8 Jan 2010

Size matters

In this months issue of V magazine dedicated to curves (out on January 14th), they're presenting Terry Richardson's 'One size fits all' fashion story with regular and + size models in the same outfits. The two girls, Jacquelyn Jablonski (size 2-4) and Crystal Renn (size 12) are wearing the exact same clothes in similar poses (you can certainly tell who was having more fun). 
It also includes an all-plus-size-models photoshoot called 'Curves ahead' featuring Crystal, Candice Huffine, Tara Lynn and Michelle Olson, ''bombshells of  plus-size, proving that there's plenty of room in the fashion world for women who look like...women''.

In these days of 0-size craze it's good and comforting to see bigger women showing off their bodies with such confidence - as long as they look healthy, it's a good vibe and role-modeling (although I must say I find Richardson's photos much more appealing, I vote for size 12-14).
I remember a certain womens magazine, with two certain borderline obese female singers (both amazing at what they do, obviously) promoting shapes of their bodies, saying they feel happy and beautiful eating - you should accept and love your body as it is, but promoting such an unhealthy lifestyle? I can imagine an overweight american 14-year old, reading the magazine, stuffing herself with burgers and chips, going 'Oh, ok then'.
Oh and aren't we sick of magazines telling us to love our bodies on one page and telling us how to lose weight to look like Keira Knightley on the other?!

Anyway, there's been another issue dedicated to real natural beauty last year- Elle magazine put three goddesses, Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau and Eva Herzigova, on their covers without any make-up or retouching whatsoever. But before you get all jealous, remember that these are women who had facials for their breakfast and spa treatments for dinner for the last 20 years. Oh, and also Glamour magazine had a ''curvy plus-size'' issue with lovely naked models...

Terry Richardson's 'One size fits all' (Vmagazine)

Sølve Sundsbø's 'Curves ahead' (V magazine)

Covers of Elle magazine April 2009

Glamour November 2009

Anyway, if you're still not convinced and the V mag photos didn't boost your self-esteem, to shake your make-believe beauty standards, here's some photoshopped celebrities...(and we still love them, don't we? (except for Madonna, Mariah, Brintey and Kim - see? it's personality that matters, but that could be a whole new blogpost))


  1. I've always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There's a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:


    They're all gorgeous.

    The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

  2. aaa kok kul post:) drgac pa sta mi dekleti na prvih slikah obe všeč:) pač ena suha, druga pa normalna:) .... ne morem rečt, da mi je ena lepša zato ker je npr. suha:) ..Mi ima pa tista "normalna" punca lepši obraz in manj štrleča ušesa:) hehe...