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    The fashion world can’t get enough of Lara Stone, thanks to her Bardot-esque look. Indeed, the buzz around the model’s sexy curves suggests that there’s finally a backlash against the size zero silhouette. Liz Hoggard hopes so


    Lara Stone struts her sexy stuff for Jaeger London's autumn/winter collection

    It’s easy to be mesmerised by Lara Stone, the new face of Jaeger. Hailed by British and US Vogue and W magazine as the model du jour, Lara is a breath of fresh air. With her gappy teeth, bee-stung lips and frankly va-va voom figure, Dutch-born Lara is a world away from the boyish, prepubescent skinnies who have dominated our catwalks for the past few years.
    At July’s Couture Fashion Week in Paris, she closed the Chanel show and opened Jean Paul Gaultier. Lara is a chameleon: she can play urchin and she can play duchess. According to photographer Bruce Weber, ‘she’s big, bad and beautiful’.
    Certainly there is nothing fey or girlish about ‘the girl with the X-rated lips’: 5ft 10in and sexy on her own terms, she stomps along the catwalk with a permanent scowl. You’re not sure if she would kiss or slap you. But designers and photographers are so taken with her body that she appears naked in magazines as often as clothed.

    And, most importantly, she is a US size 4 (healthy UK 8). Now that might sound super-skinny to us mere mortals, but in fashion terms, it’s near-revolutionary. Most models average between a size 0 and a size 2 (UK 4-6). There have been ‘curvy’ models before (Gisele, Doutzen Kroes), but after years of jutting hip bones, Lara is perhaps the most realistic-looking model since the size zero debate shook the foundations of fashion two years ago...and hallelujah, we all say!


    On the catwalk for Prada’s spring/summer 2008 show (left); Closing the Chanel Couture show this year

    Lara jokes that, at 25, she is already ancient in modelling terms. Born to a Dutch mother and British father, she grew up in the small town of Mierlo in the southern Netherlands. Signed to the Elite modelling agency aged 15, she did catalogue work but wasn’t offered any catwalk.
    She considered quitting but, at the suggestion of an old boyfriend, changed agents, and her new company, IMG, sent her out as a ‘fresh face’. Although, as Lara says, ‘everybody in Paris knew me, because I’d been there for so long’.
    Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Givenchy, was casting his 2006 couture show when he bumped into Lara in the corridor. ‘I looked at her agent and said, “I want Lara exclusively.” I fell in love.’ Tisci then called Carine Roitfeld, the famously uncompromising editor of Vogue Paris and an accomplished stylist in her own right, and said, ‘Oh my God, you have to meet this girl.’
    Lara opened for the Givenchy couture show, and soon Roitfeld was featuring her in Vogue Paris – an ‘overnight’ success. Since then she’s modelled for everyone from Chanel to Giles Deacon and Stella McCartney.

    We’re no longer prepared to put up with excessively skinny 16-year-old models. Good health is now the most important thing
    And last February Roitfeld devoted the entire issue to her – shot by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde, Nan Goldin and Steven Klein. The magazine cover took its inspiration from the classic Brigitte Bardot film of 1956 And God Created Woman. ‘Sometimes a girl just touches you,’ Roitfeld has said.
    Belinda Earl, Jaeger’s group chief executive, also picks up on that cinematic aspect of Lara’s style. ‘We wanted the images for our autumn collection to be reminiscent of 1960s film stills. Lara is a strong, sexy woman. She exudes personality – she is a real woman with curves, and proud of it. She looks fabulous in our collections and we know our customers respond well to an inclusive body shape.’

    Lara’s not always as comfortable with her body as her admirers are. She told W magazine recently, ‘A lot of people say it’s nice to see someone who won’t break in half when you touch them. But I am still a woman and a person, and if you’re compared and confronted with your colleagues, and they’re all half your size, you think, “F***, I’m really fat!”’

    Modelling Jaeger London's latest collection

    So we must be careful, amid all the excitement, to treasure Lara – not pressure her. When Sophie Dahl hit the catwalk in 1997, the furore about her curves made her diet madly: it can be too much for one young girl to carry a whole debate like that.
    But Eleni Renton, of Leni’s Model Management, hopes that Lara reflects ‘the dawn of a new wave of models who convey a healthier, sexy body image. I think it is great that marketing departments of main fashion brands are recognising the desires of their customers. A recent survey showed that most women desire a body like Lara’s, with a waist and bust.’
    So far, designers are embracing her shape without pressuring her to slim. And although her agency calls Lara the ‘exception’, fashion insiders suspect that a shift towards accepting more natural-looking figures will eventually follow.

