Women who are pregnant with girls are often reminded of the old wives’ tale about daughters ‘stealing their mothers’ beauty. But, what American photographer Howard Schatz captures in his series of ‘Models and Mothers’ is the genetic origins of beauty and how certain features translate into the next generation. The study into how model daughters and their mothers photograph and interact together has been a labour of love for the much-celebrated Schatz. Starting in 2000, he has been taking pictures of mother-model pairs for 13 years.

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All images are courtesy of Howard Schatz

Source: New York Times – Sunday Magazine