Grande Belle Ragazze! Bravo Vogue Italia
I stumbled across the June 2011 edition of Vogue Italia earlier today. It eventually found its way to a coffee table in the waiting area of the place where I have my hair cut. Faced with the choice of Heat, You or an assortment of hair colour catalogues, it was worth a quick flick through whilst I waited.
Besides, the cover picture was a lot more appealing than the others on offer:
The cover story Belle Vere (which translates to ‘Beautiful Feathers’) features a beautifully shot glamour spread of three plus-size models. From the English language version of the Vogue site, I learn that these three are Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley, and that the photography for the shoot was done by Steven Meisel. A fourth larger model, Marquita Pring is also featured in the spread.
Leaning over plates of spaghetti in their lingerie, posing seductively on tables and in arm-chairs, the ladies put paid to the opinion that larger women cannot be as beautiful and sexy as their thinner counterparts.
Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani said at the time, “We help plus-size women dress fashionably. We say: It’s pointless for you to buy leggings. Take this [rather] because this will look good on you. We help them choose. We don’t talk about diets because they don’t want to be on a diet, but it’s not a ghetto. Why should these women slim down? Many of the women who have a few extra kilos are especially beautiful and also more feminine.” Sozzani also launched a petition against pro-anorexia websites.
We say bravo! The pictures speak for themselves.
You can see more of the pictures on the Vogue Italia website here, but be warned: whilst all of the images are beautiful as celebrations of larger women, some of them may not be entirely suitable for work – NSFW. (They’re beautiful women, in Italy, in lingerie. What did you expect?)