her blue eyes are steamier; the golden tresses are looser and more wanton.

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But above all, it is the enhanced fullness of Kelsey's face that makes this image so alluring. Even half-framed by her tresses, her facial features are obviously richer and softer than ever before. Her current appearance represents Kelsey at the most beautiful that she has ever been. If Kelsey's expressions in the previous images were playful, here she looks out-and-out rapacious, insatiable in a way that plays off fascinatingly against the girlish costume. Indeed, it is as if she has donned this costume specifically to capitalize on her princess-like beauty, to employ it as a lure to seduce her prey.

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Kelsey's pose is similarly more direct in this picture than in the other images. Here she is very deliberately presenting herself to the viewer. The black ribbon in the hair is a masterful bit of styling, as captivating as the white hosiery and blue/pink ribboned garters of the previous pictures. Even the beating red heart that is so prominent on her outfit suggests intensified passions. This is a vixen in the guise of a princes, her voluptuous figure defined by the enchanting outfit.

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What makes all of these images so seductive is how they mix youthful, girlish elements with the womanly attributes of Kelsey's figure. Miss Olson, brilliantly, plays up this aesthetic dichotomy by exhibiting both her most childlike and alluring qualities at once. No other model can merge innocence and seductiveness as effectively as she does, and the results are heart-stopping.

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With these images, Torrid has created the greatest costume campaign that any retailer has yet produced, and Kelsey has surpassed even her own previous masterpieces, both with her increased beauty, and with her more captivating expressions.

These outfit may be marketed as Hallowe'en costumes, but the truth is that no apparel--not lingerie, and not even swimwear--can make a goddess as attractive as such attire (at least, if the goddess possesses Kelsey's fair beauty).

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Fairy tales live on in all of our hearts, like outposts of timeless beauty in a sea of modernity. And Kelsey personifies the irresistibly vain, spoiled princesses in those tales whom one dreams one's whole life of rescuing and worshipping for all time.

(You may click on any of the above close-ups to view the items' product pages at Torrrid, while clicking on the full-length images opens them at a larger size.)


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Old 8th July 2009   #2
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Wow. Kelsey really does create these images better than any other model. I love seeing her costume campaigns, because it's the one time where she is seen in the kind of outfits that really bring out her identity as a princess. I could completely see her in that role in another time. I love the fact that she revives the idea of fairy-tale beauty in the modern day.

Here is Kelsey's banner for this campaign on the Torrid site:

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Old 8th July 2009   #3
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Kelsey looks sooooo beautiful in these pictures. And it's true, she does look like the dream-image of a princess. She and Shannon Marie both have that fairytale quality that you see in your mind when you read about legendary beauties of the past. Enchanting, adorable, dreamlike, there aren't enough words to describe her prettiness. You just have to look at her pictures in awe.

I can't decide which of these looks I like best. The first picture, in blue, is perfect because it really IS meant to be a princess outfit; and that hairstyle is so lovely. But then, the thick curls of her hairstyle in the pink outfit are gorgeous, and there's just something about the colour pink that's so perfect on her! It reminds me of the end of Disney's Sleeping Beauty, where Princess Aurora's gown keeps changing from light blue, to pink, back to blue, back to pink.
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Old 19th August 2009   #4
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Oooh, look at this! Torrid has added two new outfits modelled by Kelsey. I love them!

This one is my favourite. It's called a "Miss Muffet" costume. I adore everything about it, from the ribbon lace-up front to the ruffle hem on the skirt. And Kelsey always looks sooooo adorable in pink - her best colour. She looks both naughty and nice in this attire - ever-so-cute, but sexy too. And zoom in close to see her soft facial features, with the sensual curve under her chin, and her flowing golden hair. She is an absolute princess in every picture.

I also like the accompanying text: "Eat your curds, get your way."

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/...845524442202430

And this outfit reminds me of the recent "Teutonic Beauty" post about Kelsey. It's so true - she IS the picture-perfect Germanic beauty. It definitely accentuates the bust - and that's what the Bavarian Dirndls are supposed to do. (Of course, a model for such a costume needs to have the curves in the first place to accentuate.)

