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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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  • What’s the frequency?

    @oy: don’t believe size 6 is fat, but these women are not average size and I don’t believe in making excuses for people who are obese.

    Read more:

    But isn’t that the question? What size is deemed healthy, average and still attractive? I’m a 14 and I think a size 6-8 is a good size. Hell, a size 10 wasn’t too terrible either. Marilyn Monroe was actually a size 12(Size 10 in that day)at her largest. I agree these women do not look healthy. I’m guessing the women pictured are probably a size 20 or above.

  • Jan

    These girls are all very beautiful and it is wonderful to see some plus sized models. However, obviously the photographer and stylist do not know how to photograph or dress plus sized women very well. Thumbnail #2 is just not attractive, nor is the last one. It doesn’t mean the women are not beautiful, just that the wardrobe choice or angle of the pictures does not work for a larger lady. I am plus sized and I can take some beautiful pictures, but sometimes the pictures can actually make me look larger than I actually am, as I am sure it can with smaller ladies as well.

  • SK

    There are nothing wrong with the models themselves. They are beautiful no matter which size they are. Thin is not the synonym for beautiful, so cut this shit out, that you have to be size 2 or 4 to be it. They have gorgeous faces, fantastic hair and skin like cream. But there is ALL wrong with the kind the photographer Solve Sundsbo took these pictures. Why for gods sake are the models in more than half of these pictures nearly nude? Is this the only way Sundsbo can show us the CURVES of the models – thats so lame. At the same time some of the poses (especially picture # 2, 5 and 9) look like he took it out of an adult magazine/ movie. Size 2 models would look ridiculous in these poses too. It’s not a matter of sizes, when you look ugly in a picture, it’s a matter of how the picture was took. Sundsbo had no clue what he did, he has no concept (except: “Put the models in GUESS Jeans which are to tight, than we show how curvy it is above the jeans”) and he had no respect for the models. When I look at picture #2 I want to puke. It’s also sad the editor of “V” agreed with these kinds of pictures. Maybe he/she did not know it better, than “V” should not bring this theme if they have no clue what “curves” means. This is it not !!!!

  • cri87

    they are BEAUTIFUL, that’s all

  • morgaine

    Yes i agree marissa. I also live in europe and unless your french (still with execptions) You go out side on your daily life, malls, public transportation, etc… and 80 % of women are above size 6. Witch should be normal. There’s nothing wrong with that. What has this society became? With so many real problems in the worl, people as discusing sizes? Pls people, there are people dying of hunger every day and wish they had food to put on their childs plates. Lets get our priorities straight!!

  • Celebwatcher

    Marilyn Monroe was at most a modern day size 6. These girls look great. I’m not sure why some posters are hating. The average American woman looks like these ladies.

    Read it then weep!

  • morgaine

    chloe then maybe you should refrase your comments. how about that, because right now you do sound ignorant and shallow. Grow up and make sense.

  • izzy

    @Chloe: totally agree with you

  • kk

    gosh! not pretty at all.
    plz these plus sized models whatever so called r not healthy!! i cant believe these photos!!!! ew!!!!
    i have nothing against for fat ppl..but to be honest this is not healthy and pretty at all.
    i have friends who is modeling. yes some of them r extremely skinny but alot of them r really in a good shape.
    just because ppl r skinny doesnt mean they r sick!!
    for me mirand kerr has a perfect body .

  • lj

    if they really thought plus size and normal women are beautiful, why take out cellulite bumps and stretch marks? this is just another selling ploy. Shame. The girls are really gorgeous, but I agree with poses – why not just do something more natural and less clowny

  • Thanxs 4 playing

    @kk: gosh! not pretty at all.

    Their faces are very pretty. I have to agree, however, that this is not necessarily an example of what is healthy. these women can definitely bear children, though. Although these women could very well be candidates for diabetes or heart disease if they are not at peak physical conditioning.

