WOW! Curves ahead smoking hot...Thanks guys love these shots!
THAT is what I want to see. I'm not as curvy as those models but my body looks closer to their's than the usual stick thin models. How is a woman supposed to envision clothes on herself when the model wearing them looks nothing like us ? I think they look so healthy and alive=beautiful!
Love it!!! It's about time!
Great - about bloody time! But I bet this is the last edition like this we'll see in a long time sadly!
fab - so pleased women should embrace their curves and even if this is a one off it can only be a positive thing
They all look stunning! So much better than the usual models :) Gorgeous!! x
Fantastic!!! They all look so gorgeous! :-)
I've always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:http://www.judgmentofparis.com/They're all gorgeous.The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.
First off, they all have the most amazing faces. Secondly, finally these are real plus size models. Just this morning I was talking to my brother about it when I saw a "plus sizes clothing store" in my town which had a sign "sizes from 44 to 54". 44 here in Italy is just halfway between a 12 and 14 COME ON!!!how can they consider a 14 a plus size? People wearing a 14 are not fat! They're not plus...especially when they're very tall!!!
amazing and beautiful i love it!
this is how God intended a lot of us to look. And this is how guys like us....God Bless V magazine!
Beautiful average sized women. Love it!
I love being curvy, my weight goes up and down (mainly due to regional takeaway special offers) a hot red lip on a curvy girl turns up the wow factor though doesnt it. I saw the photo set on the website and for a few hrs didnt feel any guilt at all as i devoured more christmas chocolates whilst wearing my Estee Lauder red lippy :)
Absolutely gorgeous. These women are beautiful!
Beautiful! There was an amazing magazine in the US that was all plus sized beauty years ago! I loved it but it only lasted a few issues sadly!!
Nice to see some real women in the magazines for a change.Great post xx
These models are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos. I agree with other posters - it's refreshing to see plus-size models who aren't a slightly large UK size 12 or a rather slender 14. Gorgeous!
I must say they really are smoking hot! I love when women look healthy. They are all fabulous. I have to start loving my curves, i cans see that now! :D
I was waiting for the pictures like that! LOVE IT<3 Ive got the size predisposition;-)
i am going to be the unpopular dissent, but what about a middle ground? Why does it have to be size 0 or size 16? I don't believe either size is the global "average". Also, I think these photos were a tad exploitive. For example the first image of the bathing suit, a model doesn't have to be size 0 to wear a swim suit, but a different cut would have been more flattering to her shape.Regardless of one's weight, isn't the purpose of fashion, aside from being an art form, is to make a woman as beautiful as she can be, by accentuating her positive physical attributes, irrespective of size?I think these women are extremely beautiful, that isn't the issue, but many of them were not dressed to flatter their beauty.
@NancyPower: the magazine was Mode, how I miss it. @BarcelonaChair: You have point about there being a middle ground. But I would like to add that I would not like to see people perpetuating the same stereotypical attitude towards our slimmer sisters. You can not put one set down in order to raise the other up. These models are smoking though!
Beau-ti-ful! Wowzer..they look gorgeous. Work it!
This is a very interesting post. A debate is raging in Australia at the moment. A model by the name of Jennifer Hawkins went on the cover of Marie Claire Australia this month "unairbrushed" as a positive and natural role model for Australians. Positive, definitely.... she's fit and extremely healthy not to mention beautiful but as a natural role model (I am assuming they meant size wise), I wasn't so sure. Naturally, not all women look like her, obviously. Perhaps one of these girls could have graced the cover with her allowing another figure size to be positively and naturally honoured.I'll let you be the judge: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/marie-claire/about/article/-/6636059/jennifer-hawkins-bares-all-for-marie-claire/
Whilst I think these models look incredible and are gorgeous, I have to agree with BarcelonaChair. For a real change to be made in the industry there needs to be a middle ground which showcases HEALTHY women. These models are likely no more healthy than standard slim models, how is that any better?
REALLY beautiful girls with great faces, can somebody tell me where's the first jeans jacket from ? And the swimsuit from the third one?Well...as a photographer i'm happy that they show different people from size 0. Although i don't like some of the pix above, i think the photographer could do more :)If smbd is interested in dresses, go check my blog too.XOXOLove to Sam and Nic!
I'm with Dinky, my BMI is 25, which is overweight by all standards and I'm not tall so every pound shows up and I really don't want to look like this 'healthy' models. Which I actually do look like. My heart rate is way too fast, my endurance has dropped, I get colds more often and overall this weight is by no means healthy. Hello, diabetes, heart disease and many other things. A person can naturally be this big only if they have a thyroid condition or something else, otherwise it means they can't stop stuffing their facing, and I do know what I'm talking about.
It's refreshing to see that average sized women are now being represented and recognised. I think they look great. Long live curves!
