This Is What Porn Looks Like Without Photoshop [NSFW]

The “Betrayal Issue” of Jacques magazine is here! Now, you might be giving your computer a puzzled look because either you have never heard of Jacques (shame on you!) or you’re thinking, “Wait, that vintage-looking skin mag? They’re still around?”
So, here’s the dish. Jacques is back, and you should know about it! Straight to the point, Jacques celebrates women, body diversity, photography, art, and perhaps most notable of all, the models are shot on film and NOT retouched. The current issue features two stunning plus-size models (one on the cover) and the magazine’s editor-in-chief and creative director, Danielle Leder. Danielle's a woman who has a timeless aesthetic, which naturally includes boobs and motorcycles because, America!
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“The Betrayal Issue” is the first in a three-part series, the first of which was photographed by yours truly. The 132-page glossy magazine is the result of an overwhelming amount of work by a very small crew, including makeup artist/beauty editor Carlo Longo and fashion editor Courtney Raniszewski.
When shooting for Jacques, I was forced to look at my subject and scene as whole, rather than relying on the fact that I can “fix” this or that in Photoshop. Danielle’s philosophy is simple, “What you see is what you get.” As a female EIC with a modeling background, she's gone through the retouching machine herself. To this day in the hair-color aisle of any Duane Reade, she can spot a false version of herself staring back. “If they had to change the way I looked so much, then why did they hire me in the first place?” she laughs.
Danielle believes that posing nude can certainly be objectifying in the wrong context. It all depends on why the woman is doing it and who is taking the photo. She's always pushing the idea that true beauty is indeed attainable without unhealthy standards and fakery. Jacques is a fine example of this. It is empowering to models to be represented fully and fairly.
There are more gorgeous girls, articles, and even a fun, candid interview with Elijah Wood to explore in the magazine, but for now here is a little preview of some of the featured shoots — and some behind-the-scenes stories about the latest crop of Jacques women.
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
Marchelle Palais as "The Harlot"

I loved working with Marcelle Palais. Apparently, in an unrelated meeting a few days before we asked her to be one of our leading ladies, an associate told her that since she was a plus-size woman, she should accept she wasn't going to be hired to play "sexy” roles. Obviously, we didn't agree.
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
Here's Marcelle “not” being sexy. Her confidence and energy turned every shot into an adventure; she is fearless.
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
We were welcomed to a motorcycle rally to do this shoot, and, despite our best efforts to stay on the fringe, the topless girl on the motorcycle being photographed “over there” is going to draw at least some attention from the sometimes not-so-polite and (perhaps) intoxicated masses. Marcelle, unfazed, all but stunned us for six hours straight.
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
Taylor Warren as "The Killer"
Maybe you know her from her ever-present editorial and campaign work, but we know this beauty, Taylor Warren, as "The Killer." When we approached her to be one of our Jacques models, she, a long-time fan of the publication, did not hesitate to commit. Taylor, a self-proclaimed homebody, has a penchant for knitting, cats, and all things adorable. .
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
For us, she eased right into the role of the coldhearted trophy-wife-no-more. We were going to do a one-day shoot with her, but we fell so in love that we turned it into three. She, ever the team player, borrowed a giant inflatable swan from her then ex-boyfriend for us to use on the shoot. Then she had us snap some scandalous pictures of her on it with her own iPhone so she could send them to him
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
Melanie Dawson as "The Mistress"

Meet “The Betrayal Issue’s” very own cover girl and centerfold, Melanie Dawson, appearing as "The Mistress." Melanie, on the suggestion of a friend, emailed editor Danielle one day out of the blue, and Danielle was so smitten, she was convinced that someone was playing a prank on her! Who was this voluptuous beauty that had never been in front of a camera before and what did she want with Jacques?!
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
Well, it turned out that modeling was a dream of Melanie’s. So, she made her way to New York from L.A., and we gave her a three-day crash course, shooting her everywhere from gorgeous landscapes to seedy hotels, all with stunning results.
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
At 5’5” — and with serious curves — Melanie was told back home that she could never be a model. We don’t beg; we do, however, differ.
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
Danielle Leder as "The Wife"

Editor-in-chief Danielle Leder couldn’t think of a better way to tell her story and celebrate the relaunch of Jacques than to get in front of the camera herself. She plays "The Wife," as she did not feel that anyone else could properly represent this role in “The Betrayal Issue.”
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Photographed By Ben Ritter.
We shot Danielle on a 100-degree August day at her house in upstate New York. The wiring is so old that every couple of shots a fuse would blow, and I had to go down to her freaky basement to flip the breaker. Needless to say, we were both in a horrible mood, really over it, and ready to kill each other the whole time. Don’t tell the other models, but for those very reasons this was probably also our favorite shoot.

You can check out the issue (and get a copy!) over at Jacques' site.
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