Natasha Poly, Paris, Vogue Paris, 2014

2014, Printed Later
Digitally produced C-type print

Signed by artist. Certificate of authenticity included. Edition of 3 plus 2 artist’s proofs.

Frame: 62 1/4 x 48 5/8 inches

Frame: 62 1/4 x 48 5/8 inches

Mario Testino’s photograph of Natasha Poly for the cover story of Vogue Paris in 2014 is a captivating exploration of vulnerability and strength. In this black and white image, Poly is depicted in a crouched position, her body gracefully suspended off the ground with only her fingertips touching the floor. Turned in profile, her nudity is demurely covered by a pair of thigh-high black boots adorned with silver velvet and metal chain patterns by Versace.

The composition exudes a sense of intimacy and raw beauty, capturing Poly in a moment of quiet contemplation. Her messy waved hair frames her face, adding to the sense of spontaneity and authenticity. Seemingly devoid of makeup or nail polish, Poly’s natural beauty shines through, evoking a sense of purity and honesty.

The shoot took place just months after Poly gave birth to her daughter, Aleksandra, lending a poignant depth to the photograph. It showcases a more vulnerable side of the supermodel, highlighting the resilience and grace with which she navigates both motherhood and her career in the fashion industry.

Through Testino’s lens, Poly emerges not just as a supermodel, but as a symbol of female strength and resilience. The juxtaposition of vulnerability and empowerment captured in this image makes it a powerful statement on the complexities of womanhood and the human experience.