Curvy is sexy: this is the message.” So sayeth Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and one of the people behind the magazine’s June 2011 plus sized photo shoot.

While we didn’t wish to sensationalise the subject matter, Ms. Sozzani has naturally been willing to give her own take on the topic. While we’d maintain that ‘curvy is sexy’ can be misconstrued as a divisive point (it can be, but sexual attraction is in the eye of the beholder), both ours and Ms. Sozzani’s take on the issue at large are rather similar: that there is room in pictorials for different body sizes provided editors are willing to cater to them.

You can read an more of her comments after the break.

curvy photo shoot

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Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)
Belle Vere by Steven Meisel: Vogue Italia, June 2011 (NSFW)

The magazine is not officially out yet, but questions on the reason behind the title Belle Vere (Truly Beautiful Women) have already arrived, along with another question: if these women are more beautiful, more beautiful compared to whom? … Curvy is sexy: this is the message. These are women with voluptuous bodies and soft curves.

Sexy, because curves have always been a symbol of well-being and beauty, since antiquity… Nowadays, a sex symbol for many generations, a timeless icon of beauty and femininity like Marilyn Monroe would be considered curvy. And what about Jane Mansfield or Elizabeth Taylor?

Beautiful, curvaceous, famous and loved by important men. Weren’t they “belle vere”? Sure, this is not the only possible view on beauty, because beauty is multi-faceted. Tall, petite, shapely or skinny: there are admirers for all types of women. The body of a voluptuous woman is fascinating for the proportions and curves that other women don’t have. The erotic fantasies described by great writers are often about women with this body type.

There are many novels and movies about the topic, so why have we devoted the cover, part of the issue and columns to this type of beauty? We’ve always been criticised because we publish pictures of super-skinny women only, so this time I’d like to be criticised because there are very curvy women on the cover of the magazine. And I’d also like to underline that sensuality is not related to size, it’s quite the opposite. And that beauty doesn’t follow preconceived standards. Everyone should be happy with his or her own body, without paying attention to trends and to what aesthetic prejudices impose as a rule.

No conditioning. Curvy today. Slim tomorrow. And the same it’s true for covers and models. Freedom of expression. There’s room for many different women, for everybody actually!

Franca Sozzani’s comments on the matter were originally published by Vogue Italia.

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