Many of you have been waiting eagerly for the footage of the our Model Competition – and here it is!
Even set agaist the backdrop of the incredible Monastery venue in Gorton, Manchester, the star quality of all our finalists really shines through.
Well done ladies – what a great day it was! And congratulations again to our winner, Abi Hill.
We kept everybody waiting, and whole new Facebook friendships were formed during the tense wait for the announcement – but on Friday we finally revealed our 25 ladies who will participating in our plus size model competition final.
With 750 gorgeous entrants to choose from, picking our finalists was a near-impossible task, but after much careful consideration, we got there in the end. Our finalists are:
The ladies will be heading to Manchester for the final, where they’ll strut their stuff for our panel of judges. And they don’t just have to walk the walk – they have to talk the talk too, because we want a woman who will embody the Simply Be spirit as well as look fab.
We’d like to sincerely thank all those that entered – we wish we could have chosen all of you.
And well done to the finalists – watch this space for coverage of the final event! Who knows who will be the next to model for Simply Be alongside the likes of Candice, Justine and Wendy?
We got together recently with the fabulous Toni Jones, Fashion Editor of the Sun’s Buzz magazine.
She picked out all her favourites from the Simply Be SS11 collection – as modelled by the gorgeous Naomi Ishimada!
Here are some of her top picks!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you can’t have failed to notice the impact of Vogue Italia’s curvy cover edition recently, starring Robyn Lawley, Tara Lynn, and none-other than our very own Simply Be model, the gorgeous Candice Huffine!
Here’s Candice, who’s represented by Ford Models, talking about the shoot:
The cover and the accompanying photo shoot has taken the fashion world, and the plus size world by storm. The headline ‘Belle Vere’ means ‘truly beautiful women’, and, well, we couldn’t agree more! Healthy looking role models for women everywhere.
The shoot has stirred up lots of different opinions, which is always a good thing!
Many people are saying (as Candice says herself in the video) “what was the hold up?”. Why has it taken so long to get curvy women onto the front of Vogue when it’s been so incredibly well received? Verena from Styleite discusses how much more relatable Candice is:
“…there’s something relatable about seeing a model with a body that more closely resembles the one we wake up with every morning. And if she can be considered beautiful according to fashion and magazines and all those so-called arbiters of taste, then maybe the rest of us can too.”
Lauren at Chicology is disappointed by the issue. Admitting that it’s a step in the right direction, she’s unhappy by the way that creating a dedicated plus size issue sets apart plus size models/people as different, a novelty rather than the norm, and argues that ideally all sizes of models would be integrated in a single magazine issue.
“I know I should be happy to see these women confidently posed on a major cover, but perhaps dedicating an entire issue to the matter is a slightly off-putting move by Sozzani, as it only draws attention to the fact that they’re different.”
Kerry at StyleCaster picks up on Vogue editor Sozzani’s controversy-courting approach by referring to these models, rather than any others, as ‘truly beautiful women’. Whilst approving of the curvy shoot in general, she queries the very sexy approach taken by photographer Steven Meisel and the association of the fuller figure with sex appeal (in contrast to high fashion, it might be implied).
‘…the overt sexy factor was upped for the editorial images by Steven Meisel, but I think the message – and the girls – do convey true beauty (bootie in the air not withstanding).’
One thing that’s not up for debate though, is how good the women look, and that we’d all like to see more of the same please!
And if Candice goes off to become the next Crystal Renn, don’t forget that you saw her at Simply Be first
View the full shoot here. (NB contains some nudity – NSFW)
Many of you may have heard of our sister site Simply Yours, that specialises in luscious lingerie for girls with curves.
Recently they had some stunning lookbook photos shot with the divine plus size model Laura Catterall. And as the Simply Yours lingerie collection is also available at Simply Be it seemed a shame not to share them with Simply Be fans too! So here they are!
Click on each image to shop.