Edita Vilkeviciute, Raquel Zimmermann & More Unretouched, Without Makeup

 Retouching, especially in fashion magazines, is sometimes too obvious - taking away from the beauty of the model, and molding her into a different, computerized version of herself. To celebrate the launch of Viva Model agency in London, photographer Scott Trindle has photographed several of the agency's top models, but without any after-processing, any makeup or hair styling - completely unretouched and unaltered. Scott took each model to his own apartment for a simple, natural shoot, resulting in the photos below. Commenting on his idea, which has been turned into an exhibition, Scott said: 

"It doesn't scare me that the images aren't retouched, it adds another layer of interest and intrigue, I'm as guilty of a slight polish in post as any, but having beautiful woman sit by a window doesn't fill me with unease. The fear that surrounds an un-retouched image is quite amazing - and again I'm no martyr. So much can be adapted in post, and so I suppose the main benefit is its purity." 

Scott photographed each model at his own Dalston flat: "I suppose there is a level of irony having supermodels like Natalia and Raquel traipse through a £5 carwash and a cloud of Angel's barbecued jerk fumes, and I can't deny buying some flowers on the odd occasion to lighten the setting, even after three flights of stairs everyone was really receptive, and I think on the odd occasion welcomed the break from a hectic schedule of go-sees."

The director of Viva modeling agency Natalie Hand says that the photos are charming and real: "His images stood out because it was just so interesting and rare for us to see the girls like that; he shot them with no additional hair, make-up or styling, they were shot exactly as they were in person, exactly how they were when they walked through his door. And they looked really beautiful. The blemishes added to their charm. And you could definitely learn something about the model's real character from the pictures."

Below are some of the photos from the exhibition, as captured by Scott Trindle.

Edie Campbell

Edita Vilkeviciute

Imogen Newton

Jessica Clarke

Kim Noorda

Kirsty Hume

Laura Blokhina

Luisa Bianchin

Maryna Linchuk

Milou van Groesen

Natalia Vodianova

Raquel Zimmermann

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