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Old 2nd February 2010   #1
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Default BGM Models, Australia

Although it was a bigger story in Australia than in North America, some of you still may have heard of the controversy that ensued a few weeks ago when a judge on Australia's Next Top Model defended the show's ridiculous policy of excluding fuller-figured models by claiming that there was "no market for plus-size models in Australia."

As if.

In fact, plus-size modelling is doing exceptionally well down under--so much so that Darrianne Donnelly, the director of the BGM Models agency, came out with a polite but emphatic statement indicating that the Top Model judge didn't have a clue as to what she was talking about.

We've known Ms. Donnelly for many years, so it didn't surprise us a bit to see her break a lance on behalf of her girls. Indeed, her reaction (and a note about the whole controversy) was even posted by the notorious Perez Hilton.

The whole messy affair prompted us to take a fresh look at Darrianne's BGM Models agency--which, coincidentally, has just debuted a revamped Web site that is very clean, professional-looking, and easy to navigate. Within the pages of this new site we found quite a few lovely models whose work deserves a mention.

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Long-time readers will already be familiar with our favourite BGM girl. In fact, we posted about her well before we were cognizant of her identity. Her name is Courtney Maxwell, the face of, a luscious U.S. size 16 with truly goddesslike measurements: 45-38-47.

Courtney first came to our attention in a popular CityChic campaign that reminded us of some of the better Torrid promotions of past years. It was fun, yet sensual, and Courtney (the girl in the provocatively unbuttoned black dress) was the undisputed star.

Miss Maxwell also appeared in our recent "Natural Ideal" post, in a dress that showcased her opulent figure.

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Tenille Roberts, our other BGM favourite, is only a U.S. size 12, but she more than makes up for it with her exciting height: 5'5. What a delight it is to see a petite plus-size model, and one who is so enchantingly pretty. (Test photos by Natalie Wakeling.)

Of all of the BGM models, she is the one who most clearly exhibits timeless beauty, with her long, fair tresses, adorably round facial features, and a look that is gentle and innocent, but with an undercurrent of sensuality. She is Kelsey, Kailee, and Chloe all mixed into one.

This tear sheet shows her playful side. How appropriate to see this princess-like model in a cute, doll-like dress with a pink sash tied in a bow at the front.

Tenille can also do more elegant and sophisticated looks, as this image shows.

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For our third BGM talent, we turn to another model who, along with Miss Maxwell, won a CityChic modelling contest. Blaise McCann (size 14) boasts some of the prettiest tears that we have ever seen. Not only does her figure look alluringly soft in this image, with a sumptuous fullness at the waist, but note the enchanting styling detail of the garland in her hair. Consider how much gentler and more attractive this picture is than the typically coarse images of models in unmentionables. The model's expression is a bit bashful, but it works with the her demure persona, which creatively belies the photo's sensuality.

Another image from the same spread shows the model a bit bolder, but still exhibiting that attractive fullness at the waist. Bravo to this publication for choosing a model with a soft, natural figure, rather than an unappealingly "toned" physique.

A third picture from this girlish editorial (a bit high school, a bit college dorm) shows the model wide-eyed with glee. Her curly hair is oh-so-cute, and the image still displays the soft curves at her midsection. Terrific styling all around--just right for giving the layout its theme and establishing the model's persona.

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A young size-14 BGM talent with the delightfully Slavonic name Saskina Czubowski has a portfolio full of stunning swimwear images that show off her lush curves. The flower in the hair is a wonderfully feminine touch.

Sakina's images, by Zara Jones, lean towards the sensual--and with a figure as rounded as hers, how could they not? This bedroom image is intensely seductive without actually being revealing. The pose, the white carpet, the bed in the background, and the attractive sleepwear are suggestive, yet mildly restrained. Very fine colour coordination between the set and the wardrobe.

The outfit in this image is casual, but the effect is powerfully alluring, with the model's flowing tresses drawing the eye down toward her decolletage. Sakia's Slavonic facial features are round, full, and very attractive.

On the other hand, Sakia is just as effective--and just as intoxicating--in more formal attire, posing here to display her buxom curves and womanly hips. Fine choice of background too--an ornate door that gives the image an Orientalist quality.

* * *

Size 14 Kate Erin has more than a few dramatic images in her book, but none more attractive than these elegant photos by Gianluca Santoro for the Embody Denim line, which feature the model dressed in an attractively fitted grey top that defines her soft figure. (Note in particular the sensual curve along her side and back.)

The top offers a dizzying view of the model's decolletage, and the Old World setting harmonizes perfectly with the model's traditional feminine beauty. The lovely round arches in the brickwork, and the building's sense of warmth and age, provide a highly appropriate backdrop. Together, the model and the setting create a marvellous depiction of timeless beauty in the present day.

