Where fierce sportswear and unbridled glamour intersect, there stands Steph Smith: half melting into the shadows, half illuminated by the light that cuts across a fitting backdrop of deep sea blue. She’s in her element as the star of Kelly Defina’s latest sports-luxe themed shoot for Fashionising.com, styled by Elaine Marshall in what could be a visual handbook to the theme: swimwear and streetwear thrown into a mix with chic, minimal white leather accents and colour blocked heels – or maybe the occasional pair of Nike kicks for when she really feels like playing it down.

Steph Smith bikini shoot

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The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
The Crush by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com

A sporty-chic look will always find comfort in the arms of a slick ponytail, but sometimes the best magic happens when opposites attract. Justin Henry, the shoot’s hair and makeup artist, saw a Victoria’s Secret Angel underneath Steph’s girl-next-door exterior, and decided to bring that side of her out. Glamorous soft waves and flawless makeup turned a would-be tomboy into the kind of beauty who never seems to break a sweat.

On set, Justin remarks on Steph’s resemblance to the young Alicia Silverstone circa her debut film The Crush. But this time it’s the girl who’s the center of everyone’s affections: not only is the whole creative team in awe of Steph’s enviable physique, so are her 190,000 instagram followers (@stephclairesmith). Steph Smith, it transpires, is everyone’s latest crush.

For more sporty-luxe styling inspiration see the full shoot The Crush by Kelly Defina (kellydefina.com) – with styling by Elaine Marhsall (elainemarshall.com.au) and hair & makeup by Justin Henry (justinhenrybeauty.com) – by clicking on the gallery.

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