Model Othilia Simon is styled by Julie Pelipas in 'Le Sacre Du Serpent', gorgeous snake jewelry that isn't necessarily for every woman. Different civilizations have interpreted snake symbolism through a vastly different lens. " . . . the Egyptians saw it represent royalty and deity; in Rabbinical tradition and Hinduism, the snake represents sexual passion and desire; while the Romans interpreted the snake as a symbol of everlasting love. While Cleopatra may be the most notable historic figure to espouse the wearing of snake jewelry, Greek, Nordic, African, and Native Americans have all celebrated this intriguing reptile in gilded forms with varying meaning."
This interesting article showcases the prominence of the serpent as a motif in fine jewelry. While focusing on the snake as a symbol of eternal love, it doesn't mention the serpent as a symbol of female treachery. After all, the devil came to Eve in the garden of Eden in the form of a serpent. And Eve ate the apple in this patriarchal story about human evolution, condemning humanity to a life of suffering and loss, redeemed only by a male God. Talk about power politics!
Photographer Chris Colls captures Othilia Simon in all her reptilian glory for Vogue ParisMarch 2018./ Hair by Laurent Philippon; makeup by Maud Laceppe