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22nd-Aug-2007 07:09 pm - Dove wants your opinions! [belenen, dove ads]
I know many of us have mixed feelings about the Dove ads -- the girls are great but the text of the ads are not. And right now Dove has a survey going on where you can tell them what you think! There are some boring questions about their products but also places to tell what you think of the 'real beauty' campaign.

click to take the survey!

Here's what I wrote (feel free to copy and paste if you agree and don't feel like writing your own):

Is there anything you think Dove® needs to improve upon?
Yes. Dove has made a great move in recognizing natural beauty, and now they need to eliminate the hypocrisy. It is hypocritical to say that all women are beautiful while selling a product that is designed to change/hide a NATURAL, normal body quality like cellulite. Cellulite is a quality that occurs in every body, regardless of how thick/thin, fit/unfit they are, and is one of the body qualities that women need to accept about themselves, not attempt to change. 'Beauty' products should be used to highlight beauty that is already there -- not hide anything that is incorrectly perceived as a 'flaw.' There is no such thing as a body 'flaw' -- there are only differences.

What would you like to see Dove® do next?
Include women of more shapes -- you tend toward pear shapes and flat-bellied women. I want to see more variety! Include more women who have less pronounced hips and more pronounced bellies. And I'd LOVE to see a belly-love campaign with REAL bellies, where the women are not sucking in! Most women don't have toned or flat bellies, and I'd like to see this reflected in your ads.
28th-Apr-2007 06:00 am - curvygirl slideshow! [belenen, curvy models]
curvygirl -- model (Mia Tyler torso)
I've made a slideshow of many gorgeous curvy ladies -- 60+ different models, and I included two photos each of my personal favorites :D feel free to watch, share, repost, add to your myspace, whatever! This beauty should be shared! I can't get over the incredible variety, it makes my heart sing!

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after you watch it, tell me which models are your favorites! :D
curvygirl -- me (organic)
recently someone mentioned that most of the curvy icons I've made have been all one color. That totally sparked my creativity, so I made 250+ new curvygirl icons. They range widely in skintone and ethnicity; yay for beauty in variety! I'll be posting them gradually, starting with Angellika:

3 . 12 . 17 . 30

( 30 Angellika icons! a few possibly NWS for lingerie and implied nudity )

also please please please tell me by number which ones you take, if any!
curvygirl -- me (cynosure)
hello curvygirls! I don't have any very recent booty shots of my own, so for now I'm going to post some back-view shots of some of my favorite curvy models! Prepare yourselves to be stunned!

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Despite the fact that I have over 1,300 images of curvy models, only eleven of those models actually had booty shots! Very strange, in my opinion, but maybe I overlooked some... I'll scour my files again. ;-) Somebody needs to tell these girls to turn around! Curvy heinies are fabulous!
55. William Etty . 56. William Etty . 182. William Etty

183. William Etty . 184. William Etty . 185.

( 17 William Etty icons and one body-love icon! )

also please please please tell me by number which ones you take, if any!
17th-Jun-2006 08:48 am - torrid sale!!! [belenen, curvy products, torrid]
curvygirl -- model (Mia Tyler torso)
Hey girls! Torrid is having a HUGE sale!!!!! more than 50% off on a lot of stuff! I love their clothes but usually can't afford them -- but OMG these prices are amazing, definitely check them out! Especially for this top:


I think we should reward these prices by BUYING so that they'll take the hint and lower their prices. ;-)
curvygirl -- model (Crystal Renn legs)
Plus-size models are my celebrities. ;-) I was underwear shopping with a friend yesterday and I made her giggle by recognizing Valerie Lefkowitz and Barbara Brickner posing on some of the packaging!

and NOW I give you pretty shiny things that I posted in my sparklingnew icon journal, violetglow:

12. Crystal Renn . 24. Crystal Renn . 47. Crystal Renn . 74. Crystal Renn

( 76 Crystal Renn icons! a few possibly NWS )

if you want me to post any originals, just ask!
.144 Tamara de Lempicka . . .161 Tamara de Lempicka . . .170 Tamara de Lempicka . . .180 Tamara de Lempicka

"I live life in the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don't apply to those who live on the fringe."
-- Tamara de Lempicka (1898- 1980)

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also please please please tell me by number which ones you take, if any!
curvygirl -- me (creative)

9 icons from 9 different artists, nudity includedCollapse )

P.S. tons more to come, I just finished creating and uploading nearly 150 new icons! These are just the singles; most of the artists had more than one image that I wanted to iconify. Also, if you want to see any of the originals, just let me know and I will post them.

also please please please tell me which ones you take, if any!
curvygirl -- me (creative)
I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! This is one occasion when I WILL go out and buy a copy of a fashion magazine, despite my hatred for all the lies they espouse. When I do get it I will try to scan or at least photograph the pages so that I can share them here.

