The W Magazine May 2014 issue offers a reinterpretation of the all-American 'Dream Girl.' The stereotypical dream girl, as defined by pop culture and patriarchal beauty standards, is a fresh-faced, girl-next-door type who manages to tantalize men while maintaining a general air of innocence. Moreover, the Dream Girl is smart, funny, likable, friendly and generally pretty adorable -- add a generous helping of sex appeal into the mix and you're set.
This W editorial disrupts the stereotype by imagining a darker, edgier, borderline gothic version of the typical dream girl. Instead of tantalizing men, this girl looks like she could eat them for breakfast. The models consisted of Guinevere Van Seenus, Svetlana Zakharova and Daiane Conterato, among others. Makeup expert Pat McGrath did a cinematic makeup look consisting of a lacquered lip, matte eyeshadow and heavy blush.
Benn Hassett photographed the ladies in an editorial that will make you think twice about what you look for in a 'Dream Girl.'