The new styles of beauty say curvy is cool. Strong features and large bodies for oversized ladies. Time for a re-shape programme?
Oversize is cool. Even for Karl Lagerfeld, who, for the Chanel Resort 2011 show at Saint-Tropez, added a rounder model in his cast. A fashion politically correct choice? No. Examples of successful soft beauty icons are plentiful. Starting with the fascinating Crystal Renn, energetic champion of the fight against anorexia, and up to the explosive top over 44 Toccara Jones. also portrayed by Steven Meisel.
Not forgetting the heroine of curves, Lizzie Miller, who became famous after the publication of a much talked-about photograph of her in her lingerie in the September issue of the American edition of Glamour. And there was a tribute to curvy even at the last Cannes Film Festival. Under the spotlights were the dancing stars of Tournée, a film by Mathieu Amalric who brought a touch of the neo-burlesque to Cannes.
In other words: beauty can take different forms, provided that the weight is not excessive (because unhealthy) and the body is well-toned. So healthy eating and a fitness routine are essential. In pursuit of a softer line without undue hardship or sacrifice.
Rita Balestriero, from Vogue Italia, June 2010, p. 91-99
Photos from Ellen Von Unwerth.