Friday, September 10, 2010

Spirit of the South: Melanie Hamilton-Wilkes

If the spirit of the South's fortitude, gumption and courage in women was seen in Scarlett O' Hara, its honorable poise and grace was seen in Melanie Hamilton. In her are found the traits of a woman who refuses to accept the worst in others, only focusing on what is best in them. This rightfully makes her the greatest friend to a woman like Scarlett O'Hara who was selfish, self-centered and childish. Melanie was the South's other half, a graceful part unwilling to believe that war can destroy a world brought up in goodness and God-liness. Did they make a pair, Melanie and Scarlett? There were moments in GWTW where they did, when Melanie would choose the better half of survival than martyrdom at the hands of a soldier in Tara. She knew what she had to protect. In the end this kind of goodness is considered "divine" and I guess often in GWTW, Melanie was portrayed as the living saint amidst the shattered world of Atlanta. 
Was she of no backbone? Let's just put it this way, a woman who can put up with Scarlett O'Hara's character is a person "with" backbone. Didn't Rhett say: "God help the man who loves you?" In this case, Scarlett didn't have the man who could have loved her for all that she was and could be, but had the greatest friend she could ever have who did. 

Poster background from:

Faux SOUTHERN BELLE Magazine Cover: Spring issue features Scarlett

Two icons of Southern women.  
The blurbs have been adjusted to see Gone with the Wind from a
fashion magazine's perspective. I had fun doing these and hope you enjoy viewing them too. 

The biggest party that Spring. The newest face in town, Melanie. The indulgence with fashion, looks, catching a beau. In the center of it all, Scarlett O' Hara, prized daughter of Gerald and Ellen O' Hara of Tara. Several years in the magazine world should at least rub off on a hobby such as this. This is Tonner's Drapery Scarlett (doll) wearing "What's my lamb gonna wear?" I like the loose curls and the black hair that frames the face better than a brown-haired Scarlett. Who's next on the cover? Why not?
The county's newest darling, Melanie Hamilton.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Don't you just wish...

Tonner 2010 Scarlett Portrait doll
A photoshopped Tonner Scarlett
I was viewing the Tonner 2010 version of the Scarlett Portrait and got some comments about the hairstyle. Yes! The rolls are too way up and the factory paint does no justice to the sculpt. I also think the sculpt could have been more slender, more sleek and more feminine in jawline. I think the nose is too large and the lips too thin for a Scarlett pout. This dress is perhaps one of the most glamorous that the character has worn in the film and yet not seen. I was told it is the same "dove" dress the actress wears during her honeymoon sans doves (which I think is very Galliano). I did some photoshop which is actually much more fun than repainting. Make a mistake and just press Control + Z and its undone. 
You can also choose colors, fix the shading, contour well and yes, come up with a sculpt and face to ones' personal liking. Just playing around on a Friday night.