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Old 26th October 2011   #1
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Default Sophie Sheppard: The Privilege of Beauty


No matter how much appeal the presence of outdoor settings and ultra-feminine wardrobe might add to the effectiveness of an image, the sole truly important factor is the attractiveness of the model. The finest plus-size goddesses are so gorgeous that in their photoshoots all other considerations melt away, and one is simply transfixed by their loveliness.

This is very much the case with Australian-born British plus-size model Sophie Sheppard (38d-36-48), the shining star of Milk Management in London. This agency recently published a host of new images of the celestially radiant Miss Sheppard that have the look of simple agency Polaroids, but are so dazzling, thanks to the model's inconceivable beauty, that they appear in her official portfolio.

The first image immediately demonstrates why Sophie is arguably the most attractive plus-size model working today, anywhere in the world, and easily the comeliest model in Europe. Her soft tresses cascade around her face in a waterfall of shimmering gold, gently curving around in big, lazy waves, giving the image a sense of luxury and opulence, for all that it is such a simple photograph. The fact that these tresses have a touch of negligent abandon in them makes Sophie appear even more desirable, for they hint at a languid sangfroid on the model's part about her beauty, the effortless self-satisfaction that a true goddesses possesses. She knows that the moment she wakes up in the morning, she is immediately perfectly beautiful, and needs but run a hand through her hair and toss on any attire to outshine rivals who might spend hours carefully crafting their looks, in a futile effort to match her beauty.

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Sophie's gently steamy expression, with parted lips, communicates a sense of banked-down passion. The unfastened buttons of her top disclose just a modest hint of décolletage, yet that display is sufficient to generate high-temperature frisson.

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A second image of Sophie in this simple top highlights her adorable apple cheeks, the very epitome of doll-like, Victorian beauty. In this image, her expression is sweet and wholesome, yet the eyes are still vividly alive with mischief and personality. The supremely sensual aspect of the image is the way in which the top pulls open at the bottom edge of the frame, reminding viewers of her luscious proportions (a waist measurement that Okay Models gives as an opulent 38.5 inches). The sumptuous beauty of Sophie's physique equals the enchanting radiance of her angelic face.

An image of Sophie in a stylish black hat calls to mind her celebrated print editorial for Vogue Italia, which appeared in the magazine's July issue, and for which she wore a number of eye-catching chapeaux. The model's tresses gracefully frame her lovely face, and in this image, it is the beauty of her facial features which dazzles the senses. Not only does her smile highlight her apple cheeks, but her face has a luscious, fed look about it, the distinctively cherubic beauty that a goddess exhibits when she is not starving. She looks playful and girlish, utterly adorable, while her outfit has chicness and sophistication. The mixture of the two qualities is irresistible.

Given that Miss Sheppard's beauty in smiling images is well established, the rest of the photos from this shoot show the model experimenting with darker facial expressions, which, as it turns out, present Sophie's loveliness just as effectively. When a model is this stunning, her beauty transforms even so-called negative emotions into adorable characteristics. Just as the spoiled and selfish qualities of Charlotte Bronte's full-figured blonde vixens, such as Georgiana Reed and Ginevra Fanshawe, are actually part of their allure, due to their plump beauty, so Sophie's experiments with darker emotions still generate gorgeous images. In this photograph, for example, she appears sulky and pouting, like a lavishly indulged young girl who, for once in her life, has not been given everything she desires, yet this look of petulance only increases her seductiveness, emotionally involving the viewer in the image, for he cannot help but wish to give her whatever she desires and more, to satisfy her every whim.

In this picture, Miss Sheppard appears outright cross, even mean, but such is the power of soft, fair, well-fed feminine beauty that even the cruelty of a latter-day princess such as this has an exciting appeal. After all, this ill-temper testifies to the vibrant inner life within her. One senses that someone so generously blessed with almost preternatural beauty should want for nothing and live a life of endless happiness, which her good looks secure for her; so for her to appear so unsatisfied, as if she still desires more, even beyond all that she has been given, is thrilling.

The persona that Sophie creates is of a vixen who clearly has a wicked side, who exploits her angelic looks for personal gain, and who would be disdainful of anyone who suffered for her; indeed, she might even take pleasure in their pain. Yet the resistless potency of feminine beauty means that one cannot help but feel that she should demand more than others, that she deserves to have her every caprice indulged, that it is only right that she care nothing for the suffering of others and only of herself, for her beauty merits limitless self-involvement, the vanity of a true goddess.

