When religion and fashion come together, there’s often a polarisation of responses that can’t be predicted. Take the appearance of crucifix heels in a shoot, for example: the responses were ones of either absolute desire or intense disapproval, rarely filling the space between. What about a naked and glamorous-looking Myf Sheperd standing atop an altar, positioned next to a statue of the Virgin Mary?
That comes down to your interpretation. Is the nakedness in some way symbolic of stripping back, of innocence? Or is it merely a visual trump in a fashion photographer’s deck of playing cards? The reality is that fashion borrows from religious themes all the time. In Elias Wessel’s richly photographed shoot, the glamorous styling and ornate cathedral backdrop are well suited to each other, regardless of how you choose to interpret the naked odd-image-out.
You can decide for yourself: simply click on the thumbnails above to view the more of Myf Sheperd in issue 3 of Vixen magazine.