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THE BLACK DEER
VENTURE INTO THE WOODS WITH MODEL, PERFORMER AND ARTIST ELEGYELLEM
LENA QUIST CURIOLOGY VIVI STERLING MAJA STINA CANDY-ROCK COUTURE AGATKA VICTORIAN WOMAN BETTY HAVOK CLUB ANTICHRIST AND LOTS MORE!
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6 Editorâ€™s Picks
50 Club AntiChrist
48 Boy Meets World
12 Lena Quist
62 Special Report: Underweight
78 Album Reviews
22 Victorian Woman
Models Spark Further Criticism
80 Film Reviews
26 Ruby True: Candyfloss Curls Hair Tutorial 28 Vivi Sterling: Cat Eyes Tutorial 36 Candy-Rock Couture
EXPOSED 52 COVER FEATURE: ElegyEllem 58 Vivi Sterling 64 Agatka 68 Maja Stina 72 Betty Havok
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WE HAVE YET ANOTHER JAM-PACKED EDITION OF REBELICIOUS RIGHT HERE FOR ALL YOU LOVELY READERS!
In this issue we feature the works of Curiology, Candy-Rock Couture, Lena Quist and Victorian Woman, Editor’s Picks gets an extension, plus models Ruby True and Vivi Sterling give us some quick hair and makeup tips. For our cover feature, we ventured into the woods with the wonderfully talented posing machine that is ElegyEllem, and our Exposed section features the likes of Agakta, Betty Havok and Maja Stina. The founders of Club AntiChrist tell us why it is, and continues to be such an amazing club night, and if all that wasn’t enough, we also introduce our new boys section, thanks to our brand new columnist, comedian Marc Burrows! He’ll be bringing us tales of his travels over the coming months, so keep an eye out for that. There’s lots more amongst these pages for you to feast your eyes on, so get reading and I’ll see you on the flipside!
Dominique Marshall, Rebelicious Editor/Creative Director
CONTRIBUTORS JUNE/JULY #7 FOR GIRLY GIRLS IN A BRUTAL WORLD REBELICIOUSMAGAZINE.COM
THE BLACK DEER
VENTURE INTO THE WOODS WITH MODEL, PERFORMER AND ARTIST ELEGYELLEM
LENA QUIST CURIOLOGY VIVI STERLING MAJA STINA CANDY-ROCK COUTURE AGATKA VICTORIAN WOMAN BETTY HAVOK CLUB ANTICHRIST AND LOTS MORE!
MARC BURROWS Resident Comedian/Writer Marcburrows.co.uk
HEATHER MCDAID Music Columnist www.indulge-sound.com
TORIA BRIGHTSIDE Fashion photographer and stylist toriabrightside.com
TERA ARALYN Online brand reviewer DearVanity@rebeliciousmagazine.com
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COVER CREDITS Model: ElegyEllem Photographer: Albin R Ericsson Latex: Obsidian Design EDITOR/ CREATIVE DIRECTOR Dominique Marshall
SPECIAL THANKS TO Alison Bateman @ Work Hard PR, Ellen Jones, Toria Brightside, Haydn Squibbs, Tera Aralyn, Ivy Pearl, Heather McDaid, Marc Burrows, Mr Ducktail, Lauren Geisler, Lynsey West, Jamie Mahon, Thomas Mitchell, Alice La Vie, John Colson, Lena Quist, Kylie Stevenson, Twitch Photos, Josefine Jönsson, Albin R Ericsson, Stephen Bucala @ Sourpuss Clothing and anyone else I’ve missed out that helped to make this issue! REBELICIOUS MASCOT Curtis Allen: www.curtisallen.co.uk CONTACT: General: firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions: email@example.com Brand Reviews: DearVanity@rebeliciousmagazine.com
THOMAS MITCHELL Freelance Journalist www.thomasjamesmitchell.com
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THINK I’M GONNA NEED TO BUY A NEW WARDROBE SOON... HERE ARE THIS ISSUE’S TOP FASHION PICKS, INCLUDING A FEW THAT YOU SUGGESTED VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! TOPSHOP AVIATOR JACKET
JIST PINSTRIPE STRETCH JEANS
FREYASRATBITES REANIMATOR BRASS PENDANT
ATTITUDE CLOTHING HEART PRINTED SKINNY LEATHER BELT
FAMOUS STARS & STRAPS ‘IN THREES’ TOTE BAG
PRONG JEWELLERY HEART EYE PATCH
SOURPUSS CLOTHING “STASH YOUR SPARE CHANGE IN A SOURPUSS SUGAR SKULL BANK”
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GUTTERQUEEN JEWELLERY HEAVY HEART FASCINATOR
JESSICA LOUISE RED SAILOR DRESS
DOLLY COOL SAILOR OCTOPUS NECKLACE
BANNED CHECKED SKINNY JEANS
COSMIC BATZOMBIE TSHIRT
POIZEN INDUSTRIES BAT BEATER WOMEN’S TOP
XTREME FOOTWEAR BLACK SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS
THE RED QUEEN BOUTIQUE EYEBALL RING SO SO HAPPY SWEET TOOF TSHIRT
SOURPUSS CLOTHING “SAIL THE HIGH SEAS IN A SOURPUSS SEAFARING DRESS” ALT HOME MOVIE MONSTER COASTERS
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LAST SEEN ON THE PAGES OF REBELICIOUS AS ‘SWEETDELIRIUM JEWELLERY’, ELSPETH GUY IS BACK WITH A NEW VENTURE UNDER THE NAME CURIOLOGY. WE HAD A QUICK CHAT WITH HER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER FRESH BEGINNINGS... Times have changed since we last featured you and your work! Back in issue 4 you were working under the name SweetDelirium, but now you’ve set up a brand new store titled Curiology. Could you tell us a bit about why you decided upon the change? When I set up SDJ, I was very naive to how the whole industry worked, and quite shocked when the business got so big so fast! The business was taking over my life, and I was working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep up with orders and producing new pieces. As I have a family and other commitments also, something had to give as it got to the point that it wasn’t enjoyable anymore, and I didn’t want the quality of my work to suffer, or to not be able to provide the level of customer service I pride myself on. So I decided to rethink my designs and how the business was run, start afresh with a new name, a slightly different style, and with more affordable pieces, as well as the larger work I am known for. Now I have some experience in the industry it is far easier for me to gauge what sells best, what customers expect from a company, how to use my time more efficiently, and how to get the best of all worlds, by still providing high quality unique jewellery and art, but also being able to have a life away from it now and again! Where does the new name originate from? I spent some time thinking of the name, as I didn’t want it to pigeon hole me into any ‘genre’ etc. Putting the word jewellery at the end of your name for instance, means people won’t necessarily have a look through your work if they are looking for artwork, which I also produce, and I wanted a catchy short name that would stick in peoples heads! Curiology sums up my new direction in style; steampunk-esque with a fairytale twist, and I like the sound of it too! It’s a bit different to other companies and brands out there! One thing I noticed whist browsing through the Curiology pages was that you still create your signature taxidermy accessories, but there are a lot more clockwork/steampunk/ antique inspired designs. Could you tell us a bit about these pieces? The newer designs are something I’ve dabbled in before, and have spent time researching what was currently available, and putting my own twists on them. As much as I enjoy the gothic macabre element to some of my work, I do love the gentler prettier aspect too. I find it easier to stand out from the crowd with the newer pieces, as it’s not something that has been ‘done to death’ so it is a breath of fresh air for me and my fans! I have tried to make the pieces classic and elegant, things you are able to wear everyday rather than just on special occasions, pieces of jewellery that make you day dream about fairies and princesses in far off castles! The DIY jewellery industry has boomed over recent years. How do you make sure that your ideas stay unique to you and are fresh for your ever-growing fan base? I am very lucky to have built up a loyal fan base that have bought from me before, and know first hand that they will be receiving an original, made with love, piece of work. As I make a lot of custom commissions,
this also helps to be able to show fans old and new what is possible when you design your own piece to your specifications, and the new elements in each piece keep my portfolio looking fresh and ever evolving. I think it is very important to be on a friendship level with all your customers, rather than a designer/client basis. Many of my customers are now close friends, and it is lovely to be able to work with them, learning more about them, and their personality, so as time goes on, each new piece becomes more and more a part of them. A lot of my customers have told me they have never received such personal caring service before, which is exactly what I aim to do with every person who purchases from me! Without them I wouldn’t have a business to run, so they are extremely important to me.
