Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Clean Slate - Catherine McNeil

Australian top model Catherine McNeil comes clean for American Harper's Bazaar's February 2014 issue with sadly, nary a tattoo left in sight for the heavily photo-shopped editorial. The twenty-four year old Society Management-repped beauty is stripped of her trademark body artwork for the Paola Kudacki lensed story. Shot at a beach side location, McNeil embraces the editorial's aquatic theme in sheer dresses, coats, and resort wear in varying shades of blue from the collections of Max Mara, Stella McCartney, Alberta Ferretti, Céline, and Ralph Lauren. McNeil's career trajectory is the stuff made of modelling legends. Discovered at age fourteen via the Australian Girlfriend Magazine Model search competition, McNeil was catapulted into the modelling spotlight in 2006 after being championed by photographer Mario Testino. Signed to a six month exclusive photographic contract by Testino, McNeil appeared in quick succession on the covers of V Magazine and Paris Vogue, and in multiple editorials for American Vogue. Blue chip campaigns for Donna Karan, Versace, D&G, and Hugo Boss heralded McNeil as a model-most-wanted. Following three years on the frenetic modelling circuit, McNeil took a two year self-imposed hiatus from the fashion world to reconnect with herself. The break paid dividends with McNeil's triumphant return to the Fall/Winter 2013 runways being hailed as the modelling comeback of the season courtesy of an epic 42 show tally. McNeil's sensual androgyny and extensive collection of tattoos have since become an integral part of her overall allure. In an interview with British Elle, McNeil reveals the impetus for her tattoo predilection, "(Getting tattoos) is about bringing good energy into my life. They're addictive. Like seriously addictive."

Catherine McNeil
US Harper's Bazaar - February 2014
Photographer - Paola Kudacki
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Harper's Bazaar - February 2014
Photographer - Paola Kudacki
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Harper's Bazaar - February 2014
Photographer - Paola Kudacki
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Harper's Bazaar - February 2014
Photographer - Paola Kudacki
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Harper's Bazaar - February 2014
Photographer - Paola Kudacki
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Harper's Bazaar - February 2014
Photographer - Paola Kudacki
Source - thefashionspot.com

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