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By Aldo Panzieri
This tough looking Ms. is actually a sweet young lady who everyone who knows her loves. Her given name is Rosanna, but to all of us, she's Zanna Banana.

One of Zanna's earliest dreams as a little girl was to be a fashion model. Since I've done a lot of fashion photography, her wish was easy to grant. We met Zanna and her BFF'S at the Pasadena City Hall, a monument to the East coast millionaires who used to come here every year in their private rail road cars from the frozen east. They spent their winters here in the sun. They decided that "their" town needed a City Hall City Hall that was as posh and impressive enough to impress other millionaires who were coming in ever increasing numbers. Since the eighteen eighties,It's been the site of many movies, and every kind of photo shoot, from fashion to wedding, to rock videos.

We spent an hour shooting and changing hair, make up and clothes. We covered everything on our list, so I called it,"a wrap" and then went to our favorite cantina, Dona Rosa.

The next day, I had done a complete portfolio and fashion layout, and made it look as good as the Vogue photographer I had assisted years before He had taken time to teach me how to make women look elegant and timeless.

Zanna was working at Starbucks, and as soon as I was satisfied that My Vogue mentor would be satisfied with my work, I stopped by Starbucks and gave Zanna a portfolio of fashion shots in an archival binder.

I didn't think she would be able to look at the pictures until her shift ended, but she laid the portfolio on a shelf just below her, and changed pages each time a customer placed their order and moved on. I smiled to see the corners of her mouth move up in at each picture.

Tags: Vogue Portraits and people

Voters: franken, Split, Eastlands and 6 more

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Shaji84 8 4 India
5 Oct 2014 12:01PM
Lovely model - nice portrait.. Happy story too!!
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2014 8:54PM
An incredibly compelling image with great eye contact.

Quote:He had taken time to teach me how to make women look elegant and timeless.

I could use your help here Aldo, though I think that I am a lost cause!

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