    Partly it’s the recession. In the same way that we’re no longer turned on by excessive consumption, we’re not prepared to put up with excessively skinny 16-year-old models. Starvation chic feels very uncomfortable. We’re finally appreciating that our good health – glowing skin, glossy hair – is now the most important thing.
    And fashion seems to be feeling this too, along with other attributes that make women truly beautiful, such as confidence and sex appeal. The shapely early 1960s silhouette exemplified by the women in the Mad Men TV series is everywhere. Daisy Lowe – face of Agent Provocateur and our model on this week’s fashion pages – offers a new aesthetic of womanliness with her shapely figure.

    ‘Lara reflects the dawn of a new wave of models who convey a healthier, sexier body image’

    And in the first issue (February this year) of her fashion glossy Love – which featured Gossip singer Beth Ditto in naked, plus-size glory on the cover – uber-stylist Katie Grand declared herself tired of ‘the tedious stereotypes of what it is to be a wonderful 21st-century woman’.
    So people are asking, is Lara Stone the girl who is finally going to make the modelling world a healthier place? She has marvellous breasts – and she gets to model in Vogue.
    YOU magazine’s fashion director Caroline Baker is optimistic: ‘The fashion world has been searching for a way to shift the body image of models without being naff, and a beauty like Lara, who is so Bardot-like, is the one to do it. That’s how the pendulum swings in fashion. And of course at the moment many of the new collections have a fitted silhouette that looks best on a curvier shape.’
    Lara strikes a Brigitte Bardot pose on the cover of the August issue of W magazine

    Designers such as Antonio Berardi and Roland Mouret have been vocal about the problems they’ve had finding models who adequately fill their clothes. ‘We have to spend days altering things,’ Berardi says. ‘We add padding to exaggerate their bodies into a more female form.’

    And don’t underestimate the influence of the original supers (Naomi, Cindy, Linda, et al) who, now in their 40s, are all appearing in current ad campaigns.
    As Elle Macpherson reminds us: ‘In my era – and I believe it is still true in this era – the girls that were incredibly successful were healthy.’ And their success has proved their true longevity. You can’t help wondering whether the gaunt waifs of recent years will look as good when they too reach 45.
    Now is clearly the time for a new ‘it’ body that symbolises the changing times. ‘I want to celebrate Lara,’ raves Stella McCartney. ‘Put her in the tightest dress and get her down there! She’s about as sexy as it gets.’
    And hopefully, a couple of years down the line, we won’t need to debate the size issue any more, because every model will be more like Lara anyway.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1208992/Lara-Stone-role-model-real-women.html#ixzz0Pi600pX5

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    She still looks pretty darn thin to me. She's spot on in the Bardot-esque photo, though.

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    What curves?!!!? This is actually insulting to women with REAL curves!!! She's still a twig if you compare her to the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoodyJenny86 View Post
    What curves?!!!? This is actually insulting to women with REAL curves!!! She's still a twig if you compare her to the rest of the world.
    my thoughts exactly! also:

    There have been ‘curvy’ models before (Gisele, Doutzen Kroes)
    gisele is anything but curvy. having boobs doesn't mean you're curvy.

    this article is ridiculous. the model is pretty, though.
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    How is Gisele curvy?
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    If Gisele is considered curvy than what do we call the average sized woman?!

    The fashion industry is delusional.

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    maybe the fact that giselle is now pregnant equals curvy?

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    A US size 4 is pretty damn thin. It's nice that the fashion world is starting to slowly get away from the size 00 waif, but don't call her curvy. She's just more of a normal, real world thin.

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    I wouldn't say this woman is curvy either, but then again, I can't see her whole body.

    I think the term "curvy" is used incorrectly most times.

    Curvy is a shape, not a size.
    When we say a woman has curves, we are (or should be) referring to her shape, the curve of her body, namely, an hourglass shape, which, yeah, does include breasts, a tiny waist, and a nice, shapely butt.

    If you want to refer to someone who has an average size, then you should say an average sized woman, but that is pretty general and doesn't tell you much about a person's shape at all.

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    Why are most models so unattractive, face and body?

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    okay this girl seriously is not curvy...

    here is a an extremley NSFW pic...
    72743_Lara_Stone3_Purple_summer07_123_394lo.jpg (image)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoodyJenny86 View Post
    What curves?!!!? This is actually insulting to women with REAL curves!!! She's still a twig if you compare her to the rest of the world.
    Werd.

    I love all this sanctimonious, "we're back to curves" bull spouted by the fashion industry.

    What crock, the models they hire are as thin as ever judging by the skeletons that continue to grace the catwalk.

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    Curvy?? hahaha!! then us normal sized women have what?! tires? hahha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrapezium View Post
    okay this girl seriously is not curvy...

    here is a an extremley NSFW pic...
    72743_Lara_Stone3_Purple_summer07_123_394lo.jpg (image)
    Gah, i feel like i just looked at child pornography.
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    Sure, she doesn’t look anorexic but she is not curvy. According to IMG she’s 33 24 35, I don’t know if that’s a lot in the modeling industry but skinny girl Lily Donaldson is supposedly 33 23 34 so…
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