A lovely face is a dime a dozen. But beauty is most compelling when it leaves the realm of “pretty” into something more dark and mysterious. Kristen McMenamy, fashion’s black bird, has made a career out of defying the conventions of beauty. Her androgynous features, more accipitrine then gendered, are arresting; stark white hair, bleached eyebrows and ashen complexion frame eyes blazing with bewitching fortitude. McMenamy has endeared herself to generation after generation of photographers, elongating a career well into her 40s through a relentless determination to achieve the perfect picture. Her resolve is legendary, and may we all be grateful, for her chameleon power has resulted in some of the most challenging work in the history of fashion photography. For the unparalleled beauty of Kristen McMenamy, Four Colly Birds.
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