Oct 15, 2014 7:01PM

Bossed Up: Models As Bad Ass Female Musicians ♀

Photographer Natalia Parsonson pays tribute to the Goddesses of pop, rock and soul.

Need some bad ass inspiration this Halloween? Or in your life more broadly? You've come to the right place — because we took some of our favourite models and dressed them up as some of their favourite female musicians. It's an inspiration double whammy. *Drops the mic.* We asked the models to tell us why the game-changing woman they represented above, are important to them — and to the world more broadly.

Eilika — Patti Smith:
I love the work and legacy of Patti Smith so much. Here are two of my favourite quotes from her. 

"No one expected me.
Everything awaited me."
"Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book."
Ollie Henderson — Siouxsie Sioux:
"Siouxsie has always been a great inspiration to me, the strength in her voice and performance along with her dynamic aesthetic and powerful attitude gives me courage. Having the opportunity to embody her spirit in imagery was a wonderful experience."
Anthea Page — Jane Birkin:
"Jane Birkin was portrayed as a wild sex kitten and she had amazing style that has been timeless — her pictures from the 60s are still fashionable today. I think she is amazing and it was so fun to play dress up and be a bit naughty for the camera haha!" 
Olivia Lefebre — Sade:
"I look at Sade and see a woman oozing with confidence and sex appeal. It's empowering to see a woman be so compelling in such an understated manner."
Sophia — Madonna:
"Madonna will always be the undeniable queen of pop — a label given to her not only due to the popularity of her music but also her controversially outrageous antics that caused international mania and idolisation. To me, Madonna is a fearless entertainer who has always dared to venture into territory that is considered, perhaps, taboo. I would argue that it is this quality that has driven her career to span over decades. Everyone loves a sassy maverick!"
Yaya — Lauryn Hill:
"I portrayed Lauryn Hill in this amazing shoot. Lauren is an amazing woman and has had a great career as a whole. It was fun because she is someone I look up to and have loved for years. She has always been controversial and consistently speaks her mind. Through her music and career choice Lauryn always looks to speak to her fans and really truly inspire. I loved her performance in the Sister Act 2 and I think that when I truly looked into her life and career. In this shoot we focused on her 90s style — her hairstyle and natural make-up choices. I had heaps of fun...It was so much fun portraying this incredible icon.  I hope she sees this shoot. I think Natalia did an amazing job with this project and I'm glad she chose me to be a part of it."


Photography: Natalia Parsonson
Stylist: Monique Moynihan @ 2c Management
Hair & Make-up: Margo Regan
Models: Anthea, Manon, Olivia, Ollie, Sophia and Yaya all @ Chic, Eilika @ Jaz Daly Management