April 3, 2012 1:29 pm

Self Service, the hardbound biannual that walks like a book, is back on the newsstand with its Spring / Summer 2012 issue, overall its 36th to date. Ondria Hardin (Ford) and Bambi Northwood-Blyth (Ford) both feature in the cover story by photographer Alasdair McLellan and Self Service fashion director Suzanne Koller. Following the publication’s titling convention of location and date, the story is called “London, December 20th-21st, 2011,” which thereby strips away any pretense whatsoever and lets the portraits speak for themselves. And how eloquently they speak! Two pages into the story, Ondria enters the frame (Slide 1) wearing a black leather dress by Sportmax and a crystal earring (Slide 2) by Jil Sander. Bambi makes her entrance (Slide 5) in a most dramatic fashion sporting heavy eyeshadow by makeup artist Aaron de Mey. The colorful shades, liberally applied, add even further emphasis to the Australian’s eyes that are already framed a pair of the industry’s most sumptuous eyebrows. McLellan’s portraits exude an intensity thanks in part to his subjects looking directly at the camera, which in turn translates onto the page as confidence. Assured, unencumbered, Ondria and Bambi require no assistance at all in this issue of Self Service.

Credits include: Publication, Self Service Issue 36 Spring / Summer 2012; Title, “London, December 20th-21st, 2011”; Photography, Alasdair McLellan; Styling, Suzanne Koller; Hair, Anthony Turner; Makeup, Aaron de Mey; Photography assistance, Gareth Powell, Simon Bremner, Lex Kemberly; Styling assistance, Sabrina Marshall, Ray Tetauira, Divya Bala, Georgia Shaw; Hair assistance, David Wadlow, Emma Hedges; Makeup assistance, Frankie Boyd, Ciara O’Shea, Yuko Fredriksson; Production, Chloe Charlesworth, Charlie Forte; Prop styling, Theo Politowicz; Processing and printing, Bayeux and FTP London; Retouching, Output London; Thanks, James and Nigel at Curtain Road Studios.

 

Slide Show

  • 1-ONDRIA_HARDIN_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-152
    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
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    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 3-ONDRIA_HARDIN_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-155
    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 4-ONDRIA_HARDIN_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-160
    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 5-BAMBI_NORTHWOOD_BLYTH_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-161
    Bambi Northwood-Blyth (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 6-ONDRIA_HARDIN_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-163
    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 7-BAMBI_NORTHWOOD_BLYTH_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-167
    Bambi Northwood-Blyth (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 8-ONDRIA_HARDIN_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-171
    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 9-ONDRIA_HARDIN_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-174
    Ondria Hardin (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
  • 10-BAMBI_NORTHWOOD_BLYTH_SELF_SERVICE_ALASDAIR_MCLELLAN-175
    Bambi Northwood-Blyth (Ford) | Self Service Spring / Summer 2012
    Photography: Alasdair McLellan; Fashion: Suzanne Koller
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42 thoughts on “Ondria Hardin & Bambi Northwood-Blyth | Self Service Issue 36 Spring / Summer 2012

  1. Never bully a person.
    There is no need to use profanity or hateful speech towards a stranger, especially not a kid.
    I know that your life may be harsh, but that is no good excuse.
    Most mothers would raise their children to refrain from such atrocity.
    Tsk-tsk.

    I will be the one to tell you that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it because words can be hurtful.

  2. Pedro De La Rosa By the way, animals are not meant to be abused, either. Do not use cruel references to factory farming to make a "joke". Meat is not at all friendly or safe.

  3. your K9's would say different. Meat is a normal part of our diet, how it arrives at your mouth is the problem. to hunt with your bare hands and kill to survive is more normal that eating GM Soya products. ;)

  4. She's definitely not black!!! Fuck this modeling agency for using some skinny white girl in black face to celebrate "African Queens". She is hideous!

  5. She is a child! On another hand, both her parents and the Ford agency should be held accountable for racism and promoting anorexia/starvation. I hope CPS gets involved.

