Ellen von Unwerth is one of only a few women in the fashion photography world. In a field largely dominated by males, von Unwerth’s often-dream-like photos have appeared in magazines like Vanity Fair, Interview, and Vogue, along with ad campaigns for major brands, including Chanel, Banana Republic, and Victoria’s Secret. In a very expensive book ($700!?!) called Fräulein, to be released in December, the Bavarian photographer celebrates sexy female icons of the modern era.
In an article in The Sunday Times, Katie Roiphe writes that the women (from Claudia Schiffer and Milla Jovovich to Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears) in von Unwerth’s book are sexy because they seem to be enjoying themselves, “though they might be even happier if another person were there.” They look good because they’re self-confident — and not the least bit clingy. Could part of the reason for the heightened sexiness be that the photographer is also a woman?
“Girls can be really naughty in front of each other — they won’t do that in front of a boy,” von Unwerth told The Sunday Times. It’s almost as though von Unwerth and the women she photographed were just playing around and being silly, and some hot photos were the result. About a photo of Elizabeth Hurley licking a phone, von Unwerth said, “I can’t remember if I told her to lick the phone. We just talked and fooled around: maybe I said, ‘Talk to your boyfriend.’” Everyone was being themselves and having fun.
So, there are a couple takeaways from this:
- If you want guys to find you alluring, don’t worry about being perfect; try to look like you’re having fun. (Actually having fun? Even better.)
- If you’re planning to have some sexy pictures of yourself taken, consider hiring a female photographer.