Curvaceous and Voluptuous

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Posted by HSG on June 07, 2004 at 06:07:48:

The site may be too risque for some people's tastes (perhaps even for ours), but readers who don't mind material that ventures into racy territory might wish to visit Curvaceous Magazine (, which is currently running an online "reality show" featuring a group of aspiring plus-size models. The show consists of a series of downloadable .mov "episodes," which introduce visitors to the site's contestants, and follow their progress throughout the event.

Curvaceous Magazine was ahead of the rest of the plus-size fashion industry in bucking the regrettable trend towards using size 8s and 10s in 2001, instead opting to use genuinely full-figured models in its layouts. It acknowledged--and continues to acknowledge--the fact that the public is interested in plus-size models not merely as fashion promoters, but for their intrinsic allure. Apart from Mia Tyler's layout in Arena magazine in 2003, there has been little high-calibre, professional work in this field (thus far). This may change in the future.

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On the topic of provocative imagery, we used to say that it would be a breakthrough to see plus-size models in the pages of magazines such as Maxim and FHM. We used to say this, until we looked through a copy of one of these publications, and discovered how ghastly they really are. Far from a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, or a Victoria's Secret catalogue, these are actually quite unpalatable productions, seemingly determined to make models look as unattractive as possible. It would do plus-size models little credit to be presented in this manner.

Instead, let us hope that when curvaceous goddesses do participate in work that presents them as icons of desire, that said work will adhere to the principles of timeless beauty, and emphasize their allure, but without compromising their dignity.

Think Max Abadian, not Maxim. Think femininity, not vulgarity.

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On a somewhat related note, we are please to see that Voluptuous, the Canadian equivalent of Torrid, has finally launched its Web site. The site provides a glimpse of the current Voluptuous fashions, and outlines the progressive approach of this groundbreaking retailer.

At a time when society seems more determined than ever to demean full-figured women, enterprises like Voluptuous are important steps toward a better world--a world in which plus-size beauties think of themselves as "curvaceous," and "voluptuous," and refuse to let any media blowhards tell them otherwise.

Fluvia (IPlus/Brand/Bella AU), test image:

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