The final image in the series shows Miss Sheppard with her hair pulled back, and while Sophie's fair tresses are so beautiful that one always wishes her hair to fall long and loose, this style does showcase the loveliness of her facial features, with high cheekbones distinguishing a face that is softened by visible fullness--the ideal feminine countenance. Her look of annoyance is fascinating in its own right and lends the image a possible narrative, for one almost imagines this to be a portrait taken by law-enforcement authorities. The model's persona is that of a young prom-princess type who has run afoul of the system, because she (rightly) feels that the rules do not apply to her. Her annoyance betrays her thoughts: she finds the whole booking process to be a tiresome bother at best, and knows that she will never be held to account for her transgressions, for who could ever punish such a gorgeous, soft-featured angel, however wicked she might be? She believe that her beauty gives her immunity from any manner of correction--and she is absolutely right.

Miss Sheppard is easily one of the most gorgeous models in the world, and in her photographs she demonstrates a degree of talent and an emotional range that is second to none.

Next month, she will be the star model in the Curves in Couture runway show--the most prestigious plus-size fashion show ever staged in the U.K. Furthermore, she has a host of high-profile jobs coming down the pike, with some of the top clients in the industry.

With a Vogue print editorial behind her--a boast that few plus-size models can make--the future looks bright for this angel of beauty, who is set to become one of the preeminent models in the industry, and at a genuinely full-figured size rather than faux-plus proportions.

She deserves no less.

- Sophie Sheppard Gallery

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Old 31st October 2011   #2
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The first image immediately demonstrates why Sophie is arguably the most attractive plus-size model working today, anywhere in the world, and easily the comeliest model in Europe. Her soft tresses cascade around her face in a waterfall of shimmering gold, gently curving around in big, lazy waves, giving the image a sense of luxury and opulence, for all that it is such a simple photograph.

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I have to concur. Sophie is so beautiful that the mind can scarcely comprehend it. When I look at this photograph, I almost feel like I'm being hypnotized. You can't help but want to reach out and touch those weighty masses of golden hair. There's such a sensual indolence about the image, as if Sophie's tresses were formerly carefully coiffed, but have now been loosened, and are all the more gorgeous for their untamed abandon.

The original post mentioned Sophie's likeness to Ginevra Fanshawe, from Charlotte Bronte's novel Villette. There's a passage in that novel which describes Sophie's breathtaking beauty in the above photograph perfectly:

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"In she came, dressed in bright silk, with her shawl falling from her shoulders, and her curls, half-uncurled in the damp of night, drooping careless and heavy upon her neck."

Such an alluring description isn't it? It's as if the tresses themselves have an intoxicatingly lazy sensuality, their heaviness echoing the model's own luxuriant beauty.

The words do not exist that can do justice to Sophie's beauty. We're just very lucky that she is a plus-size model, and even more fortunate that she is genuinely full-figured. If she keeps her perfect, opulent physique, and doesn't diminish herself, she could transform the public understanding of feminine beauty and restore the appreciation of Classical curvaceousness, if anyone at all can.

I eagerly look forward to her next campaign.
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Old 8th November 2011   #3
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In the world of plus-size modelling, there may be nothing more exciting than the discovery of new images of deliriously beautiful full-figured model Sophie Sheppard.

Milk Management released the first batch of images from her recent test shoot, but now the model's Australian agency, Bella Models, has issued a second set. They are utterly beguiling--because Sophie is beguiling.

Miss Sheppard possesses one of the most gorgeous figures of any plus-size models working today, yet her test photographs all too often tease viewers by failing to define her luscious curves. (For a proper view of Sophie's incomparably stunning figure, one must turn to her recent Vogue Italia editorial, and in particular the exciting screen captures from the official video of the shoot.) Of these images, the picture that comes closest to exhibiting the model's sensually womanly curves is the following, which we have brightened for the sake of viewers whose monitors have low gamma contrast. Sophie's wry tip of the hat is an eye-catching pose, and her expression is secure yet naturalistic. Her celebrated golden tresses flow lazily over her shoulders. But the most alluring aspect of the image is how the black top indicates the opulent fullness around her middle. Milk Management gives Sophie's waist measurement at 36", while Okay Models offers an even more captivating stat of 38.5" (just a half-inch shy of Kelsey Olson's gorgeous waist). Either way, the model's figure exhibits sumptuous, natural contours. For a goddess to possess one or the other quality, a face as lovely as Sophie's or a figure as beautiful as hers, would already establish her as a timeless beauty. For her to possess both ideal characteristics makes her one of the most attractive women in the world, and the definitive plus-size model.

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A second image of Miss Sheppard in this black chapeau shows her flashing a Cheshire grin. Sophie may resemble an earthbound angel, with her soft, fair features, but she is clearly a saucy minx and has a touch of devilry about her. Those hypnotic eyes twinkle with mischief. She clearly has a vigorous, irrepressible personality, a vital spark that makes her pictures so energetic. The thick masses of golden hair framing her face set her beauty beyond mortal measure.

