This is Nathalia, my fashion assistant during a project I was shooting in Rio.  It was so refreshing to finally meet a girl in Rio with short hair.  Not that short hair grants one great style, but usually its the young ladies that have the courage to go against the local standard of beauty that also have the courage to dress in a way that also stands out from the crowd.


Here its the simplicity (simplicity is not a common approach to fashion in Rio) that makes her shine.  When was the last time you saw a pair of walking shorts look this cool?


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  1. Simbarashe

    April 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is a great portrait, and she meshes so well with her surroundings. To hell with the social construct, people should just do what they do!

    • WOWS

      April 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Comfy and fresh look with a nice background!

      Kisses from

    • Fernanda Vianna

      April 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      I agree, freedom is a must! Even if the desire is to look like the others brazilian girls with long hair….Helooooo!!!!

  2. andreea

    April 15, 2013 at 9:33 am

    i wish i found a great haircut to cut my hair short… :)

  3. AdinaN.

    April 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I love this look, especially the shorts!

    • suzy

      April 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      ‘borrowed’ from boyfriend im guessing :)

      • Maria

        September 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

        No. They are obviously her size. They are walking shorts. No way would you be able to belt a pair of oversized shorts to her waist. You just are unused to seeing shorts for women that are not teeny.


    April 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    she has a simple and nice feminine and elegant style!!! love it!!!

  5. almu

    April 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

  6. kelsey

    April 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    she looks exquisite. adore the shorts, but the shoes are lovely as well. it’s all about proportions here
    kw, Ladies in Navy

  7. Sarah_H.

    April 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Never. I have never seen walking shorts worn with quite that “loose as a skirt but comfort of a pant” look. I like it!

  8. Diéli Fontoura

    April 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Rio is amazing!
    I’m From Brazil and Love!


  9. Serendipity!

    April 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

  10. Erica

    April 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What a cute outfit

  11. LesFleurs

    April 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Nathalia looks absolutely lovely
    but I’d hate to walk that paving with a hangover.

  12. Denisa

    April 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    She has a perfect outfit and nice smile. And I like her hair too, Very nice, I had it before yer too,

  13. M A R T A

    April 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Beautiful photo, I love the location!

  14. Peter

    April 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This is fantastic. And so much yes in the description.

  15. Peter

    April 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

    This outfit is fantastic. And so much yes in the description. She rocks them walking shorts.

  16. Rachelle

    April 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Her shorts are indeed very cool.


  17. Andra Dorolti

    April 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Indeed, she’s so natural and fresh! :)

  18. Nissa

    April 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I love good style that resists the norm of the area, not only will these folks stand out but it’s a welcomed breath of fresh air visually! Thank you!

  19. Emmanuel

    April 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Simple style at its best! No need to add more when you are that stylish…

  20. Laura

    April 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Her outfit is simple and beautiful! I love the mix of grey and beige, and the bermuda is so cool!

  21. Charlotte

    April 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

    She’s stunning! Great (hair)style. Makes me proud to have short hair as well!

  22. Rhoda Wong

    April 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

  23. [email protected]

    April 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Love, love, love this! It’s the kind of simple & sophisticated casual look I aspire to.

  24. Evamaria

    April 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    She’s beautiful! Definitely one, who looks great with short hair. I love the beach backround. Makes me wish for summer even more.


  25. comme fraiche

    April 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

    it looks like you lucked out having her to help you- I’m sure she had lots of good local fashion information for you

  26. Soraya Marx

    April 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Just lovely!

  27. Martine

    April 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

    She looks awesome. Cute as as can be. And as I like EVERYTHING that goes to the natural waist, I like her twice as much. What a nice small waist it is, too. I wonder where she got them. Might be vintage. What a total doll.

  28. Gian Luca M

    April 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Hi Nathalia…nice shot!

    Gian Luca M

  29. Noemi

    April 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I’m not crazy about espadrilles, but all the rest is effortlessly chic. I really like her hair (and the landscape).

  30. Gabrielle

    April 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

    She looks fabulous! Reminds me a little bit of Yasmin Sewell :-) xxx

  31. Nico

    April 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I really like this look, I don’t know what it is, but there is something that makes it special. I have never seen a pair of short so cool, you are right!

  32. rosmary

    April 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    So cool!

  33. ayu

    April 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

    She looks great, but these shorts wouldn’t look half as cool on a heavier person.

  34. Isa tout simplement ...

    April 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Simple but lovely !

  35. Frances

    April 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    love the shorts, never see a good look with that shorts but this is great!

  36. Dani From Brasil

    April 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I’m totally with you. To me all the girls are trying to be the same, same hair, same clothes, same shoes, same bags…same same.
    Girls like her makes me happy as well Because style is personal, exclusive and happends in a natural way.

    In Brasil the girls prefere to show the body with no elegance most of the time, they prefer to be a hot chic and not classy at all.

    Blerr tired os fashion in Brasil…

  37. Chahrazad

    April 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Such a lovely photograph. And a amazing background.


