The plus sized models of Vogue Italia

There’s much I could remark on and sensationalise around the weight debate when a photo shoot is entitled Belle Vere (Real Beauties) and features three plus sized models, but I shan’t go there. In one way that would only serve to further cement the chasm; and isn’t the point of a magazine’s use of a variety of body shapes and sizes that it should be seamless, not something to be treated with fanfare? After all, a fashion magazine is meant to inspire clothing and accessory choices, not body sizes (even if the two do sometimes meet with a wink and a nudge).

Suffice to say that, with Crystal Renn having weight-dropped her way out of the plus-size title, the space has opened up for a flock of new curvaceous beauties. Photographed for the June 2011 issue of Vogue Italia, models Candice Huffine, Tara-Lynn, Marquita Pring and Robyn Lawley are captured as confident and sensual in classic lingerie with a twist of fetish.

The photo shoot’s real forte, however, comes courtesy of the well practiced craft of photographer Steven Meisel. His lens seems to skirt around the weight debate, sensualising each photo and model and seldom letting anything but feminine beauty draw your eye into each photograph.

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Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
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)

For more of Steven Meisel‘s (NSFW) shoot for Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, click on the thumbnails.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.