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In search of

“How do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes, so why push to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree is where you want to be? Faultless. Finished. Incomparable. People can never be these, and anyway, when did creating a lawless facade become a more vital goal than learning to love the person who lives inside your skin? The outside belongs to others. Only you should decide for you - what is perfect” - Ellen Hopkins

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Perfection suggests a state of lawlessness, of having no defects. In our society we move relentlessly toward our subjective concept of “perfection,” a place where our performance attains a level of excellence that cannot be exceeded. Seeking perfection at a task may be achievable, but the goal of being perfect in life is a completely di ferent story. I want these interviews to help redefine what beauty and perfection mean in our culture. We have become so wrapped up in becoming the ideal person that we forget how to love our imperfections, and therefore ourselves. We need to know that it’s good, and absolutely okay to struggle. We can be beautiful without being the most popular on Instagram or having the best style, a “perfectly” symmetrical face or body, or a conventional career. Perhaps perfection is found in discovering ourselves in our weakest state and realizing that we are still completely perfect.

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N NUDE: What’s your view on perfection in

then who gives a fuck about what any other

Michael: Perfection for me is being able to wake

perfection to me.

comparison to the one society has?

up every day and be happy seeing the person in

human being has to say about it. That's

the mirror. I hate to sound like Michael Jackson

NUDE: Do you think models have to work

I'm a strong believer in being able to live life how

Michael: I think it really all depends on that

here, but it doesn't get any more real than that. you want. No one asked for this life, it was given to all of us. How we choose to live it and what we

choose to believe in is totally our decision, for the simple fact that no matter what we do, this

life is over at one point, so you might as well do whatever you want.

If being Christian, working full time in an o fice building and starting a family is your idea of

perfection - then do it! Or, if it is living your life

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harder at overcoming their imperfections?

model and where he or she is mentally. I will say it isn't an easy industry to be in. As a model all

you ever want to do is book the job! For a lot of us (including myself), that's not the case. So we're constantly trying to figure out what we are

missing or what we can do di ferently for clients

to like us more. There are a lot of people looking for all di ferent types of looks and all you’re hoping is that they will like your look.

as a rebel, traveling the world and having no

NUDE: Why do you model? What do you get out

the biggest thing I've learned is: If you're happy,

Michael: Since I can remember, I've always

responsibilities - then do it! In 26 years of living,

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of this job?

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wanted to be in front of the camera. Whether it was a picture or a family video, I've always wanted to be a part

of it. Modeling is also a form of acting that I enjoy a lot.

I love working with creative and/or adventitious people.

Capturing a moment you see in your mind and putting it on film. Photo shoots with a story. That's what I enjoy. Modeling can get really in-depth, with the right crew.

NUDE: How do you feel the standards of beauty in society a fect you as a model?

Michael: Good question. The standards of beauty in society definitely a fect me and all models trying to

bring something di ferent to the table. Take me for example, a male model with very long hair. For some

people I think it gets too confusing. They don't know what to think: Is he a hippy? Is he a surfer? Does he do

drugs? Is he gay? When you think of a male model you would envision tall, 6 pack and short hair, combed to the

side - you know. That's what I feel most clients are more

comfortable with. Could you imagine if I booked the new Calvin underwear campaign and I'm just chilling in

my underwear with my hair down to my belly button? Sounds awesome to me, but would society accept that or

should the industry book someone like Justin Bieber? His look is more comparable and easier to understand. So, yes, I guess I'm just mad I don't book work like Justin. Who knows? Maybe one day.

NUDE: What would you say to an aspiring model who feels those pressures of perfection?

Michael: Don't make the journey any harder than it

already is. Understand who you are and understand your image! Don't be scared to be you, it's harder trying

to be fake. If people like you, they like you - if they don’t, they don't. Stay positive. Know that it will happen! Stay true to yourself. Good luck!

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NUDE: What’s your view on perfection in comparison to the one society has?

Lexus: I think society’s idea of perfection has developed a negative connotation because it’s seen as unattainable. It’s

something found where the grass is greener, and people

are trained by society to take certain steps to reach it. Lose this, gain this, change this, be this...and once you do all of

that, there is always a new step to take. Are people not

tired of being everything outside of who they are?

Perfection in my eyes is owning who you are, loving how

you look, knowing no one ever has that opportunity. Appreciating the vessel that carries you through life and

protects what keeps you alive. There is always someone

with an opinion, but the moment you stop caring about what other people think, that’s when you can start to see your own perfection.

NUDE: Do you think models have to work harder at overcoming their imperfections?

