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Old 24th March 2010   #1
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Default Tara Lynn on Fr. Elle cover

Interestingly, the forthcoming issue of French Elle will feature size 14/16 model Tara Lynn on the cover, and will include a 32-page section devoted to fuller-figured models.

Here's the cover.



Here's a page from inside the magazine. Both images appear to be screen caps from a video (probably a news report) about the issue.



Well, bravo to Elle for featuring a model in a genuine plus size on the cover rather than a faux-plus model. In the images above, she looks quite curvy. I don't know what the rest of the pages will look like, but it could be notable.
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Old 24th March 2010   #2
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Default Re: Tara Lynn on Fr. Elle cover

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Both images appear to be screen caps from a video (probably a news report) about the issue.

A little searching turned up said video on YouTube. Unfortunately, in the uploading process, the audio and video got badly out of sync. However, since it's in French, it may be a moot point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5F8fexJ0Vc

Nevertheless, the video turned up another picture from inside the magazine, and this one is quite stunning. Nude images of plus-size models are often hit and miss, but this one is genuinely beautiful. It shows the soft curves around the model's waist as well as her full arms and thighs.



Here are better screencaps of the cover and of the inside image shown above.





Here's the panel discussing the issue, with Tara's image overhead.



One has to applaud French Elle for that seated image of Tara Lynn, which shows off her curves so well, and for choosing fuller-figured plus-size models in the first place.
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Old 24th March 2010   #3
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Default Re: Tara Lynn on Fr. Elle cover

Amazingly beautiful, and she has such a wonderful shape. This lady is a Renoir painting come to life. If he were alive today, he'd likely travel halfway across France for the opportunity to paint someone like this.
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Old 25th March 2010   #4
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Default Renoir's ''Seated Bather''

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This lady is a Renoir painting come to life.

Very good. We were hoping that someone would pick up on the fact that the pose references a famous Renoir painting. That is why it works so well. This image is far more successful than the same model's V Magazine nude, because this time the photographer drew upon the Classical principles of beauty that govern Renoir's canvas.

The painting in question is, of course, the famous Seated Bather of 1884, which is viewable at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum. This is one of the greatest depictions of timeless beauty ever created, a loving celebration of the soft, untoned, well-fed figure of the artist's beloved young wife, Aline Charigot.

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The French Elle photograph directly emulates the Seated Bather. Unfortunately, the magazine did not take the model out to a luminescent stream such as the one that provides Renoir's glorious backdrop, but the wicker chair enabled the photographer to pose the model in a similar position.

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Aline's figure was a tad fuller than Tara's, but the model is curvy enough that she creates a similar effect. Where Renoir's composition is most notably lovelier is in the model's gaze, which is softer and dreamier, more purely romantic. And of course, very, very few plus-size models could approach the round facial beauty of blonde Aline. Tara has a different face.

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French Elle succeeds so notably with this image because instead of aping deconstructionist modern fashion photography, which seeks to bring out the "angles" of emaciated models, it looked back to a time prior to the 20th century, a time when the Classical ideal was still dominant, and invoked a curve-adoring pose from that nobler, better era. Plus, by featuring a size-16 girl, it found a model whose figure more closely approximated the fullness of traditional feminine beauty than do today's faux-plus models.

Other fashion publications seeking to include plus-size goddesses in their pages would do well to follow this example.

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Incidentally, these larger Elle screencaps come from the original source of the YouTube clip, which is a Canal+ online video, posted here. To watch the segment in its original clarity, and with synchronized audio and video, click on the "Partie 3" thumbnail and fast forward to the 17:40 minute mark, which is where the Elle discussion begins.

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- Renoir's Seated Bather (1883-84)

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Old 25th March 2010   #5
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Default Re: Renoir's ''Seated Bather''

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Aline's figure was a tad fuller than Tara's, but the model is curvy enough that she creates a similar effect. Where Renoir's composition is most notably lovelier is in the model's gaze, which is softer and dreamier, more purely romantic. And of course, very, very few plus-size models could approach the round facial beauty of blonde Aline. Tara has a different face.

It's wonderful that Elle derived the pose from a Renoir painting, but I wish that it had featured a size-16 model with a somewhat more similar look to Aline - soft and fair. For example, I can easily picture Kelsey Olson bringing the Renoir painting to life. She too is a size 16, but she specializes in the kind of dreamy, faraway gazes that Renoir captured in his painting.

Anyway, here's a larger version of the cover:



You've got to hand it to Elle - at least it used a size-16 model, and put her on the cover (although the far more interesting Renoir-inspired picture should have been the cover shot).

Compare this to the disappointment of American Vogue. Its current "Shape Issue" (a) only used a size-10 model, (b) didn't even put her on the cover, and (c) wrote an article involving her that practically sounds like a diet ad. The Elle approach is worlds superior.
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Default Re: Tara Lynn on Fr. Elle cover

Vivelesrones.com has posted a complete slideshow of scans of the editorial. Here's the link, where you can find large-size scans, and I'll post a few small ones too.

http://www.slide.com/s/cB86oy3Npj9d...MwueejP_?dir=-1

The best image - the Renoir-inspired spread.



The picture on the right is quite attractive.



Here's the layout that was previewed earlier:



A bit covered up (the jackets are unnecessary), but at least the picture on the right shows some curves at the model's waist.



The rest of the pages are so-so. There's a brunette model who keeps squinting, for no reason at all. But there's also a blonde model named, I believe, Juliette Katz who is fairly pretty.



Again, if you click on the link above, then the "View Full Size" icon, you can see large scans of any page in the editorial.
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Old 26th March 2010   #7
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Default Re: Tara Lynn on Fr. Elle cover

Several of the models shown are actually French plus-size fashion bloggers.

Tara looks exquisite. I love her look, and several of the outfits are perfect for her curves.
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Old 7th April 2010   #8
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Default Fulfilling a promise from 2003

For some reason, I had it in my mind that French Elle had come up on this forum before, and I just remembered when.

Back in 2003, French Elle published a very size-positive story that was translated into English by the Times of London.

Among the most memorable passages:

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THERE was good news for heavier French women yesterday when Elle, the self-styled weekly magazine for thinking Parisiennes, decreed thinness to be unfashionable and hailed the coronation of the "round, guitar-shaped" figure.

The "dictatorship of thinness" appears to be crumbling, Elle said. "It is time to celebrate the return of the curve, the return of la rondeur, in a world that is too hard, too square and too abrupt."

"We are coming to realise the tyranny of the long, stiff and bony silhouette is folly and that it says nothing good about the health of society," Annie Hubert, an anthropologist at the CNRS, the main state research institute, said.

Pierre Dukan, a nutritionist, said that men were programmed by evolution to be attracted to females with "breasts, f** on the hips and thighs and a little cushion under the navel -- all the elements which women try to get rid of. For a man, les rondeurs of a woman with a 'guitar-shaped body' are an encouragement to enter into visual, tactile and sexual contact."

The story was covered in full on the Judgment of Paris forum in this post:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/boar...thread.php?t=10

Alas, the article only noted celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Britney Spears as examples of women with "curvier" figures. And in retrospect, the affirmative tone of the story was quite premature.

This editorial thus realizes the promise made by French Elle seven years ago. Match the fine words of that 2003 article with images of size-16 models, such as these, and the result really does herald the return of la rondeur.

Let's hope that this time it sticks.
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