STARLET (nsfw)

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photo, styling

I recently got to art direct and style a collaborative shoot with photographer David Lekach and Jacques Magazine cover girl, Melanie Dawson. I thought Melanie had a perfect pin-up look with her ultra-femme figure and classic features, but no cheesecake pin-up, smiling ear to ear while holding an uncomfortable position for the camera.

I created this character for the shoot… She is a modern sexpot who idolizes the starlets of yesteryear. She particularly loves Bardot, who doesn’t need to smile or act friendly to make you want her. She’ll never love you because she only loves herself, and she wears only Chanel˚5 to bed.

Our shooting location was an antique, Hollywood apartment building that Marilyn herself once lived in. So along with the outfits, or lack thereof, I set the scene for our Starlet. She constantly tacks and tapes up pictures of her heros as constant reminders of how-to-be. Most things were collected from around my own apartment, but I made a lot of the shrines, frames, and candles just for this shoot. All the clothes and lingerie are vintage, the shorts Melanie wears are her own, the red pumps are Agent Provacateur, cherry necklace is Topshop, and the Jayne Mansfield t-shirt is one of a kind and made by me.

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