    Miranda Kerr is nice and all, but most women are not tall and leggy like VS models. It’s just not realistic for most women to be held to that standard. However, I think people don’t understand that one of the reasons tall, lanky models are chosen for modeling is because the clothes hang better on those types of bodies(human clothes hangers) so I don’t have anything against models overall except the ones that go around thinking or bragging how beautiful they are and how much more superior they are to those not born with those specific genetics. I think Adriana Lima is stunning, personally.

    I think the argument here should be more about how irresponsible it is to set up a certain standard as the be all end all of what is “beautiful” or “the ideal”; not to mention the practice of photoshopping, which leads people to seek out an unrealistic and unobtainable goal as in, no cellulite when cellulite is almost always a reality, etc..

  • beebee7ct

    @Chloe: i agree with you partially.on one hand, i’m not american, i’m from europe and i can tell you that there are plenty of “plus-size” women out here. on the other hand, you are so right about women (and also men) who are just fat and make no effort to change that. like you said unless there’s a medical condition involved, i don’t see how can a young, beautiful woman settle to be plus-sized and fool herself that she’s perfect the way she is when she’s clearly not. i don’t know…a few years ago i gained 10 pounds and still wasn’t fat, but i was plus-sized. i didn’t like it. i felt horrible. so i did something about it and thanks to that, now i’m not 30 pounds heavier. cause i’m sure that would’ve happened… i think women who decide to just sit and watch the weight pile up are just lazy and lack any initiative.

  • Status quo


    There’s something wrong with you…really wrong…But hey, at least you’re being honest…I guess. Those women are not “average”, they’re beautiful, not only because of the way they “look” but because of their confidence and their defiance against superficial societal norms. Beauty is in every living thing on this planet and its really sad that you cant see that. All you see if what you’ve been told to perceive as beautiful by high end fashion magazines that glorify “skinny” models and expensive clothing.

  • Status quo


    Wow. Again, you need some serious help.

  • Status quo



  • Chloe

    @Status quo:

    I need help because my opinion differs from yours? I need help because I happen to think thinner is more appealing? No, I think you need help.

    Boo Hoo, look at me I’m a size 14 and I pretend that I’m soooo happy with myself but god forbid I see a prettier woman than me in a magazine! Seeing a prettier and thinner woman damages my self esteem and makes me want to vomit. So instead of changing myself, I’ll just try to get the pretty woman out of the magazines, so I don’t have to feel bag about myself. WA WA WA

  • Chloe

    And I agree with Anastasia, why WOULDN’T you want to look thinner? Clothing looks better on you. WHen you are thinner you look taller and more graceful.

    This American mentality that “everyone is beautiful” escapes me. No, not everyone is beautiful, both inside or out. Is a murderer beautiful? Is a 300 pound housewife beautiful? Is a oily-haired zit faced overweight girl beautiful? NO, maybe in your demented heads. Beauty is beauty because its exclusive. We only idolize something that is rare and not common-place.

    You Americans make me (and the rest of the world) laugh! So go on stuffing your faces, telling yourself that you are ALL beautiful, and that size 10+ is not fat. haha my grandma is a size 14 she’s 75 years old, she had two operations and cannot move to get exercise. What’s YOUR excuse?

  • Jane

    Americans and there anorexic standard of beauty. Big is beautiful too.

  • aquame

    My current body is exactly like the model’s in the second pic (the bathing suit with the rolls). While I’m currently changing my eating lifestyle (I’m an emotional eater) and have lost 16 pounds since I began in November, I must admit it is nice to see my body type all glammed up like that! LOL

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some cliches ring true. That is all.

  • Mark

    Ladies, if it wrinkles when it’s squashed then lose it coz fat ain’t a sexy look!

  • Rockin’


    And this is why heart disease is the #1 killer. And diabetes is prevalent, obesity is an epidemic, etc, etc. Just put down the McBurger and put on some jogging shoes for goodness’ sake. We certainly don’t need to teach people that obesity is okay…or cute…or healthy.

    I’m not saying you should take drugs to be a size 0, but eating healthy and exercise is *not* a bad thing. And if you do this you won’t look like *that*. Some people are very, very lazy.