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Another view of Miss Sheppard in the blue chambray shirt seen in the initial image in this thread evoke a relaxed, easygoing sensuality, which is one of the hallmarks of this model's art. She rests her hand atop the button at her waist, subconsciously drawing the viewer's attention to the most desirable portion of her physique. The lone undone button at her neckline discloses a teasing hint of her décolletage. Indolent desire percolates in her steamy blue eyes, while the sight of her honey tresses tumbling over her shoulders utterly mesmerizes the viewer and renders him helpless before her languid beauty.

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A rare full-length view of this enchanting goddess finds her figure still tantalizingly imperceptible, due to the loose fit of her top, yet the image nevertheless generates an exciting degree of frisson. The way in which the top is slipping off the model's shoulder is extremely fetching. Also, her closely fitted jeans indicate the attractive fullness of her thighs. Sophie's pose is particularly eye-catching. For a model who is adept at generating heady sensuality through her intoxicating lassitude, the stance is more active than usual, yet even in this pose, the model still communicates a sense of the attractive substantiality of her figure and of the languour of her movements. Her expression is bewitching, expressing an irresistibly girlish pleasure in her own beauty. The way on which one tress half-obscures her eye is a supremely seductive touch.

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The final new addition to this series shows the model adopting an irrepressibly pouty look, testifying to a spoiled selfishness on her part that is the ultimate in female desirability. This image functions especially well as a headshot because it displays the model's fair complexion better than any other picture in this test, showing the perfection of her peaches-and-cream complexion, an English Rose skin tone that is milky white with just a hint of a flush, as if it were solely the model's vixenish temper tantrum that were giving her skin its tinge of colour. Fashion advisers may promote red lip colours, but on a princess as youthful-looking as this, with azure eyes and fair tresses, no lips are more irresistibly kissable than those in a bubblegum-pink hue, especially when they are parted in such a cruel, passionate way. Even with this expression, the model's angelic visage exhibits a fleshy, well-fed look that is the secret to her incomparable beauty.

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Not all of the words in the English language would suffice to do justice to Sophie's celestial loveliness. Her every image is a masterpiece, no matter the wardrobe and whatever the setting, so long as it showcases her, in all of her peerless splendour.

We eagerly look forward to a stellar career for this beauty, who redefines the term "supermodel" and sets the standard of attractiveness in plus-size modelling to an unprecedented level.

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- Sophie at Bella Models

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Old 10th November 2011   #4
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Sophie looks gorgeous in any milieu. It's interesting to see her in such casual attire. If you've ever wondered what the most famous beauties of history, from Helen of Troy to the goddess Aphrodite herself, would look like in casual contemporary clothing, these pictures show the results. Even in the most relaxed apparel, they would still look like angels, still astound one with their beauty, just as Sophie does.

When I look at this image, I can't help but remark how perfect the literary passage associated with her on the survey page is:



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“There are no words to describe her save the old ones that have served so often to picture the bygone heroine of romance and the fairy lady of our dreams. There was nothing subtle or hidden about her charms; her beauty was all there, flaming and apparent: the spun-gold hair that comb nor confining pin could restrain; the blue eyes that were like nothing but sapphires; two lips that pouted, that were so red one could only think of cherries or some other delicious crimson fruit in looking at them. She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture. One would not have wanted her neck a mite less full or her beautiful arms more slender.”

Kate Chopin, The Awakening. (1899)

Every word is true.

But I have to say, given a choice, I still prefer her previous photo shoot, if only because of the pretty settings, plus the pretty dress she wore.

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/boar...read.php?t=2130

Location photography always comes out better than studio shooting, and these images, incorporating the beauty of the natural world, are perfection itself.
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Old 13th November 2011   #5
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I still prefer her previous photo shoot, if only because of the pretty settings, plus the lovely dress she wore.

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/boar...read.php?t=2130

Location photography always comes out better than studio shooting, and these images, incorporating the beauty of the natural world, are perfection itself.

I emphatically agree. That was, and is, one of the most beautiful shoots I've ever seen any plus-size model create. The colours, the settings, the fashions, and above all, Sophie's breathtaking beauty, make it an absolute slice of heaven on earth. I'm not surprised at all that Sophie booked Vogue Italia shortly after those images emerged.

I do like the images in this most recent set too, though, as they demonstrate that whatever other elements may enhance her images, it is Sophie herself who is the wellspring of beauty.

Milk Management has now posted another photo from this test that has not yet appeared here.



I find this image quite affecting. Sophie's expression is vulnerable and needy, almost surprised, with her blue eyes open wild and wide, and I think this unique demeanour exhibits her beauty even more effectively than her petulant looks (though those are also memorable). Her facial features are exquisitely lovely and do show visible fullness. She's breathtaking.
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