R H-W: Good photographers make naked shoots easy
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley thinks the "bond of respect and understanding" between models and photographers is essential for nude shoots.
The British star has stripped off for a new series of pictures for Violet Grey, shot by Ben Hassett. In them she's seen lounging on grass and in a chair outside, wearing just bold red lipstick and some jewellery.
Rosie has no issue with getting naked for the job, although it's made easier in certain circumstances.
"Of course, with the nature of more sensual shots or nudity the really important thing is that there’s a close bond of respect and understanding between the photographer and the subject," she told the publication."And so that was what was great working with Ben, because he really took the time and we were off on our own most of the time - there weren’t 20 people standing around staring - and that’s where I find you can get those really special shots, those intimate moments. I think it really shows in the pictures.”
The 27-year-old star began her career when she was 16, with her first job for Levi's jeans. She's gone on to work for the likes of Burberry and Victoria's Secret, and now posing for the perfect picture has become second nature to her.
"Oh, photo shoots are part of my day-to-day life; it’s not something that I mentally have to prepare for in any way," she explained.
The work has always come pretty naturally to the star. She wasn't even fazed when she did her first naked shoot, even though she can vividly remember it. In part that's because she was so young - she was required to strip off when she'd only just embarked on her career.
"I had just started modelling,” she recalled. “I was in London, and it was a different time. I honestly think I was a lot more free when I was younger. Kate Moss was my favourite supermodel; she set the standard in terms of nudity as fashion and art."
Rosie is now an actress as well as a model and has a part in the high-anticipated flick Mad Max: Fury Road. She's also designed and has a perfume but she isn't content yet, explaining 2015 will be the year she starts "something on her own" rather than working for others.