The title serves two purposes: first simply as the name of the Russian brand that commissioned the following school-uniform series from photographer Anna Volk, and secondly as a mild dig at the model she used – nine-year-old Zhenya Kotova. Zhenya has already been mentioned on the blog as one of Yana Chuvalova‘s “Seven Top Beauties” in a recent post here – where she was paired in double portraits with first Anfisa Kaftanova (Zhenya’s on the right) and then Alisa Samsonova (where she’s on the left):
A lot (if not most) of the promotional images in this post I’ve already used previously in one of two dedicated to Anna Volk: here – but I’m unrepentant, as they formed part of a much bigger career-encompassing gallery (one of the best in the entire blog, in my opinion).
A quick word about school-uniform images: obviously it’s impossible to publish them without acknowledging their fetish quality – and these with Zhenya certainly have some of that – but at the same time the intrinsic charm and appeal of girls in uniforms (as much for parents, families and the general public) can’t be denied: who hasn’t got a proudly-preserved portrait of themselves, a son or daughter in their first uniform?
The Moscow – based I Am Special brand is family-run: Oxana Samoylova (pictured with Zhenya, and her eldest daughter Ariela – who performs most of the modelling for the brand – in the shop image-link below, with just Ariela in her own video-link at the very bottom), and her bearded, tatted-up husband: unfortunately they don’t have space on their posts to name model or photographer – understandable since they use Instagram as a commercial space as much as promotional – luckily Zhenya puts up all the relevant links. My slight criticism of her? She’s rather self-regarding, and has picked up habits like exaggerated eye-lash fluttering and lip-pouting that she thinks make her more appealing:
……and just three more videos (she has almost more movies than stills on her feed) before the Anna Volk – I Am Special gallery – the last one featuring one of the brand’s outfits:
…..as I said in the linked post: “kneecaps you could cut bread with” – and the very brief outfit in Anna’s Instagram link below (with the bias-cut over-lapping front panel) are in fact skirt-shorts:
They could even pass dress-code rules in a couple of Western schools…..(I’m joking, of course…) And just to add an even more un-Western school-clothing item: the Hello Kitty motif thigh-highs/tights (as worn by the model with Zhenya in the first image) are also sold by the I Am Special shop (tho’ while the product image is on the site, I’d be surprised if it was by Anna….and the header is a school-set for another online shop – Detmir – photographer unknown).
Two final points – first Zhenya with her mother (I wonder whom she got the pouting from?….Possibly another ex-model mother – like Oxana as well), and with her sister Alexandra):
……and finally a little gallery in pristine white to remind Zhenya that she’s a naturally photogenic girl – and looks much more attractive when she’s being herself:
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