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FASHION & BEAUTY Have there been any custom orders so far that have stood out as personal favourites of yours? Every commission I take on is very enjoyable, as there is always a feeling that part of me and part of the customer is being fused into a piece of art for them to treasure and for me to feel proud of. Art boxes are one of my favourites to do, as customers can send me keepsakes and treasures of their own to include which make it so much more personal. I am working on a commission currently, which will be featured in a promo video for a bestselling authors’ newest novel, due out in autumn. I am in the early production stages now, and feel this may be one of my most favourite to date. I look forward to seeing the end result, and showing my fans what I’ve made! If you could create a custom order for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? I would love to make an art box for Alan Moore, and Neil Gaiman, as they are two of my favourite writers, and to know that they have something of mine on their wall would make me incredibly proud! I am actually making a piece for Alan at the moment, so fingers crossed he will be a fan of it! Jewellery wise...Bjork, Tori Amos, Kate Bush would all be able to rock some Curiology I think! Could you tell us a bit about any new pieces/ designs you’re working on at the moment? Well, other than the promo video commission, I have some large wedding jewellery pieces in the pipe line, some shoot pieces with the wonderful Scott Cole, a photographer that I am very happy working alongside, as he is fantastic and knows his way around the industry, a few art boxes including a Kraken and pirate ship, a neo Victorian keepsake box and a huge wall mounted ‘Unicorn skull’ piece for an 8 year old’s bedroom. One of my youngest clients so far I think! What’s to come in the future for you and Curiology? I intend to devote more time towards raising money for PDSA through my work. I donate money from each sale or offer Curiology has, and would like to do more, so watch this space for upcoming charity events. I think once you’ve got to a point that you have worked up and made your business a success, it’s time to give something back to worthy causes, and I am very fortunate to be in a position to do this now. As a final word I would just like to thank every one of my customers and supporters. I love you all! www.etsy.com/shop/CuriologyStore
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Model: Synthetic Doll Photographer: Twitch Photos
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MIXING DARK ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WITH HIGH FASHION GLAMOUR AND A TOUCH OF AVANT GARDE, LENA QUIST HAS BEEN GAINING FANS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE, WITH BIG NAMES LIKE KAT VON D AND NUMEROUS BANDS ROCKING HER GARMENTS. WE SPOKE TO THE FOUNDER LENA TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER CLOTHING...
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What is your company all about? Dark and glamorous high fashion, with a big dose of rock’ n’ roll and a touch of avant garde. Where do you draw your inspiration from? It’s very different from collection to collection. I’m often drawn to the dark and twisted in the human mind. And I always come up with a story about the woman the collection is about. For some reason I find it very inspiring with women living on the edge and then after their death being declared saints. At the same time I wanna put some sense of humor in what I do, fashion is supposed to be fun! Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? Certainly not the same as everyone else’s - the lighning bolt leggings! Haha. I’ve got a leopard dress in the new basics line that I know I’m gonna love to pieces and there’s also a bodysuit in the same fabric which I know I’m gonna wear til it falls apart. I change my mind a lot and towards the end of a season I’m totally sick of the entire collection and cannot wait to release the next one.
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Tell us a bit about any new items/ ranges you’re currently working on or have recently released? Well.. there’s the new spring collection that’s just been released and then the new basics line is to be released really soon. We’re having a preview show of the autumn/winter collection on May 5th and then about the same time we’re starting this other new thing we’re gonna do this summer; each month we’re releasing a very limited amount of cheaper designs. I know lots of my fans cannot afford the clothes from the regular collections and I wanted to make something that’s available for everyone. How do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh and appealing to your fan base? I’m trying to push myself each season to find new sources of inspiration, and to be honest just keep in the back of my head what’s expected of me. If you focus too much on people’s expectations that’s when you go wrong and loose yourself. I’ve made that mistake, but I’ve also learned to trust my instinct.
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If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? Good question! I must be boring and say Lady Gaga. She’s a fashion lunatic and I just love her face. And then I wouldn’t have to hold anything back! I absolutely love going completely overboard and be totally crazy and free and sometimes I just have to squeeze in an art project to express all of that I cannot do in my ordinary collections! If I could do that and get paid for it; that’s a dream come true! What does the future hold for you and your brand? As it seems right now; quite a lot! And I couldn’t be happier. www.lenaquist.com
WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: MARKUS KINNUNEN FASHION DESIGNER: LENA QUIST MAKE UP: DEBBIE BERGSTRÖM ASSISTANT: VICTORIA KOPP
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WHERE THE TRAINS GO TO DIE FASHION & BEAUTY
Model: Violeteyes Photographer: Jamie Mahon Photography Clothing: Lena Quist Assisted by Martin Leonard
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Victorian Woman Tell us a bit about what Victorian Woman is and what you do? Victorian Woman is a French fashion accessories brand. All the designs are handmade and are sold as unique items or limited edition. I mainly use luxury fabrics such as silk, satin, taffetas or brocade, laces. The particularity of the brand is that it marries two worlds: fabrics and jewellery with genuine gemstones. I am inspired by fashions from the past, the alternative culture, legends and mysteries and these inspirations can be found in my designs. I propose to my clients to highlight the Gothic Chic style by offering them to wear the accessories the elegant women in days of old wear: underbust corsets, hats, hair accessories, lace jewelry, belts, purses and bags, spats, cloaks. I think that past accessories are very distinctive and feminine. They are made for women who are searching for original and elegant fashion accessories. I want to bring those accessories out of the Victorian period, out of the alternative culture, and make them rediscovered by the general public. I do think that the Victorian Woman designs can be worn every day. The everyday way of dressing can be enhanced with sophisticated accessories and give a more glamorous style with small original touches. The sense of detail, quality, and the exclusivity of our designs is our priority. We provide a certificate of authenticity with each design that guarantees to make a limited number of them in order for its customers to always feel exceptional. Are there any accessories you sell that are personal favorites of yours? That’s a difficult question because I make fashion accessories as if I was making them for myself, so that I love them all for different reasons. But as I have to choose, I will do my choice within the last collection: I love the “Eclat d’or” corset (Golden fragment) and matching fascinator that are made from a damask golden silk. They
are adorned with tiger-eye gemstone beads, satin roses and ribbons. This silk is very soft and bright. I have called it “Golden Fragment” because of the colour and because I found it to be a golden nugget of the collection. I also choose the “Nuit Indienne” corset (Indian Night) and matching corset necklace because of its cascades of obsidian and azurite-malachite beads. The turquoise blue silk is very attractive and the taffetas appliqués are finely made. I am attracted as you may know by legends and mysteries and India is a country full of that. For me, this colour evokes the mystical India and its gods, often represented with a blue face and blue hands. The lace necklace “Rose de Chine” (Rose of China) is made from a fine black lace with roses, adorned with organza flowers, amethysts beads and a rose quart with a symbol meaning “Long Life”. I also like the necklace pendants “Corsets” (red and black) because they can be worn with an evening and sophisticated dress as well as with a casual one. It’s a really versatile necklace and the appliqué of the corset as adornment is representative of the universe of the brand. One of the things you sell, and that is incredibly popular within the alternative market is corsets. What qualities would you say makes a perfect corset? The corsets that are found on the corset market are not always “real” corsets. I do think that many corsetieres are thinking like me. You can find many “bustiers” that the sellers call “corsets” because it has the shape of a corset, but it is not one; they are not made in the same manner and not with the same material and care. Seeing them on the internet, you can check the difference thanks to several details such as the price and the general look. The art of corsetry is like every art: a corset has to be made in a special manner to meet its goal, which is to shape the body. The major qualities to make a perfect corset consist
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in respecting the construction of the corset itself: it has to be lined and reinforced with fabrics in order to resist to body’s pressure and to time, the eyelets have to be set properly with a professional machine tool, the material itself that is chosen (busk that has to be strong, appropriate and strong enough boning; free nickel eyelets; cotton, poly-cotton or satin lacings). Other qualities that are required for me for a perfect corset are the attention paid to details; the sewing has to be perfect and strong, the decorations such as lace or beads have to be done carefully and put at the right place, preferably fully lined. If there are prints on the fabric, the prints have to match. To resume, it has to be as well done inside as outside. Victorian Woman aims to highlight the Gothic chic style and the Victorian aesthetic is obviously an influence in your designs. Is there anything else that you’re inspired by? I have always been interested in Arts in general, legends, literature and fantasy literature, painting, fashion, music and more precisely by the underground culture (cinema, fashion designers, sculpture, engraving, legends and mysteries, illustrators as well as music). These interests grew up with the years and became more accurate. There is in fantasy and Gothic literature, in pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance paintings for example a particular beauty and femininity that talks to me more than another literature or paintings: a touch of mystery and romanticism that is a part of my personality. The textures, fabrics of the dressing of characters, women, expressions, themes that are depicted in those paintings inspired me a lot for my collections. Tell us a bit about any new items/ranges you’re currently working on or have recently released? I created the brand new collection that I launched in March this year, and I have also made in May, especially for the Cannes film festival, a small collection of evening bags that are sold on my website and also in a luxury shop, Michat, in Cannes. Now, I am working on my Steampunk inspired collection: corsets, hats, corset necklace, bags and pouches, necklaces and bracelets. I have used original fabrics with clock designs, golden silks, laces and some interesting jewellery. It is nearly finished and I looking to launch it after summer. I am also thinking of a small collection of designs for weddings mainly white and a collection of scarves/stoles.