Lexus: I think models have to work harder to overcome

outside perceptions of imperfections. An imperfection is such a subjective thing. What one person sees as an

NUDE: How do you feel the standards of beauty in

have a huge red birthmark on my le t arm that travels from

Lexus: The standards of beauty definitely make you feel

imperfection can be seen as beautiful to someone else. I

my hand to my collarbone. I’ve modeled for people who have photoshopped it out, but I personally think it’s awesome. I was born with a sick full-sleeve tattoo that is basically a red leopard print.

NUDE: Why do you model? What do you get out of this job?

Lexus: I model because I am helping to achieve a vision. As a photographer and an artist, I know how important it is

society a fect you as a model?

you in a box and compare you to other looks. You are wondering what parts of your body are being your own perception of yourself. But, as I’ve mentioned,

everyone has an opinion. There is always a Negative Nancy. Let them wallow in their own negativity while you are feeling ly in your own skin.

work makes people think and feel, hopefully for the better.

Lexus: Own your look. You are the only one in this world

of art that finally triggers someone to follow their passion or do something good for the world. Also, modeling is just

a fun time! Lots of laughs and awkward, memorable moments!

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pinpointed and judged. Sometimes you second guess

NUDE: What would you say to an aspiring model who

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who has it, and no one can take that from you. That in

itself is perfect, because there is no other “you” to compare to. Be the best person for yourself, because this

is the only shot you have. Take care of your body and mind, follow your happiness, and let life fall into place.

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Markel: Personally, I put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve perfection. I know no one is perfect, I just feel like I can always make myself better than I currently am, even if it's just small things. It's just how I am. I

don't like to settle, which probably isn't good because it

makes me harder on myself. Part of that could be because of society. Especially in LA - I know my standards for myself and how I view things have

become a lot higher since moving here from Texas. I've always cared about how I looked and the way I did

things, but I definitely started caring more when I moved to LA.

There's just so much competition here - everyone wants to be the hottest and richest, especially in this

industry. It makes it hard for some people because LA

they feel they have to fit certain standards, which I don't think is true. I think you just have to learn how

to work with what you have, whether it's gapped teeth or big ears or something. You just have to figure out a

way to incorporate those things and still make it cool

and make it you. Then you'll be known as the cool model with the gap. Either way, you should love your

imperfections and just find a way to use them and make them cool. I just think it depends on the person, if you already had the mindset to be super healthy and

in shape, then having to work out for modeling wouldn't really be for modeling, it would just be for yourself because you already wanted that, rather than

thinking “Ah, my agents think I'm too big, I have to

work out and get skinny,” but you don't normally work out. Then it's going to seem like modeling is forcing you to fit a certain standard.

can really bring down a person’s confidence, but you

NUDE: Why do you model? What do you get out of

anyone else's idea of perfect other than your own. If

Markel: I never really planned to model, I was scouted

can't let it get to you. I don't think you should try to fit

you feel good with how you are then that's really all

that matters. You should always love yourself. Everyone's perfect in their own way.

NUDE: Do you think models have to work harder at overcoming their imperfections?

Markel: I think it depends, because some models really are just naturally beautiful and don't have to do

anything to keep up with themselves, yet others have to

watch their measurements, skin, etc. I think most models are harder on themselves though, only because

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this job?

so it kind of just came to me. But now I model for a few di ferent reasons: 1. It's making me money, and if

I can make money doing this, then why not? It's a

tight job. 2. I think it's cool to be able to use your body and face to create a cool image, or maybe a story. As

time passed in my modeling career, I learned that you can use your mood and feelings to express a lot in a photo, and I think it's cool seeing that show especially if you have a good photographer capturing

the moments. You can just make cool shit out of it. I love seeing cool photos.


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NUDE: How do you feel the standards of beauty in society a fect you as a model?

Markel: It's tricky. Everyone in the modeling industry in LA has always told me how beautiful I am and how I

need to go to New York because I'd kill it. I did actually

go to New York a few weeks ago and met with agencies

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and I barely got any positive responses back. So...it's

tricky. I feel the modeling industry is always looking for

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NUDE: What would you say to an aspiring model who feels those pressures of perfection?

Markel: I’m not really good with advice, but I guess just

don't let any ideas you have of what the standard is really get to your head because you could always change

them. So really anyone can do anything. Don't let other people's standards get to you.

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exposure and critics - they are in the wrong business.

Chris: I can’t say anything is technically perfect. The

because it's something that's not common or considered

to the one society has?

idea of perfection is all perception. Society has

advertised what is believed to be “perfect”. However, the irony is that everyone’s idea of perfection is vastly

di ferent. It’s all about perspective. My idea of

perfection will be di ferent than yours. It’s an idea, not necessarily a real thing. I don’t believe it’s tangible. Nothing is perfect, everything has its laws.

