“But how many of us do not sell ourselves?”
The shoot is inspired by the 1989 Soviet drama – “The Intergirl”. At the time when America is discussing the possible legalisation of sex work and the following backlash from feminist groups, Intergirl explores the soviet era in Russia where difficult times meant women chose this sphere of illegal work in-order to generate wealth and goods that USSR could not offer to majority.
The story is constantly challenging the idea of acceptable and unacceptable, showing the main heroine as a hard working nurse and a caring young women on the one hand and the one who chooses to ‘sell herself’ in the eyes of Soviet society on the other. In Russia high-class prostitutes flounced around in expensive Western clothes and cosmetics before anyone else, before even the Vogue’s arrival to Russia. Fashionable woman had officially been forced into the position of a permanent Otherness for decades in USSR. Unlike the rest of the women who behind democratic ideals of equality, socialism strived towards uniformity.
Therefore, is the main heroine a representation of many women’s dream: of being not only financially independent, capable of taking care of their family members but also being able to afford the luxury commodities available to only few, or is she just a prostitute at the country in crisis?
PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Zandman/ PRODUCER Christina Banjo / LIGHTING ASSISTANT Edgar Chudoba / DIGITAL ASSISTANT George ZenkoSET / DESIGNER Kate Sutton / STYLIST Aisha Nova / HAIR STYLIST Ross Kwan / MAKE-UP ARTIST Natasha SultanaLEAD / MODEL 1: Ninon @ Milk Model ManagementLEAD MODEL 2: Tamina @ Milk Model Management / Extra – MOTHER: KimberlyExtra – Patient: Paul CandelentExtra – Policeman : Max HimmelreichExtra – Policeman : Ivo StanoevExtra – Business Man: Obaida
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