Charm Magazine August 1954 / Conde Nast
Patsy Shally, photo by William Helburn
Romeo and Juliet: The Tomb Scene by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790
Medium: Oil on Canvas
The self-proclaimed ‘Bee Queen’ from Oregon let photographer Holly Wilmeth capture her indulging in her quirky passion. In the images Ms Mapelli is seen calmly wandering around outdoors, with thousands of hairy-bodied insects covering her torso up to her neck, in turn creating a ‘natural blouse’.
Photo credit: Holly Wilmeth
“These kinds of images address the overall nostalgia you feel when you’re young — throughout being a teenager, it feels nostalgic because you’re already looking at it in a retrospective, you’re told that these moments are fleeting, that the memories last forever, and these sorts of experiences, alongside their portrayals in the media, sort of come of define you. So there is this desire, and like, fantasy, in already looking back at yourself and how you want to seem, how you’ll remember, how it will compare, even while you’re living it.”