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August 29 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes With Estée Lauder’s Modern Muse

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This month’s Beauty Essentials subject needs little introduction; the impact her breakthrough Spring 2011 show season had on the fashion world has earned her instant name recognition—not to mention an Estée Lauder contract. But Arizona Muse didn’t always aspire to conquer the catwalk. “I wanted to be an architect when I was little,” she reveals. You can imagine her excitement, then, when she received the location details of the Craig McDean-lensed ad campaign for Lauder’s new fragrance, Modern Muse. “[It's] closed Thursdays, and we shot on that day. It was amazing to be in that space with just our crew,” she recalls of her experience in Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum atrium, which serves as the backdrop of the exclusive behind-the-scenes image pictured here. Muse’s interest in “majestic buildings, like cathedrals,” isn’t just fleeting whimsy, either; it runs in her blood: “I have an architect in my family. My great-great-great-great-grandfather designed the Natural History Museum in London, which I’m quite proud of.”

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

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