  38. Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Style Blog

    April 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Chic and relaxed… perfect!!

  39. Darrell

    April 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Wow! The woman that makes my comments “disappear.”
    Being cute helps actually.

  40. ginger from the style of being

    April 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Gah! So jealous. It’s still snowing in western canada. I love that she chose a wedge sandal instead of a flat.

  41. Kate

    April 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    She just looks so effortlessly comfortable and cool. When it looks like you aren’t trying is when you look the most stylish…Nathalia totally proves that.


  42. Alice Olive

    April 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Any time a woman cuts off her hair, it stands out. On a global scale, women have long hair.

    More women should take into account what suits them individually.

  43. Xeana

    April 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Comfortable and stylish! Great shorts!


  44. Maryanne

    April 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I absolutelly love her shorts. Do you know where did she buy them?

  45. Elena

    April 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    She is very cute, her simple outfit is actually very chic

  46. *sP

    April 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    that’s the kind of neck that the Hope Diamond was made for! Long and beautiful!

  47. [email protected]

    April 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The shorts are appealing because they don’t scream sexy. Besides, this woman is wearing the shorts in a very feminine way. She has nice legs and is showing them off with her pretty sandals. This must be a refreshing look in Rio, where skin is on show on the beach 24/7.

  48. Freya - Fashionable People

    April 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I love a cropped/short hair cut – it’s so incredibly elegant and chic.

  49. Erykah La Rocca

    April 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    every day I adore your photos – they’re amazing! Girls is so clever!
    Best regards from Poland!

  50. Kathleen Shaw

    April 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Scott, I love this cool feeling photograph although its probably not cool at all outside. This woman’s outfit reminds me of what we were wearing in the 80′s san’s shoulder pads. I used to have a pair of Bombay Britches and a Khaki striped sailor t-shirt that I paired together until they died from overuse and of course Unisa Espadrilles. Thanks for another look at Rio. Kathleen

    • Rebecca

      April 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

      +1, these look a lot like my precious WW2 surplus Bombay bloomers which I’ve been wearing since 1989! I just replace the Breton shirt every few years.

    • Martine

      April 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      How can I purchase them?????

  51. Sam

    April 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    very stylish and comfy look.


  52. LIZPR

    April 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    In Rio, where most women are doing the “babe” thing – the long hair and bright colours – she must have seemed refreshingly different. I like her calm neutrals and how you set up the shot, where she fits in nicely with the beautiful backdrop behind her.

    I was also totally distracted by the gorgeous mountains behind her. It makes me miss Vancouver very much.

  53. Jannapy

    April 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I am on the hunt for perfect walking shorts like hers. Now you have increased my want for these! :o)

  54. Leila

    April 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I grew up in Rio de Janeiro and I disagree that short hair and simple/minimal/neutral styles are rare in that city. Not sure if going there a couple of times for fashion shows gives someone authority about the Rio lifestyle. It’s a humongous city with a relaxed vibe, where women barely wear makeup and would rather tone down their outfits than risk being tacky.

    • Alyne

      April 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I live in Rio and I think exactly like you.

    • Isabelle

      April 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I was about to write a comment asking a question: and what if there were plenty of women with a similar style, but no one notice because all the media attention is on the “hot” babes (God, do I hate that adjective – “hot”) ?

      So your comment make me wonder if my guess is right …

      Anyway, I am jealous of woman wearing shorter hair, either because they look great with a short crop – like this woman does – or even if they don’t, they still have the courage not to care.

      • Martine

        April 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        Obviously Scott was there, so his comment means that No. There simply are not many women who do this look. Nothing to do with media attention as he was on the spot. Funny .
        I love the word “hot” actually. It makes me think that I am raising the temperature in truth. Its one of my favorite compliments. But I see what you mean. Especially if it is directed at people other then myself it could seem like too much. Or maybe its jealousy.

    • Isabela de Lima

      April 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Couldn’t agree more with you, Leila!

  55. Monsieur Marcel

    April 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    The ankle straps add a chic accent to a simple style.

  56. yara

    April 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Great Shot !

    These shorts look amazing on her!


    April 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Mr. Schuman, I think the most you love about this picture are the colors she´s wearing because are “basic american way of life colors” for me, grey, khaki, deep brown, all together, and the “simplicity”of all this.

  58. Rita Magalhães

    April 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    she’s beautiful, love her style

  59. Star White

    April 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    She does make those shorts look cool! What a gorgeous gal!


  60. heelsandpeplum

    April 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Elegant and simple!! Great outfit, I love her spadrilles!

  61. Eva

    April 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful photo and that view! Beautiful!

  62. Sydney Francisco

    April 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    She’s really lovely! Good you had some fun!


  63. [email protected]

    April 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    PERFECT scenery. Adore this shot. Love the casual outfit!


  64. Susana

    April 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I like your style.

  65. Anastasia

    April 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    She looks so cool and relaxed. Would love to own a pair of similar shorts!

