Monif C Showing Beauty At All Sizes

Monif C Showing Beauty At All Sizes

Monif C is not the first plus sized brand I've had the pleasure to work with;  it's not the first plus swimwear line I've worked with.  But what set this project apart for me personally was the   was the  palpable sexual energy.   On the one hand this should have been pretty obvious, I was shooting swimwear; barring robes, what you see here is what our lovely models (and  they  are lovely, classy, hardworking  women) ran around in for most of the day.   On the other hand  this shoot was  a huge wake up call.

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Iandra - Beauty Knows No Color

Iandra - Beauty Knows No Color

By now the name Ananda Khan shouldn't be unusual to you (those of you who read this or look at the crew lines on most of my projects/instagram):  Ananda is an incredibly talented hair and makeup artist currently represented by Big Leo and a long time member of my creative team.  Over the past several years of working together we have become very close friends, and a huge part of our relationship is that she is one of my many feminist touchstones (even though that word makes her a little twitchy, we're still working on that).  We've had many a conversation surrounding the themes of feminism and equality in media and how we approach those issues in our careers.  She has told me several stories about feeling as though she was hired because the client had booked one or two black models to walk in a runway show, or how she was told at the beginning of her career not to put too many black girls in her book because it would make her look unprofessional when she was already going to be judged on her appearance.    

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Anje in Soho

Anje in Soho

For those of you out there who love athleasure, and look for opportunities to live life in the most comfortable fabrics out there I recommend checking out Anje.  Earlier this year Angela Brasington, the line's designer, and I connected and teamed up for a shoot showcasing some of the pieces from her newest Modal collection.  So one, chilly morning in early February we met up with the stunning Kate Michael in SOHO for a quick shoot.  Here are some of my favorite images from the project.

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Kelsey for The Angle Magazine

Kelsey for The Angle Magazine

In a previous post where I shared the story behind the Sidewalk editorial for Hope Street Magazine, I talked a little about the new team members that I've started to work quite closely with, namely Jenny Haapala and the lovely ladies (and Derek) atMarilyn.  You may have noticed how strongly I feel about the importance of having a strong and diverse team, and how much I believe in surrounding myself with talented and motivated artists who not only elevate my work through their respective expertise, but who also are always challenging me to achieve more and create stronger images and stories.  So on the heels of one successful project I got the team back together for a denim and beauty test.

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