Nova Models (Munich)

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Posted by HSG on June 16, 2005 at 00:06:12:

The German city of Munich (München) certainly suffers from no lack of beauty. The old Bavarian capital boasts some of the finest art galleries, churches, and museums in the world--all of which were meticulously restored after the town's near-complete destruction in the last war.

The city witnessed some of the most momentous events of the 20th century, and yet, in many ways, it remains a surprisingly intimate place, a fact that is never more evident than during its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, when residents sit at the same table as travellers, and share Weißbier in one-litre glasses, pretzels as big as bread loaves, and Gemütlichkeit without limit.

Munich is also home to several modelling agencies with outstanding plus-size divisions. And while Brigitte Models may hold the crown among local agencies, thanks to its unbeatable combination of Barbara Brickner and Charlotte Coyle, Nova Models (which is affiliated with the Wilhelmina agency, if not, in fact, owned by it) runs a close second.

Visitors to Nova Models's new flash-based Web site (linked below) will find that the plus board features several North American talents, as well as a lovely model whom we don't recall ever seeing before, named Denise P. It would appear from her portfolio that Denise was a straight-size model before going plus, and although none of the online images demonstrate that Denise is indeed a size 16, as the site states, she does have beautifully soft, rounded facial features, with high cheekbones, and mesmerizing eyes:

But the star at Nova is undoubtedly Valerie Lefkowitz. In her recent work, Valerie has appeared tragically diminished, but her Nova portfolio reminds us that while she was a size 14, she was the most gorgeous and captivating model in the industry.

Most exciting of all, the Nova portfolio contains a never-before-seen full-size copy of the following photograph, which is one of most haunting images that this model ever created.

This is a visual tour-de-force, an image that possesses almost incalculable power. The passion simply pours forth from the model. She holds the viewer spellbound, enthralling him both with her beauty, and with the radiance that wells up from deep inside her.

It is an undisputed masterwork, a bona fide work of art. It is the equal of any creation that ever issued from the brush of an Old Master, a perfect realization of the transcendental aesthetic that was the ideal of Western culture throughout its history.

Richard Wagner (many of whose operas premiered in Munich) once described the power of music thus:

What Music expresses is eternal, infinite, and ideal; she expresses not the passion, love, desire, of this or that individual in this or that condition, but Passion, Love, Desire itself. ("A Happy Evening," 1841)

Similarly, in this image, Valerie expresses something more profound than a single, specific experience of these emotions. She incarnates their very essence--frozen in time, and revealed to us, for all eternity.

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