Paris, November

Journal entry from November 30th, 2014:

 "I'm in Paris. It's a Sunday morning, almost noon. I'm waking after my first full night of rest - a result of the absurd amount of work, wine, and freezing scooter rides. 

I like Paris. It's playful, sad, childlike, and small. Everything is small. A smallness that yearns to hold you tight. Walls close in on you, as if to warmly embrace your presence. Human need for closeness is an undeniable truth in this city. Yet, people are cold to one another - maybe because their interaction is satisfied by living spaces stacked on top of one another. 

The city speaks to you with every step you take.  Animated, alive, pulling you closer to notice its beautiful intricacies. The city bleeds, has scars of its past. You breathe memories. You taste sadness, love, death. The gloom makes color more whimsical, gold shines brighter.  You understand why dreamers plant their roots here.

Time spent building these walls gave them life, as maybe you'd imagine some higher power did for our kind.  A vibrant, unashamed, vulnerable, and sensitive life."

 

Dry

Makeup by Hinako @ The Wall Group using Tom Ford Beauty and Make Up For Ever

Hair by Hannah Burdy

Lingerie by Stockroom and Presse Maison Close

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Self Portrait - Yemen, 2012

in the middle of a Yemeni winter, still blazing hot. in the house my father and his fourteen siblings were born and raised. on the verge of turning twenty-four years old. 

every day, stuck in a veil that, although I knew was necessary, made me scream inside.

the arab spring. seeing the country my father called home crumbling to pieces. preparing for my trip to Egypt, the country my mother calls home, to join my fellow comrades in protesting for their rights. our rights. 

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Farewell 2014

A year of love. A year of pain and not-knowing.  Work. An endless amount of work. 

Melancholy memories made with friends, old and new. 

No high without low. No growth without ache.

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Behind the Scenes - Steve Madden Dubai

I spent a week in Dubai producing and directing an awesome campaign for Steve Madden. Somewhere between the delirium of horrible jet lag and incredibly long work days, we managed to have a lot of fun. I'm so grateful to have had such an incredible team, and I can't wait to share what we've worked on nonstop for the past few months. 

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