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Power Players: Boundary-Breaking Fashion Photographer Alana O’Herlihy

We’ve partnered with one of the raddest publications in the game, PAPER magazine, to bring you Power Players, a series celebrating powerful ladies—trailblazers across art, music, fashion, and social advocacy—and their inspiring stories and out-of-bounds style.

 

 

California-bred, New York-based photographer and self-proclaimed “racy artist,” Alana O’Herlihy brings her gritty, in-your-face style to everything she shoots, whether it’s a campaign for Tommy x Gigi (as in, Hilfiger and Hadid) or her personal work, where she’s more of a millennial Cindy Sherman, dressing in elaborate get-ups and transforming into her favorite icons—Jack Nicholson characters are a recurring theme. (He is a bit of a personal obsession.)

And transformation comes easy to her: Day-to-day she’s as likely to be draped in gold lamé rocking pie-size sunglasses as she is to be clad in coveralls with her hair thrown up under a baseball cap. “I take on a new persona each day,” she says, whether at work or at play.

Even as O’Herlihy’s portfolio continues to grow (she’s fresh off working on Hadid’s new line for Maybelline), she still remembers the thrill of her first photographic success “getting my work published in V magazine for the first time and picking it up in a magazine store,” she says. And with all the upcoming work she has in indie mags such as Oyster, Garage, and ODDA, she might want to seriously consider subscriptions.

 

 

“I just do me and forget about the birds. It’s a better way to live life, too: This is my story and I’m sticking to it.”

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Describe your path to becoming a photographer.

“I’ve always wanted to be a photographer, so I just did anything and everything I could to make that happen. I first started doing test shoots for agencies when I moved to NY.”

How do you create art authentically?

“I just do me and forget about the birds. It’s a better way to live life, too: This is my story and I’m sticking to it.”

 

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What’s one picture you’ve taken that sums up who you are as a person and artist?

“The Joker self-portrait.”

Describe a moment when you felt supremely powerful.

“I felt empowered and inspired when I went to the Trump protest in New York after he was elected. I’ve never felt such a sense of community and reason in my life so far.”

Who’s an in-charge woman you admire?

“Recently I’ve really been inspired by Frida Kahlo and her work with her self-portrait series as paintings, which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Her life story is inspiring to me as well. The way she dealt with obstacles is something I greatly admire.”

 

 

Describe your personal style!

“I like to shop at flea markets. I’m inspired differently each day based on what I’m feeling. I see it as, you could die any day, so you might as well die looking good.”

Your go-to outfit?

“I’m in a major suit phase.”

What sneakers do you frequently have on rotation?

“High-top converse forever and always.”

Do you have a lipstick that you would call your “boss” color?

“Lani by Gigi Hadid Matte lipstick for Maybelline.”

What time of day do you feel most powerful?

“I wake up early before everyone so I have time to get ahead of the game and get sh*t done early. I hate waking up late because I feel like I’ve wasted away a day.”

What type of music do you listen to when you need to pump yourself up?

“Fleetwood Mac or Beyonce.”

Written by Julie Vadnal. Photos by Tory Rust.

 

 

“I see it as, you could die any day, so you might as well die looking good.”

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