  • Michelle


    Are you gay? I have never heard of a straight man this fixated on a woman’s dress sizes and accessories. It’s okay if you are gay, more power to ya. Just don’t pretend to be a straight man so you can try to make women feel fat. It’s just tacky.

  • Vanessa

    It dosent look wrong ! Some people do want to see women like that because there real. Not everyone is skinny ! Those girls are stunning they are total models. I showed all my friends this and they also think the same. Its time for a change in the modeling industry. Finally a magazine is recognising that curvy is beautiful.

  • Jeff


    You are too funny doll. No, I am not gay. You must live in Idaho, Kentucky or some other god-forsaken village where men do not care what their women wear. Overalls, anyone? haha

    I, for one, LOVE it when my girlfriend and girl-friends wear stylish clothing, skinny jeans and high heels being my favorite. YOUR man might be satisfied with frumpy jeans and a soiled t-shirt, but not me.

  • DB

    I think these women look sexy and beautiful. They remind me of 40s pinup girls.

    Why are the people who consider them attractive so ANGRY? If you don’t think they’re pretty, then don’t by the magazine, but why are people going insane like this?

    Men who are obsessed with only liking thin women are usually.

    1. Gay, and they want an excuse to reject every woman they see. Instead of admitting that they are gay, they reject women for not being a size 0. If she is a size 0, they decide her breasts aren’t big enough, etc. until they eliminate all women frm the running. That way they get to pretend they’re straight. Stop it. Come out f the closet. We know you’re gay.

    2. They are straight, but they usually have small packages and are afraid they will only look normal if they are with a tiny woman. I’m not joking.

  • Jeff

    Btw, the last picture looks like a beached whale. You can put lipstick on a whale, it will still remain a whale.

  • Michelle


    Your response makes you seem even more gay. What straight man says, “Doll?” I live in LA where people are obsessed with looks but even here only gay men are this fixated on the things. that concern you. The straight men just focus on who they’re attracted to an don’t really worry about dress sizes and accessories.

  • Jeff

    How can you speak for all heterosexual men? True, I know hetero guys who couldn’t care less about fashion, while others like me do care how a woman puts herself together. It’s a matter of preference, really.

  • LOLA


    how could you possibly think that!!!!!

  • Michelle

    @Jeff: Regardless of your sexuality, it’s clear that you really hate women. I really hope you are gay so no woman has to be in a relationship with you.

    Again, men of any sexuality who don’t hate women would just say, “You know, they’re just not my type.” or “I just don’t find them attractive.” And then they would move on; they wouldn’t say catty, vicious things about them. Only a man who really despises women would need to trash these women’s bodies like this. Get help with your hostility towards women and, until you do, stay away from women of all sizes.

  • Jeff

    And I, as a straight man, can safely say that my male friends and I find thinner women more attractive. Note that I said thinner, not flatter. Yes, my precious heffers, thin women CAN have natural curves as well. Some of my female friends are size 2 but have NATURAL B cups and nice round tight asses.

  • Michelle


    Sorry, Jeff. I’m not buying it. I’ve been around men of all sexualities – from conservative straight guys to drag queens – my whole life. Plus, I live in the metrosexual capital of the planet – L.A. – you’re still coming across as gay. There’s metrosexual and there’s gay. You’re gay. Deal with it. Embrace it. I think you should be proud of it. But don’t trash women while you come to terms with your sexuality.

  • Jeff

    Haha Michelle, you are just too amusing. No I do not hate women. God knows my mother is on the very chubby side of the spectrum, but I still love her. So is my secretary, but I still respect her. I just cannot stand fat women who think they are superior to their thinner prettier and younger counterparts. The problem with you “curvy” ladies is that you are too self-conscious and take your insecurities out on the beautiful women. Stop telling yourself that your weight is normal while anyone thinner is automatically unhealthy and unattractive, because IN ThE REAL WORLD MOST MAN WILL LOOK AT THE THIN WOMAN NOT THE AVERAGE OR FAT ONE.

