Portraiture has been around since antiquity. Since its emergence the form has largely been devoted to rulers and the otherwise powerful, the artistic rendering of which served to extend their authority. Portraits of commoners and everyday folk did wonders in the advancement of the practice, thereby loosing it from the seats of power. Fast forward to the advent of photography and portraiture once again becomes something almost entirely new. Photographer Paolo Roversi is a master of the form and is given several pages of the latest Self Service for a story that features Leila Goldkuhl and Selena Forrest. Portraits at their most effective reduce noise around the subject to draw in viewers. For the sake of this series styled by Elodie David Touboul, readers ought to feel no impediment whatsoever taking in the uniqueness and undeniable beauty of Leila and Selena. Modestly styled, with little to no adornments save a septum ring or vintage tattoo, the portraits are uncomplicated, but no less arresting.

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Credits include: Publication, Self Service Nº50 Spring / Summer 2019; Photography, Paolo Roversi; Styling Elodie David Touboul; Hair, Odile Gilbert at Atelier 68; Makeup, Aude Gill at Home Agency using NARS Cosmetics; Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro at DM Fashion Studio.

Leila Goldkuhl | Self Service Nº50 Spring / Summer 2019 (Photography: Paolo Roversi)

Leila Goldkuhl | Self Service Nº50 Spring / Summer 2019 (Photography: Paolo Roversi)

Selena Forrest | Self Service Nº50 Spring / Summer 2019 (Photography: Paolo Roversi)

Selena Forrest | Self Service Nº50 Spring / Summer 2019 (Photography: Paolo Roversi)