There’s a reason why cowgirls and diamonds don’t go together, and it has something to do with the practicality of cantering around on horseback while being conscious that your precious jewels don’t fall off and get trampled into the dust. But fashion is all for being gleefully estranged from reality, just as it’s all for taking the costumes and uniforms of various cultures / jobs / posts and turning them into something you should wear while not being or doing those things.
Hence why fashion loves its contrasts and contradictions. Cowgirls may be most at home in riding boots and jeans, but cowgirl-inspired fashion is something else entirely. It can be dusted off, dressed up, and decked out in diamonds.
Ella Kandyba is Harper’s Bazaar UK’s Diamond Cowgirl for their March 2012 issue. Photographed by Rafael Stahelin, you can view more at the gallery above.