  66. Mila

    April 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  67. valeria

    April 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    You’re the one that truly describes how Brazilian women dress… they do not know whta “style” or “appropriate for the occasion”mean. Instead they only care for what the others are wearing, or the “novela”(soap opera) stars wear, or the funk artists wear. Those are the guidelines for fashion in Brazil. Pity.

  68. sohfal

    April 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    she is such wonderfully shining women – I also had the chance to photograph her ^-^
    so happy about it* thank you nat!

  69. Costume De Rigueur

    April 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Tall and tan and young and lovely
    The girl from Ipanema goes walking
    And when she passes, each one she passes
    Goes “A-a-a-h” …lalalala

    I guess that kind of girl had Frankie on his mind…x


  70. rachel

    April 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    i want those shorts…AND HER TINY WAIST!

  71. Nathalia

    April 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    So nice to be here! :))

  72. Elaina

    April 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm


  73. milex

    April 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    so good in every possible way

  74. Lindsey

    April 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    She looks lovely. I love those shorts on her

  75. Léia

    April 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I agree with Valeria and Dani from Brasil. In Brazil fashion is run by the soap operas. Nobody tries anything different. I get really tired of it sometimes. I wish fashion here were more like other countries. Congratulations to this brave girl. She looks wonderful!

  76. Jan Sarah

    April 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Yes! Very cool!

  77. Tim

    April 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Pure paradise!
    Great synergy the look, the location and the season.

  78. Nathalie Sousa

    April 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I know her:) She is adorable! Beijos

  79. Maryanne

    April 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Nathalia, please conta pra gente de onde é seu short/saia? É lindo!

    • Nathalia

      April 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

      It’s vintage! I bought it a couple years ago…

  80. Simone

    April 16, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Uno stile semplice, raffinato…elegante

  81. sybil

    April 16, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Used to have shorts like that from Ralph Lauren when I was 16.
    Have to go and dig in my old wardrobe:)
    I agree with someone above, it’s a very american look.

  82. Manu

    April 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

    beautiful outfit !!
    and amazing location ;)

    xoxo manu

  83. Alessia

    April 16, 2013 at 6:41 am

    really nice!


  84. Namrata

    April 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Cool high wasit pants! And the ankle strap shoes as well


  85. La Collectionneuse

    April 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Love to read your thoughts about short hair – your assistant has my hair!She looks a bit European, if I may say so… French, timeless, classic, chic! And her espadrilles! Great.

  86. Laerte

    April 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    she’s absolutely lovely!!!!


    April 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Perfect combo!!

    My Fantabulous World

  88. Muszka

    April 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I like It :-) best from Poland.

  89. kalyan

    April 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    its really nice

  90. Charlotte

    April 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Love this pic, so inspiring!

  91. Name*

    April 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Grr. Everything vintage from the 80′s gets bought up so quickly I can never get my hands on it. They are vintage, obviously. So sad.

  92. Anna

    April 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Same thing here in Peru: a girl with a short hair is a rare bird!

  93. Flavia

    April 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    As commented before in general you see there much more mimic playing into styles instead originality. I’m brazilian living abroad and walking against brazilian beauty standard by choosing my freestyle wear and I’ve keeping my hair short. That was a great shooting outside cliché!

  94. Michelle

    April 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Great photo and what breezy style she has. Love that her shorts are a little fuller and loose. Look terrific with the espadrilles to balance them out.

  95. Isabela de Lima

    April 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Funny you say girls in Rio don’t usually have short hair! I’ve been living in Rio for two months and what I’ve notice is exactly the opposite. Also, I desagree that “simplicity is not a common approach to fashion in Rio”. Maybe you just have been looking at the wrong places. Whenever you come to Brazil, try circuling around Puc-Rio and you’ll figure style in Rio is not that easy to define. This is a great shoot, anyway!

  96. Geraldine Looker

    April 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Whoops my mistake shot 1 is not Yasmin, she is her double. Apologies to both Natalia and Yasmin.
    Time for my eyes testing!

  97. Camila

    April 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    this is such a lovely and brazilian shot. But if you want a real mix of styles next time came to São Paulo too.

  98. Mun

    April 19, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Such a gorgeous laid back look…

  99. Professor Black

    April 23, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Contrast creates beauty. It is refreshing for someone to step away from what is generally accepted. However, don’t hate the norm too much. Those who ascribe to some form of tradition are creating the environment wherein our creativity stands out.

  100. Paige

    April 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I love her shorts. She looks incredibly relaxed yet put together. Does anyone know where you can find similar shorts?

  101. Lila Imeldasari

    November 6, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Super agree with your comment!

  102. ahalskha

    January 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm




    Wow grammer basics man – get it sorted!

  103. Bianca

    January 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Part of brazilian ladies don’t like short hair. I really love it, and I’m brazilian.
    I love to be different from everyone around me. It’s so cool!

  104. Bianca

    April 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    The place is really beautiful.

  105. Dan Bond

    February 1, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Stylish! Like it. For anyone wanting more Rio info and images check out the Rio Vibe, a greta new tourists guide to to Marvellous city

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