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Old 10th September 2010   #1
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Default Katherine Roll: Disney lookbook


Of all of the adventures that we have had over the past 12 years of running this site, nothing rivals the joy and thrill that we experienced interviewing plus-size goddess Kelsey Olson at Disneyland in December of last year. As we described in Kelsey’s profile, the entire encounter was magical, a bona fide dream come true.

However, if we have a single regret about the experience, it is that we didn't hire a professional camera crew to record the event. Seeing a living fairy-tale princess photographed in Disney's magical kingdom would have been too perfect for words.

Furthermore, from Christina Schmidt's recent appearance on a merry-go-round on her Harlequin novel cover, to the main editorial of the July issue of Sem Medida, amusement parks have been turning up everyone in plus-size-model photoshoots. And no wonder, since they vividly bring out the youthful qualities of well-fed princesses, whose soft, babylike features recall the joys of childhood, even as their voluptuous figures speak of grown-up desires. Shooting full-figured goddesses in such settings yields images of enticing beauty with gentle undercurrents of sensuality.

With that in mind, we were delighted to see that curvaceous cutie Katherine Roll (Model Service Agency, NY) recently spent a long-overdue vacation at Walt Disney's wonderland on the opposite coast, the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Just as other plus-size models have occasionally shared their personal photographs on the Judgment of Paris (e.g., Karen Vermeiren's wedding album, or Kailee O'Sullivan's snapshots with her high-school friends), so were we thrilled when Katherine allowed us to post a selection of her vacation images, for the benefit of her many fans.

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Although these are merely candid snapshots, many of them are as skilfully composed as professional photographs. This, for example, the finest of the lot, is like something out of a fantasy of feminine loveliness. The model's arms--the most gorgeous arms of any girl currently working in the industry--look full and shapely. Her neckline discloses a modest glimpse of decolletage. Her soft, golden hair, illuminated by the sun, cascades down her back. The pink and yellow flowers seem to offer a natural bouquet in tribute to Miss Roll's beauty. Even the random tourist in the background is a beneficial element, adding a splash of blue for colour contrast. Upon seeing this image, every red-blooded male will forever dream of changing places with the Disney statuette, in order to be the recipient of Katherine's sweet kiss.

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In fact, Katherine's friends took a whole series of photos showing the model wittily interacting with a group of Disney sculptures. In this picture, the magnificent castle provides the perfect background element, for, like Kelsey, Katherine possesses the Nordic beauty of a storybook princess right out of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale. She may be dressed in casual clothing, but one senses that in another time and place, she would have genuinely inhabited a castle such as this, with kings and princes arriving to pay court to her and to admire her legendary beauty.

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In this, the most sensual image in the series, Katherine's pretty hands display an alluring, goddesslike trait--dimples at the knuckles, a characteristic that appears in many of history's greatest depictions of well-fed feminine beauty. The deeper view of the model's decolletage adds a tad more seductiveness, yet the overall effect remains admirably wholesome, in keeping with the Disney tradition.

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This entire statuette series reminds viewers of a Torrid lookbook, for Katherine--expert model that she is--does not turn her poses into caricature, and never goes over the top, but maintains a level of believability, allowing the humour to flow naturally out of the wit of her poses rather than forcing the mirth.

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Although the congruence of the wardrobe and the flowers was surely a coincidence, observe how fortuitously the two blend together. This is a hallmark of great fashion photography--having elements in the setting correspond with the colours or patterns of the clothing that is being presented. For her part, Katherine perfectly embodies the opulent, Lillian-Russell-like appearance that was idealized in the turn-of-the-century time period that the Disney grounds evoke.

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The final image in the statuette series offers another view of the model's attractively round, untoned arms, and a suggestion of her curvy figure. Katherine and her friends surely had a good deal of fun shooting these playful yet remarkably professional-looking photos.

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Of course, no small part of the success of these images is due to the intrinsic beauty of the Disney environment, which is a slice of heaven on earth. This wishing well is a truly magnificent sculpture, as finely wrought as a creation of the Gothic Revival. Observe how effectively the neutral stonework and the lush foliage in the background set off the vibrant hues of Katherine's top. The picture even offers an intriguing narrative possibility, for although the model appears to be gazing into the well and asking for her heart's desire, in fact it is she herself who would be the realization of such a longing, for any male dreamer to whom the well would grant a wish would surely yearn for one thing: for a princess just as a beautiful as Katherine to appear before his eyes.

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A close view of Miss Roll on the Disney merry-go-round showcases her flawless complexion. Observe how hale and hearty she appears, with her pink cheeks, robust figure, and soft curves at her waist. She fairly glows with health and vitality.

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Showing more of her modelling wit, the following picture finds Katherine experiencing Christmas in the summertime, thanks to Disney magic. Not only is the photograph highly entertaining, but it also offers a splendid view of her full, shapely arms--so alluring that they would be the envy of even the loveliest Aphrodite in a Renaissance masterpiece.

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A wardrobe change, perhaps for a second day of Disney touring, finds Katherine in a pretty blue dress, attractively abbreviated to show off her gorgeous legs. The model's pose is casual and inviting. Once again, the setting fortuitously harmonizes with the outfit, so much so that if one didn't know that this were a vacation photo, one would surely deem it to be a picture from a catalogue, and the dress the item on offer, with the photographer having scouted the location specifically to set it off.

