Tyra Banks Presents: 15
By Polina Roytman
In honor of New York Fashion Week, the incomparable Tyra Banks teamed up with photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth to pay tribute to some of the world’s most iconic and beloved supermodels in an exhibit titled Tyra Banks Presents: 15.
As stated on Spreitzenbarth’s site: “Named for the number of the iconic women portrayed, and the age at which Tyra Banks began her modeling career, 15 includes interpretive images of Banks personifying the supermodels: Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Iman, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer, Carmen Dell’Orefice, and Grace Jones. Banks also portrays the new wave of talent that has resurrected the genre: Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss, and Cara Delevingne. Rounding out the 15, an adult Tyra emulates herself at 15 years old.”
Banks tweeted about the show stating “I’ve put my own spin on #NYFW w/a tribute to some of the fiercest #SuperModels ever. Unretouched. Real. Raw.”
The dream team behind this shoot is none other than Celebrity Stylist and Creative Director Ty-Ron Mayes, Make-up Artist Valente Frazier, Hair Stylist Sher Rae Tucker, Co-Producer Oscar Reyes, and once again the photographic genius of Udo Spreitzenbarth. I had the pleasure of assisting the one and only Ty-Ron Mayes on this project, and am so proud to be part it! All photos are 7′ x 5′ and will be on display at Jacks Studios in Chelsea, NY until November 8, 2013.
All photos are shown below. Enjoy!
Tyra Banks as Cindy Crawford
Tyra Banks as Cara Delevingne
Tyra Banks as Kate Moss
Tyra Banks as Lauren Hutton
Tyra Banks as Grace Jones
Tyra Banks as Twiggy
Tyra Banks as Linda Evangelista
Tyra Banks as Claudia Schiffer
Tyra Banks as Karlie Kloss
Tyra Banks as Jerry Hall
Tyra Banks as Brooke Shields
Tyra Banks as Iman
Tyra Banks as Carmen Dell’Orefice
Tyra Banks as Kate Upton
Tyra Banks as her 15-year-old self
Photographs by Udo Spreitzenbarth