Photos and Creative Direction: Roy Beeson
Hair and Creative Direction: Dennis Devoy
Makeup Artist: Mikako Shojima
Tess Hellfeuer from New York Models
Location: Rapaz Studio
Casting: Erin Simon – Rabbit Fight Inc
When we were casting for the shoot, Tess’s name immediately grabbed me. I thought of Tess D’Ubervilles, the Thomas Hardy novel I read growing up. I remember not fully understanding the historical context of the novel or that the novel was a pointed critique of Victorian era values. But that Tess was a fully realized character and knowable, not an enigma. And Tess Hellfeuer (her nickname is Tess) our subject also remained Tess no matter how we tried to transfigure her from 1970’s big hair to 1980’s club kid – she remained her own person throughout.