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Old 6th December 2011   #1
HSG
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Default Sealed with a Kiss from Kelsey Olson


For plus-size-model aficionados, Christmas came early this year.

Everyone loved the cinema-themed look book that Sealed with a Kiss recently released, featuring angelic plus-size model Kelsey Olson (Dorothy Combs Models, Miami; Heffner, Seattle) in a host of looks inspired by the classic films Doctor Zhivago and White Christmas.

But now, in an unexpected delight, SWAK has issued a second holiday publication, this one distinguished by a solo performance from Kelsey. If anything, these images are even more beguiling than those in the previous look book.

The cover image shows Miss Olson shedding her delicate sensibilities and taking on a provocative, panther-like identity. The leopard-print handbag (complementing her tawny tresses) betokens her carnivorous appetites, while her slinky black dress discloses the outline of her sinful, size-16 figure.

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A full-size view shows the hypnotic power of Kelsey's eyes, as deep blue as the sea, the dark lashes and velvety eyeshadow enhancing the bewitching sense of mystery that her gaze communicates. Her plump lips, forming a mouth so pretty that even the model herself is excitingly vain about it, are adorned in a crimson red clip colour, subconsciously recalling the hue of blood. The burgundy shoes pick up this dark shade, while the leggings exhibit an intricate, vintage pattern, giving an image that is otherwise quite contemporary a welcome touch of Old World opulence. The golden earrings are thick and round and heavy, creating an impression of luxurious weight, which accords with the model's full-figured beauty.

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Red is certainly the keynote colour of the season. Sophie Sheppard dazzled the world at Curves in Couture with her red dress, and Katherine Roll wowed fans with her own red attire in the final look from her exciting Stanley Debas photo shoot. Red betokens holiday festivities, but it also speaks of emotion and desire. Kelsey certainly exudes robust, carnal passions in this striking dress, seductively clutching the folds of fabric to form the look of classical drapery. Her bejewelled necklace introduces a mixture of crimson colours recalling ripe cherries, and her dark-red lip colour picks up these hues. Observe the parted lips and clenched teeth. One can almost hear the purring sound, as the set of the model's felonious mouth suggests rapacious, insatiable hunger.

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The most enticing outfit in the look book is certainly the following sleeveless, abbreviated dress, which bares the model's soft, sensually untoned limbs. The hair accessory is a marvellous touch, effectively adorning Kelsey's soft, baby-blonde tresses. The deep, plunging neckline alluringly exposes her voluptuous décolletage, while the sparkling gold necklace helps to draw the eye toward her buxom curves. (This is a goddess who loves to be looked at, who craves the worshipful desire that her beauty generates in everyone around her.) The model's facial expression is tantalizingly petulant, the look of a seductively selfish beauty who wants what she wants when she wants it--and always gets it, thanks to her irresistible allure. Observe how Kelsey deftly creates this excitingly vain persona simply by a special pursing of her lovely mouth. Miss Olson may be the sweetest of all plus-size models, but she is brilliant at creating these irresistibly spoiled identities, princesses so pampered and self-indulgent as to be rapturously intoxicating.

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Ah, but she can't be all bad, can she? Kelsey's own identity is sweet and kind, fun-loving and playful, attitudes that this image joyfully evokes. The model's most gorgeous figure feature is her luscious 39" waist, a trait that the top suggests, if not defines. The way in which she flirtatiously plays with her tresses is utterly bewitching, and suggests that a touch of her coquettish persona informs her own, true character. This electric-blue colour is very effective on Kelsey, given her peaches-and-cream complexion and fair tresses, and goes with the denim surprisingly well. The fur-trimmed handbag and the extravagant necklace reveals a touch of whimsy on the model's part. Bravo to stylist Reah Norman, who brought her A game to this shoot, selecting fascinating accessories that significantly helped the model create her many fascinating characters and materially enhanced the SWAK outfits.