my creativity, my inspirations and influences of the moment. The important thing is to do things with heart, passion and sincerity to seduce people. What other companies or brands do you admire and why? William Llewellyn Griffith (Metal Couture): more than jewellery, they are masterpieces. I would love to have one of its rings. I feel near from his art because of the use of stones, precious metals, and the handcrafted work. They are very romantic pieces. Atelier Sylphe (corsetiere): she’s French too. She proposes interesting designs of corsets and you can see looking at her designs that everything is perfectly made. She also reproduces ancient patterns of corsets. Electra Designs (corsetiere): She’s a real corset artist. Everything is perfect. I admire her work and designs. If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? I think of Dita Von Teese, because she is a very glamorous woman who perfectly embodies the modern pin-up. Who are your fashion icons? I think first of Alexander Mac Queen, Marchesa, JP Gaultier, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana for the more famous of course. What does the future hold for Victorian Woman? The objective of the brand is to go further in the marriage between fabrics and jewellery. I have introduced this year sterling silver jewellery pieces to adorn the designs. I have also designed a skull head that has been made by a jeweler especially for the brand that you can see on one of the bags that I have made for the Cannes Film Festival called “Vanité” (Vanity). I want to go this way, offering higher quality range of items, more exceptional pieces to my customers. Then, I don’t know yet. But many good surprises I hope! www.victorianwoman.fr CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHER: SYLVAIN RENAULT (WWW.SYLVAINRENAULT.COM) STYLISM: MANUELA BIOCCA MODEL: ADRIANNA GERCZEW MAKE-UP: HADDY SENGHORE PHOTO ASSISTANT: FABRICE DREVON
How do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh and appealing to your fan base? I am not sure that my fan base will always love my designs each time I propose something new. I just let speak
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Candyfloss Curls Hair Tutorial
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OUR COLUMNIST RUBY TRUE SHOWS US HOW TO CREATE LONG LASTING CANDYFLOSS CURLS...
6) Assuming the first curl is curled outwards/backwards, ensure the next is going the opposite way. This alternates for every curl, and ensures that the volume lasts when complete.
1) After washing and drying, use a heat protection spray and brush through the hair.
4) Spray the piece of hair very lightly with hold spray to set it â€“ I really recommend Elnett Black
2) Make a vertical parting down the centre of your head, and separate the two halves.
7) Spray each curl once it is complete, using the palm of your hand to lightly hold the shape.
5) Hold the straightener vertically, and rotate when straightening, slowly gliding towards the ends. 3) Leaving approximately one inch of hair down each time (from the nape of the neck), clip up the two sides separately.
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8) If you have short layers on the top of your head, it is a good idea to curl the hair inwards from the root to make it blend in. 9) For those with fringes or short layers at the front, use the straightener to curl away from the face.
MY HAIR WAS SOFT AND PRETTY FOR 48 HOURS DESPITE A ROUGH NIGHT, AND A HEAVY HANGOVER.
10) Spray all over.
11) Backcomb the top layers lightly.
12) Tease from the foreheads back with fingers until you are satisfied. WORDS: TORIA BRIGHTSIDE PHOTOS: ANDY MORGAN
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Cat Eyes Tutorial
VIVI STERLING SHARES THE TECHNIQUE SHE USES FOR HER CLASSIC CAT EYES, AND PRODUCTS SHE RECOMMENDS.
6) BLENDING THE LIDS: MAC BRUSH 225 Use this brush with nothing on it to blend the more intricate corners.
1) EYELINER: RIMMEL LIQUID EYE LINER After applying your usual base (concealer where necessary, foundation and powder), take rimmel liquid eyeliner. You want to get it as close to the lashes as you can - apply a long line to create the shape.
7) BROWLINE HIGHLIGHT: MAC BRUSH 239 Using your finger, apply a moody cream colour. Take brush 239 again, go underneath the eyebrow and blend the creamy shade into the black, which should start at the top of the lid.
2) EYELID PRIMER: MAC PAINTERLY PAINT POT AND MAC BRUSH 239 Take a cream colour, either one that’s the colour of skin, or a primer to help the black blend. It brightens eyes up and stops them looking sunken.
8) LAYER AND CLEAN UP Layer up until you’re happy, sometimes a makeup wipe used with your nail can tidy up any excess.
3) SHADOW LINER All the shadows I use in this tutorial are by Mac – your shade choices should depend on your skin tone, but I find Mac very blendable. To make your eyes look really big, you can use a pencil, or just use eye shadow on a thin brush if you don’t want it to be over the top. Normally I put on black, then I put on a little brown and blend. Go from the inside of the eye outwards, from brown to black. A great tip is to not apply on the middle, just each end of the eye, and use blending to merge them.
last thing you do is shadow near the eyebrow, after blending.
9) BROW EDGE HIGHLIGHT A whitey pink shade used on the downward bend of the brow edge can really make your eyebrows pop. Make sure you’re wiping your brushes as you go along. 10) HIGHLIGHT CORNERS Then, right in the inner corner of your eye, apply a little white. This opens your peepers up, and gives the look a really nice highlight.
11) REAPPLY EYELINER Reapply the liquid eyeliner over the base line you made. 12) MATCH BROWS Pencil in your brows in whatever colour you choose; you can match the natural colour or go for something more bold, but with heavy black makeup, eyebrow pencil (or eyeshadow on a very thin brush) balances out the eyes. 13) BLUSHER: MAC NUMBER 05 Smile for blusher, and use a complimentary shade on the apples of your cheeks. 14) POWDER Apply powder under your eyes to create a clean finish. 15) MASCARA: BY No7 Apply mascara. To compliment the shadow, put a heavily coated applicator at the base of the lashes and wiggle outwards – this will give you colour and volume. 16) Go and be fabulous. WORDS: TORIA BRIGHTSIDE PHOTOS: ANDY MORGAN
4) CORNERS: MAC BRUSH 194 With a black shadow, use a mac brush 194 just to apply, not to blend. Only put black on the outer corners of the eyes, not anywhere else. Once this is all blended it gives it a natural cat eye look. You can keep applying more and blending in until you’re happy with how dark it is; it depends how you want it to look. 5) CREASE SHADOW: MAC BRUSH 239 Use this brush again to blend the shadow you applied across your eyelid, opening your eye as you do it; use the crease as a guideline. Don’t worry about the top being messy; it will all be blended in. Concentrate on the lid - the
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MADE FOR THE URBAN GIRL WHO ISN’T AFRAID TO SHOW OFF HER WILD SIDE ON THE GO, CANDY-ROCK COUTURE BLENDS PUNK ROCK STYLES WITH CHIC GIRLY ELEMENTS. CREATOR HARMONY CORBETT INTRODUCES US TO HER WORLD...
Tell us a bit about the inception of Candy-Rock Couture and what inspired the name? “Candy-Rock Couture” was created by me, Harmony Corbett, out of a need for a new look in the punk and street-wear scene that I really wanted to wear! The name was inspired from all of the bold, bright colors, prints, textures and fun silhouettes, (“Candy”), while remaining true to the “Rock” staple such as zippers, studs, chains and spikes and I added “Couture” since I’m 100% handmade from concept to finish! I try to balance the two evenly and make sure something is not too girly or too totally rocked out. I try to make designs that are equal parts punk rock power and fairy tale girlishness. Are there any pieces you’ve created that stand out as personal favourites? You know what the funny thing is? I had so much fun creating my spring/summer collection of bikinis, bikini shorts and bras that every time I finished creating one I’d say “Oh my God! That is my favorite one yet!” ...until I designed the next one! lol What inspires you the most when designing? I get inspired most by the “Rock” industry and the NY Underground street scene, along with traces of 80’s Madonna and must always incorporate girly elements to balance out the roughness such as lace, hot pink and awesome animal prints in crazy colors! How would you describe your own clothing style? My own clothing style mirrors “Candy-Rock Couture”...I wear hot pink every day! My top is usually paired with black leggings and matching hot pink and black DC’s. Silver studded bracelets, hot pink bracelets, black bracelets, a silver handcuff necklace chain, silver or pink lightning Patricia Field earrings, a black studded belt, hot pink and black “Hello Kitty” handbag etc. is what usually accents my attire...I won’t even go into hair and makeup! lol Over recent years there has been a surge of people trying their hand at starting up their own clothing lines; how do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh in an ever-growing industry? I don’t compare myself to other designers. I just keep creating new challenges and goals for myself and try to keep improving and growing in this ever-changing industry...I keep my ideas fresh and new because I am a consumer in my own customer market base. I do a lot of trend and market research and also ask for honest feedback and opinions from my models and audience when I’m trying new designs. Could you tell us a bit about any new items you’re currently working on? Sure! I just got a deal with this amazing clothing store called “Gothic Renaissance” where I will be taking over the “lace” department! So right now I am in the middle of sketching and designing all sorts of stretch lace garments in tons of silhouettes, styles and colors from leggings to bodysuits to skirts to tops etc! Candy-Rock Couture coming soon to Gothic Renaissance 108 4th Avenue New York, NY 10003! If you could create a custom piece of clothing for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? Definitely Christina Aguilera! She always exudes a personal eye-catching rocker edge style from head to toe that is all her own and refuses to be a typecast! Not only is she beautiful, she can sing like no other and looks amazing in anything, but she has this magnificent glow from the inside out that radiates with confidence, strength, power yet kindness…you can tell she is going to be herself and not care what others think about her or what she has on, and she is going to rock it with pride to the fullest!