  • Awful

    Everyone who thinks normal people look like this, is American. These women are overweight. Just because everyone in the USA is obese doesn’t make it healthy or normal.

    It sucks they can’t use normal women with normal sizes, instead of too fat or too skinny models.

  • Jeff

    And you childishly calling me gay and attempting to assess my sexuality over the internet is quite funny and really shows YOUR intelligence level. You go on thinking that I am gay, that makes no difference to me. Your uneducated opinion doesn’t have an impact on my life.

  • Michelle


    I never said I was chubby. I’m not. Your understanding of women is so limited that you cannot imagine a woman who is not bigger, defending these images.

    I, also, never said thin women were unattractive. I never said a single negative thing about thin women because unlike you – I DON’T TRASH WOMEN OF ANY SIZE. I think beauty comes in all sizes. I think large and small women should be proud of and enjoy their bodies

    Regardless, dude, I really can tell you’re gay. You’ll marry a trophy wife because it will be good for your career and have sex with men on the side. Mark my words. I’ve met guys like you before. I’ve got your number.

  • Jeff

    Look Michelle, I feel that if a woman is happy being a size 14 or something similar, GOOD FOR HER.
    I just don’t appreciate heavier women trying to make themselves seem more attractive TO OTHERS by badmouthing skinny models (who btw are almost all NOT anorexic or druggies, another myth perpetuated by fatties to make themselves feel better) and by advocating their presence in magazines which are meant to show GLAMOUR AND BEAUTY.

    Seriously, it wouldn’t hurt a fat American teenage girl (not you, dont worry) to look at thin models as a motivation to adopt a healthier lifestyle that would help her lose weight.

  • Michelle

    @Jeff: 1. I’m ivy-league educated so that argument isn’t going to work, idiot.
    2. It was EASY to identify you as gay. It’s SO obvious. You are a closeted gay man hiding behind the metrosexual label.
    3. If I can spot that you’re gay just from your comments, I’m willing to bet that the people who see you in person have figured it out, too.
    4. Come out. Be a proud gay man, but stop hating and trashing women.

  • Jeff

    HAHA MICHELLE, Ivy-league educated? Maybe in your dreams. You may have inferred (erroneously) from my comments that I am gay, but I have correctly inferred from your comments that you are not only a fool but a liar as well. Good luck with that Ivy-League degree. You sure you don’t mean Berkley? haha

  • Michelle

    @Jeff: Wow, Jeff, I hope you never have children, especialy not daughters. You would destroy them. God forbid your daughter went through a normal chubby phase. You would destroy her self-esteem for life. You hate women AND you’re stupid.

    ALL the research shows that young women – thin young women – are developing dangerous eating disorders because of underweight images of women. There is overwhelming research that indicates that images of underweight women DO hurt teenage girls.

    Women DIE from anorexia, and many anorexics refer to the media as damaging to their self image.

  • Michelle

    @Jeff: I went to Yale, darling, where many gay men choose to go to school. They educated me. That’s why I spotted you so quickly and so accurately. Did you even go to college?

  • Jeff

    Yale? I think you mean Los Angeles Community College, judging by the way you write. Please do not humor me.
    I went to NYU for undergrad, and UPENN (Ivy) Warton Business school. Hey, at least I’m being honest. I could have told you I went to Harvard.

    Oh and by the way you insipid moron, going to an Ivy-League university doesn’t say much. I can safely say that I have met some down-right idiots who happened to get into Ivy-League schools (Columbia, Cornell, YALE).

    Btw, obesity is the number one health issue in America and a growing epidemic. As someone else previously mentioned, close to 60% of American adults are overweight.

    I rather that my daughter see a thin FIT model vs. the models shown above. I would hate it if she thought that being this out of shape is normal and acceptable.

  • Mark

    You bunch of fat loving females are way off course. Like I tell my g/f no guy wants to sh*g a lard a$$. Fat is up there with hairy as a huge turn off. You gals wanna look decent & sexy then lose the blubber, lose the hair & lose the attitude!