The May 2006 issue of Glamour has a four-page photo shoot of Crystal Renn, photographed in black-and-white. The headline for the piece refers to Crystal as "the breathtakingly body-confident toast of the style world. Meet the woman who defines what's sexy now."

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And I am proud of Glamour for not airbrushing out the curves of her womanly belly. ♥
curvygirl -- me (creative)
A few weeks ago when I made the curvygirl slideshow, I promised to post a bunch of photos of Ivory May, so here she is!

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Most of these images were taken (and reuploaded because I am no bandwidth thief!) from http://www.monifc.com/ -- a very expensive but fabulous clothier. The last four are from http://www.hipsandcurves.com -- much more reasonably priced, but not as stunning, and more for the bedroom than the ballroom. ;-)
curvygirl -- me
because three posts in a row have forcefully reminded me of this statue, you amazingly strong beautiful women you:

"Standing Woman" by Gaston Lachais
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And maybe it's just the wetness or a trick of the light, but it looks to me as if she actually has thighs that are textured like a real woman's -- with the normal, natural quality called cellulite. Especially right in front of her thumb?
13th-Apr-2006 08:14 pm-------- [belenen, cafepress, curvy products]
So far, we've sold SEVEN EIGHT shirts at the curvygirls cafepress shop! (and I did some research and it turns out that cafepress is the cheapest of it's kind. I wish I could bring the prices down more, but at zero profit that's not possible, heh)


those of you who have bought a shirt or two, PLEASE post photos (if you have them) in the comments, and tell how they fit -- and it would be really wonderful to hear what size you usually wear and what size you ordered so that others can figure out the best size to order. Also, which design/shirt style combos did you get?

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curvygirl -- me (cynosure)
I made a curvy model slideshow!!! (these ladies are the REAL supermodels, heh) But sadly it refuses to work in LJ, so you shall have to follow the link -- and while you're there, feel free to grab the code and post the slideshow on your myspace if you have one!

If you want to see more photos of any of the models, comment here and tell me who, and I shall post away! I have over 600 photos of curvy models and I am quite willing to share. ;-D Once I buy an FTP program I'm going to work on creating a gallery, and you can be sure that I'll post it when I get it ready!
ALL body-shot photos of curvy women, whether of yourself or someone else, are ON-topic, not off-topic! That's really the main attraction of the community!

I've read that our image of beauty is an average of every person we have ever seen -- so it stands to reason that if you saturate yourself with media images of unhealthily-thin, tanned, over-exercised, airbrushed glamour, that is what you will see as beautiful. BUT if you make sure to avoid that, and train yourself to see a variety of people as beautiful, then you will have a much more flexible view of beauty. Watching this community has transformed my concepts, my beliefs, my self-image, and I think it is due more to seeing a true variety of beauty than anything else -- even more than the wonderful comments you lovely people have given me. So please, post body-shots of yourself, and do not label them as off-topic, for they are the main topic here and we all love them. ;-)

And I worry sometimes that some of our more voluptuous members feel shy because of the more subtle curves often posted, and that really makes me sad. If I knew which ones you were, I would go to each of you and implore you to post! We need variety -- otherwise how can we believe that beauty comes in all varieties? We need to see it! It makes me kinda wish I was more voluptuous, because then I could be an example and perhaps encourage you to post. So consider me asking begging at least one of you to have the courage to post and inspire the others. We are all beautiful just as we are.

we need just a few more votes on the next theme!
results will be announced tomorrow afternoon.
curvygirl -- belly love
from now on, when I post these I'll add at least one icon from the image. ;-)

"The Water Nymph" by Herbert James Draper

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curvygirl -- belly love

curvygirls our tummies!

a colorblock! of beautiful curvy bellies being ♥-ed. ;-) (I totally stole the idea from shioneh's userinfo) I haven't yet done an updated collage with all the newer theme participants, but when I get a chance, I will -- it's very time-consuming.

here's the code if you want to use it:
curvygirl -- belly love
I've found another artist whose work I absolutely adore! Actually, I found a TON of them today, but I am going to keep up the suspense and introduce them gradually. ;-)

"La Nymphe De Foret" by Guillaume Seignac
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curvygirl -- belly love
"Beautiful Rafaela" by Tamara de Lempicka
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remember, as long as it doesn't include a photo of you, you can unlock any posts you make!
I've been slacking on the posting of curvy art! So I'm making up for it by introducing you to an artist and sculptor of gorgeous curvy women:

Aristide Maillol

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in honor of my friend Anika (whose favorite color is orange) coming to visit, I have this as my current desktop wallpaper:

"Eldsken" by Anders Zorn
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Recently, my breasts changed from a 34DD to a 34E -- and changed greatly in shape. They now swoop down a bit -- and I like that. I think my breasts look more womanly and voluptuous that way.