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What has been the main highlight of running your own business so far? The main highlight of running my own business is me being the one who makes the final decisions of everything... Right now I do all of the fabric sourcing, sketching, patterns, cutting and sewing along with organizing and directing my photo shoots and fashion shows. My boyfriend (who just happens to be an amazing graffiti and canvas artist) is also my stud and spike-master lol! He does all of the embellishments for my line along with the T-shirts for “CRC” and assists me during all photoshoots and videotapes the fashion shows! I must say, no matter how much hard work, countless days of deprived sleep, all nighters, organization etc it takes to put on a fashion show, I do thoroughly enjoy them along with photo shoots. What are some of your future plans for Candy-Rock Couture? Well I have been very blessed and ever so grateful to score this deal with “Gothic Renaissance” but my plan is not to stop there. I plan on working out win/win situations with edgy retailers across the U.S. and worldwide! In the very near future, possibly by summer, I plan to create a line of corsets and tutu’s that have hand and screen painted underground graffiti and rocked out themes such as drippy girly skullies and crosses with bows, rhinestones and glitter. www.candyrockcouture.com www.modelmayhem.com/candyrockcouture PHOTOS C/O: HARMONY CORBETT
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BOY MEETS WORLD
COMEDIAN MARC BURROWS IS A BEWILDERED BOY IN A GIRLY GIRLS WORLD. IN HIS FIRST ADVENTURE FOR REBELICIOUS, HE TRAVELS INTO THE WORLD OF 1950S HAIRCUTS... I’m shit at hair. I’ve never cared about it. In the mid 90’s I went for long, shoulder length blonde locks and thought I looked like Kurt Cobain, until someone pointed out I looked exactly like the guitarist from Hanson. People used to shout “Mmmbop!” at me in the street, which is undignified - the long hair had to go when a prospective date turned up at my house and caught my Mum putting it in a ponytail for me. For the next decade or so I rocked a non de-script sort of swishy fringe, until very recently when someone put a picture of me on website called lesbiansthatlooklikejustinbieber.com. It was time for a change. Time for a proper haircut. A mans haircut. And the most proper haircut I can think of comes from the 1950s. Oil me up motherfuckers, I’m going Rockabilly.
least half an hour on each bonce. He uses a switchblade, plays Rockabilly classics in the background and flogs you his own brand of cola-flavoured hair grease for, obviously, £6.66. I went in a mop-topped, moon faced boy and emerged a man, spending the rest of the day checking myself out shop windows. I seriously considered buying a flick-comb but I couldn’t find one in Boots. Problem is, now I have to replicate the bloody thing. Currently I’m spending an extra 40 minutes every morning trying to sculpt the little bump atop my forehead, and mostly it looks like someone’s dropped an ice-cream cone made of hair on my face. I’m massively envious of quiffed-up girls who get to use those curvy grip things. It’s maddening, and there’s only one solution. It worked when I was
“OIL ME UP MOTHERFUCKERS, I’M GOING ROCKABILLY.” I tried Shoreditch’s Pimps N’ Pinups first, but the guy I spoke to didn’t know who the Misfits were so I’m not going back there. I realised feather-cut poseurs are not the way. I had to find out where the real greasers go, so I followed the smell of Dax Wax and bubblegum and asked everyone I met...and the name they all whispered was “Mr Ducktail”: the best quiff man working today. When I grow up I want to be Mr Ducktail. He’s nothing to do with the 90’s cartoon with the killer theme tune (although every time I hear his name I have to fight the urge to do the “WOO-OO!”s), he’s a hairdresser. The self styled “Demon Barber of Carnaby Street” and he’s quite possibly the coolest fucker I have EVER met. And I’ve met Dr Karl Kennedy off of Neighbours. He and his partner Miss Betty moved their salon from Toulouse, France back in 2004 and opened ‘It’s Something Hells’ in the centre of London, where daily Mr D cuts, curls and coiffures from morning til night. There are strictly no appointments (even the very famous are turned away), the wait can be several hours and he insists on spending at
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15, and it’ll work now... I’m going to ask my Mum to do it. WORDS: MARC BURROWS Twitter: @20thCenturyMarc Marcburrows.co.uk PHOTOS: LAUREN GEISLER www.laurengeisler.co.uk
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CLUB ANTICHRIST NOW IN IT’S 8TH YEAR, D & MISSY’S CLUB ANTICHRIST IS CONTINUING TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH WITHIN LONDON’S FICKLE CLUBBING CIRCUIT. MISSY TAKES US THROUGH THE ANTICHRIST JOURNEY, HER FAVOURITE PARTS OF THE EVENT, AS WELL AS GIVE A QUICK INSIGHT INTO WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE.
Over the past few years, regular club goers will have seen quite a few clubs come and go within the London scene but AntiChrist is still alive and kicking. Why do you think your nights have managed to endure London’s fickle clubbing circuit? Again, I think that’s partly down to the blending. You can come to AC and in one night see a few bands, some performers, visit a goth/alt dancefloor, an industrial dancefloor, a BDSM playroom, a couples’ darkroom, have a cup of tea and a biscuit while chilling with friends looking out over the Thames, and so on... In times when money is tight for many people, it makes sense to have 1 big night out every few months, rather than lots of little nights out every weekend, saving on travel/drinks costs. Another possible factor is that the scene does seem to be growing up, in that although there are young people out clubbing, we know a lot of AC-goers have kids, and finding a babysitter can be tricky. D and I know this well! We used to go out lots, and now tend to save up the babysitting ‘favour’ by grandma for a big event that will give us bang for our buck! With so much going on at each event, when you’re not busy do you have a favourite zone/room that you like to venture into during the events? I love to pop into the Hellfire Room when D’s DJing, he plays some great tracks that get me bouncing around behind him! I also like to find a high spot in PFI around 5am, where I can just stand and stare at the madness! It always surprises me how much energy the Industrial dancers have, it’s always packed all night long!
Club AntiChrist; a name that everyone in the alternative/fetish scene should know! Going way back to the beginnings of the club 8 years ago, what inspired you to start up AntiChrist? We wanted to start the club that we wished existed but didn’t! D and I are broadminded when it comes to the ‘scenes’, and we thought there must be others like us, who don’t want to be a purist, and ‘only go to a Goth club ‘cause we’re just Goths’... Some people are into fetishism/BDSM AND/or Goth AND/or industrial and enjoy watching bands and performers etc etc. AC is a playground for alternative adults, there is lots to see and do, you can dip in and out of all the areas all night long. When we started AC, there was no other club like it. Simply put, we wanted a full on night of sin that didn’t just play House music, so we combined all our favourite nights out into one uber Club! Did you ever imagine it would become as successful as it has? No! And while it’s wonderful that it is successful, and attendees grow in number at each event, I think the best bit that we didn’t foresee is the type of crowd we get. Something to do with the blending of all the different influences and scenes maybe, but our clubbers are FRIENDLY! Really friendly, and they all welcome each other and make friends and hang out. Who would’ve guessed?!
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Is there anything you would love to include in a future event that you don’t already have? If we go theoretical here, and you step inside one of my fantasies for a moment... I’d love to have a huge venue, so we could have 3 dancefloors on all night from 8pm-6am. The theatre would also run for 8 hours, and we’d have a venue room for big proper gigs... I’d have aerial points with caged dancers hanging 50 feet up in the air, fire performers on every bar, an upper circle of seating like you get at the theatre... I could go on for hours! In reality, I think I’d quite like to add a market hall, with lots of stalls for people to browse. It’s just a matter of finding the space to do it.