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Many times imperfections work to a model’s benefit “the norm” and something that's rarely seen whether it’s

a physical trait or a talent. It's what makes them unique and di ferent. In this business it's all about finding the

next big icon who stands out from everyone else. They have something that no one else has. Imperfections and laws are beautiful.

NUDE: Why do you model? What do you get out of this job?

Chris: Modeling was presented to me by a scout/ manager. At the time, I was working two jobs and going to school. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life,


the opportunity fell in my lap and I went with it. Adventure and curiosity is what I get out of it.

Traveling, experiencing di ferent countries and cultures. Meeting and working with amazing and talented people. Other doors open to be explored. It’s a journey; expecting the unexpected is thrilling for me.

NUDE: How do you feel the standards of beauty in society a fect you as a model?

Chris: It doesn’t a fect me, I couldn’t care less of what

society thinks of me. This is me, if you don’t like what you see, here is my middle finger - someone else will. Of course I don’t actually do that, but it’s my attitude toward society’s vision of beauty. I feel that setting a

certain standard of beauty is selfish and at the same

time unselfish. Referring to modeling it's selfish, because since you’re exposed to what society sees as beautiful, everyone else is an outcast. But it's also unselfish because people like what they like. Clients cast

models with certain physical shapes, personality traits or facial features. It's di ferent for everyone. I’m not saying every client is that way, what I’m saying is

certain attributes are required to represent a brand and sell to the consumer. Remember, it is a business, too.

NUDE: What would you say to an aspiring model who feels those pressures of perfection?

Chris: This business will eat you alive. Rejection is a

religious thing in this business. If you can’t handle the pressures, save yourself. The last thing you want is your self-confidence and self-esteem damaged. You can’t be

perfect. All you can be is confident and do your best. That’s all everyone wants and that's all you can do. If

they don’t like what they see because it's not “perfect,”

then fuck them and keep moving forward. Ever hear the

saying “the pursuit of perfection,” or “the quest for perfection”? It's always a pursuit, because there is no

destination. So relax and enjoy the journey and the process.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection? What are your experiences?

Lauren: I have. Honestly, who doesn’t? I think I do

it more o ten than less o ten. There are times when I will take pictures of myself and get so frustrated

because they're not “perfect,” or I’ll have others take

photos of me and question them about why they didn’t tell me something was o f. It’s funny because

sometimes I can’t understand why our society adores anything that appears to be “perfect,” yet I

find myself unconsciously checking to make sure that I am perfect. In reality, nothing can be perfect. There are laws in everything.

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re shooting with? As a photographer do you feel that pressure?

Lauren: Sometimes, I’ve shot with models from

some pretty important and well-known agencies and I get nervous, thinking “Omg, this shoot has to be amazing” or, “I have to do amazing with this

shoot, or they will never work with me again”. But

then again, I remind myself that there is no reason to stress out. I will do my best to put my best foot

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face, features, hair, etc. However, beauty to

Lauren: When choosing someone I want to

Beauty to me is someone who is confident -

to photograph?

work with I look for models who have

something a little unique about them, whether it’s a feature on their face or the way they go

about posing. I honestly don’t care how many followers they have, I enjoy working with models who have great energy and it definitely shows in the work that is produced.

me is way deeper than what's on the surface.

and I mean confident, not self-absorbed with

with an amazing personality. You can have the

most beautiful face in the world, but if your

intentions are no good all of that beauty subsides.

us?

Lauren: Never try to achieve perfection, you

appeals to the eye, and that’s it. I definitely believe that society takes a big toll on that as

well, it’s so easy to get convinced that beauty is what is on the outside, such as having a perfect

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someone who has a beautiful heart and soul,

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety

Lauren: In our culture I feel beauty is what

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the way they look and who they are. It is

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will always be unsatisfied if you do so. Accept

yourself for who you are and accept the fact

that your imperfections are what make you perfect. This is a goal I have for myself.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection? What are your experiences?

Brandon: I don't completely believe in anything being perfect but I do consider some things very pleasing. Out of all of my pictures that I consider to be my best work, there’s always something that I can find wrong.

Yet, to a regular person they might miss the laws and just see the big picture, rather than paying attention to those small details.

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Brandon: In photography there aren't really industry standards because it's a pretty fair game. Everyone

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about the outcome of the equipment you have in hand. Having shot with people ranging from two million

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following can definitely bring your following up, but think about it…are they following you because they see

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starts somewhere, some with more equipment than others but it's not about the equipment you use, it's followers to 700 or less followers, I feel I have the inside info. Taking basic pictures of people with a large

the artistic side of you and enjoy your work or are they following you because they want to see more pictures

of the “insta famous” person you shot with. My favorite pictures (that I've taken) are my favorites because of the vibe of the picture, including the model I use - some faces do and don't work in di ferent settings. NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to photograph?

