For someone so well-documented—walking in a little under 70 shows just in the fall 2015 season alone!—it should come as no surprise that model Alexandra Elizabeth Ljadov likes to document things herself. And her Instagram, @AlexandraElizabethLjadov, is evidence of all of the behind-the-scenes moments, backstage mayhem, and glamorous downtime the job implies. It helps that her aesthetic—a Fujifilm-camera-captured hazy nineties-supermodel vibe—is refreshing compared to the plethora of millennial-snapped and Mayfair-filtered feeds on the service. Ljadov’s virtual trove of backstage snaps ranges from new kids on the block models and friends like Molly Bair, Valery Kaufman, and Stella Lucia embracing at Chanel resort to the sunbathing Dutch duo Maartje Verhoef and Sanne Vloet, which isn’t to mention all of the other stuff that comes from being young and having lots of time in the big city. “There are so many inspiring things around New York,” says Ljadov. “You’re, like, drinking a milk shake, and if you don’t want it anymore, it’s like, ‘Let’s take a photo of it!’”
And Ljadov isn’t exaggerating—half-slurped props have made appearances in her shots. She used one along with a Loewe bag in her own take on mini editorials around the city, which she titled “Prada x Loewe” and in which Ljadov and her roommate (fellow Estonian model Harleth Kuusik) cheekily pose with everything from a dead fish to a statue of Marge from The Simpsons. No stranger to sentimentality, Ljadov even documented her first prom experience, using only images from her Fujifilm camera.
As for what’s developing beyond instant film? Ljadov is already creating and editing videos, which include short fast-motion documentaries of Fashion Week in the vein of Jonas Åkerlund’s late-nineties work (his music video for The Prodigy comes to mind). “But now I want to do a video with a storyline,” says Ljadov. But before she makes the big step into narrative, there’s always the issue of time management. Does she have the bandwidth to pursue a pair of interests at once? First thing’s first: “I did a new video of resort, but I haven’t saved it—” says the model, “there’s not enough memory. I have to take my computer the Apple Store!” Suddenly we feel like Apple’s limits are the only ones that are going to be holding Ljadov back anytime soon.
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