FASHION

Rie Rasmussen Goes Behind the Camera


Former model Rie Rasmussen knows all too well the experience of being the subject of a portrait. As a photographer, she works to show women as dignified, complex beings that are “more than just a superficial image,” she says. Here, she explains her most recent photo series, a collection of portraits of her friend, the artist Margo Frances.

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“When we shot this series I was going through a small, quiet existential crisis that women of a certain age have. I wanted a lot of the dramatic body language in this to illustrate that feeling I had inside.”

Photo by Rie Rasmussen.

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“I wanted to capture the extreme beauty of that experience, without the messiness of all my own anguish.”

Photo by Rie Rasmussen.

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“Margo is a special little gem of an artist, a fantastic drawer and painter and a bit of performance artist. She loves expressing herself, so I let her play and go wild… and then I rein her in.”

Photo by Rie Rasmussen.

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“Her knowledge of her own body stems from her intimate knowledge of her line as a drawer, it’s literally like she draws with her body in front of you.”

Photo by Rie Rasmussen.

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“She seems blissfully dreamy and at the same time lucidly aware of what every little part of her body is doing at any given time.”

Photo by Rie Rasmussen.

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“Her personal style is beyond eclectic and a perfect mix of vintage, second hand and some oddly placed new items. She’s a true little style star, in my opinion.”

Photo by Rie Rasmussen.