  6. Amy Simental , Wow! What a horriable thing to say! She is 16 and her parents agreeded to this. But if you really want to be mad at someone, be mad at the producers of the clothing line. There is a rep of every clothing line at every photo shoot to make sure the "Inspiration" comes through in the pictures. I agree that this is in very poor taste, but do not make it worse by blaming the CHILD and that is what she is. It is the people of the clothing line that wanted this, so boycott the clothing line. I would.

  7. wow…..have we as a society become such hypocrits? Most of you are insulting a 16 year old girl calling her raciest and saying she is hideous….those of you whom choose to do this are no better than the raciest assholes whom are out there! What? sense you don't understand her decision you have to throw harsh words at her just to make your self feel better? I say this young lady is doing just fine and its a very nice photo shoot….maybe what society needs is to push the race boundries like what's being done here….grow up people!

  8. Wow! The people that thought this was okay was wrong I can't really be made at the young lady for taking the photo but the people calling the shots. Well I couldn't really rap my mind around what they were thinking but this is ignorance and in February keep in mine you sew ignorance it will come back to you

  9. Amy…You used one of the worst words out there to talk of someone you know nothing about. Nice of you to show your stupidity to the world.

  10. Do these girls ever smile? They really don't look all that happy at all. Look at those eyes.Its like they are trapped and scared to find a way elsewhere.

  11. @Chryste hook, i agree wth you totally.but as you can see these are"MOTHERS" who are down rating this child for doing her job.Hell i'm 53 and still weight a buck 25 and black….and they talk tales abt me,she is beautiful and thats what matter….if they told me to get naked for a shoot then thats what i will do…its my JOB

  12. She is beautiful. I too was very thin at 16, but I never missed a meal. We all come in different shapes and sizes and should be celebrated not degraded. As for the photo shoot…We also come in different colors and facial features. It is sad, because there are a lot of African American females who would have rocked that photo shoot. Not to mention the impact that it could have had on increasing the self-esteems of African American women and girls everywhere. Yes, the more we see images of ourselves as symbols of beauty, the more we are accepting of who we are; and the less likely we are to try and alter our appearance. What a missed opportunity. Sad!

  13. She does a horrible Joker impression. In addition, can she even smile? Oh right… I guess when you are Starvin' Marvin it's hard to put on a happy face.

  14. I get it! The Holocaust never did happen! What really happened in the "concentration camps" was the Nazi's were putting on the biggest fashion show of the millennium! Who would have thought that bone-thin women on the verge of dying were so sexy? The Nazis, that's who!

  15. Decent photos here. There's a reason why minors can not be held legally liable for all sorts of different things – they are kids. I didn't even mind the photo of her that seemingly has so many – so upset. The blackface most of us that can, remember from the not too distant past was blatant buffoonery, where performers would create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. I very much dislike the idea of even posing a question dealing with the aforementioned matters in a public forum; but here it goes, can anyone actually say that creating a stereotyped caricature of a black person is what is the case here? People be very mindful that you are not projecting. Now, that being said, I do not personally know this girl, but if in fact she is 16 years old, then can we really blame her – instead of her employers?, if there is any blame to be meted out? Possibly most either do not really know, or have forgotten what blackface really looked like. Google the William H. West Minstrel Show for a reminder of one of the more tame portrayals of Blackface from the not too distant past. Now, concerning the subject of the company not utilizing the services of some variety of a more highly pigmented person, I would not possibly even begin to pretend to have even the slightest truth concerning their actual motive(s). Indeed, institutionalized racism is a reality many of us live with daily from one extreme to another. It is just that one can not condemningly cite comparatively by the very definition of 'blackface', the pictures viewed of the pictorial in question as being a definitive example of such.

  16. These girls look awful! If this is what you call beauty ~ then you're obviously brain dead. These girls are anorexic and in need of food not to mention how sad they look. Something is definitely wrong with our society when we buy magazines glorifying skin and bones. Get real folks! There are lots of prettier and healthier looking girls to consider. Please, young girls don't buy into the notion that bone thin is beautiful. Believe me ~ it isn't!!

  17. Not sure what the intent was for casting her as an "African Queen". I am also not sure what her nationality is… But I just wanted to enlighten folx that there are many White Africans (Euro Africans or Africani Bianchi). Remember that Africa is only a continent of several countries. So tech., if she's associated with Africa – she can be an African Queen.<shoulders shrug>, right?

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