Sydney Edmonds and Ataui Deng.
Over the past couple of weeks I had the distinct pleasure of trailing Justin Wu around New York City as he shot his Empire State of Mind video for Jay Z's site Life + Times. In short, that meant hanging out with a bunch of awesome guys (the film crew) and taking photos of amazing girls (the models). Highlights included getting my c-walk on with Selita Ebanks; going way up town to that McDonald's in Harlem with Jenny Albright, Dierdre Reimhold and Leilani Momoisea; meeting – and subsequently falling in love with – Shu Pei; and hanging with Ataui Deng's absolutely gangsta bulldog (you'll see why below). Justin is a total sweetheart in real life, but he transforms into this uber professional, authoritative director onset. There is no way your average person could organise and execute such a highly polished – and potentially disastrous – production, but he just steps up and owns it. The guy is going to be huge. Who knows? Maybe he'll turn up in the lyrics of a Jay Z song someday.
Dierdre Reimhold, Leilani Momoisea and Jenny Albright.
Shu Pei, Justin Wu and Bing Xu.
Selita Ebanks getting shot at Washington Square Park.
Let's hear it for New York.
Special thanks to Justin Wu, the models and the Life + Times team for giving me such incredible access.
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