Fendi‘s recent resort campaign may technically be listed with only one model credit (the lovely Natasha Poly), but what about her elaborate leaning post? It may not be selling the clothes, but you can’t miss the statue which Natasha seems to be hanging off of in every shot. Statues and mannequins are not an uncommon prop in fashion photography. They do amplify qualities which are valued for the long hours of a fashion shoot. They’re consistent, they don’t tire easily, and you always know what to expect of them. On top of which, models seem to be able (and keen) to poke, prod and occasionally grope the figures at their whim. How Pygmalion. The statues don’t seem to mind too much.
Click through for a look at some of our favorite interplay between the living, breathing model and their statue playthings. They’re a better match than you’d think. The French word for model is “mannequin,” after all.