|30th July 2013||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
More of Sophie at Ashley Stewart
As the last post about Sophie Sheppard's work for Ashley Stewart was, of necessity, becoming very picture heavy, we thought that this would be a good opportunity to begin a new thread dedicated to the model's campaigns for this pro-curvy retailer.
In the past, Ashley Stewart's photography of Miss Sheppard has been various, with occasional uses of too much Photoshop or too dark a cosmetics look. However, Sophie's most recent images for A.S. are exemplary.
Of particular note is a Batik Swing Tank modelled by the Australian-born stunner, with her angelic tresses cascading over her shoulders in an explosion of golden beauty, her peaches-and-cream complexion attractively fair, her blue eyes soft and gentle, and looking delightfully pleased with herself.
The photograph on the product page for the same item is just as gorgeous. Ashley Stewart has never before captured the fullness of Sophie's round facial features as well as it does in this picture; there is a visible weight in Sophie's face that is incredibly sensual, the desirable look that a goddess only acquires when she indulges herself freely. She veritably glows with self-satisfaction.
The reverse view of the same item is no less seductive, as the diaphanous top bares the model's lovely neck-and-shoulder area, which exhibits an alluring look of smooth embonpoint, skin of irresistibly kissable softness.
The most exciting development of Miss Sheppard's latest Ashley Stewart campaign is that, for the first time, the label has added a video of the model showing off this appealing outfit (viewable at the product page linked above). The results are so stunning that A.S. should accompany every one of the items in its catalogue with a video clip of Sophie doing a turn in the garment.
First, the video shows the model in a straight-on pose, as seen above, then films her as she turns 360 degrees. And it is as she turns that the most breathtaking view of her figure appears. Observe the luscious fullness of her arms in this capture, a plump roundness that exhibits not even a trace of unsightly muscle tone, but comprises pure, soft flesh. The model's relatively petite frame (as seen by her diminutive, feminine shoulder shape) indicates that her opulent physique is due in no ways to bone structure, but to uninhibited self-indulgence, which is the source of all true feminine beauty.
Though the top is loosely fitted, the reverse-view image indicates the ample expanse of the model's hinder curves, creating a gorgeous hourglass shape with generous nether proportions.
As she turns forward again, the top flutters upwards, revealing her womanly thighs (as lovingly defined by her tights). Note too the attractive hint of a curve under the chin.
A pair of dress images from Ashley Stewart also reflect the company's newly pro-curvy approach to photographing Sophie. Observe how the belt (correctly not too wide) presses gently into her soft waist, and in so doing, defines the alluring breadth of her 49" hips, creating a womanly outline of her figure. The dark-blue hue of the garment sets off the rich gold of her tresses, which gleam with the deep luster of high-karat jewellery.
The flip-side picture offers a clear suggestion of the model's opulent hinder curves. Many labels are now, commendably, beginning to photograph their apparel from the back as well as the front, and no model looks as stunning when pictured from the reverse view as Sophie, with her sumptuous proportions.
This outfit also appears in Ashley Stewart's "Looks" series, in an image that indicates the gorgeous fleshiness of Sophie's facial features, with a visible curve under her chin, and clearly presents the desirable fullness of her waist, into which the belt presses so sensually.
Ashley Stewart's increasingly size-celebratory shooting style is evident in the following product image, showing a Ruffle-Neck Halter Top. Tragically and inexplicably, the page does not offer a reverse-view photograph of this item (which is regrettable, as it is precisely from the back that halter tops are most attractive). However, the fore view shows that Sophie's luscious waist has not been compressed. Instead, the top embraces the seductive fullness of her midsection, a gorgeous body shape that flares outwards from the bust and evidences a sensual swell at her middle.
