I know I've seen it before. In fact, it may be my favorite shot of Stacey Williams.
It's from the 1995 shoot, in Costa Rica. But I can't find it in that issue of the physical magazine or in the 1996 desk calendar. The Tumblr Pictures of Stacey Williams doesn't even have it, and they're quite thorough.
All I can find online is this tiny, grainy photo, but I know it's not the only version I've seen.
Wow. Some surprisingly big and surprisingly good paparazzi photos of Irina’s shoot in Hawaii have sprung up on Bellazon.
(There are a few full-on topless shots to be seen there too, word to the wise.)
Looks like Irina will be making her ninth consecutive appearance. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on her pulling off the decade mark in 2016.
Also featured, a few shots of a plump-lipped model named Hailey Clauson.
I think the “surprises” are going to be fewer and farther between as the years go on. You have the sanctioned hints that MJ Day and company send out, you have the consistently increasing quality of cameras and the speed of internet communications, and you have the up-to-the-second Twitter dispatches from the (occasionally loose-lipped) models themselves. For crying out loud, someone scooped the Antarctica shoot a couple years ago, and what more remote, unlikely place is there for a bikini shoot?
Anyway, it will be interesting to see the 2015 issue take shape. I’m not sure I’ll still be maintaining this blog by then—I’m starting to feel a little worn out by it. Not a definite decision yet, but I’m coming up on the four-year anniversary, which might be a good time to put it to rest.
I poked around online looking to see what Kenza Fourati was up to these days. I found this collection of photos for Marie Jo lingerie. At first, I thought they were mislabeled—this woman doesn’t resemble Kenza at all.
But I think it’s actually her, perhaps Photoshopped beyond recognition.
My fascination with Kenza is documented in these pages. Her face is not your typical, symmetrical, glamour-puss of a face. That’s precisely what I find so attractive about her. But in these photos, it looks like someone has tried to digitally make her resemble Catherine Zeta-Jones or someone. It’s disappointing.
Anyway, Photoshop is my theory. I suppose makeup, camera angles, even plastic surgery could have contributed. Or maybe it’s not actually Kenza—though you can see a resemblance in the eyes.
In any case, here are some lovely lingerie shots with her Kenza-ness kept intact.
Also, a few years ago, she was part of this ad campaign for BLK DNM. Kenza is Tunisian, and this power pose was in support of the Tunisian Revolution. I’m not sure what jeans have to do with Tunisia, but I’m a fan of the image.
This BLK DNM blog has some Kenza photos as well. (It’s a Tumblr, so the pages are probably in constant flux, but poke around if you’re interested.) She’s sporting a pair of snug, shiny jeans in a lot of the photos, which, man, trips a lot of triggers for me. Kind of heart-stopping.