Iron Beauty: Grit & Glamour

Amy Mandelbaum,  photographed August 13, 2015 at CrossFit Westport.

Nikon D610 with AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm at f/2.8. No filter, no photoshop, no retouching. Just Ab-Tastic.

Amy "Pistol" Mandelbaum, owner and head coach at CrossFit Westport. 

My fashion career was born the day I started cutting holes in socks to make dresses for my Barbie, spent its formative years assisting on photoshoots and runway shows with Condé Nast's top editors and has found itself amid the guts and glory of fitness photography.

Barbie's inflated sense of self, so to speak, and the physical and visual discomfort of young fashion models with twiggy bodies no longer appeal to me. I'm after a different point of view--one where I control the viewfinder and capture images that embody strength made bolder by a beauty alchemy that's equal parts grit and glamour.