Naomi Leone is as busy as can be. Fresh off their LCBO partnership for Pride Month, Naomi has collaborated with the visionary local Toronto photographer, Fabian DiCorcia, who is no stranger to the glitz and glam of Drag photography. The photos are sultry, feminine and fabulous, just like Naomi herself, and we’re honoured to be debuting the full shoot right here in Mojozine.
“The inspiration behind this shoot was to feel like you’re at home,” Naomi says. “Usually, I will go to the studio or go to someone’s place to shoot, but I wanted to feel more comfortable… not that I’m not comfortable where I go and who I shoot with, but I just felt like I needed to be in my own space and vision of what I was feeling.” Working from home never looked so good!
“This shoot meant so much to me because I was shooting it at home. This year has been such a blessing with my Drag and I have elevated as an artist, too. I’m still the longest reigning queen of El Covento Rico in Toronto, so I decided that it’s been too long keeping my step-down gown in the closet. The dress kept staring at me saying “when will I wear her?!”Naomi laughs, “So I had this vision of shooting with an amazing photographer who I’ve worked with in the past, Fabian Di Corcia, I could only see him in my vision for this story.”
“This gold dress is Vintage by Ellie Wilde Mon Cheri gown, these amazing outfits make me feel like an Oscar winner in Vanity Fair magazine,” Naomi says. “The black and white ‘come fuck me’ look is a Vogue Magazine Xtravaganza Couture made by Kiki Coe with my hair by Lady G. Hunny, I’m feeling the fantasy! And I love the way Fabian captures it!”
The way I perform and the way I move my body when I’m doing a photoshoot – move and dance and posing at the same time – it’s very similar. All supermodels do it, and I have learned from the best of the best that inspires me! Naomi Campbell, of course, and our own very Canadian Coco Rocha, are people who I admire. Tyra Banks, as well. Those days watching American Next Top Model… All that I have learned… But at the end of the day, it has to come within you and your soul,” Naomi says of working the stage and the camera with finesse.
“Always be ready for the camera and remember, sometimes the ugly pics are the best ones! As long as you’re telling a story in the photo; capture the moment.”
Catch Naomi Leone performing at MoJo Toronto’s FML Mondays Industry Night this upcoming Monday, July 25th, 2022, inside Flash On Church.