When the tribal huntress saved her people, she was celebrated. Reluctantly, she accepted their throne. Her bravery and sharp perception would protect them. Her endurance would repel any attack. And her beauty would forever entice them. They painted her body in tribute.
This is Princess Akinyi from Kenya.
Well . . . Laurine Akinyi is a princess on my stage. Creation in the studio allows imagination.
Last month I traveled to the remote reaches of Papua, Indonesia, to acquire authentic tribal accessories beyond distant bush. And this month the brilliantly creative Hilde Marie Johansen from Norway is styling my photo shoots in Bangkok.
Princess Akinyi shaved her head for an adventure into the thrill of body paint.
The word “akinyi” translates to “born in the morning” but most of my studio shoots occur in the evening. Miss Akinyi proved brave. She has portrayed an eerie voodoo witch, posing with a dead chicken, and then as a romanticized tribal bride.
She appeared as a tribal fashionista and a fearless tribal huntress ready for attack.
She came with an attitude as the “Girl from the Other Village.” She was different, aloof. And the paint on her legs drove the young men crazy.
Later, Akinyi and I danced into the night.
More to dare.
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