‘Women are happy to see someone they can identify with’
I had to share this gorgeous editorial for S Moda with IMG model Tara Lynn. The curvy beauty looks stunning on the cover in a very sexy dress from Marina Rinaldi. I also adore the one with the camel coat and the sofa image. Gosh, she’s so lushious!
‘The first thing I do when I come home is take my clothes off’
I’ve had a bit of a crush on her ever since I saw her in the ‘Curves Ahead’ editorial in V Magazine. In S Moda the images are accompanied by an interview. I do not speak Spanish so a dear friend translated it for me. I picked out some highlights. Tara started modeling at the age of 25, before she started modeling she went to university and worked at a bank. Being on set and modeling is like celebrating your birthday every day, she says. There’s always someone asking you if you want another cup of coffee or water. She doesn’t mind taking her clothes of for her work. Tara:“My mom used to work in the garden in a bikini. She didn’t care who would see her like that, she was all about that. I have inherited the same habit. The first thing I do when I come home is take my clothes off.” According to the curvy model we all feel better when we are naked.
‘I like to believe that my pictures are used as an inspiration for girls who struggle with a poor selfimage’
Lynn hopes to inspire girls and women to feel good about themselves. She doesn’t think of herself as a beauty icon. “I like to believe that my pictures are used as an inspiration for girls who struggle with a poor selfimage. It encourages them. I get a lot of messages from girls who tell me that looking at my pictures, or from one of my colleagues, makes them feel better and more secure in their body. They are happy to see someone they can identify with.” What are important influences for Tara when it comes to beauty? “As a teen I would always look at the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. But now I admire another type of model, like Ashley Graham or Crystal Renn. Crystal’s technique is amazing. She knows her body so well! And knows exactly how to use it. She has an exceptional shape.”
‘We need to ask ourselves what we accepted as the beauty ideal’
Tara believes that the discussion about curves and plus size has changed over the last couple of years: “I think part of the discussion is the evolvement of a new vocabulary around the new diversity when it comes to sizes and models in magazines and advertisements. The need to name everything, ‘real women’, ‘fat’ and ‘women with curves’, generates a discussion. In my opinion it is important to talk positively about the subject. We need to ask ourselves what we accepted as the beauty ideal. What we consider to be ‘perfect’ and what is femininity and what is not.”
Interview source: S Moda
Picture credits: Henrique Gendre for S Moda