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Inez And Vinoodh’s New Muse: LouLou

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Two of fashion’s favorite image makers, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, have always been different from most photographers in their approach to models: “They’re people!” van Lamsweerde told Style.com in an interview about their recent tome, Pretty Much Everything. “It’s an exchange of inspiration, of trust. You spend a day together and definitely anyone that poses for anyone is in a very vulnerable position. It’s not nothing to let yourself be photographed,” she explained. Some of their most trusting subjects are fashion’s biggest names: Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Raquel Zimmermann, and Shalom Harlow. And though the duo generally keeps its lens focused on famous faces of that caliber these days, they have recently found inspiration in a new, unknown face—meet 19-year-old French model LouLou (no last name).

“We saw LouLou on the cover of Treats! magazine and flew her over from Paris (where she studies) to New York to meet us,” the duo, who photographed her for the upcoming Sports Issue of V Magazine, tells Style.com. “Her face resembles a young Penélope Cruz and her body is like that of Kate Moss. Our work is so much about the girl in the clothes and she provides us with so many new inspirations.”

For the editorial, they shot their latest muse (styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele) in a studio and then had their technician drop the images into some of their most iconic images. Before V76 hits newsstands next month, Style.com has the exclusive first look at some of the photos, here. As for LouLou, look out for her in more I&V work soon: “We are shooting her for Bulgari at the moment, and next week we will post a new series with her on our site, InezandVinoodh.com.”

Photos: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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