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Kelsey channels Chloë Agnew in this tender, girlish depiction of a young charmer in a lovely sleeveless dress, perhaps a Sweet 16 ingénue about to experience her first Christmas ball. One adores the sweet, innocent look in the model's eyes, so wide and open, so honest and free of guile. (To think that the same model who created the sinfully carnal looks above generated this lyrical expression is extraordinary, and testifies to Miss Olson's limitless emotional range.) She touches her neck in the softest, gentlest of ways, performing the soft caress that the viewer himself would long to enact (yet also deftly drawing attention, by this gesture, to her earrings, a beaded style that is picked up by the long necklace). But is there a touch of mischief lurking at the heart of this seemingly naive, unspoiled beauty? Yes, there certainly is, as revealed by the wicked, snake-like pattern on her stockings, which draw attention to the sensual fullness of her legs, and remind the viewer that this angel does, after all, have a richly well-fed figure, betokening a penchant for self-indulgence that speaks of appetitive passions just waiting to be unleashed. She is the innocent Eve in the garden of paradise, yet the serpent of sensuality is close by her side.

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To betoken the two identities that are at the heart of every woman--the fair angel and the seductive temptress--the next photograph finds Kelsey in scarlet red, in a top that closely defines her soft, buxom contours. With her languid pose--her arms lazily stretched behind her, as if to better expose her figure--she seems to luxuriate in her own embonpoint. In this image, Kelsey embodies a beauty at the other end of experience from the vulnerable little girl seen above, a carnal voluptuary who has indulged herself freely in all of the pleasures to which her beauty entitles her, yet still passively expects more, knowing that more will always be provided. The top wraps closely, passionately, to her waist, glorying in her well-fed physique. The very indolence of her demeanour increases the temperature of this image to the hottest edge of the scale of passion.

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Ah, but not even a goddess can pour forth her red-blooded allure at every moment. For much of her time, she must damp down her seductiveness to a slow, simmering burn, as Kelsey does in the next image. The model is garbed in coal black and stealth grey, yet her mouth exhibits a petulant pout and still speaks of rapacious desires, like the glowing ember of a fire that is ever ready to burst forth into a passionate flame. The pants closely embrace her soft, rounded thighs and calves. Her eyes are still adorned with the bewitching, velvety makeup that enhances her beguiling gaze.

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Kelsey returns once more to a softer, sweeter, more demure identity in the following photograph, showing her in a modest blue dress which nevertheless has one alluring feature--the deep V, offering a heady glimpse of décolletage. Her golden tresses appear sensually thick and heavy, and lazily flow over her shoulders in soft waves. Her expression is sincere and artless, an open entreaty for appreciation.

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The final image in the look book reconciles the duality of angel and seductress in a casual, breezy, contemporary persona that delights in performance, and can adopt any guise when it suits her, whether to fulfill herself creatively or to enjoy a little mischief. The whimsical royal-blue earrings connect with the other blue pieces in the collection, while the hat is pure fun. The model's joyful facial expression gladdens the heart, and accentuates a luscious curve under the chin--the most alluring of all facial features. Her arms appear attractively plump and round in this image, more sensually full than in any other photograph in the look book. She appears to deliberately show off her soft limbs for the express purpose of inflaming the viewer's desire. The stylish top exhibits an attractive sheen, and its sleeveless cut makes it an ideal adornment for full-figured goddesses, whose rounded arms make sleeveless styles practically mandatory.

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Bravo to Kelsey for an outstanding look book, one in which she dramatically showcases the range of her modelling talent and exhibits the full measure of her timeless beauty. Kudos to photographer Michael Anthony Hermogeno for capturing Kelsey in such a fascinating array of poses and expressions, creating a wealth of diverse characters. Together, this model/photographer team always produces magic, and brings every outfit to life in an exciting, irresistible way. Applause as well for the hair/makeup team, and for wardrobe stylist Reah Norman. In this look book, her styling choices enhanced the outfits and helped Kelsey to create such compelling personae, richly contributing to the narrative aspects of the images.

