The magnitude of her stardom and celebrity status can't be over-stated. I would say there is no other porn-actress in the world who has risen to become such an icon as her. But it is not hard to understand why she has become such a phenomenon. Her stunning beauty and perfect proportions are really rare in the industry. So is how she is is the cover girl for FHM magazine one day and the next day she is the "target" in a bukkake movie.
I really did not have any expectation of working with Maria while I was here. Her accessibility is very limited, her rates are sky high, and currently she is working exclusively for a Tokyo syndicate doing VIP burlesque-inspired strip shows for the rich and famous of the Tokyo underworld. But out of the blue, only two days before we left Japan, we were approached by her agent saying that Maria Ozawa actually wished to work with me and would agree on a sensible fee.
I can confirm that she is as strikingly sexy as her reputation. With a Canadian father and Japanese mother I guess she got the best from two worlds.
As Maria has been photographed in endless environments and locations throughout the last five years, I decided to go for a simple and classic studio setting. This way I could primarily focus on her figure and face against a clean backdrop and create something more timeless and universal. It was an amazing session. Besides playing with a bunch of garments and gels we also did a full series of polaroids that she signed and that will be available to her die-hard fans in our soon-to-open web-shop here on hegre-art.com.
So that's a wrap! Tokyo proved to be the most challenging and complicated production I have ever done, but it was definitely worthwhile. It is very satisfactory to have done it, and I really believe that very few foreigners could have come here, "conquered" and produced like we did.
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