Plush Decay means dying with fullness.
For this installment, the inspiration came from Rihanna's photoshoot in March for Paper Magazine. Hanging out in the convenience store with a few other models, I loved their glamour paired with the glossy lights and rainbow colors of the merchandise. I also loved the idea of dressing up to go pick up a mundane necessity, or fulfill a late night sweet craving. While colorful and vibrant, places like Walgreens can also feel very sterile. The noise of the freezers when you shop for a pizza on sale, or the soft piles of packaged toiler paper, the rustle of your fingers flipping through cough drop options - there's something of decay there. A framework of the patterns of a life lived, the necessities of our bodies, the universal audience and literal convenience of stores which offer a little bit of everything you may need, for the ailing body or the impulsive sweets addict.
Rachel Lapow, one of the photographers for the last installment, agreed to shoot myself and a few beautiful humans. We met in the bathrooms of the Grand Avenue mall, adding additional makeup or a few last minute wardrobe changes. Ashley brought glitter, and any mall goer who witnessed those sinks after our prep time would've seen gold sparkles sticking to all the drains. Ashley, an actress, is a first time model for Plush Decay, while Aija, Annie, and Alyssa are second-timers. They came dressed to how I described the theme - ultra femme, sparkly, ruffles, etc. I brought a few pieces as alternates to play around with, and I drew little patterns on their faces, as I've done for most of the Plush Decay models.
Surprisingly (to me), no one bothered us as we leaned against the freezer doors, lounged in the chairs next to the magazine rack, or posed in pairs against the deodorant options. It seems dressing up with glitter may be more of an amusement than an annoyance to the Grand Avenue Walgreens shoppers.
Rachel Lapow's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raechillllll/