DIANA
FHM Magazine South Africa|May 2021
Model | @xxdianaexx

Photographer Arthur St. John | @arthurstjohn

MUA Gianna Elliott

Location Phillip Lamond

Welcome back to FHM! Congrats on your South Africa cover! What does this mean to you? Thank you so much for this! I’m beyond honored and grateful for this opportunity. This truly means everything.

Describe your photo shoot... The shoot was mad fun and chill. It’s always a pleasure shooting with my favorite photographer in LA, Arthur St. John.

Have you ever been to South Africa? If not, would you like to visit someday? No, but Cape Town, South Africa is on my bucket list. I heard it has incredible scenery, great food and wine.

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