Within AC’s history, have there been any nights/performances in particular that have always stood out as personal favourites for you? For me, December 2008 sticks in my memory, as I was 9 months pregnant! Also, the first time Mouse performed for us, as the crowd just didn’t know how to react to this woman squirting them with water from her bottom while she spun on her knees to hard house! Luckily we gave out free umbrellas to protect the front row! If there was anyone in the world that you could have perform at AC in the future, who would it be and why? Stepping back into fantasy land again here... D and I have always wanted to get a really big band in - maybe Rammstein or Marilyn Manson, someone like that, but not announce it. How cool would that be?! You’d be at AC, having a laugh, and you hear a song that you love to dance to, so you head on into the theatre room and there onstage is this massively famous mad band performing live! It’ll probably never happen, but maybe, someday... For anyone that hasn’t ventured through the doors of Club AntiChrist yet but may be thinking about it, give us one sentence that sums up why they should definitely check out AntiChrist? In the words of one satisfied customer: “The most fucking awesome club on earth, a place where you can be yourself and not be judged.” - Ashvegas (via Facebook) Any words for your loyal members? Thank you for being there, we really appreciate your support :) And finally, what’s to come in the future for D. Void & Missy? We’ve got great plans in the pipeline for our end of summer event next year. No spoilers just yet, but oooohh, it’s going to be good! Other than that, just onwards and upwards! http://clubantichrist.com/ PHOTOS (LEFT) OF D & MISSY C/O: ALISON BATEMAN PHOTOS (THIS PAGE) CLUB ANTICHRIST STEAMPUNK SPECIAL: DAVID BRIGGS
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WELL-KNOWN FOR BEING A LATEX-CLAD, FLEXIBLE POSING MACHINE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA AND A FIRM BELIEVER OF NEVER DOING ANYTHING BY HALVES, ELEGYELLEM IS AN ESTABLISHED ARTIST IN A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS. WE HAD A QUICK CHAT WITH HER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER CAREER SO FAR... Latex: Obsidian Design
You’re mostly known for being a fetish model/performer. Was this what you set out to be from the beginning of your career? Or was it something that came along later on? It came along later, more and more so the more I got to know the industry, the people, all the designers etc. In the beginning, many photographers wanted to portray me as a “glamour” model, you know, trashy lingerie, oiled up and sort of insecure and dumb looking. I never liked that look but I tried different approaches to modelling in the beginning, did more pinup and retro stuff and then got introduced to latex at one of my shoots. And down the rabbit hole I went, hehe. Which outfits do you enjoy modeling the most? I love modelling latex because it shapes your body in a way that no other material can do. It always looks so tasty in photos. I adore well made corsets as well and interesting lingerie and nudes. But my favourites are always the weirder, more art like pieces, no matter what material, where I can go a bit weird and challenge myself as a model with. If you tell me I´m wearing that big cage on my head and a dress made out of live snakes, I´ll say bring it on! Come to think of it, that would be a really cool shoot.
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How did you get involved in the world of modeling? I started getting asked by photographers to shoot when I was 17. I didn’t have the confidence back then and said no. But around 20, I picked it up again. I did a shoot and was so, so nervous. I liked the photos and put them up online on a Swedish site, a bit like Model Mayhem. I expected maybe an email from one photographer wanting to shoot but got a whole lot right away and then it all just happened. I wasn´t very active at first, but around 2009 I started modelling more and more.
“I’m very comfortable in my own skin now” You’re definitely no stranger to shooting implied and full nudes. Can you remember what your first nude shoot was like? Was it a nerve-wracking experience or were you pretty confident from the get go? I was so very nervous! I felt very strange being naked in front of others, and had all these ideas that people put in your head about it being a bit wrong doing nude shoots etc. But the photographer was a gentleman, and I´d worked with him before, knowing his work was always tasteful and artistic. I tried covering myself up as much as possible the whole shoot and needed so much direction. But the photos looked so sweet and innocent that I relaxed more the next time. My second nude shoot was a whole other story! I shot with a huge snake, all wrapped around my body; I completely forgot we were shooting at times and just enjoyed having such an amazing animal so close! Nowadays, I´m not even aware of being naked sometimes, I´m very comfortable in my own skin now.
Modelling involves a lot of motivation, confidence and hard work. Is there anything in particular that you like to do in order to keep yourself on top of the game? I just try to enjoy it and work with as many of my favourite talents as possible. I used to get very stressed before, trying to keep up with emails, requests and shooting nonstop as well as hunting performance opportunities. Never saying no to anything. But then I realized why I started modelling in the first place; because I found it a great creative outlet and FUN, and I told myself I needed to just go with it and not force it. I´m very happy that I´ve now reached a point in my modelling where I don´t have to chase after the good stuff anymore. I´m trying to be selective and organized and give myself some free time to enjoy other things as well, to have the energy to still feel inspired to go further and push myself towards new goals.
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â€œThe successful alternative models are hard working girls with very unique looks, styles and a whole lot of talent...
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It´s not about their shape, sizes and such, but very much about them not being ‘just anybody’...”
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You’ve shot in a variety of looks and styles, but are there any concepts/ themes that you would love to explore in the future? I always enjoy trying new things, and as I said before the crazier the better! I do see my modelling as my art and therefore I don´t think there should be any limits as to what I´d like to explore! As well as being a model you’re also a performer. What have been some of your favourite routines and events? I’ve enjoyed almost every show I’ve done, but some that stand out more than others I´d say would be when I performed my latex bee show at Torture Garden last year. So many of my friends were in the crowd and I just had a blast performing at my favourite club. I also enjoyed performing in Germany and Paris last year, I felt like I truly challenged myself travelling with my performing
more. But I think my absolute favourite show so far was last Halloween. I performed in Stockholm, which doesn´t happen very often, I had two of my friends as my stage victims, performing my Clockwork Orange show. We had so much fun on that stage, the crowd was amazing and I got so much positive feedback afterwards! The ‘alternative modelling’ scene has grown tremendously over recent years. What is your personal view on the current industry? I think it´s positive that more people see what alternative modelling is; the more people who enjoy it, the more work there is for us alternative people to dig into. It´s always good to be challenged within your art as well, it makes you push yourself further, so the more people challenging you the better I´d say! But with that being said I
do see a lot of people doing very halfassed attempts, leaving bad quality work out there and when others that are not as involved see it and take it as alternative modelling/photography/designs they get the idea of the alternative business being tacky. I feel that many misunderstand the alternative business as a business where “everyone” can model, I´d say the successful alternative models are hard working girls with very unique looks, styles and a whole lot of talent. It´s not about their shape, sizes and such, but very much about them not being “just anybody”. If you weren’t a model/performer, what do you think you would be doing? Probably studying art. I´ve always painted, started out when I was still in kindergarten, as well as writing. I used to write books and create illustrations for them all the time as a kid. Art has always been a major part of my life, only now I´ve replaced the brushes and paints with my own body as a tool. But that´ll only last for so long, I´ll get back on painting soon! What does the future hold for Elegy Ellem? I´ve reached a point in life where I feel very happy to relax a little bit more and take some more time to myself, trying to figure out what I´d like to do with my future. I´m at a point where I need to decide if I wanna study more or just go on with my own business. I´m in love and have just bought my own apartment. My modelling is taking up a lot of my spare time right now, which has made me think I might need to start being even more selective with it, unless I´d like to make it a full time career, which I´m not sure I do, since I love my other jobs so much as well. To sum it up; I have absolutely no idea, but I suspect a lot more of all the fun and a whole lot more work lies ahead! http://elegyellem.se
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“I PUT VIVI IN PINK BECAUSE I CAN, OR RATHER BECAUSE SHE CAN. EVEN IF YOU TRY TO DISGUISE HER COMPLETELY, SHE’S STILL GOT THIS UNADULTERATED SENSE OF VIVI.” TORIA BRIGHTSIDE
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WE LAST MET PETITE BEAUTY VIVI STERLING AT MANCHESTER’S TATTOO TEA PARTY, STICKING UP FOR INDIVIDUALITY WITH THE DARK ARTS MODELS. TORIA TEAMS UP WITH VIVI AGAIN, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HER SIGNATURE STYLE. You mentioned when you last saw us that alternative modelling is more about being yourself than adapting to a particular style. You do a lot of the makeup and hairstyling in your shoots, would you say you create looks according to a brief, or does it come from a more personal style? I feel it is a bit of both. I like pressure to create something. I enjoy putting my style and touches to a shoot - like a signature. How would you describe the look you created for today’s shoot? I tend to do things last minute, and bounce ideas off of others. So your mood dictates your makeup? Oh definitely. When I feel lazy I don’t wear eye shadow. I wear mascara and lipstick and blush. On a sexy night out or a shoot, I go all out. Is there anyone you admire with regards to makeup? Anyone you think has a timeless look? Twiggy, Pricilla Presley and Megan Fox. I’ve never seen anyone else do the looks they do without someone saying your make up is ‘like
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Twiggy,’ or something. They really knew how to show off their facial assets. Tell us 3 products you can’t live without. Powder, lipstick and perfume. Miss Cherie by Dior is my favourite scent. Do you often match your outfits with your makeup? Is it an overall look, or do you find makeup universal? I have certain looks that go with my outfits all the time. Sometimes when I’m being a bit more girly, I keep the makeup minimal and natural. You’d be surprised, but doing a natural look sometimes takes more time than my elaborate ones. Where are your usual clothing haunts? I’ll shop any wear that fits my taste. Ebay, Topshop, vintage shops and Camden. New Look is also another favourite due to the fact that age 10 jeans fit me perfectly! What are your favourite names in fashion design? Vivienne Westwood, and smaller designers that I’ve worked with such as Jane Doe Latex, Kaori’s Latex Dreams, Eustratia, and tons of others. I have a huge place in my heart for accessorizing with taxidermy pieces. www.modelmayhem.com/vivisterling
WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: TORIA BRIGHTSIDE
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L A I C T E SP POR Underweight Models RE Spark Further Criticism AS CRITICISM OVER THE USE OF UNDERWEIGHT MODELS HITS THE PRESS YET AGAIN, THOMAS MITCHELL TALKS TO MODEL ALICE LA VIE TO FIND OUT WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON.
