Recent David Bellemere Editorials

December 17th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , |

David Bellemere delivers some Famed Fashion Photographer Gilles Bensimon inspired realness to these editorials for the US Elle. They’re lucky to have such a talent working with them. Bellemere shoots Aline Weber for the October issue in a perfect series of shots as a lead-in from Autumn to Winter, as well as Cora Emmanuel in a similar shoot for the November issue. Melodie Monrose is featured in the November issue as well in a story that looks like one I would have clipped from an 80s issue of Elle. Excellent work from both photographer and models!

Aline Weber by David Bellemere for Elle, October 2015

Cora Emmanuel by David Bellemere for Elle, November 2015

Melodie Monrose by David Bellemere for Elle, November 2015

The Stars of #Horror by Kate Owen for Paper Magazine, Winter 2015

December 17th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Actress, fashion designer, and Chloe Sevigny BFF Tara Subkoff makes her directorial debut with the Horror film aptly titled: #Horror. The movie itself looks like it might not be great – while stylish and starring Chloe in all her cool perfection, and one of my girlhood crushes Timothy Hutton (who can still GET IT), it looks a little thin and like it’s trying a little too hard. But we’ll see! In the meantime, Paper Mag did this excellent editorial featuring the stars of #Horror as various iconic horror heroines. Chloe, Natasha Lyonne, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lydia Hearst, Stella Schnabel, and Taryn Manning all star with Subkoff posed as Master of Horror Alfred Hitchcock. Spooky perfection!

Check out the trailers for #Horror below!

Bo Words: Kindness, Trust, and Vulnerability

December 10th, 2015|Categories: Bo, Photography, Writing|Tags: , , , |

Lately I’ve been ruminating on kindness, trust, and vulnerability. Becoming a PuBLiC FiGuRe a few years ago was super fun, but opening myself up to the masses definitely affected my ability to trust not only others, but myself (I think I just quoted Kelly Clarkson). I write for an audience, a large(ish) audience, and I second guess everything I say. I determined it best to be the most hair tossing, wide eyed, fashionable version of myself online and gather a group of close friends to trust with the disastrous part of me – the part that cries, lies, gossips, tells secrets, betrays confidences, drinks too much, denies personal responsibility and accountability, delights in the misfortune of others. The deepest part of me, the part that’s the biggest mess and the most raw, I revealed only to maybe 2 people and my cat.

When you trust people though, you don’t just trust them with the parts of you that are easily forgiven for being human, you trust them with the ugly parts of you, and you trust them to love you still. When you reveal your ugly though, you also reveal the pain behind the ugly – the reasons why you’re ugly, and those reasons are always painful, heartbreaking, sad, misfortunate reasons. When you trust someone and they choose to betray the trust or or judge the confidence, it hurts because your heart isn’t feeling their rejection based on your activities, it’s feeling their rejection based on your fucked up, broken past – the abuse-driven or mental or emotional or heretical reasons for doing the terrible things you do. The pain when someone you love chooses to not love you back because of your actions is excruciating compared to the frustration when someone on the internet judges you for the way you look or your taste in celebrities. Why, then, have I chosen to keep the ugly parts of me from the masses and trust my heart with people who actually have more power to hurt or frighten me? Why am I not locked inside myself, where it’s safe?

Because I believe in the kindness of others. Because I believe in my kindness. Because if I didn’t trust other people crippling loneliness would overwhelm me. Because I want people to trust me. Because you disappoint people and people disappoint you, it happens. Because it feels good to apologize. Because forgiveness and acceptance is a gift. But what do I have to lose from being myself with everyone when being vulnerable means allowing yourself to be hurt? You give others the power to hurt you, yes, but then you remember that it’s up to you to deal with your own reactions. No one has power over your ability to express kindness, empathy, gratitude, and forgiveness.

My therapist told me a few weeks ago when I was fretting about what someone might think of me to “Just be Bo.” She said, “People are going to see you however they choose, but wouldn’t it be great if who they see is you. Just be Bo. Just be you.”

So here I am. I am all the things I present to the internet: funny, clever, fashionable, pretty, body positive, cat obsessed, but I am also a disaster. I have said and done terrible things about and to myself and people I love and people I don’t even know because I was envious, or hurt, or unable to actually face my demons, so instead I buried myself in vicious gossip, dangerous behaviour, and unproductive activities. Making that realization frees me though – it gives me accountability and the ability to no longer indulge in that behaviour, not because I don’t want people to dislike me, but because I want to stop disliking myself. I want to accept the best and worst of me and accept the best and worst of those I love, but stop giving myself permission to misbehave because I’m sad, or hurt, or angry. That is not an excuse. There is never a reason to be unkind, especially to people you love, ESPECIALLY to yourself.

The worst thing I’ve done though, is attempted to shape myself into someone that will please everyone or kept parts of myself hidden because I was afraid to be judged or shamed. Every mistake I’ve made can be traced back to my desperate need for people to like me and not judge me harshly. People are going to judge me though. Not everyone is going to like me. May as well be myself. I can’t be bitter and frightened any more. I can’t. I won’t. I’m going to be kind. I’m going to be generous. I’m going to be accepting. I’m going to be grateful. I’m going to be Bo.

Tim Walker Editorials for Vogue Italia, December 2015

December 9th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

King of Whimsy Tim Walker provides the perfect holiday gift by slaying all in FOUR editorials for the December issue of Vogue Italia. It’s a Fashion Christmas Miracle! Kate Moss stars in a sumptuous surreal shoot where she wears lace in nearly every shot. I love Kate in lace! Karen Elson puts her Elson-spin on the classic Tim Walker portrait in a very retro inspired sitting. Anna Cleveland, Christina Carey, Erin O’Connor & Jamie Bochert serve some Sarah Moon inspired perfect in an exquisite story that actually made me cry. Anna Cleveland and Jamie Bochert are two of my favourite models, seeing them together was just too much for my odd-beauty loving heart to handle. Finally Edie Campbell is featured in a spooky harlequin shoot. All the facets of Tim’s unique style shine in every separate shoot and every single photo. I’m so happy! This is an issue I would strongly encourage purchasing in paper format. Petting the pages will be perfect art therapy.

Kate Moss by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, December 2015

Karen Elson by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, December 2015

Anna Cleveland, Christina Carey, Erin O’Connor & Jamie Bochert by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, December 2015

Edie Campbell by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, December 2015

Recent Game of Thrones Actress Editorials

December 9th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Film, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Alright nerds, hold on to your everything because I have a whole lotta GoT/other nerd crossover star photos to throw at you! We’re being blessed with so much Gwendoline Christie right now thanks to the upcoming Star Wars movie, we’ve got a little Emilia Clarke our mother of dragons/John Connor, and hey, why not our favourite Wildling/aspiring secretary maid Rose Leslie (Yes Downton Abbey is a nerd show! I watched every episode even though it got REALLY bad, it sparks devotion! It features costumes and high drama and controversial character deaths. NERRRRRD!)

All of these pictures are beautiful, but lets be real and admit it: THE GWENDOLINE PICTURES ARE BLOWING OUR MINDS! AREN’T THEY? THEY ARE! God, she’s perfect.

Gwendoline Christie by Steve Neaves for Empire, January 2016

Gwendoline Christie by Matt Holyoak for Interview, December 2015

Gwendoline Christie & Giles Deacon by John Akehurst for Vanity Fair, December 2015

Gwendoline Christie by Sølve Sundsbø for V Magazine, Winter 2015

Emilia Clarke by Lachlan Bailey for Dior Magazine, 2015

Rose Leslie by Luke & Nik for InStyle, January 2016