JUNE Temptation


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SOS MAGAZINE

Name: June Ann D’Angelo
Age: 34
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Instagram: @lovejuneann (modeling) / @geminijunemoon (production/art direction) /
@thedirtycarpet (film photography)
Photographer: The photographer who shot this set is critically acclaimed, however prefers to
remain anonymous when it comes to fine art nudes and erotica.
Makeup Artist: June Ann.

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1.What inspired you to get into this industry?

 The industry was completely different when I entered it 16 years ago. Facebook had just come
out and was only for communicating to others at your own college via a college email login.
Model Mayhem and One Model Place were the big networking sites that were used to find work.
There was no such thing as an ‘Instagram model’.
So, I was very much drawn to the art aspects of posing and reviewing film and learning how to
find light and play with those different concepts. That is what motivated and inspired me. I did
not want to be one of the centerfolds. I did not want to be one of the cover models. I wanted to
be me…naked as I came…promoting and inspiring others to be body-positive and sex-positive.
I also was on a neverending search for the provocative. I always wanted to collaborate with
photographers that were searching for that something new and did not mind ruffling feathers
when it came to playing with erotic concepts.
In college, I had happened to meet a husband and wife photography team that wanted to start
playing with nude concepts. Our first shoot was moonlit bodyscapes that turned out gorgeous
and I still keep in contact with that couple to this day!

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2. How long have you been modeling?

I’m about to seriously date myself, but I do not mind, because I look damn good for my age! I
have been modeling for 16 years now and my first shoot was nude.
 

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3. Who is your favorite model?

My favorite model is a vision of myself completely fearless and uninhibited.

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JUNE ANN D'ANGELLO

I’m about to seriously date myself, but I do not mind, because I look damn good for my age! I
have been modeling for 16 years now and my first shoot was nude.

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4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?

I have always been comfortable in my own skin and working in front of cameras. I always
demand respect on set and I also give a great deal of respect to those working on a set with
me. Also, when I am shooting, I am generally not just a model. I wear the hat of collaborator
and art director and lighting designer. When I am in front of the camera, I am thinking about so
much more than my naked bits and pieces. I am thinking about the image and how the
photographer is seeing the image and how the final piece will look and what mood is evoked by
the lighting and what pose is best to evoke that mood. There is so much more to think about
than your own comfort level if you truly want to create art!
We come into this world naked. Why do we spend our entire life trying to hide what we are
(literally and figuratively)? The fact that I can use photography as a medium to normalize body
image in society makes my soul smile. That is my goal…to empower men and women to
embrace their bodies as they are and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

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5. When you started did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?

I was fortunate to fall in the industry in the great city of New Orleans and was able to work with
many fine art nude photographers in the area. So, I did not have direct mentors, but there was not one person that I worked with that I did not learn something from. I always made myself a
sponge on set.

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6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?

Learn, learn, learn. Talk to your photographers when you shoot. Ask them where your lead light
is and find out what that means. Ask them why they set up multiple lights. What are those
lights doing? Oh, can I see how that looks in the frame? Little bits and pieces of information
will make you a more well-rounded model for when you step on set for your first big
commercial shoot.
Get out of your box. You are wasting your time and energy if you just show up to a set and put
on your makeup and curl your hair and smile for the camera. Force yourself out of your comfort
zone. Shoot with no makeup. Shoot without doing your hair in the morning. This is how I got
my first Vogue watermark. Learn your angles. Have your photographer send unedited images
so you can see how you really look. Ask your photographers to not edit your body shape and
actually learn how to use and shift your weight in your poses to be more flattering without
being distorted from photoshop. It will also make social media selfies so much easier if you
don’t have to put on a pound of makeup just to get a selfie out!

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Beauty With Brains

Most people see on my Instagram that I carry a doctor title, but most seem to think it is not real. But, I
do in fact have a PhD and work in the field of immunology.

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7. Have you ever had a WTF moment at a shoot?

My biggest WTF moments seem to not necessarily happen to me. These moments generally come
when photographers tell me about their horror stories of past shoots. It’s always incredibly interesting. I
chuckle at playing the reenactments in my head while they tell me about them.

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8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modeling?

One of the biggest revelations I have discovered is that so many people are not comfortable in their
own skin. I get messages every day from women and men saying that they wish they could be like me
or that they have never felt happy when they look in the mirror. This breaks my heart but at the same
time I realize how fortunate I am to not have these inhibitions and hopefully translate that freedom into
images that can create body-positive and sex-positive dialogue. My wish for this world is that everyone
can be truly happy with themselves…mind, body and soul.

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9. Tell us something about yourself that people don’t know. 

Most people see on my Instagram that I carry a doctor title, but most seem to think it is not real. But, I
do in fact have a PhD and work in the field of immunology.

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10. What about yourself you are most proud of? 


I am most proud of myself for learning how to critically think. My parents instilled this in me at a young
age. I could never say I liked or not liked something without stating a reason. This was the first lesson I
ever had in critical thinking. Slowing down and pondering the ‘whys’ of the world can be incredibly
empowering and liberating.

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11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?

I want to be remembered as a kind soul with a sassy spirit. Someone that advocated for sex-positive
and body-positive erotica. Someone that inspired others to love themselves more.

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12. Tell me a place that you absolutely must visit before you leave this world?

There is this place where a strong tree stands solo in an endless horizon of open field. That is where I must visit.


 

 

Ryan Paul