It’s easy to get bummed out by the whole femvertising, selfie-stick, FaceTune thing we’re living through as women right now. We are however fortunate enough to have a whole cohort of new wave of role models challenging the status quo of mainstream fashion. One of these individuals joyfully taking the fashion world to task is model and photographer, Emma Breschi. Not familiar with the name? You’re more than likely are with the bigger-than-life smile.
To call Emma's upbringing “international" would be an understatement. Emma's half Italian and half Filipino heritage has been equally infused by stints in Switzerland, Malaysia, and for the longest period, Thailand. Now a UK resident through and through, Emma's experience as an expat has not left her. The ease and comfort which characterises Emma's modelling is symptomatic of a life spent around people. Candid photographs of her sat in her home with her French bulldog, often caught mid-sentence or partway through a laugh are typical, and a refreshing step away from the pout-heavy editorial work we’re accustomed to. It might be that part of Emma’s natural ease in front of a lens is that she’s quite often behind one too. She’s already shot large commercial campaigns and video for Boohoo, Puma and Dr Martens. It’s hard to believe that she only began modelling a year ago, and yet, she’s already fronted a Monki campaign, been shot for GAP, Harper’s and Carhartt.oh, and did we mention, her Vivienne Westwood debut? Yes, Emma's modelling Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood in their newest AW campaign...
Evidently, Emma's infectious positivity is rubbing off. Emma's managing to turn making people feel good about themselves into a career. Her main preoccupation as a photographer and filmmaker is to explore modern ideas of femininity, liberation and womanhood. She largely does this through just doing “her” on her social media feeds, un-retouched images and long open discussions about her period cramps are common place on Emma’s colourful feed.
If you don’t already follow the Models1 star on Instagram- you should. Her feed is total style overload, heavily features her puppy and is Emma at her rawest and funniest. Emma just as easily offers us a photo of herself in a face mask, or at the end point of a large pizza, as she does photos of her in knee high pink boots. The common thread which permeates all of Emma's work is that she is unashamedly and unwaveringly herself. Instead of vying for competition. Emma is proving that inside jobs work best, and is happily infiltrating the world of fashion photography with a few more friendly faces than we are traditionally accustomed to.