by Monique Frausto
glamour, and beauty oozed out of The Loft at Liz's in Los Angeles. On Saturday,
April 9th, the "About Face: A New Perspective on Photographic Portraiture"
exhibit opened. Renowned Fashion Photographer Wahb Mabkhout was one of nine
photographers presenting their work.
being one of the most experienced digital photographers, Mabkhout did just what
the name of the exhibit implied-he brought a "new perspective" to traditional
the corner of the crowded loft was a room dedicated to Mabkhout's portraits.
There on the walls hung eight stunning black and white portraits of eight
beautiful plus size models.
Norman, Danielle Line, Audrey DeLano, Denise Bidot, Kelsey Olson, Davie Cabral,
Heather Justice, and Rosie Mercado's faces were proudly displayed; reminiscent
of the glamour in the 40's and 50's. The models sat poised in each portrait
with a sense of confidence.
explains that his inspiration for this project came from a place of admiration
for the curvy woman. It also came from the fact that photographers are being
conditioned by the fashion industry. He say's it has directed their attention
to consider thin women to be the ideal of what is beautiful, attractive, and
concern is not only saying that curvy women are equally beautiful according to
my taste or are even more attractive than thinner women. But, in actual fact my
real concern is how the fashion industry has shaped our mentalities to think
that size zero is synonymous of beauty.
Thus pushing many women to destroy
themselves and their health by starving themselves and becoming obsessed with
appearing very thin," stated Mabkhout.
Rosie Mercado believes that this exhibit is something that needed to be done.
She said it makes a statement about photographers willing to express themselves
regardless of other people's way of thinking.
Face has such a deep meaning to Wahb and his mission is clear and the purpose
behind it is what inspired me to work with him," said Mercado. "This was a
great opportunity to show the world that there are different women in the
world. One thing is for sure, we are beautiful regardless of size, body type,
or ethnic background."
lovers gathered around the portraits, it became apparent that it's time they
finally got to see what most already know-curves are a work of art.