Velvet L'Amour's new web magazine - wow!
Have you ever wondered what kind of images could be created if art and fashion photographers worked with models who were not tall, skinny and young or anything close to it? Used the models' unique looks as ideals - as something to be emphasized and glorified, never hidden or shoehorned into the tall-skinny-young template? How powerful images like that would be? How they could completely expand and reframe our perception of what is chic and attractive?
I have. Although I enjoy creating and looking at grass roots fashion photography, both plus sized and general, I've always had a special place in my heart for photography that does more than just capture a person wearing a particular outfit. Good fashion images can be incredibly evocative. The lighting, the styling, the setting and the pose can trigger emotions; tap into archetypes and shared memories. Naturalism has its place, but I also admire art and style in fashion photography.
In the nineties, I read Elle and Vogue until they went over the top with herion chic. I loved the first year of Mode. They were starting to do the kind of work I wanted to see, but they pretty quickly caved in to the conservative expectations of their advertisers and started using six foot tall, size 12 models who looked... well, basically like (at least some) straight sized models should look but don't. What a disappointment!
What could be better than an arty plus sized fashion magazine with high production values that really pushes aesthetic boundaries? I'll tell you. An arty fashion magazine with high production values that is truly inclusive, where there's no one "ideal" look!
That is why I am in a state of total joy right now over Velvet L'Amour's new project, VOL•UP•2. It is difficult to express exactly how much ass this publication kicks: possibly more ass than any of us are sporting.
Be aware of some of the images are not even remotely work-safe for most people.
Click the picture of Velvet to go there!
Velvet d’Amour (velvetphotography.com) is the only supersize-plus model ever to infiltrate the elite world of Parisian couture by walking the runways of both John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier and modeling for top fashion magazines, including French Vogue, Egoiste, WAD, Standard, and many others. Recently, Velvet was named a “Curvy Icon” by Italian Vogue. Her acting career landed her on the red carpet at both the Cannes and Tribeca film festivals for her lead in the French film “Avida.” Additionally, she raised 54,000 euros to help Missing and abused children through SOS Enfants Disparus as a result of her participation in Celebrity Farm, a popular French reality show. She has also appeared on Monique’s Fat Chance, ET!, The Insider, and CBS Sunday Morning and has been interviewed by NPR. Her photography has been celebrated internationally as refreshingly sexy, edgy and modern. As an outspoken feminist, Velvet’s insights on the role of popular notions in beauty have landed her in such magazines as Bust, on Jezebel.com and the Huffington Post as well as in innumerable blogs and online publications.