Model Shaugh­nessy Brown makes her great es­cape, rev­el­ling in the hus­tle of Hong Kong be­fore find­ing tran­quil­ity on Thai­land’s shore. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Arkan Zakharov.

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While we were plan­ning our Hong Kong and Phuket trip—ba­si­cally a dream combo des­ti­na­tion—we wanted to cast a model who could bring her per­son­al­ity and per­spec­tive to the project. We chose Shaugh­nessy Brown to star in this fash­ion/travel story be­cause she’s an ex­cel­lent model and be­cause she’s feisty, ad­ven­tur­ous and cu­ri­ous about the world.

Self-suf­fi­ciency isn’t just a fan­ci­ful #life­goal for Shaugh­nessy. It de­fines and drives this 23-year-old model. A hard­scrab­ble child­hood in Or­lando, Fla., likely pre­pared her—or at least gave her the courage—to strike out on her own at 17. She moved to Paris and later Los An­ge­les to study act­ing but even­tu­ally mi­grated to New York to model. She has ap­peared in Love, Ital­ian Vogue,V and i-D, but this is her de­but with us.

While mod­el­ling is her fo­cus now, Shaugh­nessy hasn’t given up on the idea of be­ing an ac­tor; in fact, she tapped into that mind­set for this project. “For this shoot, my char­ac­ter is play­ful, free and open be­cause she has trav­elled the world,” she says. “She’s ex­otic, but there’s a bit of an edge.”

In real life, Shaugh­nessy cred­its trav­el­ling with teach­ing her how to cope with set­backs. “You can ei­ther push through or run away,” she says. “I’ve al­ways had to push through.” She’s still fig­ur­ing out her pur­pose in life but says her goal is to help oth­ers. “But not in a con­ven­tional way,” she adds. “I want to in­spire peo­ple to be au­then­tic, not just part of a club.” Let the ad­ven­ture be­gin ....

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