Not totally photo related, not just a journal. A bit of both.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size

Photo: Matthias Vriens-McGrath. via Glamour

Plus sized - but really just normal sized - models in an image piece by Genevieve Field in the November 2009 issue of Glamour Magazine, and online here.

The cavernous photography studio in New York City is bustling with fashion assistants, hair and makeup stylists, and models chatting in white terry robes. All typical on a photo shoot, but when the robes come off, you see what’s different. Kate Dillon, Ashley Graham, Amy Lemons, Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Jennie Runk and Anansa Sims— some of the top “plus-size” models working today—have beautiful curves, round shoulders, belly rolls and lots of other womanly stuff many of us see when we look in the mirror. Oh, and there’s lunch, which the models actually eat. “Gosh, it’s so nice that they’re feeding us,” says Lemons. “When I was doing runway, all I was ever offered was water and champagne, all day long.” But it’s not the food the models are excited about—it’s the mission. They’ve been assembled to help Glamour continue an extraordinary dialogue on body image that you, our readers, began.

The rest of the article is worth a read too.

One curious thing is, from the perspective of a photographer, was the absence of credit for the image.It is certainly an homage for sure to the famous shot by Herb Ritts (of Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington,Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell), but who shot it was not found anywhere with the online post. That's a shame. I had to go to Loblaws with Ryn last nite and find a copy of the issue to find out that it was shot by Dutch fashion and fine art photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath.


PS: The image with this post doesn't show anything so I am including it with what gets imported on Facebook. As opposed to posting first for Facebook, and adding content after to the blog that Facebook might deem offensive. I wonder if Facebook will have issue with it despite it being in a women's magazine and not showing naughty bits. This has a good message, so  perhaps they won't censor it. 

PPS: Facebook emailed me a day after this was posted:
The note "These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size" has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, notes that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down notes that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service. Continued misuse of Facebook's features could result in your account being disabled.
I take away from this that average looking women are hateful and attack groups of skinny girls while advertizing their healthiness.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:

They're all gorgeous.

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