|18th December 2011||#1|
Join Date: November 2008
Curvy Candice in Cacique
Ford model Candice Huffine occasionally gets a mention on this forum. At a size 12/14, she is almost legitimately plus-size, and if she were at least one size fuller, she would be one of the more significant models in the industry.
As it is, she does, at least, have trace of soft fullness in her figure that enables her to produce gorgeous images, provided that the posing and the photography serve to accentuate these attractive plus-size features.
This was indicated in her V magazine editorial from the beginning of the year, as well as in some of the tear sheets from her layout in the June issue of Vogue Italia.
To its credit, Lane Bryant has taken advantage of Candice's almost-plus-size figure in several appealing Cacique ads. Candice may only be a size 12/14, but she has an attractive touch of soft fleshiness at the waist, which is the most important area for any plus-size model to exhibit fullness.
A very dramatic photo showcasing her long brunette tresses.
Posing to accentuate the curves at her waist, first from one angle,
then from the other.
Lane Bryant commendably cropped this image to accentuate the roundness at Candice's waist as much as possible.
Lane Bryant's attempt to present the curvier side of Candice is evident in two attractive commercials that the company recently posted. Here's the newer one.
She looks cute with the Christmas theme.
The intimate-apparel photos find the model-photographer team devising poses to disclose the lovely curves at her side.
This size-positive approach is an agreeable turn in thinking from past approaches by plus-size clients to hide or minimize their models' full-figured features.
The most pro-curvy shots appear when Candice models this animal-print set. The round curves along her side and back are very attractive.
The finest shot presents Candice in profile, to emphasize as much luscious fullness as possible.
This shot of her curves along her side is intensely sensual, and an uncommonly size-celebratory image from Lane Bryant. Bravo.
The earlier commercial that Lane Bryant released in this series isn't quite as daringly pro-curvy, but is still appealing.
In this still, Candice's pose emphasizes as much soft fullness in her arms as possible, along with a seductive curve along her side.
Although Candice only exhibits traces of fullness, her figure is still much superior in softness to the repellently hard, androgynous, gym-tortured physiques that so many faux-plus models exhibit.
Hopefully, full-figured women who possess soft, full waists more generous than Candice's, with even richer curves along their sides, can at least see the way in which this model delights in her rolling contours and feel similar self-appreciation.
At one point, Lane Bryant even zooms in precisely on the lusciousness of Candice's waist. The company commendably recognized these undulating curves as epitomizing true, feminine beauty and presented them in a celebratory manner.
Mind you, Lane Bryant could achieve an equally pro-curvy effect, or one that is even more size-celebratory, if it were simply to book fuller-figured models in the first place (girls who at least wear dress sizes size 16 and 18). It is unimaginable how gorgeous Sophie Sheppard, Katherine Roll, Kelsey Olson, etc. would appear if they were filmed in this pro-curvy manner. Also, if Candice herself were a tad fuller-figured, she would similarly be even more subversively gorgeous and curvy.
But nevertheless, kudos to the company for these attractive commercials. There's no question that the model and the LB videographers were pursuing a pro-curvy effect, and they succeeded as far as they could.
This still from the commercial is worthy of being a print ad.
Hopefully, Lane Bryant's approach will influence other plus-size retailers to also adopt more celebratory, size-positive depictions of the fuller female figure in their advertising.
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