Many young women today are concerned with their weight and turn to the media as a means of deciding what looks ‘good’. Findings released by the London School of Economics found that 90% of people with eating disorders are women, suggesting that the media is partly blamed for these latest figures. “Eating disorders are not always based on slim models in the public eye. They can also root from family issues, a bad relationship or being bullied. I don’t think it is fair that there is an idea that slim models should be blamed,” La Vie says. The study of more than 3,000 young women in the UK and the rest of Europe backs up previous claims that the media plays an important role in influencing people’s opinions and choices, with young women desperately attempting to gain the perfect womanly figure. “When I see a model that I think looks beautiful and has a perfect figure I tend to get inspired by them and just accept that they look amazing and that is why they are on the TV or in a magazine. Not every model should look the same, but I understand why slim models sell products well and that is why they are used so often, especially within fashion and beauty.” Released last month, the study also suggests that young women feel social and cultural environments hugely influence the way they look, suggesting that the media has created certain ideals which young women are constantly reminded of. “If someone is feeling down or wants to lose weight, then they will see women in magazines and on the TV in a different light to someone who is comfortable and content with who they are. Whilst some people feel like models are too skinny, there are benefits to using them. If there is a healthy eating advert the model is usually an average size, with a good figure, and looks healthy. This could be something to aim for and
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an inspiration to women who are not happy with their bodies.” Figures released by Natural Health Magazine found that around 44% of their readers who are average or underweight thought they were overweight. The average women’s dress size in the UK is a 16, compared to a size six found on a clothing mannequin. Last month, High Street store H&M came under fire after using a ‘corpse-like’ model to promote the clothing giant’s MARNI collection. The 26-year-old model triggered a series of negative reactions amongst British fashion editors and parents, after she was seen pictured with pale skin, hollow cheeks and dark eyes. “The reason fashion models are all relatively the same size and a certain
look, is because of the designer’s preference to how they want to show off their products. They are all the same size to make it easier for the designers to design the clothes over various promotional platforms, and some models can suit particular jobs better than others. A model used in an Iceland advert compared to a model for a Topshop advert is going to look completely different. Companies hire models for specific reasons, not just because they are slim. There are so many reasons behind who they hire for each job,” she adds. More recently fashion magazine Vogue promised to remove underage and underweight models from the catwalk and their pages, after persistent criticism forced editors to project the image of healthy models.
“I believe that there is a TV advert and a magazine advert suited for all sorts of shaped women, not just slim models.” Alice La Vie “The models in Vogue are high fashion models, so are going to all be roughly the same size. It is very rare that I see a model in Vogue and feel shocked at how slim they are, but it really doesn’t seem to bother me unless they are shockingly underweight. I was watching a catwalk on TV last month and all of the models looked the same sort of size but they all looked healthy, toned and did not look underweight, apart from one model which shocked me, as she clearly was. I don’t think it is as common to see underweight models these days as there has been a lot of press about the subject. I believe that there is a TV advert and a magazine advert suited for all sorts of shaped women, not just slim models.” A recent survey carried out by a British magazine found that 79 per cent of the 200 women surveyed believe that their social lives would improve if they were slimmer, whilst 86 per cent feel the need to look ‘perfect’. Furthermore, the shocking figures also found that 70 per cent of young women believe overweight people are seen as being less intelligent and attractive, whilst 60 per cent say their appearance is their biggest concern in life.
This research comes just weeks after Israel became the first country to introduce a new law on underweight models. The law, passed by the Israeli government, sees the banning of skinny models in advertising and catwalks. The move now requires models to provide medical proof of their weight and for adverts to say if it has been modified to make a model appear slimmer. In 2007, The British Fashion Council recommended that models should provide health certificates from doctors to show that they do not have eating disorders. However the idea was never introduced in the UK. WORDS: THOMAS MITCHELL www.thomasjamesmitchell.com PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN COLSON www.johncolson.com
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MODEL: AGATKA PHOTOGRAPHER: GEOFF GEORGE MUA/HAIR: CHRISTINA NGUYEN LATEX BY: EGO ASSASSIN
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What inspired you to take up modelling? I wouldn’t really say anything particularly inspired me to start modeling, I more or less fell into it when I helped a friend out with her school final exam. She was taking a hairstyling program and the school hired a professional photographer to shoot the student’s creations. She asked me to model for her and out of curiosity I said yes. I had such a great time and was encouraged by the photographer to further pursue modeling. I later came across a site, modelmayhem.com and started booking shoots from there. It’s quite remarkable how a mere curiosity evolved into such a passion for me. What have been some of your favourite photoshoots so far? In the four years that I’ve been modeling, I have worked with some of the most talented photographers, hair and makeup artists and designers in the industry. It’s difficult to pick a favourite because I work hard on every shoot that I’m part of, and am proud of my portfolio so far. But I would say one of my favourite shoots was when I worked with Jennifer Link, lead photographer and editor of Auxiliary magazine. She’s such a creative artist and every shoot I’ve done with her has been one of my favourites, especially the one that landed me the cover of Auxiliary July/August 2011. Are there any outfits in particular that you love to model in, or do you prefer to be quite versatile with your choices? I have an insatiable love for latex clothing. There is something about that particular material that makes me feel sexy and empowered. Putting my preference aside, I think it’s important to be versatile in regards to styling, clothing, hair and makeup. I love dressing up and becoming a new character/persona, and with modeling I can show designers and clients how versatile my look can be. How would you describe your own personal style? Are there any makeup/ beauty products that you can’t live without? When I attend social events or meet clients for photoshoots, I like to dress sophisticated but still alternative. A lacy, tight fitting dress, corset, heels, detailed stockings and vintage accessories would be considered my ideal outfit. But when I’m relaxing at home or out with friends, I like to dress more girly and sweet. My wardrobe resembles a gothic Lolita style, from babydoll dresses
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to big frilly gowns. I love to dress up for every occasion…I’m pretty sure I only own one pair of jeans. Haha! As for my favourite cosmetics, I can’t live without my M.A.C foundation and colourful eye shadow palettes from Makeup Forever, Sugarpill and Urban Decay cosmetics. Though I usually dress in black, white and greys, I make up for it with my colourful hair and makeup. With the modeling industry growing constantly, what is your personal view on the alternative modeling scene as we know it? One of the reasons why I was so intrigued with the alternative modeling scene was that it included and was accepting of every type of woman of any size, shape, age, ethnicity, height, and modification. There are so many beautiful, unique women in this industry, that both inspire me and make me proud to be part of this community. I would especially like to mention the Toronto and GTA scene. Almost, every alternative model I’ve met has treated myself and their peers with respect and admiration. Other than a few bad apples, it’s like a little family of models. I have met a few well known models from the U.S. such as Mosh and Sharon TK, and I have only the highest respect for them. I’m interested in expanding my network and will be traveling to L.A and New York this year, so I’m interested to see what the alternative modeling scenes are like there. Are there any designers/photographers/other models that you would love to collaborate with one day? There are a few artists that are on my top lists to work with. For photographers, I would love to work with Viva Van Story photography. Her pin-up photography is phenomenal, she styles the clothing, hair, makeup and sets, and every image she produces is to die for. As for clothing designers, I have a love affair with latex garments so I would love to work with and not in any particular order; Westward bound, Lady Lucie Latex, Mother of London, and Collective Chaos. Where do you hope to be in 5 years? My goal in life is to always do something that will make me happy and keep me creative. Along with modeling, I’m working on creating my own latex clothing line and hopefully in a short time I will have a collection for sale. I’m also working on broadening my creativity and talents and am working on a few acting gigs. I have so much planned for the next five years, you’ll just have to wait and see! What advice would you give to anyone that may be thinking about becoming a professional model? Always be professional and true to your own unique self.
