Thursday, June 30, 2011

Classic Hollywood Archetypes: The Gamine

Audrey Hepburn

  "Gamine: a French word, the feminine form of gamin, originally meaning urchin, waif or playful, naughty child. In the 20th century, came to be applied in its more modern sense of a slim, often boyish, wide-eyed young woman who is, or is perceived to be, mischievous, teasing or sexually appealing."

The short hair is mandatory, in my mind, to achieve this feeling of boyishness, but only works in combination with features highly dictated by estrogen markers (anime eyes, nose and mouth).  Short hair alone, say, on a more sophisticated beauty like Isabella Rossalini or the lustier features of Angelina Jolie, do not a gamine make.

This hyper-feminine face is not in need of hair or make-up to prevent it's being confused with a young boy's, yet there is no mistaking it for that of a woman's - first and foremost the gamine requires fresh-faced youth.

Mia Farrow

Shirley Maclaine

Natalie Portman
Sinead O'Connor

Jean Seberg
Audrey Tautou

Winona Ryder

Emma Watson
Leslie Caron

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fashion Photography: Ode to the Zaftig

I am currently pretty chubbed out (but working on it).

My weight has always fluctuated drastically, with no apparent catalysts, so it's not as if I'm a "skinny person in a fat person's body"...I straddle both sides, with the accompanying double wardrobe.

Ideally (on my skinny days) I am a perfect sample size 8, but today (this week, this month....this year) is most certainly not a skinny one.

Being a size 10 [cou-12-gh] while working in a world of size 8 samples is frustrating. I can only imagine the pressure felt by those in the size 2 print and runway fashion world.

As a tribute to "non-waifs" (because, seriously, these girls seen on the street would not bring to mind the words "fat" or overweight in a million years), I've compiled a little spread of the Plus-size model.

Most of these photos are of Crystal Renn, the anorexic turned plus size model, who is one of the only accepted  mainstream print "non-waifs" (she is only a size 10 mind you). 

Even cute, chubby Marilyn at her heaviest Some Like it Hot weight (which was immediately after a miscarriage) was probably only a whopping size 6.

It helps put things into perspective when you are trying desperately to zip up that dress you are able to fit into only on your skinniest days.