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As fashion week photographers, we see walking the most beautiful creatures on earth in front of us. But beauty is a subjective concept. And extreme beauty in the fashion world is the standard. So at some point it becomes our normality.
And sometimes something magic happens, like a few days ago when I was sitting in the photographer’s pit, watching the rehearsals of Yiqing Yin couture Spring Summer 2012. The venue was empty, the music starts, and this beauty appears: Russian model Svetlana Mukhina… Round doll face and concentrated face expression, her hair mixing perfectly with the dress, looking almost like a religious icon, it was one of those “wow” moments that made me really happy to be a runway photographer.
I saw her at several shows show I went to, and she has a sort of broken nose almost looking like a boxer. And if there is something we learned from models since the 90′s (think of Cindy Crawford’s trademark mole for example) it’s that what we sometimes take for a default, can in fact make us so unique, hence beautiful.
Simona looks good on runways, she looks good backstage and most important for me behind my camera: she always looks amazing on each pictures. I chose this profile photo of her backstage at Arzu Kaprol Spring/Summer 2012 show as she looks like an ancient Greek sculpture. Remember her name as she’s a supermodel of tomorrow.
So, like all events as photographer I had to go pick up my all access badge. As thousands of people go to Fashion Night Out, this badge avoids you to queue at the entrance of the shops.
I had to meet someone at Dior to get my badge. I arrive at Dior, I introduce myself with my name Nadia Morganistik and the PR tells me: yes I do have your name but I gave your badge to someone else who came from Maje as they were 2 guys. Then she tells me but I do have a spare badge from Vogue… Meanwhile I try to call my manager at Maje to arrange things but she couldn’t hear my call with the DJs playing at Maje store. Stuck on that silly situation the girl from Dior tells me: oh I’m so sorry, I give you the Vogue all access :) and here I am going around FNO taking pictures with “Staff Vogue” written on me.
Later during the night I spot someone with a Maje badge but no camera. So I go say: hello, do you work for Maje? And he says “errr yeah yeah I work for Maje” and I say: “oh me too! I believe maybe you took my all access badge earlier” and he tells me ah it’s you! And he shows me the friend carrying a badge “Nadia Morganistik”…
And the guy tells me: it’s not handy for me to enter everywhere with a girl’s name… So I tell him well, you shouldn’t have taken *my* badge for a start but instead of it I got a Vogue one that opened me way more doors as everybody believed I actually worked for Vogue :) And he asks me: can we exchange? I said: no way! But I’m going to take a picture of it and a picture of you wearing it.
You can’t imagine the attitude people have when they believe you work for Vogue. In fact I already experienced it when I worked for the fashion bible before and tonight again I noticed people put out the red carpet for you. Some designers PRs left their work place to make me a visit of their shops.
Maybe 20 people in the street came to me saying: hi, sorry to bother you, do you work for Vogue? Do you know how I can enter at Vogue? My girlfriend is a photographer, how can she enter at Vogue? Do you have a contact of someone at Vogue for me? Do you know where is the secret Vogue party? Can I please take a picture with you?
My conclusion: thanks to the unknown dude who stole my badge, I spent an excellent Fashion Night Out in Paris wearing my Vogue badge, I got a few visit cards from PRs who jumped on me from the best fashion designers. So really: thank you. Oh and if you ever read this one day: if you want you can send me my badge with my name as I keep them as souvenir. There is a contact section on my blog where you can reach me.
PS: dear Vogue, I will work for you one day but I still have some skills and techniques to learn and master. Though I’m always available for your online version as you can see on my last coverage for you
Morganistik says: Daniel Bamdad from Elite model agency reminds me this sentence from the movie The Pillow Book: “Use my body like the pages of a book” as you can spend some time reading his tattoos.
I really like the tape with wings on his neck. Makes me think how vintage tapes can be as they stopped to be sold in stores when models of today were still little kids.
Also I had long debates with my label partner about what is or what isn’t art. We were pointing at stains on walls or random shapes found in nature or drawn by humans in the streets asking each other is this art? The tattoo over Daniel’s eyebrow answers that question: this is art.