Thursday, June 30, 2011

Model Interview: Trioblóid

Trioblóid is a Nottingham based alt model whose inspiration for her look stems from alternative fashion groups such cybergoth, punk, goth and steampunk. She has 16 piercings including tongue, lip twice, nose twice and two small tattoos but plans to get many more! Trioblóid a fun loving, colourful crazy individual whose experience includes location as well as studio shoots and recently, charity calendars shoot.

What is the story behind your model alias?
Well within my circle of friends I have quite often been referred to as "trouble", in the nicest way! But having scoured various model pages I found another girl with that alias so I decided upon the Irish Gaelic translation of the word, which I think actually works better due to my dad’s side of the family all being Irish themselves!

How did you get your start in the modeling business?
I had actually been an avid follower of lots of different models and model groups as I have always been interested but never thought I could do it myself, but I found out that a friend of mine often went to an open evening at a nearby studio and one night I just decided to tag along, I’ve been hooked since!

What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
To be honest I’m a pretty open book, most people know pretty much everything there is to know, I know that isn’t very interesting but there you go.

How many tattoos and piercings do you have?
Currently I only have two tattoos but i have more in the pipeline I also have 13 piercings and I’m always hankering for more.

Other than modelling, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Recently I have got into pole dancing which I absolutely love!

You’ve had green hair and red hair, which do you prefer?
Green definitely green, although when I first had my red hair I really loved that but then everyone seemed to dye their hair red all at once and that completely turned me off it. But yeah, the green gets me a lot of funny looks and odd questions, but I don’t mind answering people queries at all, in fact I find it quite amusing :)

What can we expect from you for the rest of 2011?
I wish i knew! I haven't done much in the way of modeling work this year but just this week i have gotten myself into gear and have three shoots, so hopefully that will be the boost i need to move further along with my work.

Do you have anything that you would like to add or promote?
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Model Interview: Midnight Iris

About Midnight Iris: “I'm an alternative model, originally from New York, but now living in Southampton Uk. I've been modelling for a good 3 years now I started out doing a variety of themes and genres. I've found as I've been shooting, that my favourite styles alternative/goth and fetish modelling as well using location, makeup, and weird/wonderful clothing and props to create interesting editorial pieces. I am what most people would call a plus-sized model, however I do keep fit training in and performing belly dancing and burlesque and I love modelling in either of those dance styles!”

What is the story behind your model alias?
My original modelling name was Genovae, which was a bit of a geeky reference to my degree - in Marine Biology. The new name Midnight Iris was made when my Burlesque and bellydance started picking up some steam. Midnight reflected the gothic side of my belly dancing and was also a nod to my ethnicity. For burlesque, I knew i wanted to include a flower in my name, and irises are my fave!

How did you get your start in the modeling business?
After bellydancing at an event about 3 years ago, a photographer came up to me and asked if I'd want to do shoot with him. He mainly wanted dancing shots, but in return I could get some pictures done of my favourite clothing as well. After spending some time making sure that he wasn't some kind of axe murderer, I went to a studio in cornwall for the shoot, and I enjoyed it so much I've been doing it ever since!

You own and operate a webstore, what kinds of items do you create and sell?
I sell a variety of items, that include bellydance and burlesque accessories e.g. pasties, decorated bras and shimmy belts. I also make and sell wool and kanekalon dreads and dreadfalls

You are a model, a burlesque dancer and a belly dancer, which of your passions came first?
Bellydance definitely came first, and remains the art form that I'm most passionate about. It began my journey from being a horribly shy, introverted person, to someone who will happily perform on stage in front of hundreds of people. Modelling and burlesque were the next steps as I gained a bit more body confidence and self esteem.

What can we expect to see from a performance of your show?
When I perform, I tend to lean away from traditional styles, towards my own interpretation of themes and ideas. One of my favourite dances is a bellydance version of the ghost of christmas past. The costume is heavily steeped in lanterns and chains and tells the story of the few moments each year, when the ghost is freed from her grisly curse.
Most of my dances incorporate a story or a theme, I think it makes it more fun for the audience to watch and for me to perform.

Where has been your favourite place in the world to perform?
My favourite place so far has been at
Bedford Burlesque. It was the biggest stage I've performed on as well as the biggest and most appreciative crowd. Having 400 people cheer you on while you dance is nothing short of amazing.

