Note: This originally published on 8 February due to a scheduling mishap on my part.
“provocative and sexually alluring, esp. through shapeliness or fullness”
That this definition fits me to a T is delightfully obvious! Voluptuous is one of those words that are occasionally misused. I’ve seen women, both in and out of the demimonde, describe themselves as ‘voluptuous’ when what they really mean is “busty”, since their waist and hips are both very narrow with little demarcation between the two. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with busty or hippy or any other body shape, but it’s difficult to celebrate it and properly revere it if the shape isn’t described properly.
Being physically voluptuous means curves at the bust, waist, and hips, usually a woman who is near to “plus-sized” (ie. anything over a size 12, with “plus size” models starting at size 6, 8, or 10, depending on the modeling agency). Think Christina Hendricks, the suddenly popular Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring, Toccara Jones, Nigella Lawson, and so on. There is not one part of their figures that doesn’t delight the eye with a soft and sumptuous curve; that is a voluptuous body.
Then there is the other definition of voluptuous, pertaining to the enjoyment of sensual pleasures. Really, would any of us be here if not for want of that enjoyment? To be voluptuous in that sense is, in my view, the quintessence of joie de vivre. To live fully within the moment is something we should all do as much as possible. Of course that doesn’t mean that you don’t plan or think about the future, but I’ve found in my own life that worrying about it to the point of developing stress-related illnesses will often render that planned-for future moot. Enjoy what is going on now and anticipate the future.