Brandon: When I'm bored I will scroll through accounts on Instagram, looking for new faces. I will usually

direct message anyone I think I would be able to photograph well. To me it's not about how many followers they have, it's more about the look because I like to work with unique people.

NUDE: What do you feel beauty means in our culture with all the pressure that society puts on us?

Brandon: I definitely see some men and women judging themselves way too much. I have judged myself but I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I get over things like that very quickly. NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of perfection?

Brandon: Perfection is a very complicated word. Everyone has their own “perfect,” just try not to really judge yourself too much.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection? What are your experiences?

Chloe: Yes, in everything I do, I strive for perfection. I

demand people want to see in today's photography trends.

know that perfection may not necessarily be

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to

"perfection" can improve the quality of your work and

Chloe: I tend to choose my friends, and the ones

something that exists, but striving for your idea of

outcomes. I find myself pursuing perfection in the way I dress, the way I decorate my room, the way I

talk to others, the way I handle my photography, and

much more. I feel my experiences with trying to attain perfection have been successful. By successful I

do not mean I achieved perfection, but the idea of

"perfection" enhanced the caliber of my endeavor. However, through trying to attain the “best," I have

found that my "imperfections" are also acceptable and they are the factors that make me unique.

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photograph?

who have a unique look to them. I also look for

people who look like they may have had experience with photography or shoots before. It has always

been hard when I get to photo shoots and the

person I'm shooting with has never been in front of the camera before. It's hard when shooting with

someone who may not have experience or is not comfortable in front of the camera, because the

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that I get the best photos when I combine my

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photos will have a sti f and posed feel to them. I find

experience behind the camera with someone's experience in front of the camera. But, candid

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gorgeous. I also ask di ferent people I see around my

Chloe: In our culture I feel the definition of beauty

school and it's a cool way to get to know di ferent people in di ferent grades. As a photographer, I

definitely feel the pressure of industry standards. A

lot of photographers want their photos and models to look a certain way to mimic a certain style. I am also

guilty of sometimes using industry standards to

choose who and what to shoot, but I'm really lucky that most of my friends and what we wear fit the

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shoots with anyone are always fun!

Chloe: Not really. Most of the time, I will ask my

friends, who all happen to be naturally really

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culture with all the pressure that society puts on us?

is heavily in luenced by media and popular icons

around us. Society tends to display certain celebrities to us and defines that as beautiful. It

starts from Barbie dolls when we're seven to reading magazines with cover models. We have always been exposed to society's idea of beautiful,

and that is also something that has changed over generations. These "standards" strongly in luence

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girls and guys, especially teens, to think of themselves

as not pretty or good enough, and forces them to try to

attain a certain look. In fact, that is not possible,

because every person looks di ferent and we are all unique. There is no way we could all look like one

another because God made us all unique for a reason. Society may have one deďŹ nition of beauty, but to the

people who truly understand, beauty comes from within, and they learn to appreciate themselves and

others around them. We all have dynamic characteristics and our own little quirks. Simply being ourselves and loving it, is what true beauty is.

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of perfection?

Chloe: Don't compare yourself to others and their "perfection". Comparison will kill you. Just stay on track and stay focused. Stay focused on yourself and

the things you want to accomplish. Wanting to attain

perfection can be healthy at times, because it does improve the standard of what we are trying to achieve,

but it becomes unhealthy when we allow it to change us completely and alter what we are all about. The idea

of "perfection" has negative and positive e fects, depending on how we utilize and view it.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection?

Speaking of perfection on a more personal level, I

Kristina: Yes, I’ve always pursued perfection in my

being truthful and honest. I try to stay away from

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photography and life. I see it as something valuable to

keep in mind while photographing. To me, perfection is manifested in the natural and balanced aspects of life.

