Sam Li photographed understated beauty Alyona in a street editorial for C-Heads.
The two headed to the West Side Highway to shoot, an area which Li describes as "industrial, dirty and [with] lots of sun shin[ing] through."
Despite her clear eyes, small frame and generally youthful appearance, there is something slightly intimidating about Alyona. Here is a girl who knows how to take care of herself; she is street-smart and savvy, and doesn't depend on anyone for anything. It is this fierce independence that takes the editorial from "good" to "great." Surrounded by concrete and highway, Alyona looks right at home -- a tough-as-nails chick who is exploring the urban jungle without a hint of fear.