March 18th, 2015 | steven.yatsko
“The transformation from innocent to icon isn’t easy–or accidental” says the “Jolie Laide” issue of CR Fashion Book. On that note, the story photographed by Sebastian Faena (Los Angeles: Total Management, Paris: Total Management, New York: Total Management) conceptually takes model Kitty Hayes “from child to calendar girl to seductress” as she is transformed into America’s iconic and breathless beauty Marilyn Monroe. The seventeen-year-old Hayes beams a mouth full of hardware and is championed by Carine Roitfeld herself, putting Kitty on the cover. The hardware serves as an unusual but apropos accessory considering the issue’s motif with the breakout from Reading, London, scouted back when she was twelve.
For her metamorphosis Hayes is re-imagined by Roitfeld who costumes her in modern classics with cherry red lips and ribboned, honey locks, and then eventually to the infamous shade of blonde Monroe took as she transformed, all the while wearing her braces. It’s one of the more redolent styling choices (even if not by choice), something that is symbolic of many things: change, imperfection, innocence, and a touchstone of adolescence. That semblance of girlhood is flouted as soon as pigtails become a suggestive, curvy lean and the braces graduate to a nose bandage. The issue is out on newsstands now.
Photos courtesy of CR Fashion Book
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