Monday, June 7, 2010

Chloe Marshall plus size model in swimsuit (4 pics)

Here’s Chloe Marshall, the size 16 Miss England contestant who’s been getting all sorts of attention lately, in the pageant’s bikini photo call.

It’s a cute Cinderella story, that’s for sure, but I’d be lying if I said I looked at this girl and saw physical beauty. Does that mean she is not a kind, intelligent, valuable human being? No, absolutely not. Does she really have a place in the Miss England beauty pageant? I don’t think so. Like, let’s get honest: there are plenty of awards to be won in this world for kindness and intelligence and making other important contributions to society. And then there are beauty pageants. And I don’t think everyone has to be anorexic, but there are very healthy ways, through diet and exercise, to achieve a body in line with our society’s definition of beauty. This girl does not have a proportional body, and has clearly not gone to much of an effort to achieve one, so why does she get to compete in the Miss England pageant? Are we giving a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize to Saddam Hussein, just to prove that there are many different interpretations of “peace”? No, we’re not, because we, as the Western World, have come to a general consensus on what defines “peace,” and Saddam Hussein’s actions don’t fit into that, so we’re not going to award him a peace prize. Similarly, we’ve come to a general consensus on what defines beauty (you think these bikini pictures are going to end up on posters on the walls of teenage boys?), and beauty pageants ought to be judged as such. Just my two cents.

But props to her for having the courage to be there as a role model and take all the press, good and bad, that comes along with it.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

10 The Most Beautiful Plus Size Models

All of these women are considered to be some of the most in-demand plus-sized models currently working.

So would any of you super studs of manly manliness hit any of them?
I can't wait to read the posts in this thread.
And Forbin, don't even bother chiming in, we already know where you stand on the issue.

The Most Beautiful Plus Size Models
The modeling industry may not be particularly kind to women of average size, but that hasn't stopped these beautiful women.

Chloe Marshall — Surrey, England's Chloe Marshall was the first plus size young woman to compete in the finals of the Miss England competition. Marshall, a UK size 16, finished second, and was subsequently signed to the Models Plus agency. She's even posed for fellow model Velvet D'Amour.

Kate Dillon — Once a severely underweight model, Kate Dillon had trouble finding work in the mid-90s after she achieved a healthy weight. It wasn't until she began working as a plus size model, however, that Dillon's star began to rise. In 2000, she was named one of People's Most Beautiful People. Check out more beautiful Kate Dillon pictures at Judgment of Paris.

Christina Mendez — New York's Christina Mendez is not just a beautiful woman - she's also a spokesmodel. The mother of a child with autism, Mendez devotes much of the time she's not on the runway or posing for the likes of Glamour and Latina to working with Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization.

Crystal Renn — Gorgeous Crystal Renn may soon replace Emme as the highest-paid plus size model of all time - although she'd like to dispose of the designation "plus size." Renn, who consistently lands both high fashion and commercial gigs, once suffered from anorexia. Since her recovery, however, her career has skyrocketed, and she's published a book about her experiences in the modeling industry called Hungry.

Emme Aronson — Emme Aronson is perhaps the only plus size model to attain supermodel status - for now. The 5'11" stunner, who has twice been named one of People's Most Beautiful People, has parlayed her posing career into advocacy, authoring, and a hosting gig on the dating show More to Love.

Justine Legault — The exceptionally beautiful Justine Legault works primarily in Canada, where she's represented by Ford Toronto and Scoop Models in Montreal. Legault has made quite a few appearances in French-language magazines in the past several years. This shot is by fashion photographer Yanick Déry.

Mia Tyler — Model Mia Tyler, the half-sister of actress Liv Tyler, is one of the most popular plus size models of our time. Tyler has appeared on several reality shows, launched her own clothing line, published an autobiography, and is working on a pilot for a new show.

Toccara Jones — The sensational Ms. Toccara Jones may not have reached the final three on her cycle of America's Next Top Model, but she has been one of the most successful former contestants post-show, even posing for Steven Meisel for a Vogue Italia spread in 2009. The Ohio native even stars in her own workout video,Toccara's Fabulous Work-Out for Real Size Women.

Velvet D'Amour — In 2006, Velvet D'Amour made headlines when she appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 show for Jean Paul Gaultier's ready to wear collection. After an appearance in French Vogue, D'Amour began focusing more on her own photography. Visit Velvet's MySpace for pictures of her Gaultier moment - and for Velvet's own work.

Whitney Thompson — In 2008, Florida native Whitney Thompson thrilled audiences everywhere when she took home the winning title on the 10th cycle of America's Next Top Model. Since her win, she's worked for Forever 21, JCPenney, and Saks Fifth Avenue.