Gritty Pretty

New cover story of 70s wonderbabe Jess Hart, shot/styled by yours truly for GRITTY PRETTY Magazine.


So here’s a moment that I’m truly proud to share – my first cover for GRITTY PRETTY Magazine, starring none other than dreamy 70s wonderbabe, Jessica Hart, shot and styled by yours truly. We’d spoken indirectly through our respective agents, and met briefly at a Michael Kors store launch event in New York just after Fashion Week over there, and had intended to shoot a cozy beauty story while we were both in the same part of the world, but alas – polar vortexes do things to schedules that sunnier parts of the world will never understand.

Next time, we said.

The stars aligned while Jess was back in Sydney for a few days for a round of press on her make-up line, Luma, and with a good dose of Eleanor’s hustling we found ourselves sprawled all over the most beautiful cars I’ve ever shot, Jess a golden, piecey-fringed goddess in layer on layer of the season’s most wallpapered prints and rawest edges. The great thing about shooting Jess (and surely, what has gotten her so far in her international career) is how well she takes abstract direction. It’s the X factor, for those of you who are aspiring models – the ability to translate “think Farrah Fawcett suppressing road rage with Joni Mitchell on the radio” to a beautiful still deserves some kind of prize.


HAIR // Sam Overton @ TRESemmé 

MAKE-UP // Max May @ DLM

COVER: Prada Top – ELLERY Top

LOOK 1: Miu Miu Top & Sweater – CHANEL Shorts – Prada Socks

LOOK 2: MaxMara Top & Coat – CHANEL Cuff – Sunday Somewhere Sunglasses

See full editorial story in GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE



Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.


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