Is she ugly? Is she beautiful? Helmut Newton found a perfect subject whose facial characteristics confound, repulse and entice all at once. Her masculine-femininity is not to be denied at least a second close look, with those piercing dark eyes, wisp of smoke from her nearly used up cig suggesting a virile ferocity and of course, that forceful grip of her bounty.

On the other hand, Mademoiselle lounging and lurking in the shadows here is nothing but undeniably sex(y). I love the triangular shadow and the lamp on the left which both illuminates and mimics the models body.

[Images via Union Los Angeles]