The photoshoot for Citizens of Humanity was a brilliant experience.
says Royal Ballet principal dancer Marianela Nuñez who is featured in the 13th issue of the denim label’s magazine, Humanity. It is edited by celebrated photographer Paola Kudacki who has shot celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Elton John… it’s a long list.
I was looking forward to working with the wonderful Paola Kudacki… another Argentinian woman and I admire her a lot. Of course, after working on this photoshoot, I became a bigger fan of both her and her work.
Her vision and what she creates with her work and her camera is truly touching and very real.
I have profound admiration for the individuals within the pages of this magazine. I am honoured to have met them and photographed them, and I am inspired by the lives they are leading.
With the use of strong kohl eye makeup, she has created a new-look Nuñez.
I loved how she captured me in a totally different way. The final result was a dream – the magazine is not really a magazine, it feels like a coffee table book. Really beautiful.
Kudacki captures images for magazines such as Time, Vogue and GQ and for campaigns for Clinique, L’Oreal, Revlon and others. However, she is concerned about education, equality, environment, and gun control, and these issues have come to the foreground after the birth of her daughter last year.
She interviewed and photographed many women she found inspiring and made this edition like a personal diary for her little daughter.
[I was asked] to become a Guest Editor developing the concept of the entire issue. The idea began as a letter to my daughter. I wanted to tell stories that are important to me and that hopefully one day would inspire her.
I have always been interested in people: their beginnings, their struggles, and their resilience in the face of opposition and their passion for living. This issue is a collection of many of those concepts.
In the magazine, she photographs and interviews the artist Carmen Winant; women survivors of gun violence; women leaders in the Amazon defending their families and their land; Anja Rubik in Poland who helps young people fight for their rights; Maggie Gyllenhaal about “navigating between her artistry and being a mother and how it is important to be an example to her children”; Malena Pichot, an Argentinian feminist and comedian; Noor Tagouri, the Libyan American journalist and activist about her inspiring mother; and Marianela Nuñez.
I was touched how Paola did my interview [all the photo captions are from her interview] and her idea behind this issue of the magazine – she was in charge of the whole thing, not just the photographs. It is very touching.