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 todayhave 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 aboutit’s the mission. They’ve been assembled to help Glamour continue an extraordinary dialogue on body image that you, our readers, began.
It started in our September issue with a small photo of top women Lizzie Miller sitting au naturel confident, sexy and clearly unconcerned about a little belly overhang. We loved the photo, but it was just one of more than a hundred of full-figured women we’ve run in recent years, so we were surprised when it hit a nerve. This is true beauty! wrote one commenter on glamour.com. A woman that eats! Added Megan Fehl, 23: Because of my own belly, I always thought I was some deformed woman, but not now. Holy hell, I am normal! And in the words of another reader: I’ve struggled with eating disorders and body image since I was 12. Seeing this picture is the first time I have felt good about myself and comfortable with my body (just the way it is) in a very long time. Thank you for the self-esteem.
Why did this particular picture, at this particular moment, resonate with so many women? Some possible reasons: The recession has us all in a back-to-basics, tell-it-like-it-is mood, so realer images picture gallery of women’s bodies seem appropriate now. Celebrities like Kate Winslet, Jessica Simpson and now, on page 182 of this issue, Scarlett Johansson have spoken out against a culture that nitpicks a woman’s every thigh dimple. First Lady Michelle Obama dresses to accentuate rather than camouflage her regal curves, and has the entire world swooning. And maybe, as Emme, a pioneer plus-size supermodel and host of More to Love, believes, we’ve just had it with the beyond-slender, airbrushed-from-head-to-toe models and actresses who’ve dominated [newsstands] for over a decade.
Glamour has been on this wavelength since the early nineties. We’ve put Queen Latifah on the cover twice and frequently feature other fuller-bodied celebs and models (including all the women you see here, with the exception of Glamour newcomer Jennie Runk). But the phenomenal response to the Lizzie Miller photo shows there is a thirst for an even more inclusive view of women’s bodies. So what’s keeping the fashion and media worlds from portraying as many size 10’s and 14’s and 20’s as we do size 0, 2 and 4? And what ratio of fantasy to reality does the average American woman really want to see in magazines and ads?
Can there be an age limit for young female models? As the name indicates, they are young in age. But how can you define the age limit for them? It is because the term young it self is possible of infinite interpretations. Anyhow, in the modeling industry the expression connotes those who are above the age of teen models and those who are still in the youth. To cite a few instances, Hilary Rhoda is a young model who is at her 21.And the young female model Gamma Ward is 20.The illustrious Agyness Den again is at her 25.Well,going by these parameters we would conjecture that young models may be anywhere in the twenties. Then how would you rate Maddison Gabriel at 13. Admittedly, she is in her early teens, leave alone youth. Would you be justified if you leave her out of the ambit of young models just because she is in her early teens? These are pertinent points of worthy cogitation.
In the show business, young female models need to keep up the charisma and grace in looks. Your appeal is what you are. Hence, physical fitness, beauty secrets and regular workouts are mandatory. Those who are in the prime of youth are most fit for the rigors of physical workouts. Young teen may be too young to stand it. Then, are we safe and sensible to put a lower limit to the age of young models at 18? And may be we are justified if we put an upper age-limit anywhere around 30. Of course, it is open for discussions. May be there are different perspectives to the contention.
Glamour modeling is the main arena for young female models. Lingerie modeling is another variety of modeling assignments done by this category. In lingerie modeling, female models clothing wear prescribed lingerie and expose the grace of their physical accomplishments to the maximum. Their attire often consists of bra and light underwear any may be lacy garments exposing they sex appeal. Here again, the age factor is important. Only those young female models who are mature enough to have developed a body with sex appeal are fit for it. It is because sex appeal is the sine qua non of glamour modeling. But then, what is sex appeal? It is difficult to define, of course. Though you can feel it, you can't define or explain it. The right age for sex appeal is the prime of youth.
Source: glamour.com, m.sooperarticles.com
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