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Many times on dA have I visited a photograph with a plus-size model to read comments along the lines of "Jeez, why can't this model take care of herself? Get on the treadmill." Alongside are the comments of "Well, it's nice to finally see a REAL woman represented on dA!"

Also, many times I have visited a photograph with a thin model, and in reading the comments I come across things such as "Real women don't look like that, stop starving yourself and eat once in awhile." As well as comments expressing admiration for being able to see "tone and slight bone structure."

So here is my proposition. I would like everyone to view the photos below, feel free to leave respectful critique on the works or on this article, but think on these things while doing so:

Is under-eating really a better health choice than overeating? Both are extremes.

What constitutes a real woman as far as body type? Is a woman who is genetically predisposed to being thin less of a woman than the one who is predisposed to being more curvaceous?

*I am not trying to express an opinion about either, in writing this article I just want to try to promote open and healthy discussion, and keep my opinion to myself.

And now the photos;


Naomi by syntheticshadows :thumb53030777:

:thumb53837249: Me by feedeeof3 above average 1 by scorn27

Cocoon by mockingbird-girl :thumb25497917: Miss Superheroine 01 by ostanine

Empress by MissShyly Clarity Received by arachnid15 :thumb33422554:

Forget the days gone by.. by Shereja Solitaire by MissShyly





Ribs by fjuk Isabelle by Feebrile green dress in black n white2 by janissette

Shes Got Everything by retrodiva88 dance by mathildadreamer No Tomorrow by rjcarroll

Life by ModelKaitlinLara Le Chat Saute by Mfenberg Ann. 2006 by bakhvalov

Evening troubles .4 by kMoOg Look Once To Me.And Look Away4 by hakanphotography Love by Rilrae

Piano by beddy Stary rusky by ennil pat by bubble-gum-heart
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Although I tend to fall toward the larger extreme, I'm not really fond of any of these shots. None of the heavier women is very attractive, by my take, and with only one exception, the skinny women are no better off. Unhealthy is bad, fat or thin.
I have seen, both live and in photos, women towards the extremes who look really very attractive, but they are, in the literal meaning of the word, exceptional. So far as that goes, so are most so-called beauties. Beauty is, almost by definition, exceptional. Good health should not be. And neither extreme overweight nor anorexia are what I would call 'healthy'. Both have their attendant dangers, which I would wish on no-one.
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RokotheFA Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
so true, great news
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spligity Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student General Artist
very inspiring, it's nice that you took the time to contemplate this matter.
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Booicide Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
To be honest I dislike both extremes. But no I am not judging, and I myself am one of the extremes. (Large.) But some of us just can't help it, for example... I simply love to eat. And some people despise eating...

And about beauty to do with it, it is purely preference, I've met people who've breathed a sigh of relief that I'm 'average' and not skinny. Also, I've met people who have been repulsed by me.

Either way, I think you should accept someone for who and what they are... as cliché as it is... it's right.
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tachikoma71 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
It's alll about preference... I prefer curvy,full bodied women. I love ,adore and worship all bbws/bbbws/and ssbbbws. Their thickness is my weakness.
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MAFFia-WAFFLes Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
This is a wonderful article you have set up here! I really agree with how tasteful and unbiased you have presented the point and the featured photos are great to reveal the best of both worlds. Beauty comes from the ablity to be happy with the way you are and the way in which you present yourself. People how photograph themselves should be aplauded for sharing their beauty and their pride with the world.

Thank you for this lovely piece. I hoped it opened certain people's eyes to more than what they coild originally see :)
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maketheVoicesSTOP Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
This is a great article. Personally, I find plus-size models very brave, especially artistic nude models of said size because they are baring themselves to a public over-ridden by the media's view of what is the ideal body.

I think, overall it is in within the individual's health, no matter what the size. As humans, we look for the best mate that suits our wants, needs and matches are 'baggage'. Therefore, it does not matter what size a woman is because either way, they will be beautiful in someone's eyes.

This article I think conveys this message.
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mizdestiny Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I strongly agree, and a very well presented article. I have to add that many larger models are still beautiful, with incredibly pretty faces but i usually think emaciated models look desperately needy and unhappy. :strip:

I dont have a preference, im curvy and unbiased (i hope i sound as convincing as I am convinced...) :pray: lol
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tishidelishi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Love it!

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Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great article! Thankyou for writing and sharing it. :heart:
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