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Join Date: July 2005
Kelsey: The Bohemian
As eagerly anticipated for weeks--ever since a teaser image appeared on social media--Sealed with Kiss has released its October 2013 look book, featuring the face (and figure) of the label, gorgeous plus-size model Kelsey Olson, and the results are even more captivating than we dared to hope.
Sporting a new lip colour ("deep plum-berry lips," according to SWAK), and illuminated in powerful lighting that gives her complexion a mesmerizing luminescence, Kelsey appears more nocturnally glamorous in this photo shoot than we have ever seen her before. The dark lips contrast richly with the white skin, even as her fairness stands out against the deep-green setting. Her eyes, luminescent sapphires, seem to bore into the viewer's soul. But most arresting of all is the model's expression, so carnal and appetitive, so flagrantly sinful, the look of a goddess who has capitalized on her fair features to permit herself the most forbidden indulgences and wickedness, and as a consequence is desired all the more.
The first interior page of the look book finds Kesley capitalizing on the favored colour contrast of the Judgment of Paris--purple against green--with the deep-hued dress standing out against the emerald backdrop. Note an exquisite detail in the frame: those tiny violet blossoms in the flower bushes just behind the model, adding a splendid touch of extra femininity to the composition, complementing Kelsey's own womanliness.
Drawing closer--for we must--we see the soft roundness of the model's arms, as she caresses her golden hair just as the viewer would long to do. Her facial features appear especially round in this picture, gorgeously so, while her gaze is steamily seductive.
Here, at last, is the finished, full-size version of the haunting preview image that caught everyone's attention. Observe how sensually full her arms appear, soft and fleshy, a quality that she enhances with her pose. Her parted lips seem to hunger for a kiss, as she tilts back her head in an attitude of alluring lassitude.
We take a detour into the world of black and white, for a moment, to watch Kelsey's hair flit across her pretty face. There is scarcely anything lovelier in all the world than the sight of a fair-haired goddess whose face is half-veiled by her own golden tresses in just this manner. It creates a sense of dreaminess, of delicacy, even as the model's figure is so well-fed and robust.
A full-length view brings colour to this outfit, a vibrant green top that sensually embraces Miss Olson's buxom curves, even as the model daringly bares her shapely legs via the slit in the skirt.
A closer look has the viewer's heart racing at the sight of Kelsey's heavy voluptuousness, which exhibits a natural softness and visible weight in appealing contrast to the plastic enhancements that mar so many undernourished figures today, when women first starve away their contours and then seek to restore them via artificial means. The way in which Kelsey's blonde hair presses against her cheek is ravishing.
This is as good a moment as any to allow Sarah Sapora, SWAK's creative director, to offer the proper credits for this splendid shoot:
In this magical headshot, Kelsey's face appears even lovelier than usual--she whose round visage has achieved legendary renown--thanks to the rare sight of that most sensual of all facial features, a curve under the chin. Also, the position of the camera means that the viewer is appropriately looking up at this paragon of beauty, while she fittingly looks down upon him, thrillingly vain, conscious of the supreme power than her attractiveness gives her over him. Heightening her allure even further is the languid sensation that she generates, her antipathy to any exertion, with even her fair hair draping lazily, half-uncurled in a careless (yet stylish) twist, the deserved look of entitlement and privilege that her beauty grants her.
For a complete change of tone--and in a testament to her modelling versatility--the next picture has Kelsey transform from seductress into romantic martyr, like a Bronte sister amid the moors, hair windswept by the chill breeze, her teeth almost visibly chattering in the cold, yet looking all the more desirable for her hint of suffering. Her gaze betrays a hint of invitation, with a touch of wit indicated by her arched eyebrow. The sweater cozily, protectively embraces her soft body. Note too the Celtic bracelet, as if Kelsey were a reincarnation of a Druidic priestess.
Perhaps the loveliest image in the entire look book is the following, showing Kelsey sitting at her elegant ease, her eyes gazing far off into the distance with a look of Romantic dreaminess, as the sun illuminates her fair hair, giving it an angelic radiance.
The way in which her tresses flutter in the breeze enthralls the senses. Even in this still image, one can veritably perceive movement. The model's soft skin is as luminescent as her hair, the two blending together in an impression of dazzling fairness. If there have ever been angles in this world or the next, they must surely resemble Kelsey--or envy her for her divine beauty. Her expression is fittingly soft and gentle, girlish even, though those berry lips remind the viewer of her deftly subdued sinful side.
The model gives that sinful side free reign in the next picture, in which she reposes most luxuriously, like a blonde Odalisque, legs provocatively arched, hand caressing her generous hips, allowing the sun to delight in bathing her in its warm glow. The plump cushions at her feet intimate the softness of the model's own physique. Plus-size models are never so alluring as when they luxuriate in profane indolence, enjoying the lives of ease and leisure to which their beauty entitles them.
Bravo to Kelsey Olson, Michael Anthony, and Sealed with a Kiss for yet another artistic triumph. After several seasons of following her work, fans have become well acquainted with Kelsey's look and style; however, a shoot like this demonstrates that we have not yet begun to discover the full range of her talent. She and Michael Anthony are still capable of surprising us with fresh and original concepts--such as this fall-themed shoot that adds to Kelsey's fair beauty a touch of velvety, berry darkness.
This look book is yet another instance of SWAK celebrating timeless femininity in the person of one of its most gorgeous exponents, as seen through the lens of one of its finest photographers. Kudos to the entire creative team.
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