We are always here for a beautiful photo. A stunning plus size fashion editorial that inspires, invokes, and captivates the beauty of our body through beauty and fashion editorials. While they are few and far between, there are those who constantly challenge societal norms and give us what we need. International model and photographer Velvet d’Amour has been about that inclusive life, flipping society’s ideal of beauty standards on its head through her talented lens.
“While we are accustomed to seeing fashion editorials on mainstream fashion models, it is beyond rare to witness that same editorial sense of photography on plus size women,” said D’Amour, who is best known for being the only super-size plus model to have walked the Paris runways for both John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Through Velvet’s digital magazine, VOLUP2, we are given the visuals that show the fashion industry and the plus size community that we can do it too. No stranger to a great editorial or to The Curvy Fashionista, Velvet has been pushing the envelope on plus size fashion, sharing and showing us just how beautiful, edgy, innovative, and breathtaking our curves can be, and with the latest drop featuring editorials OPHELIA and LIVE THE FULL LIFE, we get the chance to be inspired all over again.
Described as “V Magazine, but with a whole lot more curves,” VOLUP2 is all about showcasing high editorial fashion via a wide range of diverse bodies. That means genuinely bringing the forgotten into high-fashion — bearded ladies, burn survivors, differently-abled models, transgender, albino or senior models. And we truly mean genuine… this ain’t for shock value… it’s art.
“VOLUP2 is throwing down the gauntlet to more traditional publications, insisting that fashion can be diverse and inclusive,” Velvet said. “The truth is that while there are all sorts of bodies representing fashion on a daily basis around the world, media outlets consistently negate the vast majority of humanity, instead ever opting for the same young, white, cookie-cutter size 2 model. IF we do see a plus size model, 9 times out of 10 they will be featured in conventional catalogue style imagery, rather than the edge, grit and sheer beauty of editorial images.”
Volup2 Plus Size Fashion Editorial: Ophelia
“People like Velvet have been at the forefront of opening fashion up. With her creativity and vision, we see that it’s incredibly narrow-minded to see fashion as only being for the select few,” said Hayley. “It has been life-changing to see women like me photographed in this way. Velvet is challenging the arbitrary boundaries the fashion industry has set on beauty – and I love her for it!”
Volup2 Plus Size Editorial: Live the Full Life
LIVE THE FULL LIFE, featuring Sara Brown’s vibrant designs, stars Zimbabwean born model Netsai Tinaresse Dandajena also known as the African British Curve Model.
“It’s one thing to work with one of the best plus size models ever, but it’s another to work with a photographer who understands you as a model,” said Netsai. “My VOLUP2 experience gave me a vision bigger than my wildest dream- a plus size model doing editorial. One might think it was a challenge, but I declare it to be the most uplifting experience.”
“If you were to attend Persephone’s garden party, you’d wear Sara Brown and leap amongst the daffodils as the sun sets,” said Velvet.
Live the Full Life Credits:
How inspired and whimsical are these photos?
If you want to fully immerse yourself in both editorials OPHELIA and LIVE THE FULL LIFE, as well as subscribe, hit up VOLUP2.com!
Ladies what do you think about VOLUP2? What’s your favorite of the two editorials? Will you be subscribing?