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Old 4th February 2007   #1
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The most wonderful contribution to the aesthetic restoration, this past week, was the release of Celtic Woman's second ensemble video, A New Journey.

This DVD showcases the group's concert from Slane Castle, Ireland, in which fans famously saw the gorgeous Chloe Agnew in white, and in colour, and heard her perform many enchanting songs, both solo, and with her group.

The New Journey DVD includes several extra tracks that never appeared in the PBS telecast of the concert, including a captivating interpretation of Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus" by Chloe, which is surely the most spellbinding performance on the entire disc, surpassing even Miss Agnew's rendition of "The Prayer."

We may share further captures from the concert itself, but first, we would like to alert fans to another bonus on this disc--a twenty-minute "making of" video, showing behind-the-scenes clips of the preparation of this glorious event.

What makes this video so special is the fact that it features many glimpses of Chloe dressed in a manner in which most fans have never seen her before. We have all grown accustomed to seeing Chloe as the fairy-tale princess of our dreams, elegantly outfitted in ornate gowns. But in these behind-the-scenes clips, we see Chloe in casual attire, looking every bit like the contemporary young woman she is--albeit one who also happens to be a perfect living incarnation of timeless beauty.

The clip initially shows Miss Agnew, along with the other members of the group, learning the choreography of the show. Note how even against an overcast Irish sky, Chloe (centre), in capris and a fitted tee, stands out as a ray of sunshine.

Miss Agnew's rainbow-hued scarf seems to be an expression of the joy that emanates from her being. Even in casual clothing, her radiant, angelic qualities shine forth, especially alongside her grey-attired fellow performers, on this somewhat gloomy day.

At times, the featurette has something of a paparazzi quality to it, but in the best sense--indicating what a force for good the press could be, if it focussed its attention on naturally curvaceous celebrities, rather than on emaciated Hollywood waifs. And Chloe (here waving to the camera crew) is every bit the star of this "making of" video, as she is of the concert herself.

In fact, Chloe is the only member of the group who is specifically identified, by caption. Seeing her in "everyday" clothing, one is reminded that she represents an entire generation of young vixens who are growing up proud of their full-figured femininity, not ashamed of it.

To her young fans, Chloe represents a natural ideal--a more attractive, more talented version of themselves, someone whom they can admire and look up to, but who makes them feel better, not worse, about themselves and their body image.

Chloe is also the only group member who is also interviewed (albeit briefly) for this featurette. With a smile on her voice, she says:

CHLOE AGNEW: I'm Chloe. I'm one of the singers of Celtic Woman. It's a great honour for us to make it to a place like this, in Slane. We're filming our second DVD here.

INTERVIEWER: Are you nervous?

CHLOE: No, I'm just more excited. Loads of new costumes and everything! [Laughs] Typical girls--love the costumes.

Chloe pronounces "girls" in the same adorable Irish manner ("gerls") as Charlotte Coyle. And how fitting that this young beauty--who could be the greatest of all plus-size models, if she wished to be--is so keenly interested in the fashion aspect of the show.

Even while Chloe is making the above comments, the video shows a glimpse of her Victorian-style gold dress.

Pretty as the dress may be, the shot demonstrates the absurdity of the fashion-industry canard which stipulates that designers prefer skeletal models because they desire walking coat-hangers. This dress hangs limp and empty on the hanger, lifeless and formless, and only comes to life when it is viewed on Chloe's opulent figure, which gives the dress its requisite shape and feminine contours.

Naturally, the highlight of this "making of" video involves Chloe actually singing. The listener is treated to a priceless clip of Miss Agnew rehearing "The Prayer."

Here, she is attired in an eye-catching royal blue top that effectively sets off her golden hair. The top's wide-necked design shows off her lovely shoulders.

There is something particularly affecting about watching Chloe perform this spiritual song while dressed in such a contemporary manner. The viewer is reminded that timeless beauty lives on in the present day, embodied by goddesses such as Miss Agnew, even if the media continues to suppress it.