  • Michelle

    @Jeff: Gee, last time I checked Yale was a bit more prestigious than NYU. Just a little.

    Again, you would DESTROY a female child. Nobody’s encouraging obesity. Some of us are just saying that healthy women come in many sizes. Representing many kinds of women in the media (thin and large) can be positive for young women who can then pursue healthy and realistic – not obese – ways of being that suit their individual bodies.

    Of course, you’re not even smart enough to understand the data or concepts to which I’ve been referring so really what’s the point. All you understand is what accessories you want your size 0 “girlfriend” to wear.

    I stand by everything I said about you. You’re gay and need to come out of the closet before you hurt a woman who mistakenly thinks you are straight. You’re a misogynist who is using your contempt for women to hide your own doubts and insecurities. (Let’s see if you even know what that word means.) You’re an idiot who should never have a daughter because you would make it your paternal agenda to destroy her physical and sexual self-esteem.

    Again, I’ve got your number. I’m betting MONEY that there are dozens of people in your social circle that think you are gay and are just waiting for you to come out.

  • Jeff

    Michelle, stop fooling yourself. We both know you didn’t go to Yale.

    If and when I have a daughter, I will tell her that she should try her BEST to be FIT and healthy. I will tell her that it’s unacceptable to look like these models unless you had 5 kids or had major surgery. I will sign her up for various sports and not buy junk food. Simple.

    Oh and honey, you seem a little bit too fixated on sexuality. Even if I was gay, I don’t see how it’s relevant in a conversation about women’s weight. But thankfully, I am not gay and cannot wait to settle down with my size 2 girlfriend and have nice healthy children.

  • to chloe

    Beauty is beauty because its exclusive. We only idolize something that is rare and not common-place.

    well, we know you don’t fit the profile you said above. those who protest the most are most likely the worst offenders. those, like you, who jump up and down about what beauty is and is not are likely those who would could not nor would not be considered as a model.

    remember this, oh judgmental one, most of the photographs of the top models in the magazines are re-touched. someone went in an airbrushed all their flaws, slightly flabby arms, breasts not quite right, etc etc away so that the pictures would be perfect for you.

  • Chloe

    Well, I am definitely not a model, nor do I aspire to be one. I am pushing 30, 5’8”, size 2, toned body, have an attractive but not exquisite face. I am not a supermodel, yeah I can admit that and that is why I am marketing consultant at an advertising agency.

    However, wearing stylish clothing and keeping up my appearances (monthly haircut and color, spas, massages, etc.) makes me feel more attractive.

    I am not protesting large women in general. I just don’t want to see them in fashion magazines. I see them enough on a daily basis on the street.

    Also, I know and work with a lot of models. While they are photoshopped, most of them are simply STUNNING in real life. No photoshop needed.

  • Chloe

    Well, I am definitely not a model, nor do I aspire to be one. I am pushing 30, 5’8”, size 2, toned body, have an attractive but not exquisite face. I am not a supermodel, yeah I can admit that and that is why I am marketing consultant at an advertising agency.

    However, wearing stylish clothing and keeping up my appearances (monthly haircut and color, spas, massages, etc.) makes me feel more attractive.

    I am not protesting large women in general. I just don’t want to see them in fashion magazines. I see them enough on a daily basis on the street.

    Also, I know and work with a lot of models. While they are photoshopped, most of them are simply STUNNING in real life. No photoshop needed.

  • Chloe

    oh and your reasoning doesn’t make sense. Why would I praise thin beautiful models if I was fat and ugly? I would be overcome with jealousy and pushing for fatties such as the ones above to be in magazines.

  • Jules

    Chloe, you may in your eyes be “attractive” and have a “toned body”, but girl and I mean girl as the term lady is not worthy of you, you have a crappy personality. I would bet to say most men or women, just in case your gay, would rather at the end of the day have personality over looks. Remember, Looks only last awhile, bitch is forever. And who wants to hang with a bitch all the time? Get my drift.