Thursday, April 1, 2010

Elle Enchanted

196 pounds
More good news for curvy women everywhere!

The French version of Elle magazine currently features a curvy model on the cover of its April issue. Model Tara Lynn graces not only the publication's facade, but also a twenty-page fashion editorial inside the mag. Lynn is the centerpiece of an issue devoted to curvy women—or "ronde" as the French say.

I'm not going to lie—some of the photos of Lynn really surprised me. It was just shocking to see someone with such a real body in a fashion magazine. I think that I am so unused to seeing women who are not thin in the media that I had to look at these images several times before I realized that Lynn is probably the same size I am. But still it took me a minute, proving how rare it is to see women like her in print.

It's no surprise to me that it was the French who first put a curvy women on the cover of a women's fashion magazine. After all, the French have been leading the fight to ban models who have an unhealthy BMI (meaning they're too thin), so why shouldn't they be the first to show how beautiful regular-sized women can be?

I can't read the French version of Elle, but there is one thing I can say: Je t'adore, Elle!