The Art of the Nude Supermodel


Russell James has what is indisputably one of the best jobs on Earth – photographing naked supermodels for lots of money. The Australian lensman has shot numerous ad campaigns for Victoria’s Secret as well as sizzling spreads for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. His amazing new XL monograph is just out from teNeues, publishers of the beloved Luxury series. Gisele Bundchen (on the book’s cover, above) and Heidi Klum start stripping at the mere mention of his name, it seems. Aside from the eye-popping images, however – we wish we could show you some – James’ story is also inspiring, as told in his introductory essay, “Trash Cans to Supermodels in Nine Easy Steps.” Actually it’s a lot more complicated than that.


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