Summer in the city, baby.
MADE Tribe photographer Maya Fuhr photographs Instagram models Richie Shazam and Seashell Coker as they roam the surreal New York byways and majestic alleyways.
Peep the interview here and on MILK:
Jill Di Donato: Let’s talk about your surreal adventure:
Seashell Coker: Taking an adventure in New York requires you to explore a street you’ve never set your eyes or feet upon. My favorite places to go are Chinese bakeries that sell pork BBQ buns. I like finding cheap food.
JD: What is your favorite summer activity?
SC: Falling asleep in the park with my friends after we eat icees.
JD: What’s a typical day like for you?
Richie Shazam: I have a spontaneous routine. I wake up and have a lot of things to do, like connecting with people and being the middleman for a lot of people. I help people bring their ideas to fruition, and in New York (where I was born and raised) there are always endless things to do. I’ve recently curated a show in Los Angeles, and the energy there has been amazing.
JD: What was it like being shot by Maya Fuhr, known for her intimate portraits and offbeat eye?
SC: Really fun because Maya is creative and down-to-earth. She didn’t stress [during the shoot.]
RS: We’ve known each other from afar so it was great to work under her lens. She’s a strong female force. At the same time she’s so casual.
JD: How did you feel when you were wearing your Músed outfits?
RS: Confident and otherworldly. Músed is made with distinction. [Lindsay Jones] has an eye for fashion that’s genderless and exploratory. In her clothes, I feel like I’m taking the day by storm. I’ve comfortable with my form, and her clothes showcase that.
SC: I felt sophisticated because I was wearing fur and silk. I almost felt like an adult.
JD: Your Instagram feed has gotten you noticed in the fashion world. What’s the secret to having an appealing feed?
SC: the secret to having a good social feed is to be real. I don’t know how people see me based on my social media and its something that’s never really crossed my mind. I don’t know what my appeal is. I was just born like this, and it’s no secret.
JD: What’s one piece of clothing that makes you feel regal?
RS: I’ve been acquiring clothes like vintage tee shirts, so I’m into pieces that have been passed down. There’s a vibrancy of a different time in vintage that makes me feel like I’m part of a legacy.
JD: Richie, You met Lindsay Jones through Terence Koh. Tell me about that.
RS: I met her through the creative community, everyone was inspired by her. And we did have a moment at Terrence’s house that was a meeting of the minds.
JD: What does regal mean to you?
SC: You’ve got to be able to boogie and be almost untouchable, but you still treat everyone nicely.
JD: Describe your signature look.
SC: Betty Boop with a gap tooth.
JD: Richie, Recently you’ve been curating art shows. What’s that like, and what can people expect from you on this front?
RS: It’s been a new force field, a new calling by putting things together I can explore themes that aren’t fully realized. I was able to garner a psychological response and experience something they haven’t experienced before. I was so happy to work with Julia Fox on PTSD. We brought the show from New York to Los Angeles. I’m excited to be part of the growing art scene in Los Angeles. It’s new and fresh. And I want to see what’s happening in Spain, Berlin, and London.
JD: What are you most excited to wear this summer?
SC: I’m most excited to not wear a jacket.
Photography: Maya Fuhr
Models: Richie Shazam and Seashell Coker