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Old 3rd March 2010   #1
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Default Kailee & Melissa King in Glamour (April)

After a very public announcement last November that it would be featuring more plus-size girls in its editorial content, Glamour magazine went on to disappoint many readers by featuring faux-plus models who were so thin that they were indistinguishable from the straight-size waifs.

Both V Magazine's size issue and Seventeen, with its use of the lovely Kelly S., appeared to be outpacing Glamour in size celebration. Readers commented that the magazine had actually been doing a better job of including true plus-size models (including Charlotte Coyle and Lindsey Garbelman) before its big announcement than afterwards.

However, the new April 2010 edition suggests that Glamour may be looking to redeem itself. The issue features gorgeous Kailee O'Sullivan and the lusciously proportioned Melissa King (variously identified as a size 16 or 18) in a pair of editorial images. Although these are merely fashion-tip items rather than full-fledged multi-page layouts, they are nevertheless far preferable to yet more stories with size 10/12s.

Of course, Kailee created what remains the magazine's all-time greatest image of plus-size beauty a few seasons ago, and in this issue, her seductively curvy waist is once again on display. We commend Glamour for eschewing its questionable "Dos and Don'ts" approach to these fashion tips (in which the "don't" outfits often looked better than the "dos") in favour of a side-by-side pair of images, one showing the model's figure lovingly defined by a body-hugging beige minidress, the other displaying the model in the recommended outfit du jour.

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A closer look shows how gorgeous Kailee appears in both pictures (although discerning eyes will note that the right image appears to have been vertically stretched, in an example of glaringly unnecessary Photoshop). The image on the left, however, is stunningly sensual. Her figure appears round and full, free of any unsightly "tone." Kailee's curvaceous proportions are soft and natural, from her buxom contours to the alluring swell at her waist. The abbreviated dress also displays her shapely thighs. Kailee is, quite simply, the epitome of Classical perfection.

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Also appearing in this section of the magazine is the popular Melissa King. Kailee may have the prettier facial features, but Mrs. King possesses a knockout figure. Her size 16/18 proportions represent what plus-size models should look like.

Indeed, it is highly notable that while Kailee represents the "apple" figure, Melissa alone is deemed "plus-size." This isn't the first time that we have seen magazines adopt this approach, giving smaller plus-size girls (often faux-plus models) something like a mere "curvy" designation, and reserving the "plus-size" honorific for genuinely full-figured models.

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We strongly support this approach. Indeed, it would be wonderful to see all faux-plus models (size 12 and below) either placed in a separate "curvy" category of their own, or better still, folded into the straight sizes, since they seldom actually look full-figured. The plus-size divisions could then return to where they should have been all along, representing models over a size 14, and all plus-specialist companies, magazine editorials, etc. could similarly restrict themselves to using genuinely full-figured models. This would mean far more exposure for models size 16 and up--which is the greatest necessity in the advancement of size celebration.

Melissa's figure is not dissimilar from Kailee's. She too possesses buxom curves and alluring fullness at the midsection. Even Glamour's suggested outfit still indicates a seductive swell around her middle. Where Mrs. King has the advantage is in her sumptuous legs. Observe that their beautiful shape is due entirely to soft, natural fullness, not to an androgynously "toned" appearance.

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Bravo to Glamour for featuring two stunningly beautiful and opulently proportioned models in its April issue. We would have preferred to have seen them in full-size, multi-page editorials, but at least these fashion-tip items come with images of the models in body-embracing dresses that display their sinful curves.

We earnestly hope that in future issues, Glamour will continue to feature true plus-size talent, and make good on its 2009 declaration in favour of larger models.

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Old 3rd March 2010   #2
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Default Re: Kailee & Melissa King in Glamour (April)

Kailee and Melissa look simply stunning in these photos. Something crucial to note is Glamour's decidedly size-positive slant evident in the words they use and how they choose to style these goddesses- instead of draping them in yards of formless fabric, both Kailee and Melissa are shown in extremely figure-hugging minidresses which both define their shapes and show off their curvy legs.

Better still, one thing that really stood out to me was the little line under Kailee's picture- specifically, the fact that Glamour announces that she 'rocks a belly' and has 'show-off legs'. What a change from the usual glossy magazine line of thought. Kailee's rounded waist is seen as something she 'rocks' rather than covers up, and her curvy and full legs are deemed to be something to 'show off'- as they should be. Even Melissa's outfit is chosen to be 'curve-hugging' rather than 'curve-hiding'.

If this positive thought about plus-size beauty continues in future issues of the magazines, all the better for size-celebration. We can only hope that Glamour continues to use more models of Kailee and Melissa's size.
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Default Re: Kailee & Melissa King in Glamour (April)

Tamika's post is right on. That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw these pictures. I love the very size-positive language used here. It really makes a big difference in how this will be perceived as well as the effect it will hopefully have on readers. If there were any insidious mentions of "controlling," "concealing," or "slimming," it would turn this article into a veiled insult. Instead, we have genuinely positive wording here that really celebrates curves. Even if this is only a small step, I have to give credit where it's due. I'm actually a little proud of them for this, and I hope other parts of the mainstream media follow this example.
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Default Re: Kailee & Melissa King in Glamour (April)

Lovely sentiments from both Tamika and B.R. However, we must point out that, as is not infrequently the case, the original text was not quite as size-celebratory as what appears in the scans. Since we cannot have negative or mixed-message text on the site, we subtly edited one of the captions to the form that it currently takes.

Hopefully, the responses posted here will provide a suggestion to publications as to what kind of text they should be including with their images.
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Default Re: Kailee & Melissa King in Glamour (April)

I love the images. Kailee and Melissa both look curvy and gorgeous.

The only thing that I really dislike is the fact that Glamour runs diet ads and diet-starvation stories. It's sad to see such attractive images on one page, then body belittling on another.

How I wish there were a print publication that featured images of gorgeous models like these, but without the mixed messages.
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