Loloi - The Full Beauty Project
/ Raqui's Photo in
The Full Beauty Project
On October 28th 2010 in Milan, Yossi Loloi opened his
exhibition the FullBeauty project at the Gian Paolo Barbieri
Studio. A project he has been working on for years.
I met Yossi about four years ago upon recommendation,
The meeting was arranged by a friend of mine named Kira
(director of Fat Girl Float - a Documentary). Yossi
was looking for large women of all sizes to represent the
FULL SIZED FORM. Yossi wished to express the beauty he
sees in large women through this special and amazing
project. He has dedicated himself to showcasing some
of the most beautiful and interesting shapes in our
community. To do so in an artistic manner and truly bring
out realistic plus sized female forms.
After some conversations and viewing work Yossi had already
completed I believed in what he was doing and agreed to pose
for the Full Beauty Project as well. The message is a
strong and powerful one I knew it was something I wanted to
be a part of.
Words about the Full Beauty Project
"The work of Yossi Loloi highlights that the world today has
broken the barriers of modesty to achieve an intact dignity.
The different human conditions are mesmerized here by the
art. The pure tonality of his images stand out: "hair,
bosom, hips, bend of legs negligent falling hands all
Like Ingres, Loloi adopts the cult of form through the
abolition of thought. This 'No mindí of Zen masters, is
applied to this glorification of the cult. The flesh
is accentuated with courage and honesty, in these colossal
compositions where there is nothing modest in the attitude
of the models. The poses and expressions are serene and
open, and do away with all the erotic nuances. Simply
greatness and strength."
In all of the grandeur of such an occasion of course there
are the negative. When it came to my attention (through a
friend of mine Gina) that Jerry Gatlin a self proclaimed
photographer and graphic artist stole my image from the Full
Beauty website, covered up the watermark, then used it
illegally with out permission from me or Yossi to advertise
himself. I was quite upset.
My first and last dealings with Jerry Gatlin were in 2002.
We never met in person, but he frequently emailed me when I
started my site Queen Raqui. He continued to sent me
pictures of other females (many nude and some in very
provocative poses) which I did not ask for telling me that I
could use them on my site, Since he was the photographer and
he gave me permission. I was not interested in using
another females pictures on my site, especially with out
permission from them. I came to find out (some years
later) that many of the pictures he sent me were not his
work. His encouragement of me using these photos
basically was setting me for copyright infringement charges.
Over the years he has tried writing to me many times but I
have no response for him. I do not want anything to do
with him. I also came to find out that Jerry Gatlin has
spoken to numerous ladies of plus sized stature using my
name and many others to gain females confidence (I am
assuming to get the females to model for him). When a
woman wrote to me asking about him. I gave them the truth
and told them I have never met him and I have no desire to,
also of his shady practices.
Now here Jerry Gatlin is again taking beautiful artistic
pictures taken with purpose for exhibition and stealing them
to advertise himself.
What does Jerry Gatlin have to say for himself?
Jerry would not reply to my email via facebook but he sure
had a lot of nerve to write to Gina my fellow BBW Sister and
Vegas Bash Friend. He decided first to apologize not
to me but through Gina. That is not going to work
here. Then he decided that it is not his fault that he
stole copyrighted artwork of me and used it to promote
himself. It must be my fault and the fault of every
woman who has ever posed for a photographer. Funny
because Jerry himself claims to be a photographer who has
taken some strongly explicit photos.
EMAIL FROM JERRY TO GINA - Posted with Permission from Gina
2 emails in total
Hey Hi Ms Gina I did receive your message regarding posting
pics of Queen Raqui I do Apolozie for doing that one. I
always try to show my Graphic Design Skills to lots of BBW's
I do not have any direct intentions to Hurt any ones life or
situations. Tell Queen Raqui I said I do Apolozie and want
do that any more. 10-12-10.
Hi Gina in response to your massage yesterday regarding
stealing Queen Raqui pics I want to leave this in your Mind
before I die and leave this Crazy World of ours, I think
Women like you and Queen Raqui and all other Women too need
to 'Stop Posting' LUSTFUL Pics that 'Offend' our God and
some Men too now. If I am wrong always remeber you are too
now Gina you and not better them me or me then you now. If
all are doing some Wrong in our lives every day we wake up
What do I say to Jerry Gatlin and others like him?
I must Echo my Fellow BBW Sister Gina who replied with
truthful words. And I Quote her below
Gina - No Jerry. I have done NOTHING WRONG. Raqui has done
NOTHING WRONG. YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG! You can't
blame me or others for the fact that YOU are stealing
someone else's property for YOUR USE without the OWNER's
First of all, If you had a problem with LUSTFUL pics then
you wouldn't LOOK at or STEAL them AND THEN POST THEM AGAIN
and use them for YOUR OWN PROFIT.
Secondly, Pictures are not lustful - the people who LOOK at
them create their OWN lust in their mind - OWN THAT.
Thirdly, I don't post nude or arty-less-covered pics, but
those who have the right to do so without them being STOLEN
and used for OTHER people's promotion. They are NOT there
for YOUR use and you do NOT have permission to use them!
What do we do?
We must be careful as a community. We must stand up
for what is right and encourage those like Yossi who spend
years to create special works and projects to show off the
beauty of the large community. Who dedicate themselves
to showcasing us in a positive light.
Then let others like Jerry Gatlin know when things are
wrong. If you see pictures of your friends being used
bring it to there notice. Watermark your own pictures
before you put them on websites and social networks or
dating sites. It cannot stop the thieves completely
but it is a deterrent. We must work together because
there are many men and women out there like Jerry Gatlin who
steal pictures and use them or distribute them. This
is my way of putting you all on notice. This is one
man who cannot be trusted and I have the proof because he
did it to me.