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Maja Stina EXPOSED
LAST FEATURED IN REBELICIOUS AS A MODEL, MAJA STINA IS HERE TO SHOW JUST WHAT SHE CAN DO NOW THAT SHE IS TRYING HER HAND AT BEING BEHIND THE CAMERA... The last time we featured you in Rebelicious, it was as a model, but now you’re back within our pages as a photographer. What brought about your decision to take a step behind the camera? I’ve always wanted to take up photography, but the timing had to be right. I learned a lot about photography through modelling and I finally got to a point where I had enough spare time to start! Is photography something you’ve always enjoyed in your spare time? No, I’m very new to it. I’ve not really had the funds in the past to buy a professional camera to get into it, and I didn’t want to start at the bottom and work my way up. I’m lucky to have good connections in the industry now, which means I can hit the ground running! Where do you draw your inspiration from? Everywhere! There are so many photos online and I love so many different styles! I’m frequently on Tumblr, where so many beautiful images go viral. I’m really enjoying how mainstream alternative fashion is becoming and I find it all very inspiring. Are there any photographic styles and concepts that you haven’t tried yet, but would like to explore in the future? Absolutely! I’ve only just started out, so there’s so much I want to do. I want to aim towards getting a good beauty portfolio done.
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Favourite photoshoot so far? My shoot with Melissa Hayward. It was just a bit of fun but I am so pleased with the images from the shoot! It was done in a hotel room at Stansted airport and we were lucky enough to have a really nice room. If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? Coco Rocha is my current choice! I adore her amazing posing ability, and her expressions are just fantastic. With so many people trying their hand at photography these days, how do you make sure your work stands out from the rest of the pack? Paying attention to detail really helps a lot. There are a lot of people who are happy to start out with poor quality images; anything from bra straps showing, bad makeup to grainy images. I don’t want any of that and I’m striving for quality over quantity, for sure! Do you have any major goals you wish to achieve this year? I don’t have any set goals, but I want to become successful as a photographer and hopefully do some paid shoots here and there. I also want to become more well-known as a model, clothing designer and personality. I don’t want to just be a pretty face, so to speak. www.facebook.com/maja.stina.model
Photography: Maja Stina Model: Melissa Hayward Fascinators: Janine Basil Hats Outfits: Janine Basil Hats Wigs: Our Little Secret Makeup: Maja Stina
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Photography: Maja Stina Model: Melissa Hayward Fascinators: Janine Basil Hats Outfits: Janine Basil Hats Wigs: Our Little Secret Makeup: Maja Stina
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What inspired you to become a model? I actually kinda fell into modelling, a friend of mine entered a casting for 2 girls and wanted me to come along, so we took some pictures, created me a profile on Modelmayhem and it all went from there. Unfortunately neither of us got the casting! It took a couple of weeks but once my “portfolio” had circulated I started to get a lot of interested and really thought, yeah I can do this! I took a short break from modelling, but took it back up last July and since then I really feel my modelling has helped me grow as a person and definitely built my confidence! What have been some of your favourite photoshoots so far? I’ve been very lucky to work with some amazing people this year and I love all the photos I got from them. But my favourite had to be a recent shoot I did for an upcoming book Fetasia Latex and Lady Gauis photography are releasing. I can’t say too much but think clowns, latex & balloons! :) I really like to challenge myself so anything that maybe takes me out of my comfort zone is always a favourite for me. I’m hoping to end my year with some more editorial style shoots and photos that tell stories. When you’re not modeling, what else do you get up to? I do work full time as a Barista when I’m not Modelling. So a lot of the time I’m there working the 9-5! But otherwise you’ll find me pestering my Tattoo Artist, Gemma Osbourn at Sub Rosa in Norwich, or going to the cinema with Mr Havok. I also spend a lot of time researching and browsing other creatives’ work. I always find I’m happier with my images if I’ve already pictured what I want to do in my head, as opposed to just turning up on the day and winging it! So I spend a lot of time on Tumblr! Are there any outfits in particular that you love to model in, or do you prefer to be quite versatile with your choices? I do love modelling latex; I really understand the fetish side of it! There’s something really cheeky about walking around feeling totally undressed in skintight latex! But I try to be quite versatile in my modelling; not getting stuck in one pigeonhole is hard. When I first started out I shot a lot of 50’s Swing dresses and quickly got known as a great Pin-up model, and as much as I love pin-up modelling I’m far more of an inner rebel and don’t get to be as expressive as I’d like with that. I’d definitely like to shoot more Corsets this year! There’s nothing more empowering than an amazing corset! How would you describe your own personal style? Are there any makeup/beauty products that you can’t live without? I’m kind of a Rockabilly/punk? I’ll never been seen without a Bandana on or something leopard print! People are always surprised I’m not more Pin-up in real life, but I honestly don’t have the patience! I had a Bettie fringe for a while and the upkeep that goes into keeping it perfect is insane! I really admire a girl who can rock it day in day out! I much prefer to have my hair down and wavy, minimal effort! I’m
really bad with make-up…I don’t really wear a lot outside of shoots but I will always have my eyeliner on, and if it’s a special occasion I might do my eyebrows. You will rarely see me with a full face on unless I’m in front of a camera! With the modeling industry growing constantly, what’s your personal view on the ‘alternative modelling’ scene as we know it? I do think it’s harder for girls at the moment. There are so many girls out there with the same “look” that a lot of amazing girls are being over looked. I think it’s more difficult to be an alternative model right now; a lot of girls think that if they go out and get a sleeve tattoo, that’ll get them a cover, but that’s not the case! A lot of alternative models I know have been modelling for years and are only now starting to see it pay off with features and covers. I do like that there seems to be more opening up for alternative models, I’ve seen a lot of girls doing a lot of weddings shoots, which a couple of years ago they would have instantly been turned down for. I think the scene will only go from strength to strength as being alternative is being more and more accepted by society.
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Are there any designers/photographers/ other models that you would love to collaborate with one day? Bibian Blue! I would ADORE collaborating with her! Her work is simply breathtaking! I would love to shoot with VioletEyes! I met her at the Great British Tattoo show and she was the nicest girl I’ve ever met! I would love to get the chance to shoot with her one day! I know it would be lots of fun and I’d learn loads. :)
Photography: Julian Kilsby
What advice would you give to anyone that may be thinking about becoming a professional model? Go for it! Don’t be put off by the amount of girls in the industry, a photographer/designer can always spot potential in a girl, so don’t think that because a girl is skinnier or more tattooed than you that you don’t stand a chance! Just be confident and patient and remember to have fun!
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What’s to come within the next year for you? You’ll be seeing a lot more of my face on catwalks and at fashions shows! I have 2 more Rubber Monkey Latex shows as well as being one of the models for Miss Fortune at the Americana Promotions Festival in July and walking at the Retro Festival. www.facebook.com/bettyhavok PHOTOS C/O: BETTY HAVOK
Photography: Julian Kilsby
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VOLUME: Vengeance & The Panther Queen
VENGEANCE AND THE PANTHER QUEEN ARE A FIVE PIECE ROCK BAND THAT HAVE BEEN LABELLED AS PARTY MUSIC FOR THE GENERATION WHO JUST DON’T CARE ANYMORE, AND ARE SETTING FIRE UNDER THE BOTTOM OF DUBLIN! THEY COMBINE OPERATIC, HYSTERICAL, BUT BLUES-SOAKED VOCALS WITH DRUMS THAT ARE MORE PYROTECHNICAL, VICIOUSLY BOUNCY AND FREAKILY-COMBUSTIVE THAN THAT OF ANY OTHER ROCK DRUMMER IN THE WORLD, WHILST AT THE SAME TIME SHOT THROUGH WITH THE EXTREME BOUNCE AND SWING OF JAZZ. WE MET UP WITH THEM FOR A QUICK CHAT TO INTRODUCE THEM TO OUR READERS. If you could form a super group with any living or dead musicians, who would you pick? We’re fine as we are!! No, we’d pick people like Keith Moon, and Neil Hagerty. That guy from Mastodon…I can’t think of his name!! Tell us an interesting/random fact about Vengeance and the Panther Queen. We had a variety of different names before we chose VatPQ, these included Vengeance and the Snow Girl, which then changed to Vengeance and the Racoon Girl and at one point it was Princess Racoon! Plus we also all listen to a lot of R&B, which surprises most people. Do you have any pre-gig rituals/warm ups? We just like to chill out, have a few drinks and make sure sound check goes well.
For anyone that may have not heard about Vengeance and the Panther Queen before please introduce yourselves and your sound... We are a rock hybrid band from Dublin. We have a weird mix of a variety of music including punk, metal and rock ‘n’ roll. Basically if aliens came down from space and created rock it would sound like us! How did Vengeance and the Panther Queen begin? We have been friends for years and just decided to make a band. Where do you get your inspiration from and what are your musical backgrounds? We take a lot of our influences from bands like The Stooges, Bad Brains, and Fang, but there’s a lot of rap thrown in and even Elvis, we can’t miss him out. We have a lot of Jazz influences from Brazil too. What are your favourite songs to perform? My Bowler – it’s usually really crazy, it’s never the same twice.