It should promote a positive and balanced image. It’s important and always a good thing to have an image of

something perfect in your mind and to pursue it. Pursuing perfection is similar to being in a state of

hunger for light, such as the moth when it finds itself

also believe that you need to love who you are, while

re lecting superficial perfection. Instead of trying so

hard to make a perfect impression, it’s better to be yourself in all aspects of your life even if it falls short of what others may view as “perfect”. I also think it’s

actually part of having low self-esteem when you

value someone else’s opinion over your own. You just need to expand your self-love and self-respect.

being attracted to the light. I’d like to say that I

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re

when pursuing perfection. Whenever I am unsatisfied

pressure?

experience this similar sense of vitality and energy low with something in my life, this same dissatisfaction drives me to get the opposite.

shooting with? As a photographer do you feel that Kristina: I’ve been involved in studio, beauty/fashion

photography for a while and I feel this pressure all the time. I finally realized that the industry is simply

fake and it’s absolutely not me nor my kind of

photography. I enjoyed that kind of photography because it's somewhat of an art; you create light, style

and makeup all for just one perfect picture. Then I saw how, as a photographer, I was being valued

based on how perfect my images came out, which to me was sad. I moved out of it and started to shoot my

friends with their own natural look, skin, style and honest smile.

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to photograph?

Kristina: I like to shoot people I know. Usually, these people are my friends because they are a part of me

and I know how beautiful they are inside and out. Currently, nature and landscapes are my favorite and to me, that’s pure perfection.

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NUDE: What do you feel beauty means in our culture with all the pressure that society puts on us?

Kristina: I think beauty in our society has been viewed as natural and healthy and it has always

been that way. But now I see how society presents beauty in a very superficial way and sadly, it’s

something that’s becoming normal. I’m actually not a very big fan of the popular phrase, “Fake it ‘till you

make it”. It invokes others to pretty much lie and

not be themselves. Unfortunately, it's becoming normal right now.

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Kristina: Stay away from displaying faux perfection

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because it takes a lot of energy and e fort. It’s like

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yourself look taller. It’s uncomfortable and it just

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walking on your toes all the time to try and make makes you unhappy. I think if you pursue

perfection with self-love and acceptance it will

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make you grow, and growth is a low and motion. Just remember, you are already perfect - all you

need to do is to move forward with that. Be the best version of yourself and you’ll get the best version of your life!

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people once wide exposure, or serious work deeper in the industry comes their way.

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Austin: I wouldn’t say I have found myself pursuing

perfection, but I went through a phase where I set higher

standards for myself than I should have. For example, to

speak of my work: I would start over-thinking some of my work and wouldn’t expose a photo because it wasn't

“good enough”. I’d like the photo…I just wanted it to be

better. You can’t have the “best” photograph every time. You’ll have the ones you like, and the ones that are your

fit enough, if I think they have enough followers on whatever social media site, or any of that

nonsense. Everyone is di ferent, with their own unique body features. I usually end up shooting

with someone because their look grabs my eye and/or interest for whatever reason. It can be very

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your art. Also, don’t put expectations of perfection on

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yourself. Make your best e fort and have fun doing it. That is where the real art comes out.

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re shooting with? As a photographer do you feel that pressure?

Austin: No there aren’t. Even though the models I have been shooting with meet these standards, I don’t go o f them when wanting to set up a shoot, but yes, the

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random. Yes I’ll work with people who have

favorites - like what you like. All the work you enjoy

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culture with all the pressure that society puts on

Austin: With how the media is on us, I feel the

standard of beauty has been slowly pushed up in

people’s eyes, but mainly introduced to the youth as the “perfect” face or body structure. One big example of this is obviously; Instagram. It is full of

girls or guys who daily upload pictures of

themselves with people commenting “PERFECT”, “CAN I BE YOU” or stu f like “LIFE ISN’T FAIR”. This all roots to how our society is seeing beauty.

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We see all the girls or guys that people say to

be “perfect,” and it has become the goal for people to be “perfect,” while also triggering

others to degrade themselves. I do know models who have this uncomfortable pressure to look better. It definitely isn’t healthy.

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of perfection?

Austin: My advice. Well first o f, entire

perfection in your life doesn’t exist. Think about it this way - if you were perfect, what

goals would you have? How would you become

anything? Life needs progression. Perfection doesn’t progress. One big issue people have with perfection, as I said, is their looks. You

are making your life more uncomfortable or less acceptable setting perfection on yourself. YOU are YOU. I understand being creative

with your looks and fashion. But, you’re

beautiful, don’t try to be someone else. In all, love yourself. Most importantly when it comes to art, appreciate failure while working your

best. Failure helps strengthen you to take that next step.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection? What are your experiences?

Ruby: I definitely have! I feel like I’m constantly

looking for ways to make things better - it’s hard to go back and look at past work without criticizing it

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the whole time, which can be frustrating. The

standards I set for my own work are much, much higher than the standards I set in my head when looking at other people’s work.

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re shooting with? As a photographer do you feel that pressure?

