A much sought-after photographer in the world of fashion and beauty, Paul Kooiker breaks free from the dominant beauty paradigms in a charmingly effortless way. His fashion photography can be characterised by its timeless and surreal essence; his models adopt unusual poses, often leaving their faces out of frame, obscuring their identity. Using artificial body extensions, wigs and extravagant props to exaggerate the shape of bodies, Paul establishes a unique visual language to examine social themes such as diversity, body positivity or the fetishization of bodies. A marvellous selection of his photographs can be seen in a portfolio feature for Extra Extra no. 21.