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After six months of serving up pies to UCLA students and upper-Wilshire luxury apartment houses (“I’m glad I did it, and I would never take the experience back”), Penn signed with an agency, to relieve the pressure of making ends meet. She’s a natural in front of the camera, efortlessly turning from Northern Californian cool girl into self-possessed bombshell and back again. “I like doing the editorial stuf,” she says, “because it’s nice to do something that’s more me. But modeling for brands and the things to make money...I guess I don’t really like being the mannequin. It’s a very strange concept.” She declined an ofer to appear in Playboy, but received much attention recently for a decidedly sultry shoot with photographer Tony Duran. “I’ve always been extremely comfortable in my body, and I think that comes from how I grew up. It sounds so cheesy, but it was never about what you look like on the outside, it was about what you really give,” she says. “It’s weird because I know it doesn’t really make sense that I’m doing all of these things that force me to be in the spotlight when I’m so uncomfortable with it in some respects.” Recently Penn has tried her hand at acting, she will be making her debut in the horror movie Condemned, in which she plays Maya, a naive runaway who lives in a dilapidated building and becomes the heroine of the flm. “I resisted acting for a long time because I grew up around it, and it wasn’t something that was interesting to me,” says Penn. “I didn’t want to follow behind my parents in that way, I knew I wanted to be in flm, but just behind the camera.” Now she’s viewing the world through her own lens. “Every shoot that I have, I think of it as a diferent place to observe and take notes on people,” she says. “I love watching people. Especially in the fashion world, where people are so weird, in great ways sometimes and the worst ways other times. I love going to shoots, because it’s a social experiment to just watch.” Mark Jacobs dylan penn in los angeles, april 2014

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Model Mania by Mario Testino

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Model Mania by Mario Testino