Futuristic Space Explorer Plus Size Editorial – Space Aliens!

Futuristic space explorer photoshoot in silver plus size model in salt lake city

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I am SO excited to share this photoshoot with you today. I have been working on leveling up in my editorial modeling and creative direction, and this photoshoot, called, “Space Babes!” definitely did that for me.

The Team

Photographer: Gie Creates (Angie Petersen)

Creative Director: : Brianne Huntsman

Plus Size Model: Nikki Garza

Plus Size Model: Brianne Huntsman

MUA: Karen Rich

The Inspiration

A couple of years ago, I was inspired by images of Gobiin Valley, Utah. The area has really unique rock formations, and looks like it would be the perfect location for a 1950’s B movie or as a set for an old episode of Star Trek.

I’m a HUGE science fiction and fantasy nerd (if you’re also a nerd, you’ll note the StarGate photo and the photo of the Mars Rover below), and I started to daydream about being a space explorer on a planet that looks like this.

What would happen, I wondered, if there were aliens – and space explorers?

The Research – Early Futurism

Most of the imagery around space exploration is rooted pretty firmly in what we saw in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Household objects repurposed as space helmets, loose or super revealing clothing – the first iteration of the “Space Babe.”

The Research – Futurism in the 21st Century

Fast forward a few decades, and photoshoots still refer to this imagery. They feature runway models who are very thin, and fit the beauty standards we expect from androgyny.

Seeing these photoshoots, I thought to myself, “This, but make it FAT.”

The Challenge of Styling

Despite being 67% of the population, it is very difficult to find statement pieces in plus sizes.

This dress from ASOS was used for this shoot. Unfortunately, only 1 arrived the wrong dress arriving in place of the second one.

This meant that throughout the photoshoot, Nikki and I were taking this dress on and off, each wearing it.

Prop Creation

I purchased some laser guns from my local Target, and spraypainted them silver. Silver boots are from Woman Within! <3

The Photoshoot – Plus Size Editorial

The team drove down to Goblin Valley in the early AM of October 2020.

Please enjoy these photos. <3

Part Two: Plus Size Alien Editorial

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