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Curves Ahead in V Magazine

Curves Ahead in V Magazine

Check out these shots from V Magazine‘s forthcoming issue, entitled “The Size Issue” and featuring five plus-size models.

The issue, on newsstands January 14, features this spread with styling by Nicola Formichetti and shows the sexy side of the plus-size modeling world with shots of Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Michelle Olson, Tara Lynn and Kasia P.

Photographer Solve Sundsbo told V, “I loved the opportunity to show that you can be beautiful and sexy outside the narrow interpretations that normally define us.”

Check out V Magazine on newsstands Thursday (January 14) or visit for a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot!

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  • Abbie

    If this is to make fun of heavyweighted women, it is grotesque. Totally ridiculous. They should have asked them to take different poses. They look like clowns wanting to imitate Bar Refaeli or Miranka Kerr. This is quite insulting …

  • anne

    i have a feeling this issue of V magazine is going to upset a lot of people. you know, the people who think that everyone should be no larger than a size 2 in order to be in a magazine. let the fun begin.

  • Pining for Chris

    I’ve seen better “plus-size” model photos.This looks like still shots of a parody.
    The models have beautiful faces though.

  • april

    Oh gosh. These girls are gorgeous. Their curves are so sexy!

  • spawnsuckedsatinsballs

    I choked on my saliva

  • commonsense

    @Pining for Chris: They also have beautiful bodies. The girl in the bra has a fantastic shape. They’re doing poses that are routine for high end magazine and I think that’s the point.

  • Buchholzer

    Both girls are under the average weight of an american woman.
    90% of all the US women are to fat and they do not recognize it

  • Natalie

    I read fashion magazines to escape reality. To me, the beautiful SKINNY models and the beautiful clothing they wear are part of a fantasy, albeit an unachievable one. Its exclusiveness is what makes it unique and appealing.

    Not every woman is beautiful. If everyone was beautiful, then beauty would cease to be beauty and would become the norm aka average.

    These women are AVERAGE. There’s nothing wrong with being average but I think average has no place in a fashion magazine. If I wanted mediocrity I would just go outside.

    Skinny and beautiful models are JEMS. Precious and unique, not something you see everyday. THAT, my friends, is their appeal.

  • Zeot

    plus size? they’re NORMAL LOOKING, this is what the average woman looks like out there, and I do think those models pull it off

  • Cayanne

    I have become so jaded by the the model photo that everything else simply looks uncomfortable.

  • Chloe

    It’s hilarious that American women have adopted this crusade to make fat acceptable. Sure, you size 4+’s can convince yourselves that you are attractive, but that doesn’t mean you are attractive to others.

    Go to Europe – Paris, Milan, Cannes, Monaco, etc..
    Most of the women there are below size 6 US. They are beautiful. Clothes look magnificent on them.

    Unless you have a legitimate medical condition or are elderly, you have NO EXCUSE TO BE OVER SIZE 6. Anything over that is just blah.

  • Mary

    Look guys, they airbrushed the cellulite out! What’s wrong, you Americans don’t think cellulite is attractive? I think cellulite lumps could constitute curves? no? haha

  • Marissa

    How about a “normal” woman, with an healthy weight? Not American average, sorry, healthy. In the fashion industry of today there only seems to be two extremes: super skinny or plus size. Although the women in this magazine are not “extreme”, they aren’t fat, they are chubby, it would be nice to see someone who is a size 10, 12 or 14.

  • Jeff

    FAT ROLLS AREN’T CURVES! Get that through your thick heads you cows. Give me a svelte, healthy size 2 young woman any day. The type of girl that can pull of skinny jeans and a nice pair of 4 inch heels. Now thats sexy!


  • Lowest denominator

    One “Big Girl” collector’s issue, and next month they’ll go back to cover-to-cover emaciated 14 year olds peddling over-priced products to 40+ year olds to make them look/feel 25 years old.

    Put them in regular rotation, and maybe I’ll flinch.


  • @Chloe

    And how shallow are you?

    Been to Italy and Spain? Most of the women there are absolutely lovely and not below a size six. Beauty comes from within. Marilyn Monroe was a size 12-14 and gorgeous. I believe Bardot was an 8-10 and same with Deneuve.

    These women are not obese nor are they fat. They are plus size for the modeling industry.

  • Anonymous

    I think these women are stunning; their faces and their bodies and I’m not plus size and never weighed more than 124 lbs @ 5’6″.

    I don’t find them attractive because “I’m trying to convince myself of something.” They just are, way prettier than most of the hot in hollywood.

    And I find their rounder bodies refreshing. As a fashion magazine reading woman I would love to see more women like them.

  • Gala

    I happen to be close friends with a few models in NYC, all of them are over 5’10” and below a size 4. Let me tell you, they are some of THE healthiest people I know. They watch what they eat, but do not starve. I think it is a huuuuuge misconception that models are “emaciated” or sick.

    Just because YOU can’t be skinny without resorting to drastic measures, doesn’t mean that the models all have to be sick.

  • to natalie

    hate to tell you this but a lot of those photographs in magazines that you think are beautiful skinny models are actually airbrushed. you would be very surprised at the names of the models whose photos i’ve seen, how to say this, “retouched”. it works like this, we get the photos and then correct the “flaws”. make the waist smaller, the ankles a little less bulky, the arms a little less flabby, and the bust, well i think you get the idea. do you understand what i am saying here? .

