The origin of monsters: Kristen McMenamy

Knight. Dragon slayer. White witch. Human butterfly. Kristen McMenamy has just the right look – etherial but not too soft, timeless and ageless – to play them all. Kristen’s beauty is in the fact that she doesn’t have to look beautiful. In one of Tim Walker’s shots for this Love Magazine editorial she cries and smokes with equal conviction. In others her silvery-blonde elfin hair is replaced with a bowl-like short fringe sitting starkly atop near invisible blonde eyebrows.

There’s no clear narrative to the shoot, titled The Origin of Monsters, which skips from scene to scene like a dream sequence of twisted fairytales. Between Katie Grand’s styling and Tim Walker’s photography it seems to have been dreamed up from collective imaginations. And isn’t that where all monsters, really, originate from? The Imagination?

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Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)
Kristen McMenamy: Love Magazine S/S '12 (NSFW)

From Love Magazine’s spring 2012 issue, you can view the full shoot of Kristen McMenamy at the gallery above.

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