Archives for : December2011

PMT – Picture of the Week – 12/26/2011

Tanesha Awasthi

Fashion Style blogger, Tanesha Awasthi, not only is a well known fashionista but she also serves as the principal model for her personal style blog, Girl With Curves.

Ms. Awasthi is also a staff writer for Curvy Girl Guide

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PMT – Picture of the Week – 12/19/2011

Candice Huffine in Yo Dona magizine

Candice Huffine is irresistible in this shot that shows off every inch of her 5’11′” frame which appeared in Yo Dona magazine.   Her natural curves are in ample supply but still, one look at her beautiful face and it’s clear why she’s a top model in the first place.

One of the highlights of the year was Ms. Huffine’s cover and spread in the June 2011 issue of Vogue Italia with plus size models Tara Lynn and Robyn Lawley.

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PMT – Picture of the Week – 12/12/2011

Toccara Jones for African Pride Hair Care

Toccara Jones has come a long way since her days as an America’s Next Top Model contestant. This curvaceous beauty shows her versatility as she has worked for many of the top fashion industry retailers, magazines here and abroad and three different reality TV shows. Whether she is doing high fashion, swimwear, or lingerie, Ms. Jones always brings serious heat to the equation.

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H&M using “virtual models” for online advertising

H&M Virtual ModelsPhoto: H&M

H&M, the giant Swedish-based retailer has recently started using computer generated models and “attaching” a photo of a real model’s head to it for some their swimwear and lingerie online advertising.  The “electronic mannequin”  or “virtual model” has a carefully sculpted body and can be manipulated to match the color of the model’s head.

We do think that a virtual model can be used in a virtual fitting room scenario where customers pick an outfit and it is displayed on a virtual model of the size the customer requests. This helps solve the problem of “I like that dress but how would it look on me?” Most agree that it would be impractical to have photos of 12 different size live models  for each outfit.

Our question is, “why not just use photos of live models” ? We don’t believe H&M is intentionally trying to harm the employability of live models but that may become one of the resultant outcomes of this practice.  We think it best to just “keep it real”.

PMT – Picture of the Week – 12/5/2011

Kailee O'sullivan for Igigi

The lovely plus size model Kailee O’ Sullivan is seen here wearing one of the looks from the Holiday Collection from  IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel.

Kailee is well known from her appearance in Glamour Magazine, April 2007 and has worked for many designers and retailers.

Ms. O’ Sullivan representation includes Muse Model Management and
Dorothy Combs Models.

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ANTM Whitney Thompson Launches Plus Size Dating Site

Photo: Patricia Schlein/

Whitney Thompson, American’s Next Top Model cycle 10 winner launches an online dating website for plus size women and men who are looking for them. The website is called The Big and The Beautiful.  Ms. Thompson is the founder and president of the venture.

The site is designed to be a fun place for any shape or size looking for dating or love.