Ruby: A good chunk of the girls I’ve worked with

have spoken to me about their agencies wanting

have somewhat of a presence - people who stand out!

like that. It’s definitely disheartening and makes my

NUDE: What do you feel beauty means in our culture

thing to feel kind of crappy about yourself

Ruby: Beauty, in my opinion, is all about confidence.

them to lose weight, to stay on a strict diet, things

self-image problems pale in comparison - it’s one sometimes, but to have someone watching over you and requiring you to maintain a specific look has to be insanely stressful!! I don’t really feel any kind of

industry-induced pressure - I shoot girls who are around my age so most of the time it hardly feels like work. I’m lucky in the way that I don’t feel a ton of pressure, but it’s awful that so many of these girls feel it all the time!

with all the pressure that society puts on us?

Someone who knows, without a doubt, that they are an amazing, gorgeous human being who is doing the best they can - to me that is the definition of beauty!! Being

able to work anything and everything - not because you have the face for it, or the body, but because you’re having a great time - that will always be so beautiful and

fun and make everyone around you (including you) feel great.

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of

Ruby: I love shooting people with exaggerated

Ruby: I would say, try to remember that everyone else is

photograph?

features, or people who have interesting and unusual faces. I absolutely love freckles, light eyes, big

mouths - if someone looks like they can make the most of the space around them when it comes to modeling, be it with their facial expressions or their body, it’s an immediate yes. So, I guess people who 52

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figuring all this out at the same pace as you. While it

might look like someone is leading an incredible, stressfree, beautiful life with no problems, they are probably

experiencing the same worries and insecurities as you are. No one is going through anything alone, and it’s so much easier to be an ally than a competitor.


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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection? What are your experiences?

Marc: Every time I finish a picture I try to make it perfect...I just wouldn’t be happy if I released an image and it wasn’t as perfect as I

could make it. Time has become a factor, so I’ve had to learn to be

quicker with narrowing down my edits, but I still aim for perfection in every single image.

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re shooting with? As a photographer do you feel that pressure?

Marc: I don’t feel the pressure to be honest, as I try to produce imagery that is interesting, and not just for the fashion industry. I’ve shot with tattooed models, plus size models, and unsigned

models. There is some pressure to stick to “industry standards” but some of my best images have been made with models that aren’t typical high-end models.

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to photograph?

Marc: If the model has a beautiful or unusual face, that’s usually

what I go with. Freckles, red hair, short hair, braces, huge eyes…in my experience, people tend to prefer the more unusual looks.

NUDE: What do you feel beauty means in our culture with all the pressure that society puts on us?

Marc: I feel like there has been a change in what beauty means today, with the emergence of plus-size and curvy modeling agencies

and divisions, also agencies like Anti-agency and Ugly. Beauty now

encompasses older models, and more unusual models. People are more open to di ferences and beauty has become broader.

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of perfection?

Marc: Strive for perfection, but don’t let it hold you back. Imperfections are o ten more beautiful.

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Cole: I feel like everyone is trying to pursue perfection

in their own way. Obviously, everyone has something they want to be perfect whether it is their self image or

the way others perceive something they do, for

example, photography. Personally, I don't think

them, but I definitely feel it, too. When your job is to

make sure a person looks the best they can possibly look, that can also be kind of stressful. Aside from that there are so many wonderful artists out there, all trying

to fill the same job slot so there will always be some sort of pressure as a photographer.

perfection is something I could ever reach, nor do I feel

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to

doing whatever it takes to be better as a person, friend,

Cole: I wouldn't say I have a basis for choosing people,

like it is something I would like to reach. I am always worker, photographer and so forth, but I wouldn't say it is all for some goal of perfection.

It is more so the never-ending cycle of improvement. It

also depends on your perception of perfect though.

photograph?

but in general I prefer people with very exotic faces, extremely weird and extravagant style, and typically someone who you can tell has a lot of personality. I dig the pizzazz factor.

Some people prefer cookie cutter, I prefer weird, but

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perfection seems like the overall issue with society and

Cole: Frankly, our culture has a warped connotation of

that is just me. Either way, to idolize an idea of

media nowadays, so I try to avoid it. Working in a field

such as photography, I have met some of the best, most talented people I know, also some of the worst, most

ignorant people you could imagine due to their lust for perfection. So no, I don't feel the need to be “perfect” but I will I always strive to improve.

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re shooting with? As a photographer do you feel that

with all the pressure that society puts on us?

beauty and its true meaning. Media makes people feel a certain way about all these famous figures as if they're the ultimate but as soon as you step out of that bubble

you realize none of that really matters. Beauty should be acceptance in whatever you choose to do, so long as it is

not hurting others. Not to be some plastic figure who

makes no serious contribution to the bettering of society.

pressure?

