Finding words that do justice to models like Joyce Verheyen is the hardest part of my job, on a good day. Physically superior comes close, but at the same time seems unfair to the rest of us who don’t have Goddess breasts, feline eyes, and delicate small noses smattered with an even more delicate sprinkling of freckles. “Beautiful” captures some of it, but not all, and “aesthetically pleasing” seems like the understatement of the century.
There’s just not one word that accounts for simultaneous prettiness, sensuality and majesty of mythical proportions. And it comes down to more than the model, too: when dressed by Sandra Escala into a wardrobe of lace, diamonds, thigh high boots, leather harnesses and winter coats (not a one of which has any real-life place in a beach setting) she’s no longer just a beautiful mortal but a modern Goddess thrown ashore by the waves. The styling is so perfect because there’s simply no other way of accounting for it.
And Enric Galceran’s photography has much the same effect, highlighting the gradient skies and hot sun with the same attention he pays to the model, and yet conveying as much of her beauty with a use of shadow as he does when letting in the light.
Having come no closer to finding a fitting label for Joyce as she appears in this shoot for issue 15 of Bambi Magazine (bambimagazine.com), there comes that time where I have to throw my hands up and accept that no such word exists. I could make like the Germans and compound all of the above sentiments into one gargantuan noun, but there’s a simpler solution. After all, why try and say with words what’s already clear in pictures?
On that note, you can view the full shoot by clicking through the gallery above.