Think about it – a bird in a cage lives a rather dilemmatic life.

Her world inside the constraints of the wrought-iron rods is poles apart from what’s outside. Every passer-by looks inside the cage in awe and flatters the bird for her beauty, voice and courage, but they forget how her life within is painstakingly forceful.

In this editorial, lensed by Francesco Trombetti, the model lives an analogous life to that of a bird, but she is restricted to a worn down and rusted space fit for a human. Despite the turmoil she is surrounded in, her appearance is of superior quality – silk blouses, velvet bolero jacket and suede high heel booties.

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Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti
Virginia by Francesco Trombetti

Perhaps her priority lies in deceiving the world by putting her most fashionable foot forward, even when she’s mounted on a smashed down, graffiti-painted car. In every frame, she’s looking away from the camera in a hope to find a path that’ll help her escape. But does she succeed?

The world around her might be tilting, but a well-trusted cane stick compensates for the non-existence of wings. If anything crumbles, this bird knows just how to make a safe exit, be it Mary Poppins style with an umbrella or not.

Click on the thumbnails and view the entire editorial, skilfully styled by Carolina Cantelli.

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Shitika Anand is a freelance journalist, based in Sydney, who is addicted to coffee, vintage boutiques, bright-glitzy earrings and British stand-up comedy. Her bank account weeps every time she walks out of a shoe shop, but her shoe rack throws a 'welcome home' party for the new member. Her undying love for words is obvious when she narrates her entire life story to a stranger on the train. Which is partly the reason she's resorted to writing. When not blogging, she can be found in a corner of her nearest bookshop, hiding under a monstrous pile of international fashion magazines. You can read more of her work on her personal site, Sweet Dreams in my world.