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Old 20th December 2011   #1
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Default Katherine Roll - Pink Shoppe


It seems that we were premature when we observed, in our discussion about Katherine Roll's recent Pink Shoppe shoot, that the screen caps from the label's exciting behind-the-scenes videos yielded even more gorgeous and pro-curvy results than the stills from this photo session. The initial offerings from the shoot were but a sneak peek to whet fans' appetites, and the best was yet to come.

And now, the best has now arrived, and the results are even more size-celebratory than the videos allowed fans to hope. These are among the most stunningly size-celebratory photographs that we have ever seen, of Katherine Roll or of any plus-size model.

Two images stand out as the boldest and most beautiful of the entire shoot, and while it is hard to select between them as to the finest picture of all, in the end, the following image emerges as the unassailable masterpiece.

There is no expression of beauty more ravishing than the sight of a plus-size goddess exhibiting soft roundness at the waist. Our curve-o-phobic society frets and fears such an uninhibited testament to sweet self-indulgence, which is one of the reasons why a curvaceous midriff is the most sensual of all female figure features. Miss Roll is acknowledged as having the most luscious and desirable physique of any model in the industry, yet never before has she disclosed the alluring fullness of her 37" waist in such a seductive manner. The stunning Pink Shoppe dress lovingly embraces her figure, lingering over her every soft, beguiling curve.

Yet gorgeous as Katherine's physique might be, it is the mesmerizing manner in which she poses--talented model that she is--which gives the image its dreamy sensuality. She turns her body just enough to exhibit the lovely curves of her midsection, yet her stance is wholly relaxed and effortless. In fact, it is this very look of pleasurable ease that makes the picture so captivating. Katherine appears completely comfortable with her figure, softly secure in the presentation of her unconstrained, unhindered physique. Her golden tresses flow languidly over her shoulders, as if echoing the seductive indolence that she exhibits. The curvaceous cascade of her hair echoes the sinuous shape of her figure. Her expression is warm, and inviting, as if she sense the viewer's ardour and gently welcomes his adoration.

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Could the following image be even more gorgeous than the one above? Possibly so. Both stand out as utter masterpieces of timeless beauty, complementing one another as size-celebratory front and back views, surpassing even the recent Deb Shop images of Lindsey and Maxey in pro-curvy adoration. If this Pink Shoppe dress is stylish from the front, it is even more alluring from the back, as it boldly defines the model's generous reverse-view curves. The fit of this dress is miraculous, closely holding the model's figure in a loving embrace. Yet the print and the design of the outfit are chic and mature, thus rendering the effect tasteful, though provocative.

The fitted dress also appreciatively defines the round fullness of Katherine's arms. What makes the model's limbs so gorgeous is the fact that they appear soft and fleshy, without a hint of androgynous "tone," their attractive form due entirely to the shaping power of natural fullness.

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We cannot let the image pass without highlighting an especially seductive detail: the dimples at the model's knuckles--such an innocent trait, yet one that only true plus-size goddesses possess, and one of the most sensual of all characteristics of timeless feminine beauty.

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Pink Shoppe clearly recognizes the brilliance of the image in question, for it has also published a close-up of the photograph. The tighter framing reveals the magic ingredient that generates this photograph's impact, for no matter how bewitchingly beautiful Katherine's figure may be, what truly makes this image unforgettable is her captivatingly wounded look. This spellbinding expression surpasses even vulnerability as a haunting gaze; she appears deliciously needy, utterly helpless and desperately requiring protection. This heart-stopping conjunction of a goddess with a full, robust physique yet such a sensitive, girlish expression yields a beguiling mix, constituting the ultimate in feminine desirability. The reverse view also exhibits one of the most appealing features of the dress, the deep V incision, which exhibits a tantalizing hint of the model's bare back.

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Apart from the masterpiece shown above, the finest images of the shoot present Katherine browsing through the Pink Shoppe boutique in the manner of a casual shopper. Adopting this original theme was a stroke of genius on the photographer's part. The images recreate the incidental look of casual snapshots, yet they are carefully composed and artistic. The model adapts effortlessly to the theme, generating poses that are naturalistic yet effectively demonstrate the appeal of her outfit--and the beauty of her figure.

In the following photograph, for example, the abbreviated dress discloses her shapely legs, which exhibit an attractive hint of dimpled flesh. (Pink Shoppe deserves limitless credit for avoiding any trace of Photoshopping.) The pose showcases every gorgeous aspect of Katherine's physique: her buxom curves, her opulent arms, and especially her womanly 49" hips. Potential customers perceive that it is the Pink Shoppe dress which has so attractively flattered the model's figure, whereas in fact, it is Katherine's goddesslike curves that have formed the dress into a seductive shape.

