By  on February 8, 2008

At first glance, these pictures seem perfect, each model a paragon of beauty. Look closer though, and you’ll notice a pimple here, a red eye there. These photographs haven’t been retouched. And the model’s faces are free of makeup. A beauty story without makeup or retouching? Why not—after all, statement-making hair was the story from the spring runways.

Not every hairstylist would jump at the opportunity, but Dennis Lanni was game from the get-go. An editorial darling who works with photographers such as Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth and Guy Aroch (who photographed this portfolio), whose advertising clients include Missoni, Barneys New York and Uniglo and whose runway work includes Vivienne Tam, MaxMara and BCBG Max Azria, Lanni is incredibly grounded. Literally. Organic is one of his favorite words to describe his work. “My philosophy is to make the girls look as beautiful and angelic as possible,” he says. “When I show up for a job, I’m thinking how can I apply myself to this picture without overpowering it with gimmicky ideas.”

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