LET'S DANCE: Miu Miu x Astrophe Magazine
To accompany the photography of Daniel Hanslow for Miu Miu x Astrophe Magazine, I interviewed muses Lisa and Tamara on modern womanhood, empowerment, and their hopes for the future of fashion.
Creative Director / Photographer: Daniel Hanslow @danielhanslow
Video / Editor-In-Chief: Simone Taylor @original.sim1
Stylist: Coco van Dijk @cocovandijk
Hair and Makeup: Liz Tieu @byliztieu
Writer: Cheyenne Bardos
Studio: Culture Machine Studios @culturemachinestudios
A haze of smoke sweeps the concrete walls of an industrial studio in Marrickville. Behind the smoke is a wink of silver, a strut of baby pink, a shiny flash of metallic pumps adorned with gleaming pearls. It may seem odd to shoot Miu Miu — the youthful, feminine darling of luxury fashion — against a stone-grey backdrop, but the marriage of edge and elegance is nothing new to the brand.
LET'S DANCE is an ode to contemporary femininity and its liberating subversions. Muses Lisa (IMG) and Tamara (Kult) are draped in sequins and velvet – their faces brushed with pops of red and pink – and yet their stances are both empowered and playful, conscious and dynamic. As young First Nations women modelling for a globally renowned brand, they resemble the promising future of the fashion industry – so we chatted to them about modern womanhood, empowerment through fashion, and their hopes for the future.
On who they are
LISA: My name is Lisa Fatnowna, and I am a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman. I grew up on Gimuy Walabara Yidinji Country (Cairns) and made the move to Gadigal Country (Sydney) to pursue my modelling journey. Both of my grandfathers (maternal and paternal) are Kuku Yalanji from Port Douglas / Mossman. My grandmothers are from the Torres Straits: Moa Island (paternal) and Ugar (maternal).
TAMARA: My name is Tamara Licastro, I’m twenty years old and I identify as an Aboriginal woman. I’ve been modelling for a year and absolutely love it as I enjoy fashion, beauty, and photography. I hope to continue to model as long as possible, as it has helped me step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to become more self-confident. I also currently study a social science degree at university – I love learning about new subjects and topics which I hope I continue to do so even after I finish my current degree.
On the meaning of femininity
LISA: To me, femininity defines a strong, powerful woman with a great voice. After decades of serving men, we’ve grown to become the real women we are. We are risk takers, we are tough, and we can dominate. We are creators, we are contributors, and we empower each other.
TAMARA: It means embracing who I am, accepting all my flaws and insecurities, and fully loving the person I see in the mirror – not only my physical self, but my whole, entire being. It’s about stepping into my true potential and power, and challenging myself to new heights in order to grow as a person.