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A portrait of the painter in her West Village studio.

With rouged lips, red-lacquered nails, wide eyes and bowed brows that look inked by a fine-tipped brush, the artist Anh Duong sits on a velvet couch in her West Village apartment. Graceful and pole-straight like the ballerina she once was, Duong, now 57, is a rebuke to the notion that beauty belongs to the young. Behind her hangs a self-portrait—an almost gnarled reflection of herself in thigh-high stockings and garish smudges of makeup, a cluster of wilting, vulvic calla lilies

  • Words:
    Laura Rysman
  • Photography:
    Billy Kidd
  • Styling:
    Debbie Hsieh
  • Hair/Makeup:
    Ashleigh Ciucci

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  • Words:
    Laura Rysman
  • Photography:
    Billy Kidd
  • Styling:
    Debbie Hsieh
  • Hair/Makeup:
    Ashleigh Ciucci
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