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/...845524442202533

Kelsey's poses and expressions are perfect for these costumes. She totally captures the spirit of fairy-tale and Old World beauty in a way that no other model can. She's absolutely gorgeous.
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Old 21st August 2009   #5
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Kelsey's costume images also now appear on the Torrid cover:



"Hotness" is right when it comes to Kelsey in these outfits! She is beauty itself - every storybook beauty ever conceived brought to life.
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Old 24th August 2009   #6
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Also, don't miss Kelsey in this brand-new e-mail circular that Torrid just sent out:

http://community.torrid.com/email/0...loween_web.html

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She's a princess in every context.
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Old 28th August 2009   #7
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If there were any doubts that Kelsey Olson is the most beautiful and exciting model working today, those doubts will be dispelled by the images from Torrid's latest "Look Book," which puts the company's Hallowe'en offerings into an entertaining context.

The look-book cover immediately demonstrates the cleverness of the project. In a take on Shannon Marie's celebrated editorial image from the October 1998 issue of Seventeen, Kelsey is shown effortlessly bewitching the heart of a male admirer, while a defeated rival looks on, consumed by jealousy. This is a thrilling image, and intensely satisfying from a narrative standpoint--the GQ male preferring the gentler-looking, fuller-figured, fair-skinned blonde princess over the meaner, sharper-featured, less voluptuous, darker brunette. Good triumphing over evil; the ascendancy of timeless femininity over a more modern look.

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The image also discloses something wonderful about Kelsey. The Dorothy Combs agency now lists her as a full size 16, and both DC and Heffer list her waist measurement as an incredibly luscious 39 inches. That sumptuous waist is hinted at in this image, and contributes to the model's irresistibly well-fed look. No wonder she wins the guy. (And notice her expression--how she laughs, seemingly at the ease of her triumph, relishing her victory over her vanquished rival.)

The look-book cover also appears on the main page of the Torrid site, where it is accompanied by a highly appropriate title: "Bewitching Beauty" (indicating how Kelsey's fairness has ensnared the heart of her male admirer--along with every human being who gazes upon her).

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The finest images in the look book, naturally, are those that present Kelsey in her "fairy-tale princess" identity. Observe how the model's pose displays the alluring fullness of her waist and hips, as well as her buxom curves. Her expression is appropriately girlish and dreamy. While the picture dramatizes the Cinderella moment when the princess's identity is revealed by the fit of the slipper, notice how the "prince" is tenderly embracing Kelsey's plump, shapely legs. This indicates that it is actually the fullness of Kelsey's limbs that has won his heart, more so than discovering her princess status.

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A close-up of Kelsey in this outfit is breathtaking. The picture discloses her soft limbs and voluptuous curves, and shows her exhibiting a more overtly sensual look than she does in her other princess pictures. This suggests that her gentle mien has actually been sheer artifice--that secretly, she knows just how gorgeous she is, and merely puts on a modest demeanour to ensnare the hearts of her worshippers, whereas in truth she is thrillingly vain and spoiled (as all truly beautiful princesses should be).

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Continuing the storybook theme, here Kelsey portrays the most captivating Miss Muffet ever seen (one who has indulged in much more than just curds and whey), and the GQ plays the part of the menacing spider. Never have Miss Olson's legs looked fuller or more shapely, thanks in part to the adorable white hosiery with pink ribbons (an ensemble that is far more alluring than any lingerie). The sitting pose is quite seductive, and one sense that if her waist were not artificially compressed, it would appear fuller and more alluring yet. As others have noted, pink is the ideal colour to complement the model's fair features.

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A closer view shows us the animation of the model's expression. With her dazzling beauty, Kelsey could easily rest on "pretty" alone, but she doesn't--she is a truly inspired model, and particularly adept at theatrical expressions. Her look of surprise here is entertaining but not cartoonish, still creating an intensely attractive image while exploring the full range of narrative possibility.

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Turning from a storybook to an Old World context, the sight of Kelsey in this German beer-maiden's costume is completely intoxicating. Here, one perceives the alluring fullness of the model's waist, as well as the richness of her buxom curves. Fittingly for the outfit, Kelsey allows herself to be more overtly sensual in this pose. Notice again the appealing pink-ribboned hosiery. The outfit's low neckline displays a dizzying expanse of Kelsey's bare neck and shoulders. Her unmodern, Mädchen-like hairstyle in "bunches" (also called "angel wings") is extremely pretty and appropriate. The playing card in the background is a clever touch, subliminally indicating that Kelsey is the true Queen of Hearts. Bravo to the prop stylist for obtaining such an ornate Gothic 19th-century chair, a truly Germanic item that fits the theme of Kelsey's outfit. And the GQ does a good job as well, delivering the wolf-like smile of a hunter.

