On most shoots, makeup artists and hairstylists work to add to the vision of the photographer or the creative director. Here at The Last Magazine, we’ve always tried to look at things a little differently, so we wanted to give hairstylist Anthony Turner the chance to realize his own personal creative idea. The result is a stripped-down, powerful response to the standard glossy glamour shot. It’s a different kind of beauty.
Makeup by Kristi Matamoros at Kate Ryan Inc. Casting by Anita Bitton at The Establishment. Models: Aline Weber at Next Models and Matheus Strapasson. Photographer’s assistants: Stephen Wordie, Jake Jones and Nick Brinley. Digital technician: Mary Gebhardt. Retouching by Ken at Ikonyc.
We’ve been around awhile now, and we know a lot of our readers might not have had the opportunity to experience our earlier issues. So we wanted to give you the chance to discover one of our favorite stories from our archive. Some of them feature actors, musicians, or artists who eventually made it big, talents we are proud to have tapped early in their careers. Some have brilliant writing, and some have beautiful photography. Some have both. But all of them are so great we thought they deserved a second chance. This week we present Jauretsi Saizarbitoria’s Spring 2009 profile of Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, then just a budding Michelle Williams lookalike fresh off wrapping An Education.
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In 2006, the author Alison Bechdel published the graphic memoir Fun Home, a quietly powerful work about loss and family tragedy that quickly established itself as one of the prime exemplars of the genre. The intimate, contemplative tale, of a young girl discovering her homosexuality against the backdrop of the funeral home where she grows up, has the soft glow of a treasured memory, both personal and universal in its grand dramas. The twin pole—and polar opposite—of Bechdel takes the form of her father Bruce, who dies (perhaps intentionally) after getting hit by a truck soon after she comes out to him. It is only then that Bechdel learns that her father was gay as well, and that he spent his whole life trying to fight the common identity that they share.
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We love supporting new talent. Every issue, we try to feature a few commissioned works from some of our favorite artists. We give them free rein of a full-spread; the only limitations are the generous dimensions of the page. For our Fall 2013 issue, the German multi-disciplinarian Julia Schmidt sent over a richly powerful collage that spans history.
Julia Schmidt is represented by Casey Kaplan, New York.
Young prodigies, whatever their trade, require a wide variety of handlers. Chaos, early adulthood, and extremely high stakes have a tendency to trigger a quick and fiery unraveling, one that often burns brightly and briefly before the public turns a blind eye. Mikaela Shiffrin will not be one of those prodigies.
The eighteen-year-old American ski racer, cautiously aware of the dangers of a quick ascent, still became, last year, the third-youngest woman to hold a World Championship title in the history of her sport. That victory, in turn, threw the weighty expectations of gold at next year’s XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi upon her. Even then, she’ll still be a teenager, albeit one for whom pressure has long been a byproduct of calculated success.
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