Laura was our model for the second Minnie + Ree photoshoot with photographer Karolina Stus. Laura is a brilliant writer. Here's her story about being a Famous Model.
|Lily dress with boro|
This is why agreeing to be a clothes model was a quietly confronting proposition. Minnie + Ree clothes are great, and I feel great in them, but with very very limited experience in modelling could I make them look great? Would I feel great when I saw the photographs? Would I be happy for other people to see the photographs? But I did it anyway.
I approached the day with a small amount of trepidation, a reasonable amount of ‘what the hell?!’, and a large amount of “ohmigosh I don’t want to muck this up for Minnie + Ree.” Turns out, when you are wearing Minnie + Ree clothes, and being photographed by Karolina Stus, there isn’t anything to worry about.
On the day (following essential coffee drinking and outfit planning) we were straight into the modelling. With a confident Ree and Karolina who knew exactly what was needed I was surprised at how quickly I relaxed and enjoyed it. Karolina was clear and professional, giving me excellent and supportive direction on what to do. I felt fantastic in the clothes. Unexpectedly, and awesomely, I didn’t have to be anyone other than me. I was wearing clothes I like, in the way I like to wear them, with my hair style, my make up, my jewellery, and my shoes. I was so comfortable, in fact, that I found myself standing on a public walkway in M+R pants and my bra while Karolina photographed the linen dress looking gorgeous in the long, dry, summery grass!
|Lily gauze dress|
When I saw the photographs, they felt real. Karolina has done a wonderful job of making them true to the clothing, true to me, and true to how the day had felt – warm, relaxed, fun. I even thought I looked really good (I know!). While I knew the photos would be used far and wide for promotion, I did wonder how I would feel about that when the time came. Now I know – I have no qualms at all. That’s because Minnie + Ree clothes are awesome, Karolina’s photographs are awesome, and I feel awesome about how I look.