Marianela Nuñez on working with celebrity photographer Paola Kudacki for Humanity magazine

Humanity magazine, issue 13

The photoshoot for Citizens of Humanity was a brilliant experience.

says principal dancer 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.

You grow and you come up with your own ideas and ideals, but you always have to listen no matter what.

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.

You have to constantly want to do this everyday year after year. I have it in my soul. The need to go deeper and grow artistically is there every day. Sometimes you feel that you are going somewhere and other times you get a little stuck. That’s how it goes.

Kudacki says,

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.

Being an artist, you are constantly looking to outdo yourself and improve. I don’t like to use the word “better” or say, “I want to be better,” because with art, it’s not really like that. I try using the expression “going deeper”.

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.

I’d like to keep discovering myself as a dancer. I still have the freshness I had when I started—that’s thanks to my love and passion.

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.

Nuñez says,

She interviewed and photographed many women she found inspiring and made this edition like a personal diary for her little daughter.

You grow little by little, day after day. That’s what success is. Day after day, you have to be like, “OK, I put this in. I improved. I achieved this.”

Kudacki writes,

[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.

Regardless of what happens in my life, I know that I get up at 8 a.m., and I know that I’m going to hold onto that barre. Even if I’m going through the worst moment of my life or the best moment of my life, dance is always there to rescue me and hold me up.

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.

Perhaps my big break happened at a given moment, but I didn’t take it that way, not because I didn’t notice it but because I had a different goal.
I feel very grateful because I’ve always been surrounded by people that helped me constantly. They made me grow day after day and year after year. I felt protected all the time.
I’d like to keep discovering myself as a dancer. I still have the freshness I had when I started—that’s thanks to my love and passion.
I can’t explain why. I didn’t have much access to dance; I just fell in love with dance and gave in to it. I still can’t explain it to this day why I love to dance so much. It goes beyond any explanation.
One of my dreams is to have a very long career; I’d like to keep dancing the classics for another 10 to 15 years. I want to keep growing and exploring.
Humanity n.13

“One of my dreams is to have a very long career; I’d like to keep dancing the classics for another 10 to 15 years. I want to keep growing and exploring.”