Awaken My Love: Preview
A ripe fruit, teeming with sweet juices, waiting to be spilled–for this preview, we’ll have to hold you in suspense for a little longer than usual.
Do you remember the first time you felt yourself opening? As young people, it’s hard to forget the first time you were aroused and who or what was responsible for this confusing new sensation. Largely, the overarching sentiment has been one of necessary shame. Push those feelings away, and keep it quiet. Calm down. Sex is never to be celebrated–especially if you’re a woman, or attracted to someone your Sunday School teacher says you aren’t supposed to be.
Collected here below are some of our favorite story submissions recounting our youthful sexual awakenings. There is unadulterated power in the ability to laugh at what we were once ashamed of, and in the very act of declaring these feelings are your own. The images themselves reflect the nature of what inspired our awakenings, with a transparency that points to the idea that these are, after all, only a constructed fantasy.
We can’t wait to surprise you with these photos in print. I’m sure your imaginations can do them no shame…
Photographer: Jeanette Nevarez
HMUA: Maiya Evans
Models: Karina Gamboa, Kiani Dover, Eva Frederick, Will Kachi, Luis Lantigua, Mostefa Sheikhi, Brennen Cooke