There’s no way irreverence is accidental when your model is packing a crucifix in her black thigh high suspender stockings. No-one makes that kind of styling choice without considering that they might shock or offend, and then deciding to do it anyway. Same thing goes for a nun’s habit where the part of the habit that covers the torso is missing and your would-be-nun proves not much of a fan of underwear. But then every inch of Yves Kortum’s shoot for issue 14 of Bambi Magazine is rebelliously sexual, with Kortum – along with stylist Florence Abelin – drawing every drop of tough love from the range of bondage-inspired pieces sourced from French erotic lingerie purveyors Mise en Cage.
And so innocence and irreverence become their tools to do it, the ultimate contrasts to strappy harnesses and leather bondage cuffs. The irreverence manifests in the crucifix and nun’s garb, the innocence in model Laura Helmrich’s short, punkish hair and boyish, youthful figure. In every action, whether posing half-bared or dragging on a cigarette, she has a sort of defiance – and, in its religious motifs, Kortum’s concept plays to that.
With hairstyling by Vincent Moutault and makeup by Anika Raskopp, you can view the full shoot at the gallery. Also keep an eye on bambimagazine.com for a new issue coming soon.