I believe this photo was shot using external flash straight onto the subject either on or off the camera. I think the photographer chose to shoot the model this way to give it a vintage look to the photo.
I don't have pierced ears but I've been experimenting with clip-ons lately. Starting to think that I might be ready to go all the way and get them pierced. I love a good pair of hoops! Images from and Supermodels, Ralph Lauren, Vogue Russia Related