Before we started this theme, I had no idea that it was a common thing for women to be insecure about their breasts leaning down. As I read woman after woman write about it, I started feeling insecure about my own breasts! And that is ridiculous!

Why? Because it is perfectly normal and natural for a woman's breasts to curve down! That is the way they are designed to be when fully matured -- it's far easier for them to perform thier function of feeding a baby that way. We have swallowed the lie that they are supposed to stay 'perky' (the immature teenager breast) forever! Downward-curving breasts are as womanly and natural as hips and belly and thighs and everything else! The only kind of breasts that stay 'perky' forever are silicone ones.

Like I read on the normal breasts website, we are used to seeing breasts in two ways -- lifted and rounded by a bra, under a shirt (the average woman you meet on the street), or in airbrushed, pumped-up photos (in the media). Do you know that first of all, they sometimes use clear tape to lift the breasts in the photoshoot? And then with airbrushing they make them rounder and fuller. That is NOT NORMAL. If they were really that round and full, they'd either lean down or they'd be made of silicone.

I say we LOVE our beautiful normal breasts and stop calling them 'saggy' -- that is such an ugly word. A lot of us are very voluptuous -- our breasts are going to lean down from the weight and that is normal and beautiful. We have learned to love our curvy bellies despite the media's lies that they should be flat -- let's do the same with our breasts!

say it with me:
I have luxuriously, gorgeously slanting breasts, and I am PROUD of them!
I'm going to start posting a classic curvygirl painting everyday -- I'm pretty sure these are worksafe because they're paintings, but if they aren't for your work, let me know.

"I Sangkammaren" by Anders Zorn
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31st-Dec-2005 04:36 am-------- [belenen, important, themes]
Remember, today (the 31st) is the LAST DAY to post your "heart our tummies" theme photos! (I'm meeting with alariya and we're going to both take ours and post them! yes, I procrastinate!)

And also -- late tonight I am making a collage of all of the photos that have been posted in this theme, and that collage will greet the new year! (it will be in a members-only post, for you shy ones) So if you posted photos and do NOT want to be included in the collage, comment now or forever hold your peace! ((and if anyone else wants to make a collage, feel free -- just check the comments on this post to make sure you're not including someone who isn't comfortable with that))

The new theme will be announced and start on January 1st, 2006!

millionbits of curvy girl love to all my voluptuous sisters! ♥
30th-Dec-2005 03:49 am-------- [belenen, clothes, curvy news]
We officially have a cafepress shop!


Check it out, let me know what you think -- and give me suggestions for more slogans! I plan to run it without any markup, for now anyway, so if you want something go ahead and buy it!

(I know the sizes on several of the shirts run small, but they say that they stretch to almost double the size... and I'm too poor to go making a shop that costs me money)

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keep in mind that I can switch the slogans around if you want a design on a different shirt.
21st-Dec-2005 03:37 am-------- [belenen, curvy models, photos]
Well, I haven't been able to take my own 'heart out tummies' shots yet, but I thought I would share some of my favorite curvygirl belly photos for now. ;-) Keep those posts coming! This theme will end on the 27th! I know we're busy with Christmassy stuff, so let me know if you want me to extend it.

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Crystal Renn
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Silk Smitha -- Mia Tyler -- Ivory May -- Kati Kochanski -- Kiran Rathode
this turned into a MEGAPOST!!! eleven more under the cutCollapse )

And an awesome fact about one of the models -- Mumtaj is a Bollywood actress who recently thickened her curves. Her fan base LOVED it and she became MORE popular. I loved reading that, I feel like she is such a success story. Be natural, be yourself, and those who love you will be able to love you for who you are at core -- and that can never be lost.
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the full versions of the photos -- I do believe this is my first work-safe post in the community!Collapse )

And a modly question:
Poll #625016 thumbnails

allow up to six thumbnails (tiny versions of images, like in this post) outside of the lj-cut?

yes, as long as they're very small.
no, cut them please.
I wanted to share some curvygirl icons!!!

2. Image hosted by Photobucket.com ... 4. Image hosted by Photobucket.com ... 11. Image hosted by Photobucket.com

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Doing an image search, I discovered Stephanie Jones, a gorgeous 'plus-size' model with killer curves! I especially love her soft belly.

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10th-Nov-2005 06:01 am - bellydancing bodies! [belenen, bellydance, photos]
I was surfing the net for bellydance photos, and I came across one troope's site that just delighted me. All ethnicities and body types were represented! It was so inspiring to me that I decided to make a photopost. Be warned, these aren't especially large but there are quite a few of them. And they are simple candids -- but I think that makes them even better, being unposed and unplanned -- just honest.

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