Lately, I’ve noticed more and more social media posts and articles about “big girls” getting model contracts, being featured in mainstream magazines, and artists’ photo projects focused on robust women. The feminist in me thinks, “Yay, attention for ALL of us, equally, because we’re all amazing!” Then the realist in me thinks, “Umm, why are we making a big deal out of what should be the norm? I mean, we all know magazines and advertisements feature unrealistically skinny women. But to swing the pendulum the other way seems equally absurd.”
When I look at the photos of plus-size models, what sparkles is their face and body language. Their inner beauty and confidence comes through in person and in photos. That said, being model-worthy is a goal ANY woman can aspire to, if she has a lust for the spotlight and a comfortable, confident self-image. Full-figured professional models have photos just as beautiful as thin models because they too have excellent makeup artists, professional hairdo’s, exciting clothes styling, and wonderfully lit photo sets. Good makeup, good lighting, a good photographer, and a good attitude…. THAT is the winning combination for stellar portraits–not size or shape, ethnicity, sexuality, cleavage, airbrushed/retouched/Photoshopped body parts, or any of those things corporations push us into believing with their advertisements.
With the permission of my photo client, I wanted to share some photos from a portrait session I recently photographed. This is one confident, fabulous woman! There is absolutely zero Photoshop work done to her body in these photos. I admittedly did some retouching to diminish bad shadows and soften some lighting, removed some ramdom pimples and stray hairs on her head, and enhanced some of the colors. But that’s it. Not one change has been made to her divine, voluptuous body. Why would I? Look at her. She’s stunning! If you ask me, with these photos, she can rival any high-paid model.
To all the people who’ve told me they want to do a portrait session with me after they shed a few pounds… STOP IT, and let’s shoot already. You are amazing right now, just the way you are. Trust me (and a good makeup artist/hair stylist). Let me grab my camera and prove it to you! If this gal can rock the awesome in nothing but her undies, we should all be able follow her beautiful, brave example.