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Old 9th September 2011   #1
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Default Jesse West: Now with B&M and Heffner

When we last noted the work of Canadian plus-size model Jessica West (also variously billed as Jesse Rae West and Jesse West), she had signed a one-year contract with Ford Models in Toronto.

Jessica recently transitioned to a different agency that is establishing itself in the Tornto market, B&M Models, which also represents full-figured goddess Christina Schmidt.

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Just the other day, this Canadian beauty also signed with Heffner Model Management in Seattle. At a size 14/16 with measurements 38dd-36-48 (identical to those of blonde British bombshell Sophie Sheppard), Jessica is a genuinely full-figured model--and a very attractive one at that. It is always encouraging to see significant agencies signing legitimately plus-size girls to their boards.

We wish Jessica every success with her new agencies.

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- Click to view Jessica's Heffner portfolio

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Old 6th October 2011   #2
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Default Jesse West: American Apparel finalist

Fans of Miss West will be delighted to learn that, after participating in a recent modelling competition sponsored by American Apparel, Jesse was selected as one of the ten contest winners (one of only two genuinely full-figured models in the group), and is shooting for the famous label this very week.

How wonderful could such news be? Jesse's latest images give a clear indication. These images are part of a creative project that she recently shot with the Canadian photographic team Istoica (, and Miss West kindly granted us permission to share the images with a wider audience.

When arranged in sequence, these photographs indicate the various "temperature levels" that a model can deliver, based on the degree of seductiveness that she projects. Each of the pictures is steamy, but some are scorchingly alluring.

In the first headshot, Jesse's eyes smoulder with a look of invitation that is bold and direct, but still retain enough wide-eyed innocence to be gentle. The model deftly avoids any trace of aggressiveness. The narrow focus directs the viewer to fixate on the model's mesmerizing eyes, while the muted colour palette enables the crimson contours of her lovely mouth to stand out most vividly.

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A second image raises the temperature by offering a hint of her buxom contours. The lacy fabric of the bustier is a vintage feminine touch. The model's spoiled, petulant expression is extremely compelling and adds to the sensuality of the photograph. Her tresses flow over her shoulders in thick, brunette waves.

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A third image is blazingly passionate, as the model has disclosed the full measure of her voluptuousness. The strategic reveal of the strap adds extra frisson. Jesse's clavicle is attractively submerged in soft fullness. In this image, her gaze is challenging, arresting--an interesting choice, as such an unrestrained presentation of beauty could leave a model vulnerable, but Jesse instead insists that the viewer engage with her holistically, acknowledging her compelling persona, rather than merely admiring her soft physicality.

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The final image is the steamiest of all, featuring Jesse in a vintage pin-up pose. Beyond the unequivocal sensuality of a bedroom placement, the image creates heart-racing allure with the model's carnal expression and the voluptuous volume of her wild tresses. For the purposes of this forum, the image also merits praise for including a size-positive touch via the generous substantiality of the model's legs.

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When shooting intimate apparel, plus-size models have many options open to them as to which temperature level they can adopt, from a simmering banked-down fire to the heat of a thousand suns. Sometimes a more provocative image will be most compelling, whereas in other instances a more subdued approach will have the greatest impact. In these four images, Miss West memorably demonstrates four levels of seductiveness, yet in a demonstration of her talent, she makes each of the photographs (even the boldest) chic and tasteful.

We look forward to the results of Miss West's American Apparel adventure.

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