Utterly gorgeous pictures. I long for the day when people of all sizes are shown without the labels of "healthy" or "real". We are all real. :)
I have to disagree with the message these ads are sending. While I think it's great that they aren't twigs, obesity isn't something that should all of a sudden be glamorous. Both ends of the spectrum are unhealthy. We shouldn't be telling young girls "this is what you should look like" when they look at these pictures. I'm sorry, but I don't see beauty when I look at these pictures anymore than I see beauty when looking at a stick thin model. Some middle ground sizes of HEALTHY women would be nice.
You can tell by the number of posts that this is a touchy subject. These girls look healthy & voluptous (no implants here to boost the boobage) I bet all of them because of their height has BMI of less that you'd imagine. They post as much better role models than the stick size girls that frequent the fashiontabloids. And I'm sure that girls that grow up today would benefit more from these girls than the ones that don't eat and have no arse!
Interesting how some people leaving messages here assume that these models are unhealthy. The point is some diversity is required people! And yes, it is more likely that they are healthier than size 0's, NO DOUBT! As for the photos being unflattering - I see unedited pics of size 6 models at photoshoots and many times the clothes look unflattering on them too!
@ unicornsmile. No doubt there are many unflattering photos of slim models but the above photos are the ones being assessed. Unfortunately we, the mortal public, do not see the unedited unpublished photos. I think you compound the question many are asking; why does it have to be size 16 vs size 0? True diversity isn't solely using polar opposites.@Odette. I agree that there is a growing backlash towards slimmer women. I am a size 0 woman, but I am not model height. In the last few years, complete strangers feel justified to comment on my size in a derogatory manner, but that right would not be ensured if I were a plus sized woman.I think we also fail to realize is these models are more often girls and not grown women. Being in my 30's I do not use their looks to regulate my standard of beauty, because i will never have the body of a 16 year old again; whether they are size 2 or size 14. Even famous models, as they age, do not have the body mass index from their career peak, which was in adolescence.
Real women! It's still surreal but they have the hottest bodies I've ever seen in a mag. I hope that more mags show "normal" and healthy lasses in the future. By the way, thanks so much for your Beth Ditto inspired creative eyeliner look. I loved the outcome and your true comments. The most funky eye make ups are the most difficult ones with reference to the technique. Unfortunately, I'm too untalented for this but I hope that you do more creative eye make ups or let's say make ups. You rule!
I'm afraid that I do not see these as 'real women'. I am naturally very slim, does that mean I'm not a real woman?? I do not know anyone that is as large as these models, so I do not believe that they are representing the majority. I think that models inbetween these sizes and the ones we normally see would be ideal. No one likes seeing jutting bones, but these rolls of fat are also not attractive. They should have dressed them in a more flattering manner.
Seeing this made my day! I absolutely believe images of stick-figure models in beauty and fashion ads have brain-washed women into thinking they must be teeny tiny to be beautiful and feel confident. I really hope this becomes a revolution in fashion and beauty advertising! Thanks!
Second last photograph is absolutely gorgeous. The way the skin folds is so artistic.:) I agree with what a couple people have said.I don't think it's important whether you're a size 0, 4, 8, or 16. As long as you eat healthy and exercise regularly, that's all the matters...right?We should all be working on our inner beauty first.
those are SO HOT...my mind is blown at how easily I find this BEAUTIFUL. I thought my conditioning would make me resist..but no..the curves - THE ROLLS - ARE GORGEOUS. THANK YOU!
and....the haters on here that say they should use more "flattering" clothes are MISSING THE POINT - they put it in ya face so you can see it's beautiful, not something to hide or tuck away.and these women are not huge or unhealthy give me a freaking break. look at their waist to hip ratios! wowsa. those are some freaking dangerous curves - but all in a good way :)
shra - I'm not a "hater" (as you put it), and I certainlt am not "missing the point". The whole point of fashion in magazines is to sell the clothes. If the colthes are pictured not fitting the model, that won't sell the clothes because it doesn't look good. Obviously this shoot has been done just to make a point, and it is making a good one - that size zero is a bad thing. However, all campaigns could not be like this because it doesn't make the clothes look good if they are clinging or if there are rolls of fat spilling over them!Also, the point of these comments pages is that people can express their own opinion on something. Not everyone agrees on what looks good and what doesn't. Some people may like blue yeysadow, some may not, it's the sme principle! You wouldn't be leaving comments against someone for that! People should be able to express their opinion without people like you, shra, having a go at them!
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oops!anyway...people like me think the clothes DO fit these women and that they LOOK FAB. stop drinking the haterade! :p <see playful smiley?
About time, those women look faffing gorgeous.This is how women should look and not emaciated!
My God, how can someone talk about obesity looking at those pictures? They are curvy, beautiful girls, that's it. I always have to look at thinny models that are so farway from me and I stand theirs bones and emaciated look even if I don't like it...These rolls of fat are more familiar to me, why are they disturbing someone? I don't like to talk about normality or healthness when I don't know absolutely nothing about someone: you can be thin and have a normal relation with food and you can be curvy and eat the right way aswell. In the end you can be "normal, as a lot of you say, and vomit everything you eat ten times a day. And in the end: did you ever hear about a plus size model who died because of her size? Of course, obesity is a completely different question.THANK SAM, I love the different points you can give to your view!You are amazing, beautiful and I do love your voice: I am from Italia and I use your tutor to improve my english too!Love
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE THIS IS LIVELY MODELSi dont want to see any more skeletons in some rugs... like REALLY
Hi! i cant really find your emal anywhere so can I make a request here? Effy from SKins has gorgeous makeup that you guys should totally tut!