What can we expect from you in 2011?
Definitely more bellydancing in the works for 2011. Even though I've been practising bellydance longer I've actually done more burlesque performances over my career. I've always believed that to really perform bellydance in a way I'd be proud of, I needed to make sure my training was up to a certain calibre, so solo performances are quite a recent development for me. Its taken off fantastically though. I danced at Bellymania. And I've also been booked for several performances at
Arabesque nights in August and november. I've got a few local performances in southampton as well.

Do you have anything that you would like to add or promote?
I want to mention the best 3 photographers I've had the joy of working with so far.

The Cherry Blossom Boudoir in Bristol
Lillith in Bloom Photography in Wales
Raymond May, a hobbyist photographer, but I've worked with him several times and each one is always fun and results in fantastic pictures.

See more of Midnight Iris here:
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Check out Midnight Iris' blog where she focuses more on dance than modelling

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Model Interview: Spooky x13x

Spooky x13x is an avid console gamer, mainly XBox and PS3 but he also has a wii that he plans to play more. He likes anime films and any kind of gory or "sick" films and is still waiting to find the film that will shock him. Spooky x13x favourite music is industrial metal and JRock/JPop which has also lead him to discover Visual Kei... oh and he also spends time with a camera pointed in his face

What is the story behind your model alias?
It goes back many, many moons ago when I was about 15 and met a friend’s parent for the first time and was later told that they said I was a "spooky kid". The 13 just came about as it is considered bad luck but I have had many good things happen to me involving the number 13... irony? The x's on my name came from when I used to have an X on my forehead as part of my make-up when I went out and eventually mutated as it were into x13x. Sounds strange but the x's are silent when you say my name, you pronounce it as Spooky 13 but write it as Spooky x13x it just feels right is all.

How did you get your start in the modeling business?
I fell into it, just goes back to myspace when I used to get bored and take random snaps of me in different types of make up before going out and it got noticed by the right person... I think they may have been a bit biased to get me into modeling as we are now a couple and have been for a year and half.

If you could give one piece of advice to any males interested in becoming a model what would that be?
Simple as the advice I would give to anyone and that is Go For It! There are a lot of photographers out there who will do TFP and I have had the chance to work with a few in my area, just approach people and ask if they are up for doing a shoot. I look through facebook and other social networking sites and see people that have just taken snap shots of themselves and you can see that they are photogenic but they don't see it, have to admit I took a bit of encouraging to have my first shoot... and I urge more guys to give it a go.

You mentioned you’re a gamer- xbox or ps3 or wii?
I game on all 3 consoles, not so much the XBox at the moment as I recently suffered the Red Ring Of Death, so that machine is waiting to be replaced. If you want to add me on the PS3 feel free my username is- SPOOKYx13x and I can mostly be found on Battlefield 2 at the moment but I'm up for most games and I also like to spend time on Home.

What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
If I told you that then you will all know, got to keep some things hush hush ;) OK so some people I know already know this but I'm sure most people here do not... I have a tattoo on my right bum cheek, as for what it is well that will still be a mystery for you... unless I get drunk in a pub, it sometimes makes an appearance.

You mentioned you like ‘gory’ films, which is your all time favourite?
Oh that's harsh there is no way I can narrow it down to just one ? I love pretty much any Asian horror but some of it is hard to track down here in the UK. I have one film that I love and that's Tokyo Gore Police as it can be so funny but has some great gore in it and the mock adverts they made make want to join their police force.

Do you want to change how people view alternative modelling?
I'm not sure how to answer this? I shall just go with different people like different things, I'm not "good looking" in the conventional mainstream sense but I do have a "look" and alternative is such a large area now covering various different styles which are rapidly growing and I applaud the people that are making it in this field... heck we even had Zombie Boy in a Lady GaGa music video so I hope this is the start that alternative will not be alternative as such much longer.

What can we expect from you in 2011?
I am on a bit of a break at the moment due to recent redundancy from work but was involved in a photo shoot for a charity which made me realise how much I enjoyed and missed the camera... so I have a few ideas lined up, I shall give you a bit to go on with this "Are You Ready For A The Zombie Apocalypse". I am also working on a few art projects but they are in the early stages of design, I can say that what I am working on is 3D and will hang on a wall.

Do you have anything that you would like to add or promote?
As I mentioned I am on a bit of a break at the moment but new pictures and other creative type things are on the way so stay tuned in...

I have recently worked with
Earl Barton who is an awesome photographer.

I've worked with Steve Foster a few times who produces great work.

You can find Spooky x13x on:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Model Interview: Alexiel Sama

Alexiel Sama is a flame haired beaut with devilish good taste… kinkily inked, individual and proud and not your average girl. With a goddess-like demeanor she perfects her pose with her piercing eyes. A split personality effortlessly mixed, from corseted fiend to retro pussycat.