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of

two of the most competitive fields to work in, in my

Cole: My only advice on the entirety of perfection is to

Cole: Oh yeah! Modeling and photography are easily

opinion. The people I work with from agencies are expected to look a certain way, diet a certain way, work out to a certain routine, etc. That pressure is more on

perfection?

forget about perfection completely. Do whatever you feel fits and kill it. If people don’t like it, that is their issue, not yours.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection? What are your experiences?

Maddy: I wanted to start this interview o f with an

intriguing opener, then I felt the need to let everyone

know right away this whole interview topic has been something I've been struggling with these past months or

almost my entire life, “perfection” and its meaning/ relevance to artists/society. If you are looking for perfection as an artist or in life, you are in the wrong line

of work, or even better, on the wrong planet. I have

encountered many struggles and stresses in my own work that have taught me that photography can't be perfected, only desirable to the artist’s eye. When I moved

to Los Angeles almost everyone seemed to be a

photographer. This is when my need for perfection seemed to override any art driven motive because I felt I needed to be noticed ASAP.

So I automatically began seeking perfection to stand out,

which caused me to lose the art in my passion. It was completely noticeable and it's almost grueling how hard I

am on myself with my work. It takes a lot for me to actually like one picture. So when I shoot, I don't seek perfection, I look for possible unique mistakes that stand

out. These photos seem to be the ones I like the most. For

example, when I shoot I don't continuously snap frames, I look back at every shot because I want to make sure

each shot is special, not perfect, but di ferent and nonrepetitive. This doesn't always have to tie just into

photography. In society nothing is perfect and that is the beauty of it. Look back each day and think, “Did I express myself the way I wanted to today?". By doing this, you are

able to dissect yourself and recognize the beauty of who you are as a person.

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Maddy: This is probably my favorite question. I am

Maddy: The pressure society puts on us is definitely

are standards - it's Los Angeles and people like to see that

unable to detect where the true beauty lies. I find

challenged by this with every shoot I plan. Of course there K next to a number of followers. It's intriguing and makes

you look important although it shouldn't. When I first

moved here I felt I needed to shoot big people to be considered a “photographer” and oh boy, that was such an

arrogant mindset. You could see in my work I wasn't happy when I was striving only for that. I have now

developed enough confidence to not be afraid of the industry and its standards. Once I overcame that, I suddenly started to get a better vision of what I wanted in my work and how to better it with rooted art rather than

just fame. Industry standards do not exist in art. Some of my favorite shoots I've done are with people who’ve had

200 followers. So, I don't feel that pressure at all and

neither should anyone else. If people truly are supporting

me for my work it shouldn't matter if I shoot someone with a million followers or 200. It's art! Not a competition or social ladder.

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to

challenging. It's almost enough to be blinded and beauty almost everywhere I look. I've always been very

in tune with my surroundings and the people in it. Everything is beauty, it's how you let it show and how you play with it that gives beauty a meaning in our

culture. Whether that is a photographer, musician, painter, or even those who find art in the school-related

culture. We are all artists with our own perception of beauty. The pressure we receive from society such as who you need to hang out with, what you need to do to

be “cool,” what words you say, and how you think,

seems to be so altered and controlled by society. It

becomes such a pressure on people who lack self expression, and that lessens the beauty of culture. I find

beauty in self expression and relationships with others. Ones who yearn for the same goals. It's insanely

powerful to have a group of people who only want beauty for our culture. Don't let society be any reason for you to not show your self expression.

photograph?

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Los Angeles. I set aside one day weekly to dig deep on the

Maddy: I think of perfection as slow cooking. You put in

Maddy: I find all my models through Instagram here in Gram to look for new unique faces. I look for people who would help express my own art to its best ability. Having

the right models is definitely important. I am picky with who I shoot because I do like to go for a certain look for my work - I like to go for the di ferent faces. I’m attracted to models with interesting features/ laws. To me, laws

are beautiful and stand out the most in images which makes a striking, appealing, and strong picture.

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perfection?

time, cut up the e forts along with dedication to learn

more and then you let it simmer, very, very patiently.

You will not like how it comes out the first time, most likely not the second or third time either. However, over

time you learn your own recipe. You find out which things/people/habits you want to add or even take

away. This slow cooking process is the key to

“perfection,” aka lawed beauty. Take your time in getting to know yourself, you will then begin to meet

others who are like you and build relationships that stand against the pressures of society and build up the beauty of our culture.