Seeing Chloe perform is always a mesmerizing experience, as her expressions vary from gentle, to reflective and meditative, to sensual. Also, note her gorgeous hairstyle--that Charlotte-Coyle-like style which is so similar to the manner in which she wears her tresses for her concerts.

The featurette also captures a fine moment, never seen during the telecast, in which Chloe adopts the hand-in-the-hair Venus pose preserved in Classical sculpture, and revived in the Renaissance by Titian.

Apart from the fact that this "making of" video provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Slane Castle concert, it offers a unique opportunity for Chloe fans to see a different side of their idol. The sight of Chloe in casual clothing indicates that one can be a part of the contemporary milieu while still celebrating one's heritage, and that timeless beauty is all around us, even today.

The video also indicates what an effective plus-size model Chloe could be, if she ever wished to add such a distinction to her remarakble list of accomplishments. Many of the items that Miss Agnew wears in this featurette constitute apparel that one could easily see being marketed by Torrid. With her shapely figure, angelic face, and captivating camera presence, Chloe makes everything she wears look lovely.

Let us hope that Miss Agnew's star continues to rise. Her potential to challenge modern media standards, and restore the Classical definition of feminine beauty, is limitless.


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Old 4th February 2007   #2
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I ordered the Celtic Woman dvd:A New Journey a few days ago. I know I will get my money's worth!

Young girls like Chloe Agnew are needed more and more in the spotlight, today. Amidst Young Hollywood and its ilk, with the the obsession over weight and dieting, Chloe is a shinning light and a far better role model of what a young woman should be like, and look like.

It is often assumed, incorrectly, that if a plus-size or normal-size woman stands next to a thin woman, she won't look good; thus, many actresses in today's films and TV programs strive to be (or are pressured by producers and directors to be) underweight. Chloe destroys this absurd myth. Her clothes flatter her, and bring out her curves, and she stands out beautifully precisely because of her shapely figure.

If the entertainment media devoted some positive coverage to the lives and careers of plus-size models and stars like Chloe (like the featurette in the dvd), it would do so much good for the young women who are exposed to them.
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Old 5th February 2007   #3
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Speaking of media coverage, I found two brief interviews with Chloe as online videos, from a Minneapolis TV station. These were apparently taped last spring, when the group was touring in the Twin Cities.

I especially like the first one because it features a pretty close-up of Chloe. She has such a soft, delicate, feminine speaking voice - just like her singing:

http://wcco.com/video/?id=15761@wcco.dayport.com

The second interview shows Chloe with another one of the group members:

http://wcco.com/video/?id=15886@wcco.dayport.com

The links open new web pages. To watch the videos, just click "Play" beneath the bigger screen, centre-left on the page.
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Old 7th February 2007   #4
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The "behind-the-scenes" featurette on the DVD provides fascinating insight into why the Celtic Woman project is so successful. The producers of the New Journey event speak the language of the Aesthetic Restoration in describing the thinking behind the show.

They note the advantages of staging the concert outdoors, in an Old World setting that is steeped in history, rather than in a bare studio or concert hall. The group's music director acknowledges the benefits of the environment:

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Instead of a sterile TV studio, or even a concert hall, suddenly you're out, surrounded by Newgrange.

Slane Castle is still in the hands of an artistocratic family, and the present Lord of the manor enthuses about his hallowed lands:

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This whole area is steeped in mysticism and Celtic myth. Boyne Valley is one of the most historic areas in the country

How fitting to see this timeless concept of femininity revived in such a historic, Romantic setting. All of these arguments apply equally when listing the advantages of shooting plus-size fashion campaigns in attractive, Romantic locations, rather than in bare studios.

Incidentally, I found a beautiful new press picture of Chloe. It's over 3000 pixels wide, so I won't post it on the forum, but I will provide a link. It would be wonderful for creating desktop wallpapers, etc.

http://www.shorefire.com/media/_JHP...0124_143358.jpg
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I have her dvd and watch it over and over and over. She is truly an angel.
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