Oh well… soory but u make me laugh now,it seems more a wonderful up date about the Angelika s pictures…just wonderful and curvy girl in Paris:))love her boots,ankle boot are back to the top! Wonderful!!!!
The first thing I thought when I saw this picture is that I normally wouldn't love the shoes, but her skirt length and the thickness of her legs make it all work. This I thought, before seeing the previous post and ensuing dialogue.
She's gorgeous. Her style is very elegant. She's curvy like the everyday woman. Refreshing to see. The photo is like a woman being caught in a moment of introspection and then she looks up to find someone she recognizes.
Hey Scott, This comment relates to your earlier photos! and just as much to this one! I've been reading/salivating over your blog for yonks. I'm healthy and I love my body (most days), I'm about a 12 (australian sizes…) so i'd say i've got curves everywhere…! The biggest thing I get out of your blog is inspiration. I don't look at size, I've learnt not too (my body is my own and nobody elses is the same… you can't copy the shape of an arse as a fashion statement!) , what I love most is that I can get inspiration from anyone, in whatever form it comes and then use that inspiration to celebrate my unique shape and expression! The biggest thing that happens when one talks about womens bodies (and one of the most dissapointing, for me) is that we (EVERYONE) seems to think that pointing out differences inherantly also implies what the 'norm' looks like. We are all different from each other, normal is a myth that haunts everyone and taunts them if ever they are brave enough to love and accept their own skin. Fashion is about style and attitude, you can find that in the most unexpected places and on the most unassuming bodies. I loved those photos, and you are right about her legs and those shoes, they balance BEAUTIFULLY… Balance is a massive part of the reason why I look incredible in thick heavy cowboy boots (they make my hips sway and balance my thighs!) and someone like Garance (she posted about this!) doesn't feel like they would work! There is no safe way to write or think about womens bodies, there is no modern jargon that will keep you out of trouble. Every word carries many unique connotations for each of us, and in the end, perhaps if you can see the positive way in which terms like 'curvy' and 'sturdy' can be used then perhaps you are better off! Negative connotations will only narrow our ability to describe diversity and to openly and objectively love and learn from each others style! Prue, Australia, 23
I really don't like either of these pictures with the clunky shoes. I don't think the proportions work at all. Either of those shoes would have been better with a flared or boot cut pant or maxi skirt than a miniskirt or skinny jeans. I'm also a "curvy" girl and wearing a big shoe just calls to attention your thighs in a not flattering way. I don't mind a platform, but it should have been an open toe wedge and that bare leg would have looked less like a brick attached to her foot.
Dear Scott, I see what you mean calling them curvy. I saw the pictures from yesterday and was anxiously awaiting today's post. I agree with one comment made earlier I come to this brogue to get inspired and these two pictures have defenatly inspired me. These are tall, curvy, beautiful women who seem very comfortable with their shape. You see I believe that a picture is suposed to capture something, a moment in a person's life, something about a person that sometimes is not clear for all to see. It's true that we can not presume to know much about a person just from looking at a picture, but I believe that this is what makes your pictures so beautiful and inspiring. You manage to capture something about the people that you photograph that is rare and unique. Keep up the good work. Marcela
I am so grateful that you have posted Angelika and Eveline, not because I feel a need for my body type to be represented, but because this heavy shoe strategy is brilliant! I have one pair of heavy boots with a chunky heel that really flatter my figure, but I honestly did not know what about them flattered my figure until you posted these lovely women. thanks Scott!
This is a great photo, and so were the ones from yesterday. My problem is that you found the need to say anything about their size at all. You say you want to talk about the issue, but we don't seem to talk about the typically very thin women you post as an "issue." These women are different sizes. They still look amazing. What is the issue here?
Lovely girl but SO sick of those Acne wedges!!! Maybe it's because I live in Sweden where EVERYONE sports these ankle wedges or the Atacoma ones… Come on guys it's sping (almost) give your feet some fresh air instead!
I love the way she lightens up her sophisticated all-black look with a bright pop of lipstick. Her expression makes her all the more interesting. The way you framed her against the backdrop of birds taking flight makes the shot all that more magical. This image really speaks for itself: great style, great girl, great shot.
It is so great that you post some photos of different body shapes, as it sometimes is difficult for the more "curvy" girls (as myself) to find flattering clothes and styles for a more curvy body. The two photos was a great inspiration of how to dress!
