In the '00s, the fashion industry talked the talk about curvaceous models. In the '10s, it might actually walk the walk.
The upcoming issue of V magazine, on newsstands Jan. 14, features a bevy of Botticelli-bodied beauties, flaunting their figures in everything from cut-out Gucci bathing suits to bottom-hugging Guess jeans to nothing but red lipstick, gold jewels and a pair of heels.
While V's "Size Issue" is nothing new in concept -- Vogue has been putting out its annual nod to non-size-zeros for years -- the magazine breaks form in execution. Five plus-size models star in its "Curves Ahead" spread.
Some, such as Tara Lynn, wear very little at all. Sprawled on the ground like an Odalisque, wearing makeup and accessories evocative of Fernand Leger's cubist portraits, Lynn looks more like a work of art than the glorified clothing hangers often pictured in fashion magazines.
"Body size. Presently, it's a subject of great debate in the fashion industry. In one corner, editors are calling for an end to size zero clothing samples; in the other, designers are whittling down the women in their ad campaigns to cartoonish proportions. Everyone, it seems, has voiced his or her opinion on the issue, making it one of the most highly blogged and heavily Twittered about topics of the day. Here's our stance: big, little, pint-sized, plus-sized -- every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it."