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Old 8th November 2010   #1
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Default Introducing Lindsey Todd


During the "State of the Curvy Community" panel at Full-Figured Fashion Week L.A., we happened to notice a beautiful young girl in a grey dress and grey hat sitting at the back of the room. She made a sufficiently notable impression on us that even while we were addressing the audience, we mused to ourselves how nice it would be to make her acquaintance.

Well, life is sometimes kind, because right after the panel concluded, and just as we were making our way out the door, who should approach us but that very same redhead.

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Okay, so perhaps she didn't arrive on a white horse, like Kristina Söderbaum in the 1930s German film Opfergang, and perhaps her hair wasn't illuminated by the sun, as it is the above image, but there was nevertheless a touch of magic about her. She eagerly introduced herself to us as Lindsey Todd, a California-based plus-size model signed with Brand Model & Talent and Peak Models.

We complimented her on her outfit, and she gave us her card, which included a link to her Web site. Upon perusing her images, we discovered that she has created a host of intriguing tests that are well worth sharing with plus-size-beauty aficionados, and that she has a knack for dressing her soft, size-14 figure in very becoming, feminine fashions.

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What particularly struck us was a test that she had shot in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A museum is the perhaps most ideal of all settings in which to find a plus-size model, given that her Classical proportions will immediately identify her as a living work of art, a paragon of timeless beauty brought to life. For this test, Lindsey garbed herself in the most attractive attire imaginable, a romantic dress with feminine frills and a pretty polka-dot pattern that embraced her soft curves.

The following brilliantly composed photograph casts the viewer in the role of an art aficionado, one who might encounter a vixen such as this at a gallery and find himself more taken with her voluptuous curves than with the artwork on display, even as the temptress cleverly positions herself in such a way as to allow her rounded contours to be admired.

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Not only are Lindsey's poses filled with personality, but her images convey rather significant ideas. Lindsey's flirtatious gesture in the following picture reminds the viewer that throughout history, the greatest minds have ever been inspired toward artistic creation by their adoration of fickle but irresistible feminine beauty. The cold, serene marble and the luscious, well-fed girl emblematize the complementary association of spirit and flesh, mind and body, masculinity and femininity, of man's loftier goals and his animal desires.

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Next to museum backdrops, the preferred settings for goddess-model test shoots are verdant outdoor locations. Lindsey has shot many memorable images in just such idyllic landscapes. This photograph is particularly lovely, with the dreamy look in Miss Todd's eyes. Notice how richly her red hair contrasts with the lush greenery. Except for Kailee O'Sullivan's occasional ventures into redhead territory, the industry has consistently lacked a lovely red-haired model--a lacuna that Lindsey might fill very well.

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As noted before, though, the greatest strength of Lindsey's tests, beyond even their pretty locations, is their ultra-feminine wardrobe. The unforgettable impact of the following image derives from how alluringly low the dress sits on her person, baring a heady expanse of her neck-and-shoulder area. The model's complexion is enchantingly fair, and her white skin reflects the light in a dazzling manner. Although it reveals no more than a swimsuit might, the ruffled dress creates a much more sensual impression, imparting to the model a quality of vulnerability and delicate femininity, even as her fleshiness give her a robust, well-fed look. Notice too how her red tresses flow in the wind, gently caressing her bare shoulders.

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The long shot makes a convincing impression as well, with the rustic, agrarian setting reinforcing the overall impression of the image as conveying natural beauty in all of its forms. Notice the moon in the sky, even at daytime, as if the model were the goddess Diana herself.

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But truly, it is the way in which the dress appears to be perpetually slipping off her person, yet never doing so--like the lovers on Keats' Grecian Urn, whose lips forever draw close for a kiss, but never touch--that makes these images so compelling. With its tiered ruffles, the dress calls to mind the petals of a flower in full bloom, opening to reveal the beauty within. Observe how soft and full the model's disclosed curves appear.

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Even if a test is not set in a grassy field or a forest, simply having organic materials present in the frame can endow an image with a touch of natural beauty. In the next two photos, the timber textures of wooden walls and doors give the pictures a rustic charm. The lighting is especially lovely in the first photo, making Lindsey's tresses appear to burn with an inner fire.

