Let's talk about the humble beginning. The regular person who bit, tore and fought to get where they are - and never lost sight of the end goal. This issue is about those people. Individuals who decided to take their art and make a living off of it. NUDE Magazine grew from one simple notion there's more than meets the eye. I want to see all of it, and I want to show it to you. So be inspired and never give up. After all, who doesn't love reading NUDE?
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Cover and current photo Photographer Kristina Radiy Model Sonya Esman
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Has Social Media Changed the Standard of Beauty?
I would be lying if I said I don’t check my social media accounts ﬁrst thing in the morning. I would also be lying if I said that getting "likes" on my pictures doesn’t boost my ego or receiving zero feedback makes me feel a little self-conscious. But does this way of thinking make social media inherently bad? According to a Dove study done in 2014, “82% of women feel the beauty standards set by social media are unrealistic” and "comments made on social media are ruining self-esteem." It’s not too hard to imagine why that might be, when there are the Instagram baddies, Tumblr girls, Youtube beauty gurus, and celebrities that are all portraying di ferent trendy looks. If you don't know: Tumblr Girl (noun) 1. A hipster girl who posts inspirational quotes and wears high waisted shorts with crop tops. Instagram Baddie (noun) 1. A girl whose color palette lives within the realm of neutrals and whose makeup is always leek-y. Now you know. Is it wrong to fall into one of these categories? Absolutely not! Is it bad to not fall into a category at all? No, you do you. BUT, when there are videos entitled “How to be prettier” or “How to be more attractive,” that solely teach you ways to change yourself because the way you already look is wrong; there’s a problem. There are deﬁnitely trends in beauty standards. We have gone from the drawn-on pencil thin eyebrows of the 1930s to the full arched brows of today. The standard of body sizes and shapes has also luctuated from curvy to thin to athletic to boyish; so it’s not too outrageous to think someone might want to match these standards as they pop up. However, one could also say social media has helped people feel more comfortable in their skin. For instance, there are people with large followings who celebrate their unique appearances and encourage people to see the beauty they have within themselves. People like Winnie Harlow and Bethany Hamilton who both have imperfect bodies (like the rest of us) show how nothing, especially something as shallow as your appearance, can stop you from achieving your dreams. So, yes. Social media has changed the standard of beauty; whether you see that as positive or negative is up to you. Just always remember, “Admire other’s beauty without questioning your own.”
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Photographer Lauren Kai Model Bree Kish MUAH Emilia Black
Models Bleu Archbold at MSA LA & Brandyn Farrell at DT Model Management MUA Skyla Swa ford Hair Bradley Leake Styling & Photography Ryan Bussard Assistant Ryan Kevin
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Photographer Anthony Thompson Model Quincy Brown
Photographer & Stylist Elizabeth Chistova Model Alina Krupina MUAH Viktoria Bykova Clothes Asos & Glamorous
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Photographer Ileana Cardenas @coughs
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Photographer Briony Douglas Model Ruby Benson
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MODEL, CREATOR, INFLUENCER.
NUDE: You are a woman whose inner beauty, with your strength and conďŹ dence, matches your outer beauty. Do you believe the two always align? Sonya: First of all, thank you. I think at the end of the day, we are all di ferent and one rule doesn't apply to everyone. Our outer beauty isn't chosen by us, it's essentially given to us by our parents. So I think it's unfair to really admire somebody, or wish to be like them solely based on their genetics. I believe our inner beauty, wisdom, decisions and way we treat others is a choice. We can chose to be introspective, work on ourselves, be kind and at peace. But at the same time, I think everybody has inner beauty. Perhaps the reason somebody would ďŹ nd me to exude either inner or outer beauty is because they relate to me on a personal level. A ter all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. NUDE: When do you feel the most beautiful? Sonya: I always say I have reverse self-esteem issues. I feel most beautiful when I'm naked and have no makeup on. Maybe because that's when I'm the most honest, and honesty is the truest and most beautiful state of humankind. NUDE: Some people would describe inner beauty as intelligence, kindness, spirituality, and/or peace. What deďŹ nes inner beauty to you? Sonya: I think inner beauty means something di ferent to every person. What one may perceive as inner beauty, to another goes unrecognized, but that doesn't discredit it. Just as perceiving beauty doesn't objectively credit it. I think when we see honesty, a kind of unapologetic way of being oneself, that's beautiful. If you know who you are, accept it and act fearlessly on it - I think that's enough. You don't have to be intelligent, kind, spiritual or peaceful, I think you just have to be unapologetically yourself.
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NUDE: How do you keep your honesty and integrity through your platform? Sonya: The biggest thing is that beyond me living online, I live with myself. 24/7, 365, I am living with my conscience. I don't exaggerate when I say I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I wasn't honest. For some reason people assume that in order to achieve success or make proďŹ t, you have to lie to others, but that's the furthest thing from the truth. NUDE: How do you keep yourself from becoming superďŹ cial? Sonya: I couldn't be superďŹ cial even if I tried. That's just not what I value, that's not what gives me joy. In fact, excess material objects are a burden to my life. I would prefer more love or more beautiful moments rather than more handbags. Perhaps because I've lived both ways I realize the latter is utter BS.
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NUDE: Lastly, can you give a little piece of advice on how to keep that inner beauty in this fast paced industry? Sonya: Ask yourself honestly, who you are. Not your ego, not your name, not who you look like or what you do for a living. Who is your soul? What do you love? What makes your heart race? Whatever your answer is - be that. Live truly and honestly. That's the most beautiful you could ever be.
