Posted by HSG on November 25, 2004 at 01:16:20:
In Reply to: Another STUNNING Torrid cover posted by Chad on November 24, 2004 at 21:09:33:
If anything, that image is even more heart-stopping than the previous two. At last, Torrid is creating images that are just as daring, exciting, and revolutionary as its wardrobe, and Charlotte C.’s work is truly at the level of Barbara’s, Valerie’s, and Megan’s.
Not only is Torrid allowing the model to play up her curves. It is also permitting her to exude all of the allure that she possesses. This has arguably never happened before in plus-size commercial work.
One of the reasons why Barbara Brickner’s test series with Douglas B. was such a revelation was because it showed the public how much excitement the model could generate, if clients would only permit it. But many companies still think of their customers in terms of the “dowdy, matronly” stereotype that the media has fabricated, and therefore ask their models to downplay or restrain their glamour.
But Torrid knows better. Charlotte is the incarnation of the true face (and figure) of twenty-first century womanhood. Here at last is the “missing look” of the wild ingenue, which we discussed in a recent post about Sarah Mutch. While the media still attempts to prop up the illusion of plus-size girls as stay-at-home wallflowers who can’t get a date, Torrid realizes that its customers are sinful seductresses who can have any man they please, dress any way they like--and would never, ever diet away their irresistible curves.
(Incidentally, one wonders who many people are now visiting the Torrid site on a daily basis, expressly to see when the next exciting image of Charlotte C. will be posted. We wager that it’s quite a few . . . )
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