Bravo above all to Sealed with a Kiss, for offering these chic, attractive, fashions--which so effective frame Kelsey's breathtaking beauty--and for bringing together this brilliant team. Without SWAK, none of these images would exist, so to them we offer our highest congratulations and most earnest thanks.

Everyone who has enjoyed these exiting depictions of classical beauty should earnestly support the label that has made their existence possible.

- Sealed with a Kiss, online

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Old 7th December 2011   #2
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Default Re: Sealed with a Kiss from Kelsey Olson

Here's the direct link to the lookbook. I enjoy browsing through it at SWAK because the company has added a host of zesty text descriptions of the looks and the context in which someone might wear them.

http://www.swakdesigns.com/plus-siz...Style-2011.aspx

Anyone who isn't on the SWAK mailing list should definitely sign up. I received this ad for the lookbook in my inbox a couple of days ago, and it was actually the first notice I received about it. Kelsey looks gorgeous in her two finest looks of the campaign:



The same pairing shows up on the current SWAK home page,



but it deserves to be seen full size at the SWAK site.

Outstanding images from a gorgeous and exceptionally talented model.
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Old 13th December 2011   #3
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Default Re: Sealed with a Kiss from Kelsey Olson

No question that for me, this is the exciting item in the look book, or anywhere at the SWAK site. I might like it even more in a colour other than black, but I love the sleeveless style and the V neckline.

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The most enticing outfit in the look book is certainly the following sleeveless, abbreviated dress, which bares the model's soft, sensually untoned limbs. The hair accessory is a marvellous touch, effectively adorning Kelsey's soft, baby-blonde tresses. The deep, plunging neckline alluringly exposes her voluptuous décolletage, while the sparkling gold necklace helps to draw the eye toward her buxom curves. The model's facial expression is tantalizingly petulant, the look of a seductively selfish beauty who wants what she wants when she wants it--and always gets it, thanks to her irresistible allure. Observe how Kelsey deftly creates this excitingly vain persona simply by a special pursing of her lovely mouth.

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And the text is very fitting. Kelsey's attitude, a mixture of kittenishness and vanity, energizes the dress and gives it character. Gold is such a beautiful accessory with black, which is why the model's golden tresses add so much to the look. But the special magic of Kelsey's beauty is her fair complexion, against which the fabrics are set off so well. No wonder a fair skin tone was always considered the ideal of femininity throughout history. Kelsey's complexion is exquisite.
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Old 22nd December 2011   #4
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Default Re: Sealed with a Kiss from Kelsey Olson

What a stunning lookbook - one of my all-time favourites from Kelsey.

Sealed with a Kiss now sports a new cover page with a stunning pair of photos of Miss Olson.



The full-length image shows in her a ravishing, ruby-coloured gown with a deep V cut that exhibits her buxom décolletage. The wrap style is ultra figure-flattering. I love the styling touch of matching the dark-purple necklace to the tights and shoes. The overall look is very rich and aristocratic -- above all because of the opulence of Kelsey's figure.



The close-up highlights Kelsey's huge, gorgeous eyes, those amazing eyes that are so big and so blue. No other model has eyes like these. I also adore how Kelsey's eyes have an innocent, vulnerable expression, yet her mouth has a succulent pout. It's two character types in one: a little-girl-lost quality, but a vixenish temptress too.



Best to see the cover at full size at the SWAK web site:

http://www.swakdesigns.com/
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Old 22nd December 2011   #5
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Default Re: Sealed with a Kiss from Kelsey Olson

The same image also appears in a new e-mail ad from SWAK:



The framing is even better in this version, as it shows Kelsey's lovely hand gesture in the close-up.

With her oh-so-pretty mouth, Kelsey is the perfect model to be the face of a label called Sealed with a Kiss.
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