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NUDE: Have you found yourself pursuing perfection?

the final product, not the process. Pollock’s work

Cole: I’ll try to add my two cents to a rich topic. My

modern art, but that still doesn’t keep most artists

What are your experiences?

upbringing in Hollywood dictated that my public

persona needed an almost alien-like quality of

from desiring perfection within their process.

perfection, something an audience could look at and

My photographic process is pretty unpolished. I like

has is perfect”. Drive them to pursue it endlessly, keep

perfection changed from a striving for positive

say, “I want what that person has, what that person them watching and mimicking. It was really

dehumanizing for both the audience and myself. I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t still pursue

perfection, realistically, I think we all do. The pursuit

of perfection can be a tremendous incentive for a

work ethic, but like bad food, the long-term detriments outweigh the relief of a temporary

sustenance. Perfection, for me, was my desire for positive criticism. Criticism, however, o ten ignores

the labor of a production in artistry or professionalism; criticism is primarily passed upon

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questioned this relationship, and so does much of

it this way, it keeps it honest. My definition of

criticism to a striving for honesty. Honesty, to me,

is a form of perfection grounded in reality, and it was a hard lesson for me to learn growing up as an

actor. I find myself obsessed with meeting honest people and going on fun little photo adventures with them. I stay away from studio shoots; I trained with lighting in college and always felt that the

studio retains an aspect of falsity. I pursue

perfection by pursuing honesty. I ask my subjects

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I expose them in hard, natural sunlight, the locations are preferably “wild”. We almost always travel together, and I

answer any questions with full honesty (even the weird

ones). The relationship between a photographer and subject is something VERY readable by the audience. I

want the relationship pulled from my work to be one of authenticity.

NUDE: Are there industry standards of who you’re shooting with? As a photographer, do you feel that pressure?

Cole: I do feel that pressure, but that pressure is good. I

want my work to look “up to snu f,” and that involves

including myself within an established tradition. This means I’m obeying trends within fashion photography that

I may disagree with, but I’m not currently in a position to be too choosy. I’m very much a “boots-on-the-ground”

worker, and I completely intend on demonstrating that I’ve put my time in.

NUDE: What is your basis when choosing who to photograph?

Cole: The two primary factors I consider when working with someone is whether they have an established portfolio

of fashion work and whether money is involved. Photography is an expensive profession, and I like to

ensure that each teammate I work with is compensated. I’m not yet successful enough within photography to be

pursuing shoots without considering these qualities. And so while I build a sizable resume, these are primarily what I

am considering. A lesser-considered factor, and a very personal opinion, is whether the association with certain subjects will make my work look too sexual. The rise of

social media photography has given many male

photographers a chance to use their cameras as an extension of their penises.

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The nude form is oversaturated within photography right now, but this is not the core of the issue. The issue lies with the depthless and distasteful quality of the nude imagery being

produced. As if the goal is to sell sex - not a new issue but certainly one with more ammo due to social media. Some contemporary photographers use nudity in a really wonderful way -

Ryan Mcginley is the first one that comes to my mind - but he is also pretty divorced from social media. Selling sex is easy, everyone knows this, and I think the last thing photography needs right now is another straight male photographer pointing his camera and selling it with shallow e fort. Girl on bed and girl on car photography is getting really stale. I’m a believer that

this kind of imagery does no forward service to an argument on body image, beauty, etc., and so I try to stay away from subjects whose portfolios consist primarily of it.

NUDE: What do you feel beauty means in our culture with all the pressure society puts on us?

Cole: I think beauty is reduced to sexual marketability, and we’re all seeing beauty becoming more quantifiable with social media prestige. The amount of ‘likes’ on a selfie, if it outranks

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another one, can be wrongly interpreted as indicating a higher quality of beauty. Honestly, I’m

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changed too dramatically over the last four generations. Being seen as beautiful within a

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still trying to understand exactly where the definition lies, but I don’t think the definition has society is typically associated with an enhanced social agency: A greater capacity to get a job, a

sexual partner, social prestige, etc. The imagery we’re bombarded with on a daily basis only

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reinforces this skin-deep understanding of beauty. Hopefully, key professionals within critical industries can refocus this definition to one that’s more inclusive. Photographers are certainly included within that responsibility.

NUDE: What’s your best advice on the entirety of perfection?

Cole: Perfection is o ten defined as an entirety, or wholeness. Once we come to terms with perfection as “the confident acceptance of incompletion,” it’ll be easier to rationalize with ourselves and forgive others. We read about idols on a day-to-day basis, Bowie is the one

currently being discussed. These kinds of monolithic figures in our society didn’t suddenly ‘become the best,’ it was a process of wins and losses. My advice is to accept the failures

inherent within trying and try to stay within a stream of consciousness while working. Don’t think so much and hopefully I won’t either.

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Nude Magazine Issue 3  

"perfection"

Nude Magazine Issue 3  

"perfection"