Long before yoga became the nearly 10 billion dollar fitness industry it is today it was an ancient spiritual discipline deeply rooted in Hinduism. Through the centuries the practice has evolved to accommodate myriad Hindu traditions. Central to yoga and ostensibly its most visually identifiable element are the asanas or poses. Enter fashion, literally an industry of clothes crying out for poses. The latest issue of Flaunt brings this topic full circle in the pages of its latest issue for an editorial starring Ali Michael, whose love for yoga is eclipsed only by equestrianism. Photographed by Cameron Postforoosh and styled by Yana Kamps, the story opens with Ali (pictured) wearing a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress and a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello shoe. Diligent students of yoga will of course recognize Ali’s kneeling backbend posture, which is none other than an ustrasana pose. Derived from Sanskrit उष्ट्रासन, the pose references the posture of a camel. Questions abound at this point, why is Ali doing yoga on the opening page of this story? Ali’s yoga abilities (“I wasn’t even sore after the shoot!”) are used as a kind of shorthand for introversion, which she later in the story counterbalances by going out in the world to meet some people. Truth is, there is room enough for practicing yoga and being social, Ali Michael epitomizes this harmony.

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Credits include: Publication, Flaunt Nº165 2019; Title, “Was Lonely and Then Decided to Go Out and Meet Some People”; Photography, Cameron Postforoosh; Styling, Yana Kamps at Defacto; Hair, John Ruidant at See Management; Makeup, Rei Tajima; Casting, Edward Kim.

Ali Michael | Flaunt Nº165 2019 (Photography: Cameron Postforoosh)

Ali Michael | Flaunt Nº165 2019 (Photography: Cameron Postforoosh)