What is the story behind your model alias?

Alexiel is my real name and Sama is Japanese honorific, I use it in a bit of a tongue in cheek fashion for example: ore-sama (俺様 "my esteemed self") So as not to appear arrogant to those who, like myself follow and enjoy Japanese culture.

What drew you to alternative modeling?

I have always been an alternative girl, I never really labelled myself as anything, I just took different parts of my personality and interests and rolled it into one, which sounds like a bit of a mish-mash but it somehow works! So, alternative modelling seemed like a natural choice.

How did you get your start in the modeling business?

I have never really considered myself to be pretty or attractive, but a good friend of mine had j ust started her own alternative modelling agency and was scouting for girls to join. I didn't have any professional photo's, just a few I'd taken myself whilst messing around and posted on myspace. She contacted me and asked if I had ever considered modelling. I spent a good few weeks trying to convince her that I wouldn't be any good and that I wouldn't bring anything special to her agency and she convinced me to have a shoot and just go for it. I'm glad she convinced me otherwise as I really enjoyed it and have slowly built up my self esteem over the past few years, I will be forever grateful to her for giving me that push.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone interested in becoming a model what would that be?

Don't assume you have to be super skinny to be an alternative model, I'm above UK average and I'm doing just fine. Also, speak with experienced models, find out which photographers they have worked with and have a trusting working relationship with, there are plenty of guys (and girls) out there that are far from professional. And finally when you go to your first shoot, make sure you take someone with you, mostly for support but also because it's safer.

What would be your dream shoot?

My dream shoot? I have always wanted to do something very artistic and stylised, something out of the norm. Beautiful head dresses, surreal make-up and gorgeous outfits. I know that sounds pretty vague but I just want something artistic and interesting.

Other than modeling, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I read an awful lot, I've been known to have two or three books on the go at once, I also love singing, listening to music and playing video games. My other interest is horror movies, the more gore the better!

What can we expect from you in 2011?

I have a few ideas rolling around my head for shoots, I'd love to do a zombie or gore shoot, I'm also looking for a photographer who is a whizz with photoshop to do a fire and ice themed shoot. Hopefully more artistic and highly styled than what I usually do.

Do you have anything that you would like to add or promote?

Yes, never be afraid to put yourself out there. If modelling is something you want to do then don't be afraid to try it. Only do what you are comfortable with and enjoy the experience whether it is just a hobby or something you want to do full time.

I'd also like to thank everyone who has supported me this last year, it has been a difficult one and with out my close friends and my boyfriend Spooky x13x I wouldn't have gotten through it.

I also think you should check out these talented photographers:

Earl Barton.
Alternography Emporium.
Victor Kurzweil.
Kitty Diablo..
Paul Moore. .

You can find Alexiel Sama on:

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Model Interview: Magenta Costley

Magenta Costley is 22 year old pinup model from a very small town. She is a devoted Christian and anyone who knows her can testify to the fact that her ultimate goal is to show Gods love in everything that she does and to let Him use her to touch other people that she meets in the modeling industry. Magenta has been modeling for nearly 3 years and have found her niche in pinup, she loves everything about it.

What is the story behind your model alias?

Magenta is my middle name, and what I have gone by for nearly 10 years.

What drew you to alternative modeling?

I found that in my modeling, only certain types of modeling was acceptable with my tattoos, and so I found myself gravitating towards pin up.

How did you get your start in the modeling business?

I went with a friend of mine to one of her shoots, I ended up getting some pictures taken.

You have over 30 tattoos, could you describe a few of your favourites?

A few of my favorites are the portrait I have of Vincent Price on my thigh, my chest piece, and my Star Wars sleeve.

You’ve been a blonde, brunette and a redhead, which do you prefer?

I'm a natural blonde, and I gravitate more towards that than any other color.

You mentioned that you’re a huge Vincent Price fan, what is your favourite movie?

It's hard to say what my favourite movie is. He has so many to choose from that I can't narrow it down to just one. A few of my favs are House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax, Laura, Shock, and Dragonwyck.

What can we expect from you in 2011?

2011 so far has been such a blessing, I have already been in 12 publications this year and on the cover of 2 magazines (with one more that I know of in the works) Honestly, if nothing else came out of this year, I could ring in 2012 with a smile on my face... however, I am going to continue to strive for even more publications.

Do you have anything that you would like to add or promote?

Aart Aaccent my local tattoo shop.
INK 4 PINK an organization that is very near to my heart.

More about Magenta here:
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