“This is a highlight reel, and it is a creative outlet. Instagram is not real life.”

Social media has altered our perceptions of beauty and brought new talent to our attention in the latest edition of our annual hot list

Our Hot 100 Cover Girl Olivia Culpo is a natural-born winner

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This year we decided to do things a bit differently. The inexorable rise of digital influencers – and a certain progressive social movement you may have heard a little something about – led us to reconsider what it means to be “hot” in 2019. There’s physical beauty, sure. But that was only part of our attraction algorithm. As a general rule, the women who caught our eye bring something else to the party, succeeding in their chosen field against long odds through sheer determination, raw talent, and a willingness to put themselves out there.

Izabel Goulart
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Georgia Fowler
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Hannah Ferguson
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Daniela Botero
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The 2019 Hot 100
more at Maxim

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Meet Chase Carter, Maxim’s November/December Cover Girl

Bahamian siren Chase Carter has her sights set on conquering talk shows and runways alike.
“I don’t think I was ever a beach girl, but I’ve turned into one.” She has modeled for an impressive array of clients, including Victoria’s Secret Pink, Maybelline New York, Urban Outfitters, and Good American, Khloé Kardashian and Emma Grede’s size-inclusive denim and activewear brand. Still, her sunny beauty and athletic physique have proven particularly well suited for swimsuit editorials and campaigns.

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Baby Face
Photographed by Gilles Bensimon; Styled by Rapsarmiento; Text by Thomas Freeman
more in Maxim

Nude attitude.

Behold Stunning NSFW Photos from This Top Australian Photographer
Hailing from down under, photographer Cameron Mackie is one of the hottest in the game, with his beachy aesthetic, drop-dead gorgeous models, and a knack for capturing some of the most sultry moments possible.
But instead of shooting models indoors in studios, Mackie prefers the sunlit glow of warm, pristine beaches, so every photograph captures the natural and organic beauty of the models.
Oh, and he also shoots nude.

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Nude attitude.
Photography by Cameron Mackie
more at Maxim

Beauty According to Janet Jackson

“It’s vulnerability. It’s power. It’s confidence.” The singer on becoming a mother at 50, her late brother Michael, and her long struggle with self-esteem.
by Laura Brown

Photographer: Robbie Fimmano. Styling: Julia von Boehm/Streeters. Hair: Cassidy Blaine. Makeup: Preston Meneses. Manicure: Marcela Mejias. Set design: Cooper Vasquez/The Magnet Agency. Production: First Light Production.
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Beauty According to Janet Jackson
more at InStyle

Making Fashion Photography Easy

Making Fashion Photography Easy by Olympus Photographer Joe Edelman
Fashion and beauty portraits are fun to shoot and allow you to explore your creative instincts with very few rules to cramp your style. While the end result can seem elaborate and expensive to create it doesn’t have to be. Here are my tips for creating with simple lighting and household props that won’t break the bank and will leave you with more money for some awesome Olympus gear!

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Making Fashion Photography Easy by Olympus Photographer Joe Edelman
more at Olympus

Egomania

Victoria’s Secret Angel and modern-day water goddess Sara Sampaio is lensed by Guy Aroch in Spécial Beauté: Egomania for Madame Figaro April 6, 2018

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Egomania
Photographer: Guy Aroch
Model: Sara Sampaio
Styling: Julie Gillet
Hair: Dennis Lanni
Make-Up: Deanna Hagan
via Fashion Editorials