That is what models should look like! I totally agree- beautiful! Fantastic looking women thats for sure- good on ya gals! :)) x
The ladies are very beautiful and it's GREAT to see a "change" of pace on a magazine cover!!! To the posts about the women not being "healthy," just because the women aren't stick figures does NOT mean they have health issues. I know at least 2 women who wear between ZEROS and 5's and they have a lot health problems. I wear a 18 and I have NONE. So please stop stereotyping people who are "bigger" than "normal."
If someone is bigger because they are just naturally curvy- thats fine but these woman are overweight and I don't think they should be sending that message.
They look stunning but I'm not sure they look healthy. If I got this big I would be starting to wonder if I could run for a bus without sweating buckets and what my cholesterol levels were doing. I don't know if Dita Von Teese has had any surgery but I would much rather look like her....womanly and curvy but fit and strong too.
Dita has had breast enhancement from an A to a C. And has a 16 inch waist when corseted. My neck is 12 inches as a size 10 uk. I don't think she can really be called healthy, but I see your point. She does dance and exercise to stay that curvy shape, and have cellulite on her thighs. I don't think it's body size that matters, myself. These women all have thin faces, and when I was that size (I lost four stone two years ago for health reasons) I had a double chin. I see them as healthy for their size, and health at any size is what's beautiful.
Alla, Just because YOU are that way doesn't mean everyone is. Quit projecting. As you said, there are any NUMBER of conditions outside of thyroid issues an "not being able to stop stuffing your face" that can result in someone being bigger than "average". Things are not cut and paste, black and white. So what's wrong with someone celebrating their appearance, ESPECIALLY when it's something they have very little control over when it comes to changing it? Moving on... a fashion magazine being about selling clothes? Eh, not entirely. Or at any rate, i'm not convinced that's their only function. People look through them for a glimpse at the glamorous life style every bit as much as for the clothes. How many of us can honestly afford the freaking Chanel outfit listed on page 300 whatever of Vogue? Um... not many, I bet. And you're not likely to ever wear ANYTHING remotely like it out in public. Putting a larger model in a picture does not mean you're setting an ideal. The entire idea is to get across the fact that NONE of these images is "ideal". You are what you are. Love yourself, embrace your faults and your strengths and know that you're valuable no matter what. Size 0, Size 8 or Size 18, you can still be beautiful and attractive and glamorous.
Here is an idea.HAVE A MODEL THAT IS NORMAL SIZED.Models still have to be 5'6 - 6' tall, whether they are fat or skinny.How about a 5'4 105-110 lb woman for once?
I love these photos and I'm so glad all the comments on here are positive - but it makes me feel a bit ugly reading them. I'm naturally skinny, and due to my metabolism inherited from my father I can't gain weight. I'm about 163cm and 45kg - so, people can be skinny without trying and we shouldn't be hated for that...
Gosh these are great to see, women looking the way we are supposed to look, curvy, sexy and fab, very refreshing.
Gorgeous women! Thankyou for sharing! I am so utterly horrified that anyone thinks this is 'obese' and uses language like 'unattractive rolls of fat' This is sooooooooo not obese, and the skin folds are normal due to the positions of the models normal human normal bodies, of course the skin and flesh makes rolls when in these positions, my god. As someone mentioned, hip to waist ration hello? Not. Obese. And I have always been saddened that thin women are not real. Are they pretend? (personally I am neither real nor pretend) Obviously it's misogynistic to have these models that actually look like 12 year olds that are dying of starvation but naturally skinny is beautiful too! Some of the comments here are like... evidence of the wrongness of misconceptions about the female body and the damage magazines etc have done. Most of them are positive though! :DLOL @ JSotiriou "skeletons in some rags" love it!& yeah Dita is NOT natural, she has fake boobs and does "tightlacing" with corsetry to reduce her waist size to a cartoonish size "as a consequence, internal organs are moved closer together and out of their original positions" <-- yes... well...
These women look powerful to me, which I find extremely attractive. The thinner models are pretty, but they seem too feeble. These women have strength and confidence, which I really like in a model.And for anyone saying that their weight is 'unnatural' and 'they must be stuffing their faces,' let me tell you from EXPERIENCE that some people - very HEALTHY people - ARE naturally heavy. I have been heavy since adolescence, even while spending my life walking and biking everywhere. No, I was not stuffing my face. My blood pressure is good and I my walking endurance can't be beat.These women are very healthy, and I'm glad to see attention given to their beautiful forms. In a world where racial, disability, gender, and age prejudice is frowned upon, we still have no problem with making fun of the 'fatties.' Hopefully photos like these will show how beautiful heavy women are and make people think twice before judging based on appearances.