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Miss Todd's measurements vary wildly from one source to the next, but her most appealing stats, as given by Peak and Brand, are 44-38-45, and she is rightly proud of every luscious inch. Observe how this closely fitted sweater celebrates her buxom contours, and how her pose deftly accentuates her voluptuousness. The image is seemingly quite casual, yet overwhelmingly seductive in effect.

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The model can also be elegant and sophisticated, as the occasion demands. We are not generally fond of overly processed images, but the diffuse filter in the following pictures is quite effective. With her high cheekbones softened by facial fullness, Lindsey has a gorgeous visage.

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The visible weight in her face--which is absolutely essential for a plus-size model--gives Lindsey an abiding prettiness. The pearls and satiny robe speak of wealth and luxuriance. In these images, she creates the persona of the pampered girlfriend of a man of wealth and power, an alluringly selfish beauty who indulges to the finest things in life without restraint or inhibition.

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Notice how each of these "soft" images has a different colour palette, and how the differences in lighting create unique moods. Here, for example, the model appears to be lit by the first rays of dawn after a night of romance. She looks especially buxom and replete here--alluringly so.

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As one might expect of a model as shapely as Lindsey, she is an accomplished lingerie model. This test shows her in an especially pretty negligé. Despite common myths to the contrary, garish reds and blacks are not nearly as appealing, when it comes to intimate apparel, as softer, gentler hues. The spring greens in this outfit suit Lindsey perfectly. The cut at the bust is especially flattering, once again creating a blossoming-flower effect.

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What makes the image so effective, however, beyond Lindsey's sumptuous curves, is the softness of her expression. This is an especially important factor in intimate-apparel pictures, where the line between sensuality and garishness is so thin. Lindsey's demeanour is admirably gentle and non-threatening. She appears serene and yielding, open to the viewer's interest, conveying an attractive undercurrent of vulnerability and neediness. No one does such expressions better than Kelsey Olson, but in this photograph, Lindsey is quite successful as well.

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Little wonder, then, that Lindsey has done a good deal of work for lingerie clients. She currently appears as the principal model for Moonlight Serenade, and while the product images are standard, the best examples do show off her lovely figure. While one dearly wishes that Lindsey were a size 16 rather than a size 14, her figure is very soft and untoned, which gives her a pleasing, feminine look, full and natural.

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Another image in the same outfit shows Miss Todd adopting a graceful, demure pose.

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While many of the images that we have posted show Lindsey in classical and Old World guises, she is very much at home in contemporary contexts as well. In the following headshot, her hairstyle is funkier and more youthful. Her face looks particularly beautiful here, with a sensual curve under the chin--the most alluring of all facial features--indicating her healthy fullness. She veritably glows.

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Another headshot in the same outfit is equally becoming, but in a different way. Here, the seductiveness is more overt, with the sinful black gown offering a glimpse of the model's generous decolletage. She has a bold, direct look of invitation in her eyes, provocative but not overpoweringly so. The stark contrast of the black dress against her white skin is arresting.

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Being a California girl, Miss Todd would be remiss not to include at least one swimwear image in her portfolio. She opts for an exciting red two-piece style that, at last, shows off her most beautiful figure feature: her soft, full waist (38", according to Peak Models).

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No narrow-waisted faux-plus model could look half as beautiful in this red swimsuit as Lindsey does, thanks to her shapely curves, and especially, her generous middle. Her proportions create a relaxed and comfortable appearance, far more appealing than the painfully constricted figures with which the media bombards the public. Bravo to Miss Todd for showing off her gorgeous curves in this manner, thereby inspiring all full-figured women to similarly celebrate their natural body types.

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Lindsey Todd is a charming, beautiful, vivacious young model with a gorgeous figure, a pretty face, a lively personality, and a terrific fashion sense. Much as we wish that she might blossom into slightly fuller proportions, at least she is, at a 14, a legitimate plus-size model, and one of the industry's very few beautiful red-haired girls. She deserves every success.

We end off with a candid photograph of Lindsey in San Francisco, with the wind blowing her tresses across her face in a highly romantic manner. This shot may have been spontaneous and unintended, but the windswept look is so attractive that plus-size models should embrace it as a deliberate testing choice.

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See more of Lindsey at her Brand and Peak portfolios, and at her official Web site, linked below. You may click on the above images to view them at a larger size.

- www.LindseyGrayTodd.com

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