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It is scarcely comprehensible that any mortal girl could possess a physique so perfectly proportioned, so ideally full in every aspect, so rounded and generous as this. Surely it was the existence of a similarly curvaceous woman in Classical Antiquity that first gave the Bronze Age Greeks the idea that there must be a female divinity of beauty--for only a goddess, they must have believed, could exhibit such physical perfection. If any present-day plus-size model possesses the figure type that the ancients attributed to Aphrodite, it is the abundantly indulged Miss Roll.

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A second, similar image presents Katherine adopting a similar just-browsing stance, yet deftly posing herself in such a way as to exhibit the lavish curves of her physique and thus to suggest the flattering appeal of the Pink Shoppe dress. The raised arm coyly impedes a direct view of her luscious waist, yet the rounded fullness at her middle is clearly suggested, while her attractive reverse-view curves are unmistakable. The profile view also exhibits the soft, lovely shape of her limbs--not just the richness of her upper arms, but even a sensual swell of fullness just below the elbow, where the sleeve of the sweater ends and tightly embraces the rounded forearms.

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While most of the images in this Pink Shoppe lookbook derive their allure from Katherine's highly passionate expressions, in one image--a kind of interlude from the rest--she offers a warm smile. This picture, no less seductive than the darker-themed photographs, discloses an sensual swell of roundness at the model's waist. Her golden hair flows long and loose over her shoulders, but cavorts in unrestrained abandon at the ends.

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The image offers a particularly appealing view of Katherine's lovely visage, disclosing a sensual curve under the model's chin, a highly desirable trait that intimates sweet self-indulgence and accentuates the overall richness of the model's look.

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Katherine's most dramatic pose appears in the following photograph, an unforgettable image in which she exudes bewitching vanity and boldly shows off her curves. The sight of a goddess admiring herself, scrutinizing the jewellery that she has just donned, as if to say, "Is this pretty enough to complement my dazzling beauty?" is intoxicating. Katherine looks kittenish and deliciously spoiled, like an entitlement princess who is used to impulse buying and to getting anything she wants. But what makes the picture heart-stoppingly seductive is how comfortably Katherine exhibits the contours of her figure, including her luxurious midsection. There may be no expression of beauty more mesmerizing than the sight of the generous fullness at Katherine's waist, so free and uninhibited, so snugly embraced by this gorgeous dress. The outfit also defines her buxom contours, while her golden tresses cascade over her shoulders in a bewitching manner which echoes her coquettish identity. If one were to characterize the persona that Katherine creates this image, one would deem her, "impulsively, uninhibitedly self-indulgent"--which is the precise recipe for the most desirable and feminine of all character types.

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A headshot finds the model shifting into a darkly alluring mode, that of the wicked temptress, the sinful seductress. The picture effectively indicates the rich, sensual fullness of the model's facial features. Her noble, defined, bone structure, with high cheekbones, allows her to exhibit real weight in her face, a sensual fleshiness in her visage, yet still resemble a supermodel. The crimson lip colour, veritably the hue of blood, adds to the dark allure of her persona, while the parted lips suggest both her appetitive nature and, tantalizingly, an undercurrent of vulnerability and need. Her blonde tresses seem to reach out of the frame and toward the viewer, as if subconsciously disclosing the model's own desire, a gesture of invitation that she is too nobly vain to extend openly.

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A second headshot is less emotionally complex, yet still seductively indicates the lavish fullness in the model's face. The velvety red lip colour and the parted, kissable mouth give the picture a highly romantic undercurrent.

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The final newly released image of Miss Roll returns her to the makeshift studio corner in the Pink Shoppe boutique and finds her adopting a more traditional stance. The clear lighting shows the actual, dazzling white hue of this dress. The pose also hints at the roundness of the model's waist and indicates the womanly proportions of her hips. Katherine stands like a Classical sculpture come to life, Venus in the flesh.

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Bravo to Katherine for retaining her luscious figure and for showcasing her curves in such a chic, bold, and unapologetic manner. She demonstrates where the plus-size industry should be, and where the public wants it to be, in terms of size-celebration.

Every other plus-size label should learn two all-important lessons from this stunning lookbook: (1) book a gorgeous and genuinely full-figured model, and (2) shoot her in a size-positive way, in a manner that will exhibit and celebrate the visible fullness of her physique.

With these pictures, Pink Shoppe has created an exciting and size-positive campaign that equals or surpasses the achievements of any other client in the industry. Fans have acclaimed Katherine Roll as having the most gorgeous figure of any plus-size model, but never has a brand demonstrated such appropriate appreciation for her luscious curves.

These images realize the pro-curvy visual world for which plus-size women have been clamouring. It can exist--and someday soon, it will.

