THE CHINTWINS IN DANCER POSE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY NIGEL BARKER
Twin sisters, Kimberly Hise and Cristen Barker, or Kimmy and Crissy, are known on Instagram as the ChinTwins. Former fashion models, these two beauties stay lean and serene with their formidable yoga practice and have been sharing a move a day with their now over 20,000 followers since last summer.
Born and raised in Alabama, Kimmy still resides in her home state, while Crissy lives in NYC. Juxtaposed in their rural and urban settings, they have become Country Yogi City Yogi, demonstrating the identical pose on Instagram everyday. The twins show that the physical and spiritual benefits of these moves transcend their location — and their locations are everywhere and anywhere! From country roads to city streets, boat docks to roof tops, farmers markets to supermarkets, the ChinTwins are mirror images in their contrasting locales.
The photographs here, however, are stripped of their locations. Crissy is married to famed fashion photographer and television host, Nigel Barker, the creator of these images, and the twins have been an inspiration for him for the last 20 years. Says Nigel, “I’ve been inspired by these two beautiful ladies since the moment I met them. This simple studio setting was the perfect location to let their bodies do the talking. What shines through more than anything is their love for one another which helps produce such strong dynamic images. They are incredibly symmetrical yet different and their social media followers love trying to tell them apart. While neither is weak, where one falters the other picks up the slack. As a photographer they are a dream and the fact that I’m in love just adds to the magic. Judging by the tens of thousands of likes over the past few months, it’s clear that I’m not alone.”