designer & styling // Elizabeth Bastianassisted by Callie Jensen
photography // Khadijat Yussuffassisted by Nai Cherry
“I want it to be cute and playful, but with a hard edge – not too la-dee-da.”
She fluttered a few fingers in midair.
At the time of the meeting, most of the details were still up in the air – most importantly, could we find someone in the next 16 hours who was edgy enough, cute enough, and available enough to shoot during Labor Day Weekend? After all, the only qualifications the model needed were to not be a cookie-cutter skinny White blonde (while I can’t honestly say I wasn’t taken aback by this stipulation, I was immediately enthralled – it’s been an ongoing personal mission to choose and work with almost exclusively people of Color from a wide variety of backgrounds).
After a few urgent Craigslist ads and hurriedly forwarded emails later, we had our girl.
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