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This former warrior in the fight against eating disorders….and iconic face for the ‘big is beautiful’ movement; who once stood up to the world and fought for women’s rights to be accepted equally at any weight (author of her biopic: Hungry); once wrote “This is a photo of me at SIXTEEN, when I signed a big modeling contract…
moved to New York City, and started traveling around the world. It is also when I developed a ferocious case of anorexia and exercise bulimia. Until I decided enough was enough—I wanted to live! And so I ate. And ate. Hungry is an inspiring and cautionary tale that will resonate with anyone who has battled society’s small-minded definitions of beauty. This is me NOW (the leading plus-size model in America):
So what happened? Why is Crystal hungry again? Are the money, notoriety and Sports Illustrated shots really worth selling your beliefs; your values? Is it worth trading up, being the solution, for joining the problem? She has always been one of my favorite plus models (featured many times on this blog) but in the sea of starving fashion models, she just disappears into the crowd now. It’s a shame. She was in such a strong position to be not just a model, but a role model for all of us that have ever struggled with body image and media influence. One has to wonder, what role is she modeling now…
this is the ‘Before and After’ that really shocks me and catches my attention.
Crystal may be getting covers these days, but I worry she isn’t getting nourishment….soul or body. Now we just have another “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” (Kate Moss). Below are images of Crystal today. Decide for yourself, what you find beautiful and then stop to consider what is informing that opinion.
Ironically, one of her most recent shoots ran in Hunger magazine (below)
‘Mirage’ by Erik Tranberg is a positively breath-taking masterpiece in photography; shot on el Mirage Salt Flats of California . The series stars lanky young model Macy Nicole; who strikes us as a virtual doppelganger of the infamous and acclaimed, international supermodel, Daria Werbowy. With her piercing gaze and the fluidity of her physical presentation, Macy leaves the middle of the pack far behind, and crafts a memorable identity for herself in her own right. Throughout the years, Erik has been a repeat contributor to the collection on the Libertine…and now we gladly welcome the dawn of his new style on Satiety Paper. The high contrast black and whites, the dazzling lighting of the high afternoon sun and the dusty glisten of our model’s bronzed skin, all work in unison to create an explosive editorial that burns deep into the retinas of the readers. This kind of story is of such an unequaled quality, that we will run off some large prints to adorn our personal work spaces, and thus inspire elevated creativity. We also consider the images to be the epitome of sexless nudity (as sensual as they are, sex is not the focus…beauty and emotion are the focus) lacking vulgarity. The dramatic portraits raise the echelon of our entire publication, and we are humbled tho present you with this exclusive. Come view the entire series of beautiful images from this story and others, over at Satiety Paper when you purchase your annual subscription. Enjoy!
Returning contributor Fox Harvard absolutely rocks us with the effortless chrysalis of his style. Reminiscent of artists like the inimitable Jonathan Leder or subversive self-portraiture Lina Scheynius, Fox’s revolutionary new work marries the nostalgia of a bygone era with the fresh sensuality of our more modern fashion movement. For this lovely editorial entitled ‘Rockledge’ (named for the shoot location) Fox tapped extraordinary newcomer Megan Lessard as the embodiment of his vision. Her looks are nothing short of breath-taking; and to say that she is unusual, would be an understatement. Megan has an allure and a presence that few models possess or ever develop. In the industry, they would say that she has ‘it’, but it’s really so much more than that. In addition to lending her modeling talents, Megan styled the story herself and created the beauty looks that frame her airy guile. Clearly, she is aware of the old ‘less is more’ adage, as it applies to the creation of classic beauty. Fox follows Megan around as she meanders across sprawling farmlands and deserted homesteads. He expertly captures her energy and magnetism without missing a beat. This team should continue to collaborate their aptitudes, which produce unequaled artistic bounty. As a contribution to our Summer Session, this story could not be more at home among the pages of memorable imaging. We are purely pleased to have the privilege of debuting this stunning series in our first issue. Come view the entire series of beautiful images from this story and others, over at Satiety Paper when you purchase your annual subscription. Enjoy!
I read two lines of Steinbeck and I’m struck again with the insatiable hunger; that yearning for the words. I’m consumed by the desire to comprehend all the questions and all the answers. I crave the discernment to identify what things most matter, versus those that clouds our view of what matters. Even fully present, with awareness and best intention…it seems a pure flight of fortune when we happen to make the right decisions, or take the correct turns, or plant true steps along the path of progress. Dare I even momentarily entertain the existence of fate; of destiny?! There are too many times that our successes are wholly uncrafted by us and instead, result largely from coincidence. A lifetime of turning right and you may just as likely end up left of your destination, as continue on circling for eternity. The many sacrifices may leave you empty handed and full hearted…or you may give yourself away before you know it, and find the truest kind of emptiness is your reward. Certainly there is endless, overwhelming beauty in this world…and undeniably, there are bottomless wells of the purest and blackest evil; reverberating both inside of beings as well as shrouded in the shadows all around us. Every choice is an exercise in our individual will. Every result is a demonstration of the universal disregard for your will. The harder you hold on to control, the weaker your grip becomes. It seems to me to be the constant imposition of release, of letting go, that allows some freedom of movement within your circumstantial conditions; within those foregone conclusions. If you will never be a world leader (and you consider that the epitome of potential) thus will you never give birth to your full potential? How does one reconcile that truth. If you’ll never be everything, will you ever be ‘something'; something that matters? Perhaps…and perhaps falling short of personal ideals is a fall that launches some out of the tree and into the oblivion. Billions, trillions of words and phrases and concepts, will forever elude me. Does that make the words I have, lesser? Does it make them meaningless? I hope not…sometimes the words are all I am.