Nina agdal x kensie

 
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Melis+Dainon cast, photographed, and produced the Kensie FW 2019 campaign featuring Nina Agdal. The youthful brand was looking for an influencer that had an approachable, 20-30s vibe and a large following for the advertising campaign, social media posts, and in-store events. M+D, who work with the top agencies in NY cast from the city’s mega-influencers and narrowed down to a handful of top choices with the personality and look to pull off the campaign and press events.

Kensie fell in love with Nina and the rest is history. The brand decided to work with her for the main campaign shot by M+D, as well as fun lifestyle social shoots throughout the year.

 
 
 
 
 

NYc mood

Williamsburg

 
NYC is rich, alive, and vibrant. We traveled and moved like nomads for over a decade, always believing that the next place might become home. However, each city would eventually become dull or remained too distant for us to warm to it in a way that a real home would. Then, we found ourselves here. We’ve never felt such a sense of belonging, of immediate identity, or of constant inspiration as we do here. No matter how many cities we live in going forward, New York is our chosen home.
— Melis+Dainon

Chinese New Year Celebration, Chinatown

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

LES

Greenwich Village

Flatiron District

Flatiron District

Midtown, Manhattan

Midtown, Manhattan

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Skatepark, Two Bridges

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

Midtown

Midtown

Flatiron District

Flatiron District

East Village

Times Square

Times Square

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

7 Train

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

LES

LES

Midtown

Home

Home

 
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NILS SCHOOF is a dynamic, captivating, and natural model who flows in front of the camera like it’s his born habitat. As we worked with him we easily imagined him transitioning his talents into acting, music, and dance. With fluid movements and expressions ranging from creepy to curious to downright gorgeous, Nils possesses that something special that is incredibly difficult to find. His earthy vibe tells the story of his upbringing in the German countryside, near the border with the Denmark. He talks about loving the excitement of NYC, but always craving a balance with wide open spaces and a sense of freedom and exploration where one can feel the cold dirt beneath their feet. As Hawai’i natives, we connected in this way and spent a beautiful few hours getting to know this epic talent. We are so excited to see him grow and watch the fashion community fall in love with his relaxed and kind presence and his sheer joy for the art of modeling.

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Joan vass

Melis+Dainon cast, photographed, and produced the Joan Vass campaign featuring Marta Bez of NEXT Models NYC.

The ads ran in Elle Magazine’s September issue.

 
 
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barbara fialho x ikaria

Melis+Dainon cast model and Brazilian singer, Barbara Fialho, as the face of the IKARIA Resort Wear campaign. The duo photographed the campaign in Palm Springs, California alongside video and production team Tigerhouse Films, led by Jason Carpenter. This is the second campaign that M+D and Tigerhouse worked on together for the luxury resortwear line, having just shot their debut campaign in the summer of the previous year. The the brand’s expanded focus on ready-to-wear they moved from the shores of Malibu to the resorts of Palm Springs to bring a more elegant and sophisticated look to the new collection.

 
 
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Apoorva

Apoorva is a little bit of everything wrapped up into one very entertaining and effervescent package. Sultry, daring, bold, loving, kind, and generous, Apoo (as she's known to her nearest and dearest) is living proof of how fluid, varying, and wonderfully savory one person can be. We've watched this dynamic woman on her journey over the past 5 years, nearly from the moment she touched down in LA. A young woman from India with big aspirations and undeniable talent. We observed as people tried to categorize, label, and define her—as an actress, a model, and a woman—and although they'd usually get a little piece of it right, they kept on missing the bigger picture. This is not a person who exists in any one category, she sprinkles herself in each of them, catapults over them, and dances around them—laughing along the way. ⁣

It's been an amazing experience being part of her life as she journeyed from LA to NYC and embraced entirely new adventures. This next stage of her development as a human and model will be the most exciting yet and we are so thrilled to be a part of it.

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JESS

Jess Miller exemplifies the type of human that intrigues us and makes our work rewarding. Standing at 6’2” tall, Jess commands attention, and their spotlight continues to brighten since signing with The Lions NY as their first curve model. Jess uses their new platform as an opportunity to make an impact by sharing their perspectives as a queer person of faith. Jess is also a grad student at Union Theological Seminary, where they explore the chasm between faith & the queer community. We appreciate Jess’ warm presence, thoughtful approach to life, & the absolute openness that they bring to their art. Watch our video of them to see the full majesty of Jess’ talents in motion.

 

Vadim

 
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HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE A RENEGADE

TJ

@RENEGADES_

TJ is a magnetic force field of a human with a unique charisma that draws people into their realm. As a non-binary person and model with a career that continues to climb, TJ is successfully demonstrating the power of owning your identity. Their influence encourages people of all ages to feel confident enough to step into the light, and feel empowered to ask themselves who they are & ask the world to recognize them as such.

Through this series, we hope to show that there is style in truth, and truth in style, and that both have the ability to transform our mindsets and (over time) our society into a place where people can feel safe (and hopefully, appreciated for) being every color of themselves. TJ is a prime example of this pursuit. Thanks to TJ for being real, open, funny, and effortlessly badass. Thank you to their wonderful agent, Ali, who helped us to put together this meaningful collaboration.

 
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