* * *

At least one more BGM girl deserves notice here--a fair beauty named Roxy Jurgens. Roxy could certainly stand to be fuller-figured, but she possesses a number of attractive images in her book, particularly these lyrically beautiful bridal pictures.

The sight of a plus-size model with long, fair tresses in bridal attire always creates an angelic impression. The washed-out colours of the photographs, while a tad artificial, contribute to the overall impression of softness.

The tiara in the hair plays up the identity of the model as a fairy-tale princess. Her expressions are dreamy and ethereal.

* * *

Contrary to what some Top Model judges may think, plus-size modelling is doing very well in Australia, and its agencies boast numerous models who are gorgeous, youthful, and genuinely full-figured. It is particularly encouraging to see beautiful models over a size 14, and under 5'6, carving out promising careers. This indicates true industry progress.

We wish Australia's antipodal goddesses every success at restoring the Classical ideal of beauty to public consciousness.

- Click here to view the new BGM Models site

Last edited by HSG : 12th January 2011 at 03:53.
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Old 4th February 2010   #2
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All of the models are SO gorgeous! Looking at these pictures is like discovering a whole new world of beauty, since they're all new to me, much as I've become familiar with North American plus-size models.

I'd have to say that Tenille appears to be the prettiest of all, and the one that has the look of timeless beauty more than any other girl in the post. She perfectly fits the descriptions in the Medieval Beauty and Victorian Beauty threads that appeared on this forum in past seasons. I do associate her with Kelsey, Kailee and Christina, with their doll-like appearance, which Tenille possesses as well. I wish she were a bit fuller-figured, but I adore the fact that she's 5'5. And what a great statement it makes about BGM and Australia that she's getting work.

Figure-wise, though, Courtney is a true goddess. I found some more of her pictures at the CityChic Facebook page. It looks like a great company, an Australian Torrid.

Playing with her hair:

A fun dress photo:

Courtney has such shapely arms.

Also, I believe this is Courtney at the original CityChic model search:

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I agree that Tenille has the most attractive look, based on the pictures posted here, although I definitely wish she were a bit fuller.

As for Blaise, I found an interesting article in which she is quoted.

It comes with a nice picture that emphasizes her curvy limbs:

She is quoted as saying:

“When I see some of these girls it’s disturbing to see how thin some of them are,” Blaise, 16, said.

“Some of them don’t look like they can breathe. They look skeletal and it certainly doesn’t present a good body image. It’s kind of sickening.”

“And I think one of the biggest problems is also that these really thin models don’t even look like women.”

Yes! Bravo to her for saying this. I wish plus-size models would make such statements more often. The emaciated aesthetic needs to be called out for the fraud that it is, and girls need to be willing to say just how sickening and androgynous these underweight models look.

She isn't afraid to identify who's to blame for the problem:

“If they want coat hangers, get coat hangers, but models are human beings, people, and they need to eat and look healthy.”

“It’s not only the fashion industry that has to be accountable, it’s also the designers who won’t make clothes for bigger girls or who don’t want larger women wearing their clothes. I mean, who has the right to say that?” Blaise said.

Very sensible and effective statements. I wish we had more plus-size models in North America who had the courage to come out and say these things - things that need to be said.
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Old 9th February 2010   #4
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Here's a must-see addition to this thread: a video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the agency's models on an exciting shoot - the very same shoot that produced Sakina's alluring swimwear and lingerie images.

Sakina absolutely steals the show. She's the fullest, curviest, most gorgeous of the models in the video by far. There's a clip of her shooting her lingerie images at 1:03, and a number of segments showing her in swimwear, including 0:31, 1:13 and 1:31-1:43. Those scenes remind me of the Elena Miro video showing Barbara Brickner in swimwear shooting the company's 2000 calendar, and Sakina's well-fed figure is strongly reminiscent of Barbara's.

I think there's also another shot of Sakina at 2:07 that I can't remember seeing as a still photograph, but which shows her in a very seductive pose.
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Old 9th April 2010   #5
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Perhaps there should be a separate survey for everyone to select their favourite Australian plus-size model. I'd have a hard time choosing. Tenille has an adorable face, while Sakina has such a Classical figure. I can't even begin to imagine how lovely Miss Roberts would be at a curvier size. Sakina's figure makes her the Barbara Brickner of Europe.

On the other hand, I've seen Kate Hislop in a number of newspaper articles about plus-size fashion in Australia. Here she is in a vivid red dress with a sexy plunging neckline.

Sourced from this story, which talks about a notable designer in Australia adding plus sizes to her line:

Kate also appears in this picture. The image on the right is the "true" one, which is attractively curvier than the reflection.

This article talks about the BGM Models agency, and how fashion for full-figured women has improved over the years:
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