A closer view shows, once again, the extra weight in the model's face which has significantly increased her beauty, rounding out her jawline and giving her a fed look that is heart-racingly sensual. Also, the manner in which she indolently caresses her golden hair, which cascades lazily, heavily over her shoulders, creates a sensation of the model's lassitude that augments her allure still further, establishing her as a goddess who lives to be admired for her loveliness and enjoys the life of ease and pleasure to which her beauty entitles her.
Another new product image, this one of a Pleated-Shoulder Top, also offers some suggestion of the generous, unconfined fullness of Sophie's lovely, 41" waist--perhaps her most attractive figure feature. The straight hair is a departure for her from her customary romantic waves, but very appealing in its own right--indicating with how many wonderful options long tresses endow a model.
In this case, the most attractive presentation of the item is definitely provided by the hinder view, which shows the top stretching over the model's beautiful reverse curves, which give her figure such generously rounded nether proportions.
This Faux-Leather Chiffon Vest is offered in two shades, of which the olive green is pictured here. Sophie's faraway look allows the viewer to marvel at her clear blue eyes, so passive and gentle, and to appreciate the fullness of her facial features. Note that the picture acknowledges the fullness of her arms, as past Ashley Stewart product photographs have seldom done. And observe how the gilded hue of her tresses complements the golden accents in her jewellery, together creating an irresistible impression of a deservedly spoiled lady of wealth and privilege.
The opposite view shows Sophie wearing curious pants that may not be to everyone's taste, but which she renders highly attractive simply by how successfully her reverse curves fill them out and create and impression of an ample, womanly form.
Ashley Stewart also features this outfit as part of its "Looks" series, in a photograph that is notable in that it hints at a sensual curve under the model's chin. In the past, the company's "Looks" photographs of Sophie have been more pro-curvy than the product pictures, but the latest series appears to have rectified this imbalance.
The most significant aspect of this look is the unimaginable beauty of Sophie's hairstyle, a hair arrangement even more alluring than the already captivating 'dos that Ashley Stewart has given her in other images. Her tresses hang in a thick, opulent, half-relaxed curl, as if they were too weighty and lazy to hold themselves up in a tighter style. It calls to mind Charlotte Brontė's headily sensual description of the hairstyle worn by her irresistibly vain, selfish, gorgeous coquette Ginevra Fanshawe in Villette:
Another "Look" image is interesting because this same outfit was featured in a product image--one which circulated widely, and made Miss Sheppard appear far more diminished in figure than she actually is. This photograph, in the same outfit, on the other hand, shows her true beauty, with her full, soft, rounded arms and a hint of a curve under the chin.
Finally, Ashley Stewart offers a Color-Block Dress (oddly so named, given its relative absence of color). Sophie's figure is not quite as vividly opulent as it is in other product images, but the snugly fitting skirt exhibits the womanly splendour of her luxurious hips. Her tresses appear richly gilded, her facial features full and replete. The unmitigated vanity that she displays is truly that of a goddess, of a woman who considers herself--perhaps rightly--to be the most beautiful in the world, ultra-confident in her own magnificence, comfortably secure in her well-fed pulchritude.
Bravo to Ashley Stewart for once again enlisting the services of full-figured goddess Sophie Sheppard to model its fashions, and for photographing her in a more pro-curvy manner than ever before, not hiding her curves but acknowledging them. At a size-16/18, Miss Sheppard is a true plus-size model, one whose figure is relatable to all curvy women, but whose superlative beauty is also aspirational--the best of both ideals.
|31st July 2013||#2|
Join Date: January 2009
Re: More of Sophie at Ashley Stewart
No truer statement could be made about Sophie Sheppard; her lovely figure makes all plus size girls feel pride and at the same time, we covet her amazing beauty.
Sophie looks absolutely luscious and ripe in the lime-green leggings and Batik tank top she models for Ashley Stewart. This entrancing, sensual, womanly state of being can only be truly achieved by a full figured woman! I cannot wait for more pictorials of Sophie Sheppard. Her photos never disappoint, and offer inspiration to all women with beautiful, sensual curves.
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