2: a source of inspiration; especially : a guiding genius
Mynxii White is a professional makeup artist whose credits include Kanye West’s last concert tour, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Sugarpill Cosmetics and most recently Skingraft. She’s the beauty editor over at Bloginity and an all around badass fashionista.
When I met Mynxii, I saw a beautiful woman with a spike earpiece, blond and pink hair that flowed purposely wild, a skirt with rainbow cheetahs and more style in her eyeliner than I had in my entire closet. I was intrigued, intimidated and excited to shoot all at the same time.
Although she tells me she doesn’t consider herself a model, my 870 frames begs to differ. Having worked with models in the past, there’s a difference in Mynxii. She moves between her poses, slowing down just enough for the shot.
She tussles, whips, and pulls her hair back between her fingers and I’m convinced that hair is more than an accessory. It’s a means of expression just as much as her body and face.
But there’s more inspiration beyond the frames. An hour and twenty minutes into the shoot, we have a conversation about my work and where I’d like to take it. Mynxii proceeds to break down fashion photography to me and its viability as a career. Most people stop there, but she backs it up with professional insight and a few resources for me to chew on. She also says she loves my work, which blows my mind.
The way she says these things, it’s so matter-of-fact, and part of me thinks she doesn’t realize how much they resonate with me.
After the shoot, it’s sushi and conversation. She tells me about her career as a makeup artist. We part ways, and I feel nothing but inspired to put my camera to work. The days and weeks that follow are consumed by editing her photos. I’m inspired by a renewed desire to shoot fashion, inspired by her modeling, and the words she left to me.
These are some of my favorite shots, one from each look. In the coming weeks you’ll see sets of each look and you can pay witness to the magic that is Mynxii White.
Mynxii, I don’t know if my words can truly express my appreciation, but you inspire me to become a better photographer. The images we produced are some of my best to date. I cannot thank you enough for your time, your willingness to travel and to work with an unknown photographer, and the kind words you left to me.
If there were ever such a thing as a guiding genius, a source of inspiration, a muse, it would be Mynxii White.
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