Behind the Cover Shoot With Molly Sims

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Tas Limur
This article first appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of New Beauty. Click here to subscribe

From our makeshift desks and our dogs barking in the background, we introduce our first-ever socially distant cover shoot.

Our easygoing and gorgeous cover star, Molly Sims, and some deft skills from photographer John Russo—from UV-sanitizing the makeup to having an RV in the driveway for the pared-down crew and equipment, he literally wrote the guidelines on how to do this safely—were used to get through-the-glass, six-feet-away “closeups” and open-air shots in Malibu. The days of Craft service catering may be on “pause,” but we like to think the final images speak to the fact that a good boxed lunch can fuel creativity.

“It was very silent. I was like, ‘We’re on Liquid Xanax right now.’ Everybody washed their hands 50 times. The stylist would come up, then walk away and wait; and then the hairdresser would come up, and walk away and wait. It was musical chairs. John was incredible. He’s such an amazing, beautiful photographer. He makes you feel so good. That’s part of it.” —Molly Sims

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