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The ornately tiled setting also evokes the exotic Middle Eastern locales showcased in 19th-century Orientalist paintings, just as Katherine herself resembles the lush goddesses whose soft beauty such paintings frequently celebrate.

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Another image with an international flair finds Katherine exchanging her natural identity as the ultimate artist's muse for a turn as an artist herself. This may be the most alluring presentation that we have yet seen of her sumptuous, seductive arms. Unfailingly brilliant as a model, Katherine plays her part as convincingly as she would in a magazine editorial. Observe the extraordinary beauty of her facial features, with the high cheekbones of a supermodel attractively softened by facial fullness.

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Could there be a lovelier image than this? The sight of a plus-size goddess beaming with delight in an elegant restaurant, ready to enjoy a rich meal, is surely the stuff of dreams. The model's luscious arms appear particularly full and shapely, and the glimpse of leg is a modestly seductive touch. Katherine creates the persona of a well-fed goddess who enjoys the finer things in life and indulges freely, delighting in the fact that her beauty entitles her to be wined and dined, taken on expensive vacations by countless ardent suitors--an adorably spoiled beauty living the life of a princess in the modern age, the life that anyone so gorgeous richly deserves.

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As if to play up that princess identity, in this image Katherine poses beside the most beautiful of all of the Disney heroines, the fair Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. Could this be yet another wardrobe coincidence? Either a brilliant stylist planned Katherine's trip with a photoshoot in mind, or her choices of outfit just happened to be perfect for every setting. With her fair tresses and adorable facial features, the model vividly evokes Brier Rose, yet part of what makes this picture so irresistible is the viewer's awareness that Katherine secretly considers herself even more beautiful than the incomparable Aurora, thanks to her richer, curvier figure and particularly her fuller, more sensual waist.

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In addition to the polished images shown above, we cannot resist sharing a few of Katherine's more traditionally "touristy" photos, if only because they showcase her beauty so effectively. In particular, we simply must provide fans with one more look at Katherine in her delicate pink top, the most feminine of her Disney outfits.

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Disney brings out the child in all of us. What would a trip to the Magic Kingdom be without a chance to get into the spirit of things? And besides, this image shows off the model's attractive neck-and-shoulder area, with her clavicle wholly submerged in soft fullness.

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A pose with one of the adult-size cartoon characters who people the Disney grounds offers Katherine's fans a hoped-for look at her full-length figure, one of gorgeous physiques possessed by any model in the industry today, a perfect mixture of each body type (hourglass, apple, pear), merging to form the epitome of Classical womanliness.

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The slew of recent images featuring Brazilian bombshell Mayara Russi has left many U.S. aficionados of plus-size beauty quite envious. Few American models can compete with Mayara's luscious, size-20 figure. However, in Katherine our plus-size industry has a goddess who is every bit as gorgeous as Miss Russi--indeed, more so. Katherine joins Kelsey Olson, Charlotte Coyle, Lindsey Garbelman, and several others as examples of models who are size 16 or better, and who are even more beautiful than Brazil's finest.

We could have a truly revolutionary plus-size industry in North America. There is certainly no lack of beauty or talent among U.S. models. All it would take is for the clients and agencies to recognize that the public does not wish to see size-10 faux-plus girls drowning in oversized fabric, but truly curvaceous goddesses with opulent, womanly proportions who genuinely represent full-figured women.

Katherine Roll is easily one of the loveliest plus-size models in the world. Her stunning images from Full-Figured Fashion Week 2009 put that event on the map and attracted many ardent and enthusiastic supporters to the cause. We earnestly hope to see her in many future campaigns. Her luscious beauty is second to none.

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Old 11th September 2010   #2
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Absolutely stunning picture. If I hadn't known that it was a personal photo, I would have definitely believed that it was a professional test or a commercial image. Nice use of natural light. I've been a fan of Katherine ever since the pictures from FFFWeek 2009 showed up, and would love to see more of her.

I especially think that she looks lovely with longer hair. I hope she keeps the extra length, or allows her tresses to become even more abundant. And it's so wonderful to see a model with a genuinely curvy figure.

I also agree that a Disney editorial with plus-size models would be fantastic. It's probably difficult to secure permissions for a full-fledged photoshoot there, but perhaps it would be possible to achieve the same result with similar locations. Even the U.S. has some Neo-Gothic castles from the 19th century that were made to resemble European castles, though probably more in the northeast than in the west.
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Old 12th September 2010   #3
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Default Re: Katherine Roll: Disney lookbook

I adore the kissing picture, which is simply gorgeous. I also love the playfulness of the "painting" photo- as well as Katherine's lovely limbs.

Katherine is my favourite FFFWeek model to date. She has a fantastic figure- the kind of shapely figure that curvaceous models should have. Plus, she just happens to be absolutely stunning. And now that she is growing her hair longer, her beauty is only increasing.

I also love the continuing tributes to Walt Disney on this forum. He was a great man, an inspired visionary, and his creations have enriched the dreams of American children for generations. Plus-size models like Kelsey and Katherine are truly living princesses whose fair beauty recalls the glory of the Old World just as Disney's castles do. I love the association of one with the other.
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