Anne Menke portrayed Mexican women, one more beautiful than the next, for VOGUE Mexico. The photos have an incredibly natural effect which brings out the beauty of the indigenous facial features more clearly. “Four of the seven women are not models, and the other three have just started their modeling careers. This makes the photos even more natural, which are not meant to show ideals of the fashion world, but present real women to whom other can look up to and relate to. Every single photo exudes an individual and wonderful aura. The simple backgrounds, few accessories and black and white film used shift the focus clearly to the faces.” says Anne Menke.
Anne Menke and her keen eye for the special captured the individual beauties in Sayulita, a beautiful village on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Creative direction was in the hands of Debbie Smith, with styling by Max Ortega Govela, hair by Lisa-Raquel Baines and make-up by Ana Marie Rizzieri.
About – Anne Menke occupies the unique realm where high fashion meets Bohemian travel and a free spirit. Her editorial work (for magazines including W, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Elle, In Style, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and Vogue) exudes a sense of glamour often amidst a backdrop of far-flung, exotic locales. Menke has photographed couture on the mountains of Peru and beauty contests on the plains of Mongolia. Her eye for the authentic, somehow she’s an insider wherever she goes, has informed her campaigns for clients including Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West, Keds, Clarins, L’Oreal, Aveda, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, J. Crew, Nike, Wrangler, and Hush Puppies .
Anne Menke was born in Germany and has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York City. At the moment, she splits her time between New York City and Sayulita, Mexico, where she surfs and chartered a green school, The Costa Verde International school project. Mexico is also the perfect base for her frequent photography excursions. In 2001, Menke published a photography book “Our New York” in conjunction with Tommy Hilfiger. Her second book was published in 2012 entitled “See The World Beautiful” and is about her personal work from the last 15 years. Over the last two years, she had exhibitions in New York and Mexico.