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By Adam Auriemma
September 17, 2018
Behind the scenes of our cover shoot (clockwise from left): digital tech Nora Schneider, photo editor Sarina Finkelstein, photographer Joe Schmelzer, prop stylist Stephanie John, prop stylist assistant William Philpott, and photo assistant Daniel Huffman.
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