Let the haters hate. Your blog is terrific. Call the women what you want: curvy, normal, anorexic, transparent, sexy, etc., but people need to realize that anyone can be fashionable and that everyone has some sense of style.
As someone "blessed" with a pear shaped body, I had written off chunky shoes, skinny jeans and in general, anything that clings to the legs…but these pictures are really making me re-think those principles. I don't know though, I am also short, and it would seem that long legs would need to be part of the equation for all the shapes to work together. Still tinkering… And for that, I thank you. These have done more than what Vogue US tried to do with their "shape" issue to address dressing those who are not short and model skinny or really tall and model skinny (which unfortunately seems to be their definition of "shape").
The body shape language has gone wonkers as your 1,000+ comments have shown. I don't know, I've never considered "curvy" to be a bad word, but rather incredibly complimentary and flattering because as you noted, it's not an indication of weight, but a description of a shape, and I don't know, who wouldn't want to be described as curvy?
GREAT look! The proportions here are perfect, and the boots are just right with her fabulously strong, athletic legs. I love the way the "lady-like" sleeve & glove combo play off her rocker boots and general strength & confidence. And her posture is sublime.
Looks like yesterday's dispute on the word "curvy" inspired you for today's picture! I love the effect created by the birds flying around her but yet without even bothering her. It's like she's saying I'm in control here! Love it!
The shoes and the trench are amazing! She would definitely stand out from a regular all-black crowd.
I love the zipper shape on the trench, the different textures she plays with and the bare legs. And her posture is amazing. She looks like an Amazon to me. There are certain women, usually curvy, tall and very sure of themselves that I think of as Amazons, my friend Martha being one of them. No matter what she says, people listen.
Beautiful shot. Again though, this woman is hardly "sturdy" and she's barely even curvy. She certainly isn't in need of any type of shoe to "balance her figure out". Scott, have you heard of the singer Beth Ditto? I think that would be a better definition of a sturdy, curvy woman. She's wildly stylish too. I wish you'd feature women like this on your site too: http://danashollywood.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/beth-ditto.jpg
Evelina was one of my greatest friends during Paris fashion week, she is so nice and has a great style! I took pictures of her everyday! I was so glad to meet her she is an incredible person, we always spent all days together! So this shot to me is incredible, because it represents beauty, with that stunning background with birds flying! Amazing picture for amazing person! you are so talented scoot!
Props to you for being such an amazing influence for fashion bloggers like myself! What you are doing and seeing is an absolute dream of mine. Your photo's are stunning, and you have a beautiful eye and voice. Bravo!
Love the bird shot. Wonderful work. Kudos! Eveline has a very distinct look and I have to congratulate you for always posting people from all races, sizes and backgrounds in your blog. You are an inspiration to us all.
She's definitely rocking this look. The boots complete her legs and the mid-length sleeves combined with the gloves give her a very dramatic look. The severe hair and the birds just add the final touch that makes you say : "I want to kick ass like her!"
Love this photo… and love your blog! I save my favorite photos from your site as inspiration for not only fashion, but color, composition, and design. Will you ever visit San Francisco? We would love to have you capture some of the beautiful people this side of the globe.
Great shot as usual, love the contrast between whitish legs and the black. Chunky shoes seem to be in big time. We are just approaching the winter months here so will be interesting to see if the chunky shoes make a hit in S.A this season.
For both this picture and the two previous shots of a pretty blogger with a similar figure: the super chunky shoes make sense for me, visually, in a way that they just don't on super thin women. I see a harmony here, but on thin legs those same shoes can look more like cloven hooves and distract. Now I might try a wedge or very chunky heel, love the proportion.
As the owner of "sturdy" legs, I feel I have to thank you. My legs have caused me a lot of pain, can you believe it? Try growing up in a country where muscular women are nowhere to be seen. But, hey, I look like this woman! Good posture, a fierce look, sharp cheekbones and yes, those sturdy legs.
I do not, and will never, think it's "hysterical" or "over/hyper-sensitive" to take issue with a fashion blog using language that is symptomatic of a culture that glorifies one specific body type to the specific and intentional detriment of the rest.
That being said, thanks for taking our comments into consideration before posting. Beautiful photo.
on the Curvy/Sturdy thing who wants to look unsturdy anyhow? These descriptions are true and very very loaded! Both this assassin and the blogger have good muscle and emphasise this with their clothes. I'm built similarly to Anjelika and have always been described as strong or athletic. Lots of lady athletes have similar shapes, maybe these terms will keep you out of trouble! Love those shoes!