Yannique Forbes is the current winner of The Next Face, a YouTube series produced by Shawn Hanna, where aspiring Bahamian models compete to be the next face of his brand. Yannique is 16 years old and is continuously expressing her deep passion for the art of modeling. She has recently been spotted in two major runway shows in The Bahamas: Bahamas Fashion Week and Runway Exuma.
This project was created for an upcoming magazine and I was told to produce something that gives "Best of the Bahamas". I think I sat down and contemplated about this for about a day or two. Literally... I then went to my Facebook friends (who are usually very helpful) to get their opinions. I believed that when hearing the phrase "Best of the Bahamas" automatically you think sun, sand and sea. However, I wanted to take this editorial in the opposite direction. I envisioned a Bahamas that most visitors to the island do not get to see. I wanted something more gritty, less modern with lots of feelings.
We began the editorial at a bus stop in Englerston, to an old abandoned gas station and well/water pump in Bain Town and then to the streets of Downtown. Yes, I knew that most visitors to The Bahamas go Downtown however I wanted to give it a more "street-style" vibe which I think the team accomplished.
Being a creative at heart, I must admit that this project has to be the best I've done for 2017. With an amazing muse like Yannique who completely transformed on this day by such a unique glam team, I don't think we could've went wrong. To put the icing on the cake, the shoot was superb and I photographed it using natural light only.
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