Thru the Lens of a Heroine: BriAnne Wills

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Fashion photographer BriAnne Wills’ work has appeared everywhere from Vogue to Nylon. After spending three years traveling and living abroad, the Portland-based photographer is back in the Pacific Northwest where we were lucky enough to recruit her talents for our Heroines lookbook. In between shots, we grilled the self-taught photographer on everything from her favorite menswear to her fantasy superpower, and even convinced her to share a few pics from her early tomboy years.

You’ve brought to life the HEROINES gang inspired by some of the badass tomboys throughout history—who are some of the women you admire and why?

I’m going to go with the obvious photographer choice on this one—Annie Leibovitz. But mostly because she made her way in a male-dominated profession. She created a name for herself by working with Rolling Stone Magazine and she earned some major tomboy points by touring with and photographing high-profile rockstars.

So if you were in a girl gang what it be called and who would be in it with you?

It would be called “The Lazy Bones”. My sister and friends would be in it with me and we would sit around and eat and be lazy. So… I’m already working on it.

You’ve probably noticed that we’re big fans of borrowing from the boys. What’s your favorite menswear inspired piece on your closet?

My oversized, cable knit sweater. It’s cozy and goes with most anything in the fall/winter. My husband and I are roughly the same size so I’ve been known to “borrow” his clothes in the past. Mostly band tees because I love how they fit.

If you were a female superhero, what would your superpower be?

This is a topic I’ve thought a lot about throughout my life. It’s really hard to choose just one, but I think right now it would be telekinesis. It would come in handy in so many ways—when you want to scare a predator, or protect someone you love, or even stop that meteor from crashing into earth—awesome!

We’ve heard that ‘well-behaved women seldom make history.’ What does this mean to you?

Well-behaved is boring. No one pays attention to boring.

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