Saturday, May 11, 2013

Embrace the Skin You're In

My appreciation of beauty comes from a place that is more about an individual's confidence, liveliness of spirit, and most importantly an acceptance of the diversity of beauty in its multitude of guises. This month top model Kate Upton achieves a major triumph for models and indeed for all women with her stupendously beautiful solo American Vogue cover appearance lensed by Mario Testino. Upton's American Vogue cover is the latest feather in her bikini following headline grabbing appearances on the covers of the British and Italian editions of Vogue, this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Muse, Jalouse, CR Fashion Book, GQ, and American Cosmopolitan. At a time when fashion editors are relying increasingly on the cult of celebrity to boost magazine sales, Upton's meteoric rise through modeling's ranks is a testament to the savvy business woman beneath the blonde bombshell veneer, who understands the role of social media in tapping into an audience that reaches beyond the confines of the high fashion world. Speaking candidly with American Vogue Upton makes the astute observation, "If I'm going to make it as a model, I've got to be a celebrity." And so Upton took to Youtube in 2011 with a sassy impromptu dance to Cali Swag District's "Teach me how to Dougie" shot up close and personal by a friend at a Clippers game. The Youtube clip has since accrued a staggering 2 million views propelling Upton from commercial fashion model to household name. Upton's personal twitter account has 900,000 followers, a figure that has the fashion elite eagerly looking to jump on the Upton bandwagon.

What I adore most about Upton though is her strength of conviction and resilience, coupled with a playful quality that emanates through the camera's lens in her editorial appearances. Upton's grace and composure in response to undignified criticism of her body type is a clear reflection of society's narrow skewed perceptions of beauty. Upton opens up to American Vogue, "The thing's that they're rejecting are things that I can't change. I can't change my bra size. They're natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can't change some things. I really just love my life. I love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great." Upton has achieved the previously unimaginable with her solo American Vogue cover and in doing so has given women of all shapes and body types reason to smile.

Ms Kate Upton
US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

US Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

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