Holy Smoke

September 3rd, 2010 Posted by Janelle comments (59)

Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to editorials? Prepare to brace yourself for V67 (on newsstands now), in it Mario Sorrenti channels Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s cult classic, The Holy Mountain, for an editorial heavy on symbolism and sex. Natasha Poly stars in Sorrenti’s colorful photographs and dominates every picture she is in – whether she is spraying Mario with milk or looking like a deity come to life courtesy of Aaron de Mey‘s striking makeup, Ms. Poly owns this story. Sorrenti’s eye-catching images are sure to stay with you – especially the ones where he inserts himself into the story.

CITY OF GOD from V Magazine on Vimeo.

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  1. tarzan says:

    the first pic is stunning,
    the contrast rocks!!

  2. The Editor says:

    this is wild

  3. jake says:

    very interesting. i also like the first shot the most, its just so intriguing and pleasing to look at.

  4. Laila says:

    WOAH! Natasha always kills it, what a chameleon that girl is! Interested to see the rest….

  5. Chris says:

    Not as powerful as the images and scenarios of the movie, it lacks the essence…

  6. IS THIS IT? models review says:

    I’m pretty sure I won’t like this, not at all…
    and please, don’t play the “Bigotry card”, ’cause that’s not the point. This simply looks the kind of work that doesn’t give me any particular feeling, just that… it’s not about “reluctance”, it’s about the “Let’s see what’s next” little voice I hear when I leaf through an editorial that doesn’t get my attention – or tries to do it kind of too much ostentatiously…


  7. Natasha Fan says:

    Natasha is always the best and this editorial is awesome, i love Natasha and Sorrenti couple^^
    Natasha is an icon 🙂

  8. Marcus says:

    O wow, I am a bit speechless here…


  9. janice says:

    this couldn’t get any more sacrilegious. it’s pretty disturbing

  10. janice says:

    this couldn’t get any more sacrilegious. it’s disturbing

  11. Alex says:

    Tries to look avant garde and provocative, but it actully looks like many many old bad performance art videos from the 1980s.

  12. Jameson says:

    I think the whole post-satanic thing is boring old news. Despite recent editorial proclaiming it as ‘NEW!’. Rehash trying to be provocative. Clearly a skilled photographer. Some of the other elements that were not trying to be shocking sacrilege were interesting and well done.

  13. d says:

    nothing wrong with sacrilege

  14. fashionista says:

    loves it.

  15. beachboy101 says:

    This is very disgusting and wrong, there is nothing Holy about this campaign. And this has nothing to do with God.

  16. HannaV says:

    I loved the shoots, Natasha is gorgeous and the first and the third photos are awesome.


  17. kurt vonnegut says:

    styled by jane how? give the lovely lady some credit!

  18. Oscar says:

    I love Sorrenti. He’s an excellent photographer than can mix his passion for nudity with his love for fashion. City of God is visually alluring. He sits at the top of the photography world with Weber, Vanderperre, and Burton.

  19. ul says:

    are those really Natasha’s ribs?

  20. Leandro says:


  21. shannon says:

    Love this.

  22. den says:

    AMAZING!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

  23. saphery says:


  24. Whatevah says:

    Love this story and video and soundtrack. PS SORRENTI HAS A BEAUTIFUL ASS!

  25. Nádia says:

    WOW, that is a POWERFUL shoot!!!


  26. Bitato says:

    she is the baddest high fashion model chick in the world 🙂 you go girl

  27. carola says:

    It’s visually appealing.. Natasha is truly a fantastic model. But it does look kinda vulgar, I mean like something Terry would do. Which is okay when it’s shot by Terry I guess lol

  28. Eddie says:

    This is one of the most visually exciting editorials I have seen in a while.

  29. Marc says:

    Sacrileious! but STUNNING! Natasha knows how to do it!

  30. Ritournelle says:

    This is grotesque.

  31. GP says:

    oh la la. Is anything Natasha can’t do?

  32. fashionista says:

    Natasha is just killing it with her editorials and back to back to back Vogue covers! I love U Natasha! keep it up!

  33. J says:

    Controversial, but very Memorable.

  34. J says:

    also, i noticed they spelt her last name polly. and regardless how sacrilegious it is i kinda hope the spread in V actually used all of the layouts, i really liked the one with the pieta reference. possibly too racy even for V?

  35. Irene says:

    In my opinion it’s too much make-up and too much nudity.

  36. Jasmin says:

    okay those ribs are sick…actually this whole ed is a bit…over for me, but Natasha is FIERCE!


  37. Alan says:

    Amazing <3

  38. allen says:

    does natasha have to be fierce all the time?
    can she not be soft and subtle sometimes?

  39. Gustavo Ford says:

    BEST <3
    LOVE IT!

  40. Bitato says:

    why dont the Models.com move her spot to icons top ??~ that’s weird

  41. nada says:

    this is so tastless. i can’t help but imagine what terry richardson could have done much better,

  42. tony says:

    I though it all looks a bit funny, is it meant to be comical?

  43. JUJU says:


  44. allen says:

    i don’t know, i think it is supposed to be funny! natasha looks like a drag queen with that makeup!!! ugh!

  45. Nicolas says:

    Calm down, it’s an editorial for a magazine you can CHOOSE to buy. It isn’t penetrating your religious beliefs.

  46. Models and Style says:
  47. jluc says:

    So filthy and nasty… which makes it so amazing

  48. cocoya says:



    Absolutely amazing ,Good staff !!

  50. afieq says:

    they mispelled natasha poly’s name….polly with douube L???

  51. tony says:

    I’ve seen the use of the reverse cross a few times; but then you have the unshaven nun, lol. They not included any monks with guns.

  52. fashionista says:

    We should do a campaign to move Natasha Poly up to number 1 spot and be in the icon list!

  53. Bitato says:

    we should ~! totally agree 🙂

  54. Charlie Morrison says:

    Im a bit concerned about the second shot. Looks like something terrible dripping out of Mario’s bum. 🙂

  55. james says:

    @Charlie Morrison …something terrible like cum and I love it!

    To me this is not like Terry Richardson I don’t feel like I’m witnessing exploitation by some ugly, old perv. When looking at a Terry Richardson photo you get the feeling that if he wasn’t Terry Richardson, he would never get away with the things that he does. But Mario’s different there is emotion in the model, its silent film acting, and when he does shoot himself or the model, nude its makes sense isn’t demeaning the model. If anyone is being objectified it’s Mario (who is looking so sexy, returning to his past life as a model), in fact if you look closely Natasha looks like she is in control. Mario is known for pushing the envelope, with an experimental style of photography similar to Hiro (in terms of angles and shots), and mixing art, expression,fashion and photography like a young Nick Knight. I am biased as he is one of my favorites, love his work with Kate, Naomi, Malgolsia, Devon, Angela and that YSL campaign with Noot.

  56. fsd says:

    Who is the male model?

  57. HiuCJ says:

    i think it’s a bit gross

  58. quanghuyphoto says:


  59. JM says:

    this is so funny!! i like natasha here but shes everytime with that face!!!


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