Photos like this could pass for a Cold War-era Russian propaganda program, or perhaps shots straight from the set of the movie Moonraker — if not for a stray pair of late-20th century sneakers.
Renowned fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, now 72, actually created these images for the December 1999 issue of Russian Vogue.
In the images, supermodel Natalia Semanova mingles with real-life cosmonauts at Star City, a town northeast of Moscow and home of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, where for more than 50 years the Russian Federal Space Agency has trained willing citizens to fly in space. (Recently they’ve also been trained to survive 520 days inside a tin can.)
The photos experienced a recent resurgence in social media circles, so Wired tracked down Elgort to learn more about the timeless photos.
Fashion and cosmonauts!?! This is from the December 1999 issue of Vogue Russia with model Natalia Semanova. Featuring the 1997 Air Force selection of cosmonauts: Dmitri Kondratyev, Yuri Lonchakov, Roman Romanenko, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Maksim Surayev, Konstantin Valkov and Sergei Volkov.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you… A rather young (and incredibly handsome) Marlon Brando. :) I can’t remember exactly where I came across this picture, but I think it’s a great photo of him and I love it! Easily one of my favorites.