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The accompanying image continues the envy theme of the look-book's cover, with the jealousy-ridden darker model tugging one of Kelsey's bunches. Notice the interesting visual contrast between the two models, with Kelsey appearing softer, fuller (especially around her gorgeous waist), fairer, and so much prettier. More vulnerable too--needing protection from envious rivals, as all plus-size goddesses require. Kelsey's delicate, hand-on-the-chest pose plays up this feminine, fragile quality. (She truly is a brilliant model.) The image also offers another look at that splendid Neo-Gothic chair with its cross design, showing how a good prop can help to establish the theme of a shoot, especially in a studio setting that lacks the advantages of a decorative location.

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Kelsey's ability to embody fantasy archetypes doesn't merely extend to the past. It incorporates contemporary contexts as well. Here, she becomes every man's dream-nurse, irresistibly seductive in her candy-striper uniform. Note her clever expression, a look that involves the viewer, making him wonder what her immediate plans for her patient might be, as she snaps on her latex glove. Observe the roundness of her arms, as well as the fullness of her legs. And notice how her golden tresses flow luxuriantly over her shoulders. (She is still the fairy-tale princess, even in a present-day guise.)

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The accompanying image continues the fun, with the patient listening to the model's heart (although in fact, it is surely his that is beating wildly). Kelsey's delighted expression is highly entertaining, and suggests that she set up this particular activity as an effective icebreaker. The sight of her blonde hair trumbling over her shoulders is mesmerizing, and the pose seems expressly designed to accentuate her buxom beauty.

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The allure of the French maid is legendary, but never has there been one as bewitching as Kelsey, who plays up her kittenish qualities with her pouty pose. The costume is also especially alluring as it displays a generous expanse of the model's bare neck and shoulder area. (Note the appealing absence of a visible clavicle.)

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In the following image, while the GQ is seated, and Kelsey appears to be serving him a drink, one can tell that he is actually the subordinate one, imploring her for her attention. Kelsey has a delightfully self-satisfied look on her face, smug even, conscious of her power over him, while he has a gaze of wide-eyed entreaty. Her hairstyle, with the two strands of golden hair framing her face, is enchanting. Here, the prince is subservient to the maid, for there is no blood nobler than that of beauty, and the servant's gorgeousness sets her rank above that of even the most high-born aristocratic.

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For Torrid's final offering, Miss Olson returns to the storybook realm, potraying Alice in Wonderland pursued by an appropriately mad-looking Hatter. (Who can blame him? The sight of Kelsey's beauty can drive any man insane with desire.) For her part, she seems amusingly perturbed. The black ribbon in the hair is a charming touch, and the unique hairstyle, with the blonde tresses flowing smoothly over her face, is very appealing.

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The accompanying image is a close-up of the look book's cover shot. Kelsey's expression is natural and inviting, her tresses thick and luxuriant, her figure soft, full, and seductive.

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Bravo to Kelsey for a stellar display of her dramatic abilities and timeless beauty, and to Torrid for putting together such an imaginative Hallowe'en promotion. It is one of the company's most memorable creations--thanks largely to its brilliant model--and the equal of any Mode magazine editorials as a demonstration of full-figured femininity.

(As an extra point of praise, kudos to Torrid for appropriately pairing Kelsey with a GQ model, thus celebrating the Classical ideal for both genders, rather than offensively featuring a "more to love" male, as TV reality shows often do.)

You may click on any of the above images to view them on the Torrid site.

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Old 28th August 2009   #8
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I love the contrast between the brunette and the blonde. That lookbook is great, too. Maybe I'll get the courage to wear something daring for Halloween this year!
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Torrid sent out an e-mail flyer a couple of days ago with a large-size version of the Halloween look book's fantastic cover:




http://community.torrid.com/email/0...loween_web.html

It's so clever. I adore it. And my goodness, I don't know how she does it, but Kelsey somehow becomes more beautiful with every photograph she takes. Absolutely gorgeous.

Torrid's "costume shop" also has a new banner featuring Kelsey looking radiant in her French maid's costume:



How can any model look so angelic yet so sexy and the same time? No one mixes innocence with seduction the way Kelsey does.
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Torrid's Hallowe'en costume promotion featuring the breathtaking Kelsey Olson has proven to be the most creative and interesting campaign of the fall season. This post spotlights three more product images that are featured on the Torrid site.

This "Little Miss Muffet" getup presents Kelsey at her fantasy best, and demonstrates how she epitomizes the Victorian angelic ideal, as defined by Alexander Walker. No other model since Shannon Marie has embodied timeless beauty as perfectly as does Kelsey. Her golden hair is thick and luxurious, and flows over her shoulders in romantic waves. Her blue eyes are babylike and gentle. Her limbs are soft and round, and her skin is immaculately fair.

