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Old 7th January 2010   #1
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Default Christina Schmidt: Intimate Images

Following her dramatic lingerie runway segments in How To Look Good Naked Canada, Christina Schmidt appears in four promos for intimate apparel in the 2010 spring/summer Sears Canada catalogue.

The appeal of the lingerie itself is a matter of taste. It has a Just My Size look to it, whereas our own preference has always been for the ultra-feminine styles that Lane Bryant offered a few seasons ago, in organic fruit colours and pastels, embellished with decorative trim, which were contemporary yet feminine.

But the point is that Christina looks stunning in these images. Her well-known poise and boundless self-assurance enable her to project just the right mix of allure and sophistication.

The following image is particularly effective. The expression on the model's face is debonaire and seductive--a Victoria's Secret look if ever there was one. But no VS model, not even Doutzen Kroes (facially the prettiest of all straight-size models) can hold a candle to Christina's beauty. The hairstyling helps to create the seductive effect, for the Sears team gave Christina a mature style for this shoot, one that takes advantage of her magnificent hair length. Miss Schmidt's buxom beauty confirms her as an ideal lingerie model, but what makes these pictures an asset to size celebration is the suggestion of fullness at the model's waist, just enough of which has been left in to demonstrate that she is no minus-size waif, but a curvaceous goddess.

With her acting background, Miss Schmidt has a tremendous dramatic range, and in the next image she switches from experienced seductress to fresh-faced girl next door (that is, if you happen to live next door to one of the most gorgeous women in the world). Notice too how much more youthful she looks in this picture, friendlier and more approachable, whereas in the previous image the intensity of her beauty was almost intimidating.

In the third image, Christina gives us a mix of the two effects, matching maturity with approachability. She adopts an unfailingly seductive gesture, playing with her tresses.

The fourth picture shows Christina is a more daringly revealing item. Knowing that the article of clothing is alluring enough on its own, she adopts a warm, disarming smile--but the glint in her eyes speaks of a touch of roguishness as well. Her remarkably elegant expressions in these images belie her young age. One can almost sense the weight of the model's heavy tresses as they flow over her shoulders. Sometimes a polished hairstyle can be even more sensual than a dramatically windblown look.

Here are views of Christina's images in their original context, across two pages of the new Sears catalogue:

One can well image the reaction of any customers casually flipping through the book, seeing pages after pages of conventional pictures of ordinary models, then coming across Christina's gorgeous photographs. They would do a double take, and wonder if someone had slipped a Victoria's Secret ad in the midst of their Sears catalogue--except a VS ad with a curvier, shapelier model than any of the company's usual parade of waifs.

Not only do these images demonstrate that a goddess like Christina can elevate standard catalogue imagery into pictures of timeless beauty, but also that the most beautiful plus-size models are ready to appear in high-profile intimate-apparel campaigns. If Miss Schmidt, or one of her fellow voluptuous vixens, were to shoot for a company like Victoria's Secret, with the glamour and poise and chic sensuality that these images display, then the public would universally acknowledge the superiority of full-figured beauty.

- Christina Schmidt tribute

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