Kailee O'Sullivan a la Renoir


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Posted by HSG on May 27, 2005 at 21:19:51:

In Reply to: Re: Plus-size models on . . . video posted by Melanie W. on May 27, 2005 at 20:24:02:


You're right--it is impossible to overestimate the importance of a good test.

We have all seen numerous instances of models who are utterly gorgeous, but who are burdened with unworthy test images, and whose beauty is only discovered when they eventually shoot anew.

Charlotte Coyle is a singular example of a model who suffered from an unworthy test, and whose extraordinary beauty and talent were only revealed when she finally appeared at Torrid, and produced some of the most incredible images of the past two seasons.

Now, here is another such case.

Long-time readers may recall that, several months ago, a contributor to this forum noted the signing of a 5'6 girl by Ford 12+ in New York. This was cause for celebration, since the industry's insistence that plus-size models be tall is difficult to comprehend. Excessive height is a component of the straight-size aesthetic. It elongates a figure, and diminishes the "plus" look.

But Kailee O'Sullivan, the model in question, did not debut with an especially remarkable test series. She looked curiously unhappy in some of the photos, and the overall feeling was somewhat wintery,

so we held out hope for better images in the future.

Well, those images have now arrived.

And this is what this gorgeous ray of sunshine actually looks like:

Can you believe that the same model who created these life-affirming masterpieces was hitherto represented by images such as that first chilly photo?

Art lovers will will immediately recognize the distinctive colour palette of these images. There are Renoir's hues, and especially, of his most significant creative phase, the "aigre" or "dry" period, the time of his return to Classical forms:

And these fresh, tangy colours suit Kailee exceptionally well, for she bears more than a passing resemblance to Renoir's lovely muse and bride, Aline Charigot.

But some might ask, "How do we know which images represent this model more accurately? Are these latest, vibrant photos a truthful interpretation of her essence, or are they merely the product of a photographer's vision?"

Well, this is where the value of Ford's new online video features becomes apparent, because--as you may have guessed--it is Kailee's video that stands out from all of the rest. It is as engaging and captivating as Crystal's, but in a completely different manner.

* * *

Whereas Crystal's video was darkly sensual, Kailee's is ebullient and glowing.

It captures the spirit of Hilary Duff in her almost-plus days, before Hilary began reducing herself to conform to the underweight Hollywood standard (as we all dreaded that she eventually would).

The video shows that Kailee has an absolutely sparkling personality. She is an embodiment of youthful joie de vivre:

But the video also suggests a bit of roguishness about her, a "wow" quality that one usually only associates with straight-size models:

And although she is only a size 12, her height enables her to present a very curvy aspect:

And who knows? Perhaps she will yet adopt a more curvaceous look in the future, as did Shannon Marie, who started her plus career as a size 12, before enhancing her figure so memorably.

The comparison to Shannon Marie is deliberate, of course, not only because her name ("O'Sullivan") implies that she shares with that most revered of models an Irish background (and Irish girls are genetically predisposed to be timeless beauties), but because she arguably possesses the loveliest facial features of any model on the current Ford roster.

We hope for great things from this stunning young talent.

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