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Coming in close, we see the sensual roundness of her facial features, with that most seductive of all traits, a curve under her chin. An alluring fullness appears at the neck and shoulder area as well. Belying her sweet and innocent features, her expression suggests intoxicating vanity. She seems deliciously spoiled, accustomed to getting anything she wants simply because of her gorgeous appearance--and rightly so, for the noblest human instinct is to reward and worship beauty. Whatever her specific guise, Kelsey always creates the impression of an "entitled princess," and there is no archetype more desirable than that.

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A full-length view shows the accessories that transform so many of Torrid's costumes into ensembles of sheer beauty: white stockings with pink ribbons. One can hardly imagine any article of clothing more intensely attractive. This pink-and-white hosiery is inherently youthful and girlish, and brings out the childlike qualities of an adorable model like Kelsey. The model's legs are ideally shaped, appealingly untoned and feminine, and when she emphasizes her limbs with such charming accessories, she takes her beauty to another level.

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Whatever the inherent appeal of the French maid, no model has ever made this persona as genuinely seductive as Kelsey--perhaps because of the interest in having a Gallic costume showcased by a Germanic model. Here, however, one also sees the brilliance of Miss Olson's modelling abilities. Her pose and expression are fascinating: She seems to be asking, (with charming faux-innocence,) "Oh, my, do you find me gorgeous?" while tugging at her skirt to better show off her lace-trimmed stockings. "Have I given you a heart attack? How ever did I do that?" she inquires coyly, secretly relishing how her artful appearance of virtue has ensnared the heart of her admirer.

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A closer look shows us the affected innocence of Kelsey's look and expression. Her eyes, soft and heavenly as their colour may be, are not so sinless at all, but heavily lidded in a languid, seductive manner. The hairstyle seems carefully arranged, but the deliberate loosening of two stray blonde wisps suggests a wildness lurking just beneath the model's placid demeanour. There is a slight flush at the cheeks, suggesting banked-down excitement, and one can almost perceive the model drawing breath through her parted lips.

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The outfit doesn't pretend to be anything other that seductive, showcasing a heady expanse of Kelsey's bare person. An alluring if slight swell is visible at the waist. What makes the costume so appealing is that it seems purely decorative, unsuitable for any form of actual labour; just as Kelsey's demeanour indicates the sensual indolence of a goddess who is obviously used to being pampered and taken care of.

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In her beer-maiden outfit, Kelsey forgoes all subtlety and pours forth her beauty. Everything in this image is lush and extravagant, from her heavy masses of golden hair to her appetitive expression. She appears particularly buxom here, and her seductive waist, to which the pink ribbon draws attention, is full and shapely. Her eyes display heavily-lidded sensuality, accentuated further by her arched glance. Her limbs are soft and untoned. She appears as princess-like as ever, though--as if she were a royal who became tired of the restraints of her aristocratic existence, and donned the disguise of a commoner to enjoy the indulgences of the Volk, freed of any self-restraint. In this image, she appears intent on seducing her male quarry with a single glance--and surely any man whom she fixed with such a thrilling look would be her slave forever, intoxicated by her curvaceous figure and insatiable expression.

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The closer view again evidences the alluring fullness in her face. The pink lip colour emphasizes her parted mouth. The luxuriance of the hairstyle harmonizes with the richness of her look. She creates the persona of a girl who has indulged herself lavishly, but still wants more, always more. On a model with a darker look, the effect could be too harsh, but Kelsey's underlying angelic qualities soften the look, and make the impression of her greed intensely attractive.

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In the full-length, the viewer again marvels at the roundness of the model's legs, so flatteringly emphasized by the white hosiery and pink garters. The pose is a bold presentation of the figure and the attire--as it should be, for this theme. No incarnation of Bavarian beauty, not even the legendary Schloß Neuschwanstein, can compete with Kelsey's allure in this outfit. Indeed, with her opulent look, she seems to have stepped right out of the 19th century, as surely as King Ludwig's castles testify to the superior aesthetic of the 1800s, when Western civilization reached its aesthetic zenith.

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The beauty that Torrid has achieved in these pictures of Kelsey Olson is staggering. With her current size-16 figure and fair features, Kelsey is unchallenged as the most attractive model working today. She is the embodiment of Classical beauty, and--to the delight of all proponents of size-celebration--truly plus-size as well. She effortlessly brings to life the superior aesthetic of bygone eras, when true femininity was celebrated.

One can only hope that her stunning images will prompt the restoration of the timeless ideal in the present day.

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