|8th February 2010||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
Chinese beauty amid blooming flowers
I realize that this site discourages the posting of faux-plus models, but I hope I'll be allowed an exception in this case, for a couple of reasons.
1. This site is always searching for any traces of plus-size beauty in the Far East, to give girls of East Asian descent some much-deserved representation.
2. These images vividly illustrate the principles of the recent "Natural Ideal" post, and the wardrobe styling is gorgeous.
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Furong Jiejie, a.k.a. "Sister Furong," is a minor female celebrity in China, who, while barely even faux-plus, has been widely criticized for being "chubby," "plump," etc. (as if those were negative terms). Remember, in East Asia, what constitutes curvy is far more minimal than in the West.
As for the breathtaking setting of these images, one of the articles from which I sourced them states:
Bringing the two together was an absolute stroke of genius on the part of the Luoping County Tourism Bureau.
Isn't it stunning to see the ocean of yellow flowers stretching off into the distance, with the curvy girl in the foreground?
The dress is enchantingly feminine, and although this isn't a fashion shoot per se, there's no doubt that the context makes it especially attractive. The setting echoes the natural, curvy beauty of the model, and vice versa.
I love the picture of the model ensconced amid the flowers, and I adore the editorial touch of making the blossoms into a garlands, necklaces, and bracelets. This is probably my favourite picture in the series.
What a charming, girlish pose.
It's unlikely, but I almost wonder if someone associated with the making of this campaign doesn't know the Judgment of Paris. After all, with the curvy model, the setting, and the wardrobe, it looks like it was created expressly for this site.
This picture reminds me of a well-known image of Valerie biting on her collar.
Although she's thin by plus-size standards, the model's poses are beautiful, and emphasize what curves she has.
The fields stretching off into the distance, the mountains, the open sky all give the images an epic quality, much as they exemplify the aesthetic of the Beautiful.
Another dramatic vista:
The official Luoping site includes three images from the campaign. This one is especially dramatic.
A sensual glimpse of decolletage. The pictures have the same effect that was described in the "Natural Ideal" post, in that the idyllic settings render the sensuality soft and gentle, not in any way risque.
This image is cute and adorable.
I find all of the images lovely. The best ones convey the impression of looking into a dream world, seeing a vision of heaven. I wish a Judgment of Paris favourite like Kelsey or Kailee had appeared the pictures, but at the same time, it's nice to have some Far Eastern representation on this forum. If there were a plus-size goddess of Oriental descent (perhaps the recently noted Hint Style model?), she would look stunning in these locations.
And bravo to whoever put this campaign together for selecting such an attractive feminine dress. Plus-size retailers around the world could derive much inspiration, and take many cues, from these fine pictures.
|11th April 2010||#2|
Join Date: January 2010
Plus-size pageant in Singapore
This topic is reasonably closely related to add to this thread. I came across an article about a plus-size pageant in Singapore, and thought it would be worth posting here. Plus-size pageants are very common in North America and Europe, but in East Asia they are very rare.
The article appears here:
Horrible title, and not significant, except for this statement from the organizer, who says:
The two pictured candidates are reasonably photogenic, authentically full-figured, and nicely dressed.
The contestants offer affirmative statements about being curvy. The lady on the left muses:
The girl on the right comments:
Hopefully, this pageant represents the leading edge of a gradual movement toward greater East Asian acceptance of fuller figures.
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