Whether it’s in the movies, on television, in the magazines, or on the street, glamour and star quality captures the most eyes and earns the bulk of the attention. Supermodels get noticed — that’s one of the things that defines their supermodelness. But movie starlets and high fashion models are relatively rare birds — another one of their defining qualities. Today let’s turn our attention to another distinct and far more common type of female beauty: the girl next door.
Name your favorite supermodel. Now imagine that she lives next door. A beautiful dream, yes, but a far-flung fantasy in reality. Now imagine that the model featured in the MetArt erotic photo gallery titled “Bilitas,” Irina O, has moved into your neighborhood. That seems more natural, something that could actually happen, doesn’t it? And that’s a huge part of this model’s considerable charm. She’s beautiful, fresh, vibrant, energetic, and completely natural — the very picture of a (very pretty) girl next door.
I don’t know if Irina O lives anywhere near MetArt photographer Antonio Clemens, but he shot all but one of the 15 pictorials in her MetArt portfolio. Here he employs a studio setting, a bit of fabric netting and a couple of pillows on the floor, and a backdrop bathed in a vivid blue light. Irina O starts out in a floral print dress and tall, strappy espadrille sandals, but the outfit feels the slightest bit much and she looks far more comfortable (not to forget appealing) when she’s stripped it off.
I was somewhat surprised to learn that Irina O was 26 at the time “Bilitas” was photographed — to my eye she looks far younger than that. Part of that may be due to her slim proportions and petite breasts, but I think much of it comes from her bright smile and the spirit projected by her twinkling blue eyes. Antonio Clemens does a fine job capturing his subject in a wide variety of compositions. We find details like a hand placed delicately on her chest (#014); exceptionally pretty profile shots (#025 and #043); a sampling of foot-centric images (#066, for example); and simple yet effective portraits (like #058). There are also some interesting and explicit poses — I particularly like the group spanning #125 through #130, in which this eager girl next door assumes a shoulder stand, spreads her legs wide revealing all, and smiles naturally, warmly, and unaffectedly at the camera.