Bettina Rheims

Undone and Sexy

Image: @bettinarheims | Instagram

BY: Jes Zurell

You can have a lot of talents, but it’s normal to specialize in one thing, and that one thing is usually the facet of yourself you’ve polished to a gleam with many years of doing the thing by hand. Bettina Rheims’s talent for photographing bedroom eyes, bedhead and the glamorously bedraggled is blindingly beautiful, and photography is only one of her many talents. Regardless, consider our collective panties dropped.

Rheims is a woman of many talents – modeling, journalism, curation, and foremost of all, photography. The work of this bijou française speaks in a distinctly devil-may-care French dialect, and her Instagram is one of our favorites to date. She counts Johnny Depp, Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss among her subjects, and damn if she doesn’t evoke even the most stoic Russian model’s inner Parisian.

Her Instagram is a pearly curio cabinet of lacy underthings, cigarettes, and a few hearty spritzes of Chanel No. 5, pairing dramatic fashion shots from the late ‘80s with modern shots from every fashion house you can name. The styling, even when it’s as deliberate as a topless model with a protest painted across her chest, is consistently just a little unraveled and loose. It’s hard to tell who’s more effortless – Rheims or her models.

There’s even a flock of gorgeous birds on her profile, idolized in sleek, oiled black and white, and not even they seem overly contrived. Every photograph is lingerie for your eyes, and feast for your nethers.

Now that we think of it, our hand’s a little tired. That’ll happen when you spend as much time lusting after these passionate photos as we have. A word of advice: Make sure you have a few extra pairs of AA batteries stashed in the bedside table drawer while you check out these selects from Rheims’s Instagram profile.

And in case you were wondering about our best talent – it’s turning you on to the sexier side of life.

All photos are by Bettina Rheims, sourced from her Instagram.

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