Australian babe Abbey Lee Kershaw, who rose up from her underground musician scene roots, to become the infamous face of Chanel, Tom Ford, and Versace, now ranks amongst the elite in the world of supermodels. Similarly to Kanye channeling his artistic genius in his music, Kershaw utilises her creative vision, and background in music and fine art, to create an aesthetic that is “always abstract but with an ethereal feel to it.” Ethereal and otherworldly are adjectives most suited to Kershaw’s waif-like appearance and dreamy demeanour – and her latest editorial in RUSSH Magazine’s 62nd issue is no exception.
Pictured on the cover of the ‘Phoenix Rising’ issue of RUSSH Magazine, in a racy yet fierce editorial, and starring in director Gracie Otto’s film clip promoting the issue, Kershaw’s latest project truly does depict her as a fiery, beautiful, and ethereal phoenix, rising from the desert dust. Directors and producers Daniella Rech and Gracie Otto shot the post-apocalyptic style editorial, with impeccable styling by Shibon Kennedy, in the desert near Los Angeles. The editorial aimed to pay homage to the world of cinema, a clearly fitting aspiration for Kershaw, as the model-turned-movie-star claims her “career on the catwalk” left her with a “void”. Rising up as one of Hollywood’s hottest celebs, Kershaw is set to star in three films this year, including Mad Max: Fury Road. Perhaps not accidentally, the ‘Phoenix Rising’ pictures and clip give definite Mad Max vibes, with a dusty desert, arid mountains, a setting sun, and the mournful melodies of gritty guitar twangs, and deep harmonicas. A sign saying ‘Max’ is even shown near the beginning of the clip!
Kershaw is seductive and powerful, posing with tanned and topless model Chris Gooris in the “naked desert and haunted lowlands between Palm Springs and the Mexican border” – a perfect setting for a babe as ballsy as our Abbey, who is truly putting Australia on the map in a big way. And, can someone please get me the name of her hair stylist? Seriously. She looks too good to be real in this editorial. In fact, I would give the beautifully shot and very powerful ‘Phoenix Rising’ a complete ten out of ten – if only if it weren’t for the random appearance of a baby at the end of the film clip (apparently called Storm), and Gooris’ seriously questionable mullet.
You can watch the full film clip here.