Saskia De Brauw: directed virginity

A ‘first time’ for anything can be daunting. Be it a first bicycle ride, first kiss or a first stage performance.

Model Saskia De Brauw lived through this very overwhelming notion as she made her debut before Mario Testino’s lens. Also being this Dutch beauty’s first fashion spread to be featured in British Vogue. Such breakthroughs often go unnoticed amongst the juggling riddle of fast-paced digital world and hands-on print media.

But when an editorial so powerful and meaningful comes to light, it’s hard not spare it more than a glance.

saskia de brauw by mario testino

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11
Saskia De Brauw: Vogue UK November '11

Taking center stage in her role as the magician’s assistant and photographer’s muse, Brauw has surrendered herself to the onlooker’s gaze. The spotlight is on her, but her hands are tied. The bewildering gowns enchant her presence on stage however, there’s no intensity in her stance. Sharp lines are created with the set props, her swept-back structured power bob and her contoured cheekbones. She’s the puppet of the show and you, the audience, are her master. Her eyes are blindfolded and her shoulders are covered. Testino is working the magic of flash and lighting around her, leaving her with the act of doing nothing.

It’s almost as if he’s being easy on her, this being her first appearance, and letting this muffled vision bubble up into something volcanic for Brauw’s future.

For that to weight up, we might have to play the waiting game. But for now, click on the thumbnails above and view the photographic brilliance by Mario Testino.

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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.