Plus sized Art Nude Models

Plus sized Art Nude Models

44 posts
30 Sep 2012
Jackass

The popularity of stick thin models is a relatively recent phenomenon. Up until the 60's a size 12 model was pretty much the norm, Marylin Monroe was a size 14 and she did alright. One can only hope that the modern trend for underweight models will pass, as to me a proportionately built size 12-14 is pretty much perfect - as can be seen by JadedRed in an earlier post.


She may have been a "plus size" model back then - however not in todays terms.

Look you can even see her ribs, lets call her a "stick thin" model from now on aye? How un-lady like (I take the piss ofcourse).

As a nation we are getting fatter, so to make people feel better about themselves the clothing companies have added inches to their sizes over the years.

Marilyn has an hour glass figure, which is something I can't dispute - its stunning. In my eyes she is not "plus sized" - especially when in internet land plus sized is usually what people call models who are probably clinically "obese".







Posted 28 Feb 2014
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
http://starcasm.net/archives/169858

Another internet myth and this article puts it into context with a current size 16 plus sized model. I suspect being less than 5ft6", Marilyn was size 10 in the movies and maybe size 8 when she was modelling

People are getting bigger and it is pointless comparing movie actresses or glamour models with catwalk models and Marilyn was a glamour model before she became an actress
Posted 28 Feb 2014
Edited by Gerry99111 27 Feb 2014
RonA
Photographer
RonA
Lisaliz

Ok, you are reading this and thinking.... are you crazy? Every good art nude photograph has a ballet shaped lady (or man), long of limb and toned of torso!  Occasionally the lady may have significant boobage, but always conjoined to slender, graceful hips, limbs and neck. Plus sized, no way!

Now, I'm not in the pc yes we can all be models brigade. I like the elongated beauties in cool poses against dramatic / grungy backgrounds in black and white. But then I also like Rubens, Rembrandt and Renoir, so ....   I just wonder whether there could be (already are?) beautiful art nude photographs of curvier humans? And if they are, do they tend to go over into glamour or porn,  or slightly titillating at least? Can they do it in b and w?

This isn't about anyone in particular, just pure Sunday afternoon speculation.


I was just cheking the 140+ images I took of you back in the day

They're not porn in my opinion and yes, I think they'd stand up in black and white

Just re-reading this ........... I was not referring you as "Plus size" Lisa

............. keeping digging that hole Ron
Posted 28 Feb 2014
Edited by RonA 28 Feb 2014
first off to expand Chrissie (who I do agree with's) earlier post is all a woman needs to be real is no Y chromosomes (as mastectomies, natural deformities etc... can still leave women with no breasts) 2nd I personally dont find ill health pretty or sexy and dont believe morbid obesity has anymore of a place in modelling that anorexia as they both promote an unhealthy image I would class tansy as a healthy curvy model weather people call her plus size though would be individual to each person however the photos that Katiesoze posted here I believe to be just as damaging if not more than an annorexia but maybe thats just because I have studied nutrition and now study in medicine and see constantly the irreversible damage done by obesity which is supposed to be 'modern empowerment' and these people are now being compelled as 'real women' so good forbid people have to take responsibility for their own health instead it healthy to teach your kids a healthy size 10 is stick thin, unwomanly and sickly but an unhealthy size 20 is curvy, womanly and sexy also Marilyn was in no way plus sized please show me the image of here that shows her as modern 'plus sized'
Posted 1 March 2014
RattusRock

 I personally dont find ill health pretty or sexy and dont believe morbid obesity has anymore of a place in modelling that anorexia as they both promote an unhealthy image


If you think art is supposed to promote good behaviour, or to be pretty or sexy, then we have very different definitions of art. In fact the last thing I want from art is a lecture about my health, for a start it sounds boring as hell. I'm pretty sure the pamphlets at the doctors office aren't art.

Also comparisons of obesity to anorexia are just wrong, anorexia is a mental illness, thats not remotely they same thing as being overweight or indeed underweight. Using anorexia as a synonym for skinny is offensive.

Posted 1 March 2014
JadedRed
If you think art is supposed to promote good behaviour, or to be pretty or sexy, then we have very different definitions of art. In fact the last thing I want from art is a lecture about my health, for a start it sounds boring as hell. I'm pretty sure the pamphlets at the doctors office aren't art. Also comparisons of obesity to anorexia are just wrong, anorexia is a mental illness, thats not remotely they same thing as being overweight or indeed underweight. Using anorexia as a synonym for skinny is offensive.
first of point out ANYWHERE when anorexic was a synonym??? I never ever said skinny was wrong and the fact you got that shows you cant read (im not annorexic im an 8 now, my nana isnt anorexic at a 4-6) second most obesity is the basis of mental disorders in most cases (addiction to food, self medicating aka comfort eating and many more disorders as reflected by many, many studies) maybe you should read more as their is only 1 physical condition (very rare and fatal) that leads to mobid obesity if people dont have mental problem then how come their are so many morbidly obese people? also if its not mental how is the number 1 treatment in obesity for depression?
Posted 1 March 2014
Edited by RattusRock 1 March 2014
RattusRock

first of point out ANYWHERE when anorexic was a synonym??? I never ever said skinny was wrong and the fact you got that shows you cant read (im not annorexic im an 8 now, my nana isnt anorexic at a 4-6) second most obesity is the basis of mental disorders in most cases (addiction to food, self medicating aka comfort eating and many more disorders as reflected by many, many studies) maybe you should read more as their is only 1 physical condition (very rare and fatal) that leads to mobid obesity if people dont have mental problem then how come their are so many morbidly obese people? also if its not mental how is the number 1 treatment in obesity for depression?


