Camille Rowe Molly Steele Playboy USA – April 2016

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Camille Rowe, Molly Steele, Playboy USA, April 2016

 Molly Steele

Molly Steele !lever intended to be a photographer. Two years ago she fbund herself in a rut, work-ing t No jobs while study i tig botany as a full-time student. “I was overwhelmed and had no room in my head for my own ideas. I decided to break from everything atilt! use the money I’d saved to buy a ear and pursue photography. I haven’t done anything else since.- Today, the 27-year-old is lauded for her self-funded photography. which she shares on Instagram and describes as “pri-marily outdoors with a mice of’ solitude: \V Iii le her online following of nearly 6o,000 has un-doubtedly fallen in love with her II idden-esque journeys into isolation, she’s ready to push her art into another realm, turning the lens back on humanity. “If I were alive dudlig the Vietnam War, I would have been a war photographer. I’m interested in experiencing the I lungs I shouldn’t experience Amer she says. Recently, Molly spent time living off the grid in a hut with a sexage-narian hippie. Last year she was arrested in Kansas for• freight hopping. “I’m intrigued by off-kilter lifestyles, but the deeper I go into documenting them, the more danger I put myself in. I don’t tell my parents halfthe stuff I do until afterward,” she says. “Through it all, I find myself saying that if something bad goes down, it’s niv fault because I was asking for it. That’s what’s heartbreaking—that, as a young woman, I can be victimized because someone else sexualizes me.” For Molly, appearing in PLAYBOY is, in some way, an avenue to combat a fear that her cre-ative drive (and safety) may be compromised by the gaze of others. “What does it mean for me, a photographer, to use my IxKly as a vessel fb• communicating my art? I want people to believe in the integrity behind what I’m doing. I want to move this machine fbrward. I want to beset free.”

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Camille Rowe

“Camille Rowe isn’t just a model. It’s not who I am.” It’s a brisk Sunday night in the City of Lights, and Miss April is in her Le Marais apartment, preparing a dinner of fish, fennel and Moroccan carrots. “I’m grateful for all I have,” she continues, “but I’ve also had sleepless nights of feeling misunderstood. I had to learn how to separate myself from my job.” She pauses and puts her focus back on dinner. “The thing is, my entire family is in the restaurant business. My siblings, my father and my grandparents all started as chefs and got their own restaurants. I’m a good cook, but in relation to them, I’m terrible,” she says, laughing. Indeed, Camille, a native Parisian, veered from her family’s rich his-tory as restaurateurs when a modeling scout discovered her at a café. Next came campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Dior, numerous magazine covers and a move to New York City when she turned 21. But tonight, she’s back in her hometown to shoot her first major film role—and like the delicate cuisine she prepares, the film is a toast to her roots. “I can’t reveal the title yet, which is annoying, but I can say it’s a comedy by a popular, respected French director. And yes, I speak French in it.” Camille hopes acting, along with her PLAYBOY cover, will propel her into a higher stratum where her voice is as recognized as her face. “You’re in the public eye as a model, but you’re rarely asked to speak—and even then, they ask only about your beauty routines. Now, though, people are starting to care what I have to say. It’s why I wore my own clothes and styled myself for this shoot,” she says. “This was my vision, and it’s a proud moment for me.”

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