V Magazine's Size Issue - Are Curves Cool Yet?

As The Glamazons reported last month, V Magazine is dedicating its January issue to plus-size models. Featuring shoots by Karl Lagerfeld and Terry Richardson, the first-ever "Size Issue" will hit newsstands January 14, 2010.

The pictures have hit the internet and we have to say high-fashion photo shoots that celebrate curvy models are way overdue. I especially love the Karl Lagerfeld-shot spread with burlesque star, Miss Dirty Martini, and Coco-lookalike, actress Jane Schmidt, in the House of Chanel. Class meets sass. Check out the images below and tell me what you think!

Coco A Go-Go featuring Miss Dirty Martini, Jane Schmidt. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

Curves Ahead featuring Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Michelle Olson and Tara Lynn. Shot by Sølve Sundsbø

One Size Fits All Featuring Jacquelyn Jablonski and Crystal Renn. Shot by Terry Richardson.

At a photo shoot this weekend, my good friend who works for a plus-size magazine told me she's seen a renewed interest in the full-figured fashion industry following the news of V Magazine's Size issue.

Good to hear, but I hope the attention lasts beyond a couple of amazing magazine spreads. I would hate to see this much-needed change---that promotes positive body image and embraces women of all sizes---become another "cool," short-lived trend.

What do you think?

Do you think the groundbreaking images will force the high-end Fashion industry to embrace plus-sizes? Do you think the photos of plus-size models won't make a difference as they'll only appear in one isolated issue? Do you think there's a chance V Magazine will continue featuring plus-size models throughout the year?

Some people have criticized V Magazine for only showing paper-thin models or 'extremely large' models, instead of representing the varied shapes and sizes of womens' bodies. Do you think that criticism is valid?




Photos: V Magazine and Models.com.


CJay said...

Great Article. I wrote a similar post on this topic recently... http://www.chicreport.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

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.

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