WANT TO know what
gets between Marisa Miller and her Guns n' Roses T-shirt? Nothing. "I sleep
in it probably every night when I'm on the road," says the 2008 cover girl.
"I love that shirt."
Artists will tell
you that a self-portrait represents a window into the soul, an opportunity for
the world to see the subject as the subject sees herself. To that end, we gave
each of the 19 models who appear in this issue a camera. Consider it an
exercise in self-reflection. "Nobody lets the girls express themselves the
way they really look, totally unadorned, as natural as possible," says
Swimsuit editor Diane Smith. "I thought it would be interesting for them to
express how they want to look. It was giving them full control of the image,
which they never get."
Anne V relished
the chance to get behind the lens. She took 150 images, including the one on
the following page in which she is standing half-naked in the lobby of the
Avtovo Russian Circus in St. Petersburg. "No posing, no smiling," says
Anne. "It's pure me."
Haro was similarly inspired. "We're in a really beautiful hotel in the
Cayman Islands, and there are all these mirrors around the hallways and my
bedroom," says Haro. "I played with the lighting and the mirrors, and I
was able to get my face [to appear] three or four times in [one] shot. I wanted
the photos to be sexy but not vulgar."
"I wanted to do something that showed some of my personality, and this
does," she says. "Plus, let's face it: I think every guy thinks that a
girl in a T-shirt is sexy."