MODEL REVIEW || NADIA LEE
Continuing with the whole re-vamp of my blog, I am aturally starting with my biggest modelling inspiration Nadia Lee. When I first blogged about Nadia Lee I was still in that honeymoon phase of thinking she was the coolest thing since sliced bread, now a few months on from that and having spoke to her a little bit and watched her work progress I have come to realise, she IS the coolest thing since sliced bread. Nadia is one of those rare people that has natural beauty literally pouring out of every single pore on her body. I discovered her through Walnutwax and fell head over heels in awe with the woman, everything about her is something sensational from her styling perspective, her retro 60/70’s appeal and her creative understanding of everything she does. Personally, if you ever ask me my favourite model, you can’t get better than Nadia Lee.
1. You’ve got the most divine retro look, how would you describe yourself and your personality?
Oh thank you! I never really consider myself to be ‘retro’ in the way I look, but I love the icons from the 60’s and 70’s especially Brigitte Bardot. It’s always difficult to describe yourself, but I think i’m very driven, I find it hard to make decisions and I think about everything in far too much detail.
2. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
hmm that’s too hard a decision!
3. Who are your inspirations and what are your aspirations?
so many inspirations… photography wise - William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Philip Lorca Dicorcia, Nan Goldin, far too many to mention. My parents are pretty inspirational, they’ve always been so supportive and laid back with all my decisions.
My main aspiration is to be recognised as a photographer.
4. You’re a photographer too? What do you enjoy about constructing your own photoshoots?
I enjoy being able to make something physical out of images that are constructed in my mind.
5. You’ve got some phenomenal styling, what’s been your favourite outfit/garment you’ve brought?
Perhaps my 1980’s Vegas showgirl costume, that was pretty incredible….I had to part with it though because it was taking up too much space in my flat.
I have yet to see another model which has any likeness to her yet. You more often than not find models whose faces are so like many others on the scene they have a period of ‘trending’ on the online scene and fade away whereas Nadia Lee has one of those poignant timeless looks which is rare, defined and often under-appreciated. She has a very striking vintage appeal, well groomed, streamline and subtly erotic without being overdone or stimulated by the mainstream ideals and values. She is a natural beauty which is really dramatised by her long ample figure and plump lips. I really do find her rawness impeccable.
Other than her natural beauty her style is another thing which makes me want to simply throw her in any recommendation to any photographer without a moments hesitation. She’s got a kick arse retro style which anyone can aesthetically eat up. She knows what she is doing - perhaps it is the inner photographer within her or her keen intellectual easygoing nature. Everything that she implements herself into has its own being, atmosphere and depth.
Take this particular blog as a homage to somebody that I really admire, and take in her fantastic images because she deserves it. I will assure to write up a photography side to this lovely lady but for this time being, it is all about the woman as everything a woman should be. I’d consider myself very lucky if I had half of what she has. She is the pick of the crop, the Crème de la Crème. Keep your eyes peeled for this wonderful ladies modelling work because she is well worth the investment of time.