Photographer Chuck Grant On Channeling Her Inner 14-Year-Old Boy

by PAPER/ photo by Will Anderson
Though she's shot plenty of portraits of stylish ingénues and high-fashion chanteuses for New York magazine and Rolling Stone, photographer Chuck Grant says she's most drawn to simple, clean looks. "I think fashion can make a statement, but I don't think it has to," says Grant, who, for Gap's campaign, paired her pin-stripe Fitted Boyfriend shirt with a pair of skinny baroque-print jeans. Head to Gap for more of Chuck's look.
Still, Grant, who jokes that her no-frills every-day style comes closest to a 14-year-old-boy's, believes that, "what you wear can shape your perspective on your whole day." And for her, it's about erring more on the simple, sporty side.
Grant, who starts her day with intensive yoga classes most mornings, grew up in Lake Placid, New York, where she says playing sports was expected. "There's an Olympic training center there, so winter sports are a big sources of pride. I was forced to do figure skating when I was younger, and then it was skiing and snowboarding."
Whether it's yoga pants or jeans and a button-down, Grant says that she's been more or less channeling her "basic side" her whole life.

"I've always been a tomboy, and felt more aligned with boys than girls," says Grant. "My hair might be like the only feminine thing about me."

 Hair and makeup: Bruce Dean

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