Valerie as a Bacchante

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Posted by HSG on April 25, 2004 at 07:27:05:

In Reply to: Re: Figure magazine: another . . . triumph? posted by renata on April 25, 2004 at 02:15:10:

Here is another one of Valerie's images from the "Flower Girls" editorial. Bravo to Figure for allowing her to show off what one reader of this forum called "the best pair of legs in the industry."

Because trousers have been a staple of fashion for so long, many women have forgotten just how captivating a skirt can be. The sight of a dress momentarily fluttering upward to reveal a hint of leg has been a form of chaste seduction since time immemorial.

Valerie's movement in this editorial is simply brilliant, and allows readers to see how many interesting things one can do with a skirt. And note Valerie's mischevous, pouting expression (better seen in the larger scan), which compliments the "girlish" character of the outfit so perfectly.

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Melanie makes a good point when she notes that there is no reason why a woman should weigh less than her beau. Here, too, we find support in the ideals of Antiquity. Classical sculptors invariably depicted male forms as lithe and muscular, and women's figures as soft and full. These aesthetic standards dominated Western art throughout its history, and despite modern media distortions, the pairing of a full-figured goddess and a slender male remains an entirely natural visual assocation.

Chad's point also deserves echoing--that Charming Shoppes is wise to allow other plus-size lines to advertise in Figure. The "guest" advertisers in this issue were well chosen, since both Fruit of the Loom and David's Bridal have earned praise for their size-positive campaigns.

(Perhaps someday, these additional fashion advertisements will replace Figure's diet promotions entirely . . . )

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