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It is not uncommon in the fashion photography world for things to become chaotic during a photo shoot. Having to deal with a team of people can get in the way of a photographer connecting with the model. It is so important to have a special bond with the human you are photographing because this is the connection that the viewer will feel while observing the photographs. For this editorial with Alejandro, I wanted to do an experiment - something new for me - photographing him without a team present. The idea was to get to know one another during the shoot and talk about intimate subjects that would normally never be revealed in a shoot surrounded by a team of six people. We met at my home in Venice to discuss ideas for the editorial and spent an amazing a ternoon on the west side of LA. The results were epic. What we created was a fashion shoot beyond just a pretty face modeling beautiful clothes. That a ternoon I photographed the real Alejandro - model, musician, human - with no masks and no team.
Interview by Santiago Bisso
NUDE: What are your favorite memories growing up in Malaga? Alejandro: Deﬁnitely growing up by the beach, having the chance to jump into the ocean at any time and skateboarding in the streets full of art. The culture behind my hometown is insane. I remember learning how to play guitar with the homeless on the streets - they taught me things I’ll never forget. I’m grateful I grew up being inspired in the same streets as Picasso. There is something really magical about Malaga. If you are an artist, I recommend you pack a bag and spend some time there.
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NUDE: Let's talk about the beginning. How did you discover your passion for music and who were your main inspirations in the early stages? Alejandro: I remember watching my dad playing guitar and how beautiful it sounded. I remember walking on the streets and watching the ‘gitanos’ screaming lamenco like it was burning… then something started burning inside of me. Growing up, I wanted to be like Jim Morrison, I wanted to play guitar like Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, I needed to scream like Kurt Cobain - with the mysticism of Bowie, the craziness of Iggy Pop and the charisma of Boy George. I used to scream a lot of hard rock like Guns N' Roses, punk like Sex Pistols and metal like Iron Maiden and Metallica. I also listened to a lot of spanish bands like Heroes del Silencio - check them out. NUDE: What are the main impulses that drive you to write music? Alejandro: I have a huge heart and I feel a lot. I need to let it out, I need to write about it. It's just how it works for me, I didn’t choose it, it's who I am.
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Model Alejandro Rosaleny @ TWO Management LA Photographer & Stylist Santiago Bisso
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and I saw a small child, dirty and nearly naked, yet having so much fun with a little piece of rock. His family was really poor and living on the street but he was still happy with his rock. I felt like such an idiot, it really opened my eyes to life.
NUDE: How were you discovered and how did your modeling career start? Alejandro: When I was 16, I was a singer in a metal band. I had really long hair and always wore a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt. Photographers told me time a ter time that I could be a model, so I did a couple of photo shoots. Some months later, a famous booker in Madrid signed me and then everything really started. NUDE: You have traveled the world modeling. Would you say that seeing the world at such a young age has changed the way you see life? Alejandro: Absolutely. There is a lesson behind every piece of the puzzle. I would not be the person I’m proud to be today without the places I've been or the people I've met.
NUDE: Of all the places you have been, which one has a very special place in your heart and why? Alejandro: I have a lot of love for Los Angeles and Madrid, but I'd have to say Bangkok. I spent about a year there and was in a really dark place - really confused. Until one day I was walking on the street
NUDE: The modeling industry can be challenging with the jealousy and egos between models and agencies. Has this been true for you? Have you managed to tough it out and make good friends? Alejandro: Yes, I’ve encountered these situations a couple times but have not let it a fect me negatively. I remain true to myself and keep it real with everyone regardless of egos and most of the time, the egos die o f. If it a fects my work I move on. There are enough good people in this industry to not have to get stuck in those situations. I've met so many incredible people so far. NUDE: Let's talk about the album you are currently recording. What's the sound and style like? Alejandro: It's deﬁnitely somewhere in the rock category but honestly, all I can say is that this music I'm recording - it's me. I can't wait to share with you guys.
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NUDE: Tell us more about your brand. Maisey: DALMATA was born out of pure frustration. I was on the search for a speciďŹ c choker and no one out there had what I wanted. So, I took matters into my own hands and made a couple of chokers for myself. My boyfriend was the one who pushed me to make and design more chokers. I wouldn't be doing the things I am today without him. Collection 1, which is out now, was the very beginning. All metal and chain chokers. Collection 2 (released on August 13, 2016) has more color and is di ferent than anything I've seen.The brand name DALMATA, is Dalmatian in Italian and the story behind that is for another day. NUDE: Why do you think your brand stands out among other brands? Maisey: Now that I have a brand and a product to sell, I am always looking to see what other brands are selling. I have yet to see any brand that handmakes creative, di ferent chokers. I see a lot of velvet bands with metal clasps at the end *sips tea*. I just want to put out the best product I can and a product that is like no other. NUDE: What aspect draws you toward fashion, design and/or art? Maisey: The part of me that needs to be creative. Fashion fulďŹ lls what I want to be seen as. Design and art is what I want to put out into the world. I have a lot of ideas and they're more than just choker designs. NUDE: What's your biggest strength in designing? Maisey: Just being me, Maisey. I haven't seen anything like what I see in my mind. I want to do more than just put my thoughts out into the world. I would like to positively impact many people with my product/art.
Models Savanna Galla-Rini & Abby Mcloud Photographer Romari Bonner
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Photographer Emerson Miller Model Chelsea Gilligan @ Vision
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