What it would be like if Marilyn existed today?
Chinese model Gao Ying (IMG) posed for SORBET magazine.
In the editorial she takes on the role of Marilyn Monroe with convincing panache photographed at the iconic Hotel Raphael in Paris, known for hosting some of the most illustrious Hollywood and World recognized Stars and recently renovated for a new wave of up and coming and established Stars.
Photographed under the lens of Benjamin Kanarek
and filmed by Frédérique Renaut.
The lovely Gao Ying posed in various luxurious Couture designs – long sleeves couture blouse entirely embroidered with fringes and pearls by Jean Paul Gaultier; Parse faille bustier dress, cherry velvet cache by Valentino; black silk velvet column gown edged with ostrich feathers and accompanied by blush pink silk gazar opera coat by Ralph & Russo; pleated dress in marble organza veiled with blush and powdery pink tulle by Schiaparelli Couture; parchment draped asymetrical off-the-shoulder short gown, hand embroidered with glass beads and silver metallic leaves by Rami Kadi; chiffon dress and boots by Chanel; black velvet dress with golden tartan oversized bow paired with black jersey long gloves by Alexandre Vauthier; chiffon evening gown in printed floral garden silk, entirely embroidered by Giambattista Valli Couture.
“WHAT WOULD MARILYN MONROE BE LIKE TODAY IF HER CAREER HAD TAKEN OFF IN 2018? AS A VULNERABLE AND SENSITIVE ACTRESS PRONE TO ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, WOULD TODAY’S HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD HINDER OR ACCELERATE THE ICONIC MOVIE STAR’S CAREER? WE IMAGINE WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE, TOLD THROUGH A STORY FEATURING THE SS18 HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTIONS.”
Excerpt from SORBET. The Unapologetic Issue. N°19 2018.
Photos by Benjamin Kanarek