Valerie: Passion for Fashion (Bug)

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Posted by HSG on August 20, 2004 at 01:58:26:

In Reply to: Pure emotion posted by Melanie W. on August 14, 2004 at 16:29:47:

Here are two more images in a similar vein. We discovered these at the Charming Shoppes corporate site (, but they are clearly identified as part of the model's Fall 2004 Fashion Bug campaign.

What a shame that we are only discovering the fruits of this campaign sporadically, in pieces, because the results suggest that this could be one of Valerie's all-time greatest photo shoots--a superlative performance even by her standards, especially in terms of the intensity of feeling which we see here.

The first image appears on the "rotating" Charming Shoppes cover page. Like a painter blending colours, the model has combined a mixture of emotions to create this stunning expression: petulant and languishing, disdainful yet enticing. The viewer cannot take his eyes off the image--which demonstrates, once again, that a truly exceptional model can rivet the attention of even the most blase spectator, no matter what sort of clothing she must wear.

And here, in this tiny image, Valerie adopts an expression that is a not quite so dark, but no less bewitching. The viewer can well imagine how being fixed with a look such as this would inflame his senses. Angel, seductress, or both? Who can tell--and who can resist wondering . . .

It may be stretching plausibility to suggest this, but the model may even have tailored the poses to match the nature of the outfits--darker for the steely blue poncho, above, and a slightly softer look (but no less intense) for this pale lavender top.

What a shame that Fashion Bug has not released a video-enriched press kit for its Fall 2004 campaign, in the way that Lane Bryant has for its Cacique promotion. To watch Valerie "in action," striking one complex pose after another for this extraordinary shoot, would be like watching a world-famous ballet dancer tell a heartbreaking tale of love and loss through physical movement, or hearing a great opera singer transmit emotion directly into the listener's heart through the nuance-rich power of her voice.

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