Photographer Alana O’Herlihy, with her cadre of fashionable friends (Gigi and Bella among them), is an industry one to watch. In 2017, her work appeared on Vogue, V Magazine, and i-D. Elsewhere, on Instagram she documented every step of her international travel. If you were keeping up, you’d be hard pressed to find the line between her business and pleasure.
Making a home base out of the East Village, Alana, with her multi-media work, is single-handedly bringing the raw edge, exuberance, and grit back to the now-gentrified neighborhood that once boasted Basquiat, Ginsberg, and Madonna as residents. Scrolling through her Instagram, @lilmami_lani, it’s not hard to trace her references; they’re often chopped up, cut out, and collaged. They transcend decades, genres, and media.
Vowing, in 2018, to focus her lens on the “hot boys” she meets throughout her travel, Alana is flipping the script, reclaiming the male gaze as female and giving men a taste of their own medicine.
Here, she takes Jegor Venned, the Faroese model fronting Tom Ford’s current ad campaign, to the Museum of Sex (naturally). And gives him her list of questions inspired by Andy Warhol, but with a twist all her own.
Alana O’Herlihy: What’s your drink of choice?
Jegor: Hendricks and Tonic with Cucumber
Girls, boys, or both?
Did you sleep last night?
Jegor: Yeah, a good night’s sleep.
Do you dream? What’s the last one you remember?
Jegor: Yes, I was racing cars on a ship dock with the homies — very intense.
What are you thinking about when you look into the camera lens?
What was the last photo you took on your phone?
Jegor: A photo of my mom’s salad.
What was your first job?
Jegor: A Versace show.
Is there anything you regret doing?
When was the last time you were in love?
Jegor: I’m in love now.
Do you dance at the bar?
Jegor: I do; I’ve got the moves.
Do you get depressed if you don’t work?
Jegor: I get very bored, and, yes, it’s kinda depressing.
Who would be your dream date?
Jegor: My girlfriend, my lady.
What’s your favorite movie?
Do you have a dream role?
Jegor: Yeah, playing a rich gangster with a little love story, too.
Who was the last person you followed on Instagram?
Jegor: A model…
Lights on or off?
FILL IN THE BLANK...
I never told me my mom_____.
She knows everything she should know
Never have I ever ______.
Jumped out of a plane
I last swiped right on _____.
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a _____.