- Pink Shoppe in New York

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Old 21st December 2011   #2
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Katherine is a truly breathtaking beauty, and these are some of the most curve-adoring photos I've ever seen in all the years I've been following this site - especially the first two images, which set a new standard in feminine pulchritude.

Really, though, what makes them so gorgeous is that they seem so natural, even nonchalant. Katherine appears completely serene and composed. Anyone looking at the pictures would be persuaded that all plus-size women should adore their figures and comfortably show off their curves - yes, including curvy waists and reverse-view contours. Especially so.

In fact, it's incomprehensible that Katherine should be considered a fuller-figured plus-size model at all. Her robust body type should be the norm in modelling - let alone in plus-size modelling. Her shapely size-18 physique is an ideal median size for presenting clothing to the majority of women. And then, the plus-size category could (and should) be represented by larger models.

An alluring, voluptuous vixen who is also classy and elegant, in a dress that plays up both qualities: what a perfect presentation of feminine beauty.
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Old 22nd December 2011   #3
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I don't know if I've ever seen a more pro-curvy image than this stunning photograph. It's the crown jewel in the series. Throughout the Winter 2011 season, one image after another has emerged from Katherine and from other top plus-size models exhibiting ever-greater body freedom, but this masterpiece reigns supreme.



The only way the photo could have been even bolder is if the outfit had been sleeveless, but the stylish dress so closely embraces Katherine's shapely arms that the effect is no less celebratory. Katherine owns her curvy physique in a way that inspires every full-figured woman.

I love the pleading look in her eyes. It's deeply affecting. It creates the sense that, in generating this image, in daring to disclose her curves, Katherine feels that she has committed a daring transgression, and urgently needs the viewer's worship to reassure her that she is a goddess.

Of course, in truth, Katherine is supremely self-assured and knows that her figure is perfection itself. But by instead creating a persona who looks sensitive and vulnerable about her robust beauty, she more deeply connects with full-figured girls, who might not yet have recognized the allure of their well-fed physiques in the way that she has.
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Old 22nd December 2011   #4
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Default Re: Katherine Roll - Pink Shoppe

I adore the image that Hannah highlighted as well, but I'm going to opt for the first photograph in this thread as the loveliest and most size-positive of all.



All throughout their lives, full-figured women are brainwashed into feeling ashamed of their natural, gorgeous curves, and this manufactured anxiety is especially focussed on the waist. To have a genuinely curvaceous goddess create an image in which she comfortably, sensually highlights the soft curves of her middle is so utterly beautiful, so liberating, so perfectly expressive of everything the plus-size fashion industry should and could be, makes this picture a masterpiece.
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Old 25th December 2011   #5
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Default The Beauty of Indulgence

I love the picture that Hanna singled out, but my own preference among all of the images in the shoot is the following one (and I usually don't favour raked photos), for all the reasons that the original post stated:

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Katherine's most dramatic pose appears in the following photograph, an unforgettable image in which she exudes bewitching vanity and boldly shows off her curves. The sight of a goddess admiring herself, scrutinizing the jewellery that she has just donned, as if to say, "Is this pretty enough to complement my dazzling beauty?" is intoxicating. Katherine looks kittenish and deliciously spoiled, like an entitlement princess who is used to impulse buying and to getting anything she wants. But what makes the picture heart-stoppingly seductive is how comfortably Katherine exhibits the contours of her figure, including her luxurious midsection. There may be no expression of beauty more mesmerizing than the sight of the generous fullness at Katherine's waist, so free and uninhibited, so snugly embraced by this gorgeous dress. The outfit also defines her buxom contours, while her golden tresses cascade over her shoulders in a bewitching manner which echoes her coquettish identity. If one were to characterize the persona that Katherine creates this image, one would deem her, "impulsively, uninhibitedly self-indulgent"--which is the precise recipe for the most desirable and feminine of all character types.

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The way in which Katherine forms her body into an S-curve for this picture is completely beguiling. And yes, the vanity that she allows herself to show is very exciting. But above all, it's the sensuality of the model's soft, rounded middle, unhampered and unrestrained, that makes this picture so captivatingly beautiful.

In many ways, the photo reminds me of this famous uncorseted image of Lillian Russell, which every Judgment of Paris reader will know -- one of the few pictures in which her gorgeous, full waist was ever freely displayed. The poses are different, but the Pink Shoppe dress almost seems like a contemporary update of Lillian's 19th-century gown, especially with its white colour and the print that recalls the ornamental design of Lillian's dress.


If I were to give these photos a common title, I would dub them, "The Beauty of Indulgence" -- indulgence in every form. Both pictures specifically show that the allure of voluptuous goddesses is enhanced when they celebrate all of their curves, including their naturally generous, curvy waists. With her magnificent figure, I think Katherine is a worthy inheritor of Lillian's crown.
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