  • Marissa

    @Chloe: Where are you from? I’m from Europe and your statement that “Most of the women there are below size 6 US” is straight up wrong.

  • campussingles

    I like Big women

  • @Natalie

    Fashion magazines must be the only thing your brain can absorb.

    It is GEMS not JEMS.

    So what if these women are average? Some folks would like to see how an average woman can where fashion and be above average. Some of us prefer not to support an industry where drugs are the mode of weight loss–you know crystal meth, heroin and the like? But as you said–skinny equals beauty equals JEMS so therefore drugs are fine as is anorexia and bulemia. As Kate Moss said–nothing tastes so good as being thin.

  • BO

    i agree with u chole.

  • Gala

    BTW, most fashion magazines tell you what size of clothing the model is wearing (in the back). Most models in Vogue, for example, wear a size 4, which is a perfectly reasonable size.

  • lala

    Not meaning to be rude but this is wrong, it just doesn’t look good, I’m sorry. People do not want to see women like that on a magazine when they can see them around everyday. If models were supposed to look like ordinary girls then pretty much everyone could do it

  • Mark

    Hating on beautiful THIN models won’t make YOU any prettier or skinner.

    And yes, you can tell me your bullshit about how “bigger is better” blah blah blah but admit it EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR FATTIES wishes to lose at least a little bit of weight.

  • Jasmine

    The girls in the magazine have gorgeous faces, but they shouldn’t have portrayed their bodies that just seems wrong. And anyway, why can’t we have any AVERAGE weight models? It’s seems like it’s either extremely skinny or overweight.

  • ladida

    haha i agree

  • Pining for Chris

    Yes I know that. I just said I’ve seen better. There’s something off about theses photos – and no It’s not their size.

  • blah

    Mediocrity surrounds us. Fashion is our only escape from mediocrity. I can see girls like these on the subway. I want to see something unusual and unique, like a tall thin model-esque tanned girl with blue eyes and a mega watt smile. Too much to ask? Must I be bombarded with these average women?

  • Chloe


    Actually, I was born in Copenhagen and currently live in Milan. I don’t know what you are talking about, but most European women under the age of 30 are pleasantly thin, especially French, Italian and Russian women. I see them lounging poolside every time I go to Santorini or Cannes. Seriously, European women seem so much more elevated in all respects than American women, no offense. You wouldn’t see this nonsense in a European magazine.

  • ladida

    honestly, these girls do not look healthy. a healthy person doesn’t necessarily have to be skinny.. but they should definitely look more in shape than this. it looks like these models do not get any exercise at all.

  • Chloe


    Oh, and you must be from the wrong part of Europe if most women are above size 6 hahaha.

  • marina

    boy, chloe sounds so conceited and full of it… and probably she indeed is full of it… superficial much?

  • Chloe


    No I’m really not conceited or superficial, but thank you for trying to psycho-analyze me based on a few comments on the internet. Just because I like looking good and taking care of myself does not mean I’m superficial.

  • Molly

    This makes me want to puke. Oh wait, I thought it was the skinny models that were supposed to make me want to vomit?

  • paranel

    I am not against fat people at all but a body with rolls over rolls of fat should not be dressed like that. The outfits are wrong for these body structure as if someone was trying to make fun of these models who look beautiful otherwise.

  • CanadaGirl

    @Zeot: They are overweight… my God. Where do you live that people are this big?

  • CanadaGirl

    @Chloe: I totally agree.
    Now people will be rolling out the Marilyn Monroe size 12 nonsense. I’ve seen an exhibition of her dresses and she was NOT a 2010 size 12. Clothing manufacturers have up sized – making the clothing bigger but keeping the numeric size the same. I’ve been the same size for decades. I used to be a size 8 – now I’m a 4 – 6.

  • Chloe

    Thank you, Canada Girl! My thoughts exactly.

    I just don’t understand why Americans celebrate and encourage mediocrity.

  • Not Average

    There is something wrong in society if people think this is average weight. I don’t think they are obese but overweight, most definitely.

  • Sashes

    WOW all I can see are the haters here. What’s wrong with a little diversity? V is doing this for PUBLICITY for Pete’s sake. And for the record, personally I think these girls are gorgeous. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you don’t like it, don’t look at it. Sheesh.

  • sfingaaa

    OMG they are amazing!!
    I love it so much!!

  • Memei

    they look fantastic.

  • Memei

    @chloe really. really. your so so dumb

  • Memei

    @chloe have you been to london. so not true. i think the average is a size UK 14. not sure what that size is in the US. thats not obese to me

  • peggy


    Their “APPEAL” as you put it is in convincing young woman to starve themsleves in order to be accepted and by entension we have nw created a generation of young woman with eating disorders.

    And I dont know what you did with yuor glasses but these woman have amazing faces and look fine in their clothes.

    Ad I dont know what world you live in but size 2 skinny models are a dime a dozen that’s why so women fail at having a modeling career

  • Ha!


    So by those standards, the size four of a model in Vogue in 2010 should actually be a 0 or below (if that’s even possible). Nice comparison. These girls are heavy. It’s possible to be heavy and still beautiful. Anyone who equates extra pounds with ugliness is deluded AND (ahem, Chloe) incredibly superficial.

  • Ha!

    Appreciating beauty does not equal “celebrating mediocrity”. Get over yourself *sshole.

  • peggy


    You poor thing youve never been to a model shoot have you – those skinny girls dont look anything like their pictures – they are skinny pale and without make up look positively sickly.