It’s a Nice Day for a Walk

Photography and Styling - Mona Cordes
Models - Elaine and Sarah
Make Up - Roo






Model Interview by Mona Cordes: ELAINE


How did you come across the idea to shave your long hair off?
It was spontaneous. A friend borrowed a clipper from her Mum and we just did it in her kitchen 3 in the morning. It was hands down one of the best decisions I’ve made in 2017. It felt liberating to not have to conform to the societal pressure of how a certain gender should present themselves. I’ve never felt more confident and beautiful in my entire life.

What was your intention to the public/ in general if there was one?
Getting rid of my hair was part of the process of my journey for self identity. I purely did it for myself. Hence, it was unexpecting and surreal to hear people got inspired to shave their heads as well.

Which reactions did you get from it? Do you feel there is a sort of trend developing?
I’m still amazed by the outpouring of love and support I got from my family, friends and social media. (Growing up in a traditional Asia household, I was taught long hair is inextricably linked to femininity, so my family’s understanding meant a lot to me). There is definitely a skinhead trend going on right now. I feel it’s more than shaving off your hair, it’s more about experimenting and exploring different sides of you. We’re part of the gender fluid generation, hair doesn’t have any connotations to our gender identities anymore!

I find it a pretty courageous act to shave all your hair off which kind of makes you 'a character' — for this shoot in particular I've wanted to have you show your strong character. How did you feel the aesthetic sense matched with you personally?
It was empowering to shoot with two other striking bald ladies and that totally came through in the pictures. Monas photography is a breath of fresh air, she always manages to put a quirky and creative twist to her work. It was an immense pleasure shooting and spending time wit her. The aesthetic of the shoot was a mix of androgynous and feminine style, it is an utterly accurate representation of myself.



Model Interview by Mona Cordes: SARAH


How did you come across the idea to shave your long hair off?
A lot of people around me were shaving their heads in the summer, and I remember wanting to do the same - but also wanting to do it for something, which ended up being a head shave for charity.

What was your intention to the public/ in general if there was one?
I was raising money and awareness for galop, which is an LGBTQ anti-violence charity.

Which reactions did you get from it? Do you feel there is a sort of trend developing?
Everyone was really positive about it! In terms of a trend - I think there’s definitely been one recently, which is a great thing; shaving your head is really empowering. I think the reason for the uptick in women shaving their heads is down to a larger public mindset upheaval surrounding gender; the understanding that it isn’t something binary or set, that the expectations surrounding it (women have long hair, men have short etc) are outdated. Gender is fluid, it’s a personal experience, and in this way personal expression and style is integral. So I think it’s definitely something to be celebrated! Also it’s so much easier and cheaper to manage.

I find it a pretty courageous act to shave all your hair off which kind of makes you 'a character' — for this shoot in particular I've wanted to have you show your strong character. How did you feel the aesthetic sense matched with you personally?
I dress quite monochrome day to day, but also really like Dressing Up, so it was a fun shoot to do. I liked that although there was a lot of purposeful clashing, Elaine and I always looked like we were in a girl group (because of the colour palettes of the outfits)  which matched me totally because I like colour
co-ordinating outfits with friends when we go out so we look like some sort of unit not to be messed with.




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