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Old 28th October 2006   #1
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Two new image galleries have recently been added to the site, and one of those involves an addition to our survey page as well.

Andrea initially attracted notice when a reader stumbled upon the Flaunt Models board, and recently earned praise for her 2005 Figure magazine layouts. It is still quire rare to find models who possess each of the qualities that characterize the most popular plus-size superstars--attractive, youthful, and genuinely full-figured (preferably above a size 14)--so Andrea is a perfect fit.

- Click here to view the new Andrea gallery

Other models considered for inclusion included Justine Legault, Heather Shantora, the swimwear model, Seventeen model "Elle," Natalie Hull, and Ashley from Tyra Banks' "Full-Figured Top Model" program. However, we have always tried to restrict ourselves to girls with agency representation, and preferably, with professional modelling experience.

We have also added a second gallery of Nadia Peña's images, comprising her most interesting work over the past several seasons, including two memorable Torrid covers, as well as several Figure tear sheets. Unfortunately, it may be a little while before we see Nadia again, because--to invoke a cliché--the model currently has "a bun in the oven." We offer Ms. Peña our warmest congratulations, and hope to see her return to the modelling fray, once she delivers her bundle of joy.

- Click here to view the new Nadia gallery

For all that one may compare Figure to Mode, to the latter's disadvantage, Figure has actually produced a fair share of memorable images--more than Grace ever did. The magazine has much to recommend it, now that it has ceased running obscene diet ads. Figure's policy of using models size 14 and above is extremely commendable, especially considering the fact that Mode lamentably began using faux-plus models in its latter days. Moreover, although one tries to forget this fact, Mode sometimes ran fashion or perfume ads using straight-size models. (Sad, but true.)

Although one may complain that Figure is too Charming-Shoppes-oriented, the upshot of this is that at least the magazine provides a waif-free environment. The alternative--if the magazine were to include advertising with minus-size models--is not a happy one.

Ideally, Figure will someday persuade cosmetics and hair-care clients to advertise in its pages using full-figured models instead of waifs. (A fantasy-orieted perfume campaign with a plus-size goddess would be a thing of beauty.) But until that happens, having the magazine restrict itself to plus-size fashion advertising is probably a good idea.

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Old 29th October 2006   #2
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Congratulations to Nadia on her special blessing! I wish her all the best, and look forward to her return to modelling. The images in her new gallery are stunning.

And I'm very happy to see Andrea added to the site. I think she has a really unique look, and in many of her pictures, she has a mischievous quality that is different from every other model. Like Kate Dillon and Kailee, she experiments with different hair colours, but I definitely think her best look is as a blonde.

Plus, I think it's SO important to support the girls who are above a size 14. I hope someday, every client will favour using true plus-size models, especially when they have many gorgeous girls to choose from.
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Old 30th October 2006   #3
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In keeping with the seasonal spirit, here are two images of Andrea modelling Hallowe'en get-ups, for a vendor named "Rubie's." (Models never know what they might end up showcasing!) This company manufactures the outfits that one sees offered by various costume distributors, all over the Web.

All in all, the outfits that Kelsey modelled for Torrid, this Hallowe'en season, might have been a tad more convincing. However, a genuinely curvaceous model like Andrea can make even these very costume-y outfits look appealing--if only because, fitted well, they suggest the attractive contours of her figure.

Here is Andrea modelling one of this season's ubiquitous buccaneer ensembles:

while here is the model as a "scarlet vampire." Note the appropriately "witchy" makeup, along with Andrea's signature Cheshire-cat expression:

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The most attractive costumes are invariably those that vixens design for themselves. (For example, last year, Charlotte Coyle is supposed to have attended a Hallowe'en bash garbed in the raiment of Helen of Troy. Could any outfit have been more appropriate?) But failing that, at least a store-bought costume provides the opportunity to escape from oneself for an evening, and to indulge in a little fantasy . . .

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