Raw passion and fiery sensuality aren’t easy things to manufacture in a staged situation, but Davide Ambroggio’s images for Bambi Magazine manage to ignite them with such force they risk setting your screen on fire. Carmen – like the titular gypsy at the center of Bizet’s famous opera – is alight, and able to hold any man in her thrall. She is the strength that burns at the center of every frame: the men are her props, her followers, souls lost to any world that doesn’t contain her.

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Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)
Carmen by Davide Ambroggio for Bambi Magazine issue XVI (NSFW)

Fabio Mercurio’s styling keeps the men sharp and clean, and Carmen balancing femininity and masculinity in a way that trebles her power as a protagonist. Her wild hair (by Alberto Di Domenico) contrasts the slick side parts of the men, and Fausto Cavalieri’s makeup accentuates her full lips and dark, gypsy eyes.

View the full shoot at the gallery, and check out the full Bambi issue here.

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