No offence, but I can read, you can't write well. You really have no leg to stand on when your grasp on the English language is as abysmal as it is in this very post.

So when you talked about anorexia in images you weren't talking about body types, you were suggesting some magical way in which people regularly capture an intangible thing such as mental illness with a camera?

Are you really suggesting you can't think of a reason people become fat other than they are mentally ill? Have you heard of cake?
Posted 1 March 2014
HMansfield
Photographer
HMansfield
I eat plenty of cake and I'm not obese. Don't blame the cake.

Posted 1 March 2014
HMansfield

I eat plenty of cake and I'm not obese. Don't blame the cake.


Let the cake be the peace maker...

On topic however as a larger nude model (I have rolls and scars and goddess know what else) I really think it can be beautiful, just as slender ladies are beautiful when it comes to art nude. Art nude is just that, ART..and like all forms of art it is indeed subjective.

If anyone wants to come and photograph my wobbly bits, and scar from hip to hip then more power too you and I will welcome you with open arms- thats if you don't bounce off my jelly belly.
Posted 2 March 2014
RattusRock

 have studied nutrition and now study in medicine and see constantly the irreversible damage done by obesity which is supposed to be 'modern empowerment' and these people are now being compelled as 'real women' so good forbid people have to take responsibility for their own health instead it healthy to teach your kids a healthy size 10 is stick thin, unwomanly and sickly but an unhealthy size 20 is curvy, womanly and sexy also Marilyn was in no way plus sized please show me the image of here that shows her as modern 'plus sized'



This is true, I remember taking my cardigan off a few years ago in front of my sister and her kids. One of them made a comment about my ribs being "disgusting", I tried "defending" myself to no avail. One of my nieces said "no offence but I would rather be fat than unwell looking". My sister is a size 20, has never been happy with her weight and for years i've been taunted by her for being "disgusting/having no boobs etc". Its upsetting but I know why she does it, I don't agree with her children following in her narrow minded footsteps though. I would rather spend a lifetime being happy with my body (at whatever shape/size it is) than spending years trying to loose weight or put it on.. Thing is I often wonder if the world actually knows what anorexia is, I think its just some peoples way of saying "your to skinny".


Posted 2 March 2014
Jackass
Photographer
Jackass
36D-22-36
Marylin Monroe's vital statistics. Show me a British size 8 that fits into those. It's well known that she was not a "normal" (standard?) size. My partner is a professional fashion designer with a degree, when I gave her those statistics she said the average size for would be a British size 12, thought work would be needed to make adjustments due to the variations.

However, if someone is a British size 6 or size 26, if they're happy then what does it matter? "Morbidly Obese" is an offensive term penned to create headlines. I've got friends who are clinically "Morbidly Obese" but are the happiest souls you could wish to meet. I have another friend who is a proportional dress size but she's 6'3" and is very unhappy. I once hired a bar staff who was so short I had to put a step behind the bar so the could reach the beer taps. She thought it was funny, another might have mental issues over such a lack of height.

Some people are just destined to be small or big, period. It's the ones who think of food as either a comfort or an enemy who need help, and categorising someone as "Morbidly Obese" - in my opinion anyway - is no way to help someone with excess weight problems.

Posted 2 March 2014
HMansfield
Photographer
HMansfield
Chrissie_Red
This is true, I remember taking my cardigan off a few years ago in front of my sister and her kids. One of them made a comment about my ribs being "disgusting", I tried "defending" myself to no avail. One of my nieces said "no offence but I would rather be fat than unwell looking". My sister is a size 20, has never been happy with her weight and for years i've been taunted by her for being "disgusting/having no boobs etc".
Without wanting to sound crass, Chrissie, but for a slender girl you're not exactly lacking in boobs and you've got a good curve from your waist out over your hips.
Posted 2 March 2014
HMansfield

Without wanting to sound crass, Chrissie, but for a slender girl you're not exactly lacking in boobs and you've got a good curve from your waist out over your hips.


Thank you .

I'm not even that skinny now, Just my ribs stick out and I have a flat tummy.. The rest of me isn't exactly "thin".

People get offended when their doctor uses medical terms - obese etc.

My doctor called me "scrawny" once, now thats not a medical term at all. If they had said "underweight" I wouldn't have minded so much.
Posted 2 March 2014
I join this necro-thread to give you an important PSA...

Weight is not a good indicator of health when taken by itself. It's one indicator, sure, but it's not the be all and end all. Cardiovascular fitness is a lot more important - better to be fat and active than thin and sedentary. For example, I weigh 80kgs (12.5 st) and my BMI scores me as very overweight. The doctor doesn't care. The doctor says I'm in great health. I pole dance, do ballet, go the gym, and stretch most mornings - I'm fine.

In fact I'm much healthier now, at a size 12/14, than I was when I started modelling at an 8/10. But when I started modelling I was still on the rebound from an eating disorder. The NHS's BMI calculator said I was an ideal weight at my lightest, now it warns me to lose weight - but when it thought I was healthy I was fainting on trains and sick from stress. Weight is most definitely not the best indicator of health.

Posted 3 March 2014
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