Beauty Papers جميل
This issue of Beauty Papers shows the extraordinary minds of our contributors taking risks, reveling in their obsessions and convictions to explore the very definition of beautiful. What is beautiful to you?
I find stories to be beautiful, and more so the opportunity for all to tell personal ones. I wanted to capture the depth of the beauty in the faces and the stories of those with identities that combine yet transcend middle eastern and western backgrounds. The subjects of this shoot have middle eastern faces but the cultures, issues and feelings that they identify with go far beyond what they look like or where they were raised. A greater exploration of the term beauty is more than skin deep. Growing up in London, obsessed with magazines, I had always longed to see faces like mine and my sister’s printed on pages. It’s wonderful to see that we are in changing times where everyone’s beauty is included. This shoot was an opportunity for me to use my voice and my work to show others something that I find to be beautiful but often overlooked.
Sundance - What does it mean to become somebody else's story?
At the Sundance Film Festival, some of the brightest stars attending came to the house I was staying at and told me what it meant to them to tell somebody else's story. This wasn't scripted and the question wasn't approved in advance, they were asked suddenly at the end of a photo session in order to get a glimpse of voices we are used to hearing after several rehearsals in a more raw form.
In order of appearance:
TIMOTHEE CHALAMET, JESSICA WILLIAMS, ZOEY DEUTCH, TREVOR JACKSON, LILY COLLINS, DREE HEMINGWAY, JAIME KING, HALEY LU RICHARDSON, DANIELLE MACDONALD, RILEY KEOUGH, GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE, ANNABELLE DEXTER JONES, REBECCA DAYAN, MARGARET QUALLEY, ANYA TAYLOR JOY, AUBREY PLAZA, DEVIN BLACKMON, EMILY BROWNING, HARRIS DICKINSON, ELIZABETH OLSEN, JORGE LENDEBORG JR., JENNY SLATE, ZOE LISTER-JONES
Through the captivating sport of equestrian vaulting, I challenge the modern woman to reflect on the pervasive struggle of the female identity. Accompanied by the poetic writing of Laura Albert, We Vault empowers its heroine with struggles of her mothers, beckoning within her a fight for the future lineage. Watch as we practice the warfare of pageantry.
Persol - Bret Easton Ellis
Advertising campaign for iconic brand Persol, starring the inimitable Bret Easton Ellis.
Dreams of Levitation
A film that blends the world of fashion, sports and cinematography, “Dreams of Levitation” narrates a washed up rider in his later years, reminiscing on the excitement his career once provided. I worked with writer Laura Albert — also known as JT LeRoy — on the copy, exploring romance behind the extreme sport, its lifespan, and a time when the rider was at his most robust.
The Sound and the Fury
British amateur welterweight champion 2010 Dudley O'Shaughnessy.