Results of our shoot with Johara

 Okay, so I told you earlier about how my boyfriend and I team up every now and then as a stylist and a photographer, and do testshoots with other models. This is one of those shoots we did last sunday, and I am sooo happy I can show the results!
The model for this shoot was Johara. Johara is a stunning size 20 beauty with the most insane, hypnotizing blue eyes I’ve ever seen. She’s a bit short to model for fashion agencies, but I that shouldn’t stop her from creating awesome things :).
So the vibe we were going for was luxury, femininity, a hint of oriental moulin rouginess, decadence, softness, a little bit ethereal, old hollywood glamour… You get the picture. I went hunting for all sorts of pretty fabrics that we could use for the shoot, mostly to drape the furniture with (the house is completely white, so creating a setting was kind of important :p).
Check out some backstage pictures! We shot with coloured light, so these are no fancy instagram-filters. 
In that last shot, she had to pose with her hands and didn’t know what to do. With new models, I tend to  physically show them what to do and what not to do, as I think it’s easier for them to understand than just giving directions verbally. It makes for pretty silly backstage pictures though. In this case: “think of your fingers as long and elegant, otherwise they’ll look like claws
The styling is mostly vintage things I had lying around or went looking for. Stretchy dresses are a lifesaver: they’ll fit sizes 8 to 18 so I can use them on a variety of models :). The flower crown I made myself (yes, I’m crafty like that. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a gluegun)
Here are the results! I’m superhappy with them, and I’m so happy that we got to show yet again that beauty really does have no size. Totally unbiased opinion, ofcourse.

And ofcourse, no shoot is complete without the obligatory selfies with the team (you can tell I’m not used to taking selfies. I don’t know where I was looking at, but it was definitely not in the right direction)

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Styling and photoshoots; what size diversity means to me

Size diversity. It’s kind of a really important issue to me. Being a plussize model, and being on the bigger end of (agency-standard) plussize (I’m a size 16), size diversity is something I’m passionated about. Regardless of the fact that I myself am an inbetweenie, and will always be pro-inbetweenie, I think all sizes can be awesome, and that beauty and inspiration can come in any size.

Here’s what size diversity means to me:
  • Beauty and inspiration comes in a variety of sizes. I don’t limit my view of beauty to a certain size. That goes both ways: even though I’m bigger myself, I find lots of slim women absolutely gorgeous and inspirational. I’m highly allergic to all that “only a dog would want a bone” crap. If you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful… whether that’s in a size 2 or in a size 22.
  • Specifically for plus, that means that I’m also not “afraid” of bigger sizes. More and more you see that smaller sizes are becoming acceptable and popular in plus, and I think that’s great. The more the merrier. I do however think it would be a pity if we just got smaller altogether, and the bigger sizes would disappear. Don’t show me a bunch of models in a size 10 and call it diversity. I want to see 2, 8, 16,… all together, and all awesome!
  • As an aspiring stylist, it’s really really REALLY important to me that I approach plus size the same way I would approach straightsizes. Of course, different sizes require different little tips and tricks, but other than that it’s the same to me. As a model, I’ve worked with several stylist who had amazing fashionwork of straightsize models in their portfolio, but when they worked with me somehow couldn’t do better than white leggings and baggy tunics. Please, just no. I want to show the same level of awesomeness and the same approach, regardless of the size of the model. I won’t lie: the bigger the size, the slightly more of a challenge it becomes. But I’m so up for that challenge!
wonderful message from Carmakoma :)