Monday, 4 July 2011

Belle Vere : True Beauty

With summer well and truly upon us, there is no getting away from the fact that it is bikini season. Temperatures are rising and its time to bear some skin. Us ladies tend to get a little self concious around this time of year as we have to bare all. We worry about our lumps and bumps, as we examine ourselves in mirrors through exaggerated glasses. If  your like me and you devour fashion magazines on a monthly basis you are surely familiar with the glossy images of seemingly perfect models. Ok so we all know that they have been airbrushed to perfection however sometimes its hard not to compare yourself to the 14 year old clothes hangers in Vogue.

Thats why Vogue Italia's June spread came as a surprise to me last month. The theme was Belle Vere (True Beauty) and featured the plus size models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley on the cover of Vogue, photographed by Steven Meisel.

This got me thinking to the representation of beauty in 2011. Fashion tends to worship the skinny minnies. What about the former sexbombs of the 1950's and 1960's like Sophia Loren and Marylin Monroe. They represent the ideal of their time. Today who can we say represents the real woman. I nominate Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. Scarlett is the face of Dolce & Gabbana The One perfume while Eva has done some seriously sexy ads for Calvin Klein!

As fashion follower/blogger I can understand that some girls are born 6ft tall and are naturally skinny, however others are not. Fashion should use all types of girls not just the skinny tall ones. After all fashion followers come in all sizes. Let me know your thoughts on Belle Vere? Will fashion we forever dominated by the skinny minnies???
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  1. Great post, Dani! Thanks for the comment and I'll definitely follow you. I too follow your sentiment that fashion doesn't just have to be the clothes hangers. Part of the fun and challenge is dressing all sorts of body shapes!

  2. great post! i love full figured models, it is what a woman should look like!.hope you can check out my blog for some +vibes and inspiration :) also have a great giveaway! XO

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  4. I'm so glad I found your blog! I love it! I completely agree with you about the pressures of being skinny and looking a certain way.

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  5. Love this! What a beautiful photoshoot! Eva Mendes' shoot with Steven Meisel is one of my favourite shoots of all time. Sophia Loren's double!

  6. Amazing pics - an inspirational shoot!