Looking tough is feeling tough

Part of the fascination with sporty is that it also equates to tough. Excersise is no longer just about power walking pooches and finding peace at the bottom of a yoga mat, it’s about hitting stuff til your knuckles bleed and being able to bench as much as the boys. That’s the best kind of sporty; the kind where you’re not intimidated by anything. Being fit can be a work of progress kept to the controlled confines of treadmills and zumba classes, but nothing is more invigorating than boxing in the rain and not giving a damn that your best workout gear is getting splattered with mud. As girls we either like to play the damsel, relishing having strong arms there to protect us, or we want to be fiercely independent and tough. There’s no right or wrong; we might even be both, depending on the day of the week.

Dodo by Maciej Bernas

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Dodo & Patryk by Maciej Bernas for Bambi Magazine
Dodo & Patryk by Maciej Bernas for Bambi Magazine
Dodo & Patryk by Maciej Bernas for Bambi Magazine
Dodo & Patryk by Maciej Bernas for Bambi Magazine
Dodo & Patryk by Maciej Bernas for Bambi Magazine
Dodo & Patryk by Maciej Bernas for Bambi Magazine

Maciej Bernas’ shoot for Bambi Magazine has that latter feeling all over. Boom Team styles it with a kind of rough perfection, crumpled leather and crop tops and buttons undone like our girl is tough enough to say screw it. She feels sexier when her skin is marred by dirt sticking to sweat and she’s not afraid of scars.

The hair and makeup by Anna Piechocka & Boom Team complete that unambiguous sentiment. We all like to feel tough sometimes, and looking the part gets us three quarters of the way there.

The shoot by Maciej Bernas is just another brilliant addition to Bambi issue 12. View it in full by clicking on the gallery.

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