SI Vault
 
NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD
February 13, 2009
Take a guided tour of ancient civilizations that is anthropological, archaeological and topographical. (Oh, the topography!) It's fascinating...really. Artiste extraordinaire Joanne Gair explains the history behind her latest masterpieces
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
February 13, 2009

Natural Wonders Of The World

Take a guided tour of ancient civilizations that is anthropological, archaeological and topographical. (Oh, the topography!) It's fascinating...really. Artiste extraordinaire Joanne Gair explains the history behind her latest masterpieces

View CoverRead All Articles

BROOKLYN DECKER

Hair by BEN SKERVIN for BUMBLE + BUMBLE at THE MAGNET AGENCY

Bodypainting and makeup by JOANNE GAIR for LBB ARTIST MANAGEMENT, USING BODY ART PRODUCTS by REEL CREATIONS INC., and TINSLEY MAKEUP FX STUDIO

Accommodations by SPICE ISLAND BEACH RESORT

Photographs by RENNIO MAIFREDI

Bodypainting and Swimsuit Design by JOANNE GAIR

IRINA SHAYK
"The idea was to create a kilim rug to represent the Turkey shoot. in L.A. I found a beautiful turn-of-the century kilim, whose pattern influenced this design. I wanted it to look like old, worn-out cutoff jeans, and for people to really see the needlepoint. I also hiked up the bottom to bring out her beautiful curvature."

JESSICA WHITE
"Jessica has the most delicious skin. This is an ancient mosaic tile representing the Mediterranean. She's wearing real gold, gold leaf actually, placed on her one by one. There are the purples, the rich greens, the fluorescent reds, layers upon layers of it that mix beautifully with her divine skin tone."

JULIE HENDERSON
"I painted Julie in tile designed to represent the ancient Mayan version of the alphabet. Each tile symbolizes a word or a sound. As for the shape of the suit, I saw a picture of Julie in last year's issue in which she's wearing a cutoff T-shirt. She has beautifully curved natural breasts, which I wanted to show off here."

1