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elliott sailors gets androgynous

one time i won a female beauty contest for dudes in high school.  the whole school met in the gym and all the dudes in the contest wore miniskirts, short dresses, wigs and jammed their hairy man-feet into little high heel shoes.  the contest was judged on appearance and talent.  i’ll never forget how one of the dudes’ talent was dancing – and his skirt was so short that when he did the infamous white-person “one hand on the neck, one in the air while thrustin the hips” dance, his tighty whiteys barely kept his man-pieces from flogging the audience in the first row.  almost everybody’s strategy was to get as slutty as possible with massively stuffed boobs and hooker makeup that looked like it was smeared on with a cheap 4 inch paint brush.  but see – that’s where i had the advantage; i went for a little sexy sophistication.  my makeup was moderate and my boobs were average, but what sealed the deal was my talent.  my talent was juggling.  i started juggling and after a few seconds dropped all of the bean bags i was using.  “oops!” i said with my hand over my mouth.  then i turned around and slowly bent over to pick them up.  the crowd went bananas – totally nailed it.  see, that’s class right there, people.  that’s how you win female beauty contests whilst maintaining your integrity.  nowadays i’m sure cross-dressing beauty contests and gender bender days in school are long gone.  people can’t handle that stuff anymore.  there’d be harassment lawsuits, emotional distress, people crying and passing out and it’d end up on the front page of every news blog.  people are way too PC to have fun anymore.  but back then it was fun – and i was queen for a day.  and i made it look good.

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anna adams

anna went on some kind of body cleansing detox to leach the toxins out of her body.  it subsequently leached all of the energy out of her body – so we kept the shoot at a slow pace so she wouldn’t pass out.  anna makes almost passing out look awesome.

 

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pei pei gets racy in some lacy.

pei pei lin is an actress – but she’d have a hard time acting like someone who didn’t have a killer body.

hair/makeup/styling shelleyvangage.com

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kat v

you know how on TV the secretary will take down her hair – and then, after shaking her hair in slow-motion, becomes a vixen?  katherine villari can do that without the slow-motion hair shake.  she can look innocent and sweet all the day long and the second i point the camera at her she turns on the sexy.  it’s pretty fantastic.

for more about kat check out her site iheartkat.com

and to see our last shoot click HERE

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ain’t it strange that i can dream? ain’t it strange that i’m a human being?

LIVING IN THE WOMB – RUNNING OUT OF ROOM – HAVE TO COME OUT SOON – HAVE TO MEET THE SUN AND MOON

hair/makeup/styling by the very talented shelly van gage

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esther baxter

esther baxter is easy to look at.  you know it and i know it.  but esther is out to show the world she’s more than a fantastic sight for the eye to behold.  she’s landing acting roles in movies and her momentum is building.  keep an eye out for her on the silver screen.

for YRB magazine

styling: darius baptist

hair: Q

makeup: unique london

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fashion designer thuy diep

thuy (pronounced “twee”) was born into a family in vietnam who ran a custom-made clothing shop and a tailoring school.  she learned the ropes of tailoring as a kid and soon developed a love for fashion.  now, in america, she continues the family tradition of finely-crafted clothes and expresses her love of fashion through her label “Thuy.”  i recently shot thuy for the fall issue of YRB magazine and here are some of my favorite outtakes.

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slowtography

the day before we were supposed to shoot, i got an email from tabitha saying that she had just gotten out of the hospital from some kind of bug or virus or whatever.  she was all kinds of messed up for like over a week, but she was still on board so we made it happen – except we took things nice and slow and kept her topped up with some un-nauseating goldfish crackers to keep her from passing out.  we had a long day, but she stuck it out.

model tabitha constance

hair/makeup/wardrobe by the very talented shelly van gage

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kiril

if you say kiril’s name backwards it’s “lirik.”  that’d be a pretty sweet name if he was a rapper.

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arizona

if you’ve never been to the desert before, i have three words for you: PRICKLY – PEAR – CACTUS.  it was pretty obvious that neither me or my assistant had ever spent much time in desert-like conditions because within 30 seconds of getting to our location, we were covered with cactus needles.  big ones, small ones, heat-seeking ones…  holy moly.  the first one to REALLY get me was mr. prickly pear himself.  i felt a nice jab in my ankle and i looked down to see a happy little ball of death spikes hanging from my leg.  when i tried to pull it out, i got stabbed about 27 times in my fingers.  i walked around to find a pair of gloves and it just dangled from my ankle like some gothic christmas tree ornament.  when i got the gloves i tried to pull it slowly, but it just pulled my skin with it (like if you pinch your skin with your fingers and pull it).  so i snatched it out real quick-like, and the cute mace-like ball was replaced with a dull burning sensation pretty much all day.  that was the first round in a long, heated fight with the desert landscape.  later i was shooting and my assistant yelled “yowwwwwwww!!”  i looked over at him and he said with big eyes, “man, i just bent down and sat on a cactus.”

models:  rachel and ariel from S.I.M.

hair: kelly marie from S.I.M.

makeup: samantha from S.I.M.

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