It’s a shoot concept not unlike those that have gone before: girl in boxing ring, skin bared and glistening under fluorescent strip lighting, beauty amplified by the contrastingly gritty surrounds. A concept need not be new, though, when it’s done exceptionally well. And with Emily Ratajkowski in the ring, and Olivia Malone behind the lens, you couldn’t ask for more.
Ratajkowski plays a character every girl at some point dreams of being, and every guy of having: fierce, independent, yet impossibly proportioned and perfectly feminine. Through smokey eyes and sticky strands of wet hair she hits the camera with uncompromising stares and the promise that she’ll never back down.
Mixing sporty fashion with pure sport in mesh tanks, crop tops, silk shorts and wedged sneakers, stylist Marissa Joye Peden creates not just outfits but the wardrobe of a singular character. Accessories like gold hoop earrings, a man’s oversized watch, and rosary beads echo the hip-hop beat that courses through this tough girl’s veins.
With hairstyling by Bobby Eliot and makeup by Caroline Ramos, you can see Olivia Malone’s (oliviamalone.com) beautifully photographed shoot of Emily Ratajkowski by visiting the gallery.