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What are your wildest ambitions for the band? Well we’ve already nailed supporting Thin Lizzy and Guns ‘n’ Roses, so supporting The Rolling Stones. You just mentioned supporting two of the biggest names in rock and roll, that’s not something many bands can say! How was the experience for you? It was such great fun. All of our dressing rooms were nearby so we
would all hang out together. We knew a few of the Thin Lizzy guys already so we spent time with them. It was crazy! They had such a great masseuse too! What have you found to be the hardest thing about being in the current music industry? You have to do a lot more yourself, there’s not much help out there. It’s all D.I.Y. now. We do most of our own PR, and a lot of bands have their own labels. It’s tough to get noticed these days. Plans for the future? We really want to keep touring, do a lot more recording, and obviously release an album. Give one reason why our readers should definitely check out Vengeance and the Panther Queen. We are something you’ve never heard before with our insane music. We’re extreme and we break boundaries. We really push the boat out, what we do isn’t what people would expect from a typical rock band. www.vengeanceandthepantherqueen.com WORDS: HAYDN SQUIBB PHOTOS C/O: ALISON BATEMAN
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ALBUM REVIEWS SANGUINE - LIVE EP
DELAIN - WE ARE THE OTHERS Facing a long road to the release of their third record, it seems that the Dutch symphonic metallers Delain can now breathe a sigh of relief. With Warner Music Group buying over their label (Roadrunner Records) then being unwilling to release ‘We Are The Others’, their battle has finally been won as Roadrunner stood by their artist and got the record out there, albeit a year later than planned. Widely discussed in interviews, the title track proves one of prominence. Influenced heavily by the Sophie Lancaster murder case and the notion of talking to those who feel outcast, Charlotte sings, “If you feel mistreated, torn and cheated - you’re not alone”. The song itself feels anthemic; it’s big and powerful, yet draws particular attention through its lyrical content. A touching and tactful tribute. Overall, the album embodies a much darker sound yet shows an evident progression from their previous records. ‘Milk and Honey’ and ‘Get The Devil Out Of Me’ prove to be two standout numbers, infusing their symphonic style with the soaring quality of Charlotte’s vocals. ‘Babylon’ proves another notable number - explosive from the off with a prominently sinister feel. Quality-wise, there is no real dip on this record - if you enjoy one track, you’ll likely enjoy them all. Realistically, the success of ‘We Are The Others’ depends on your musical taste as symphonic metal isn’t for everyone. If this is your style of music, this is a good record. In terms of the band’s career, this is a strong record that shows growth and new territory yet leaves room for them to grow greater still. (HEATHER MCDAID) 78 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
This foursome from Exeter are the hot tip on the lips of anyone who loves Heavy Metal music. Melodious and powerful front woman and possible banshee Tarin Kerrey has already done guest vocals for Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and Mikee Goodman’s (of SikTh fame) project Primal Rock Rebellion. They have even had a writing session with In Flames! With impressive studio credits and a download only Live EP, Sanguine are making waves in the metal world. With a raw yet authentic sound the tracks released showcase the talents of the whole band; with trilling and powerful guitar riffs, punishing rhythms from the base and drums and gut wrenching and hypnotic vocals this group is exhibiting some serious talent. From screaming thrash to haunting ambiance this is a band that knows their genre, and in 5 short tracks they take you on an aural journey of what Heavy Metal is really capable of. (ELLEN JONES)
SLASH - APOCALYPTIC LOVE Fans of Slash’s self-titled offering will be accustomed to a sense of variety in his music. Featuring all from the Prince of Darkness himself to Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Slash went all out on testing new ground with his guitar work. With Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy proving a stand out on the record, it’s unsurprising - yet very exciting - that he took on full vocal responsibility for its successor ‘Apocalyptic Love’, which proves a dynamic, straight up rock ‘n’ roll record. There are more subdued moments, but there is also a real dirty grind throughout. A rock swagger shines through, with a notable bounce to many riffs that just urge you to move. The addictive ‘You’re A Lie’ evokes such movement, proving successful in teaming catchy vocal offerings with just as attractive guitar flaunts. Unlike most records, this is not merely intended as a string of well produced songs, it’s designed to showcase the guitar element more prominently than most. ‘Anastasia’ lures you in romantically as an elegant classic guitar introduces the listener, with ‘Not For Me’ holding a similar idea. Graceful guitar styling draws the listener in before the track explodes, turning into an epic number. The compliment applies across the board: many of these tracks simply feel big, suitable for soaring across adoring audiences in a live setting. There are elements of past successes; moments are reminiscent of Guns N’ Roses, there are snips of Velvet Revolver’s dirty grind, but there’s something new and exciting doused all over it. Teaming Slash’s acclaimed guitar skills with Myles’ versatile vocal capabilities is an exciting prospect and there’s something simply refreshing and exciting about ‘Apocalyptic Love’. (HEATHER MCDAID)
ALBUM REVIEWS BLACK SABBATH - IRON MAN: THE BEST OF BLACK SABBATH With a back catalogue as iconic as Black Sabbath’s, it’s unsurprising that they’ve decided to release yet another greatest hits compilation. Coinciding with the biggest reunion in years, ‘Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath’ takes fans down heavy metal’s memory lane. With the mammoth scale of their acclaimed return at Download Festival, this seems a perfect time to remind everyone why they’re considered iconic, not that anyone could really forget. In terms of track listing, there’s little to fault. It seems that even the band agree that the real quality in their repertoire lies in their earliest releases, judging from the balance leaning heavily towards their heyday. The key numbers that anyone would include on this record are there; the obvious additions such as ‘Paranoid’ and ‘War Pigs’ would prove criminal to be left out. The reunion has rejuvenated the world’s love of Black Sabbath, proven by their successful headline slot at Donnington. Fans sang along wholeheartedly as many numbers on this record soared across the arena, proving that Birmingham’s finest export are not only great in a live capacity, but provoke much of that nostalgia on CD. Compilations aren’t ever new or exciting and this is no different, but it is just good to put on, crank up the volume and revel in the inception of true heavy metal. (HEATHER MCDAID) GOJIRA - L’ENFANT SAUVAGE With a name spiralling from one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time and an album title that translates as ‘The Wild Child’, it was a fair assumption that Gojira’s fifth record was going to pack in a whole lot of craziness. Unruly, dare we say monstrous, this record proved to be one of the truly anticipated records of the summer and, dropping four years after its predecessor, ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ proved entirely worth the wait. Chaotic and wild, opener ‘Explosia’ shows no restraint as it leaps wholeheartedly into the musical assault that refuses to cease for the next fifty minutes. The title track combines blistering heaviness with sleek melodies, while ‘Liquid Fire’ packs absolutely mammoth riffs and possesses a real anthemic feel in its midst. Fleeting instrumental ‘The Wild Healer’ proves a highlight with its quirky lick, toning things down slightly before the album returns to past aggressive heights. ‘Pain Is A Master’ lures the listener into a false sense of calm before lurching into more powerful, soaring depths. Across the board, this feels like a relatively standard Gojira record stylistically, but assuming some sense of formula makes this boring would be completely off the mark. There are fleeting moments of new territory, but the band’s honing of their own styles is the true quality of the record. It may have been a four year wait, but when the result is this brilliant, few can complain. (HEATHER MCDAID)
WORDS: HAYDN SQUIBB HEATHER MCDAID ELLEN JONES
THE DEAD WRETCHED ANCHORS DOWN When a band openly have a mission statement, it causes massive pressure to live up to their bold claims. As The Dead Wretched state they were born from a necessity to change the stagnant face of their local music scene, their debut record simply has to pack a punch. ‘Anchors Down’ is already up against the current oversaturation of metalcore, so can it really fill what their scene is lacking? To cut to the chase: yes. Overflowing with aggression and steeped with smooth melodic nuances, the band have teamed key hardcore and metal elements with new aspects entirely. It does feel that they’ve gone back to basics with certain sounds, yet they’ve placed their own stamp on even the most simple of moments. From opener ‘Ain’t Through With You By A Damn Sight’ through to finale ‘To The End’, this throws both brutal and melodic curveballs that set this record apart from those surrounding it. They can provoke severe headbanging from the harsh vocals and huge breakdowns of ‘Hammer Death’, yet flaunt sleeker guitars and lighter vocals on ‘Acedia Invidia’ alongside angst-ridden roars. It’s this sense of diversity that makes ‘Anchors Down’ something refreshing. It encompasses much of what the genre’s about, but brings a new excitement to it. Backing their bold claims with solid evidence, it’s fair to say that their sophomore record will have even more pressure on its shoulders. (HEATHER MCDAID) VENGEANCE & THE PANTHER QUEEN - WE WHO FEEL OUR LOBES OF PENITENCE GROPED BY THINGS WITH PETROL CLAWS The Vengeance and the Panther Queen EP entitled ‘We Who Feel Our Lobes of Penitence Groped by Things With Petrol Claws’ dropped into our lives on May 28th, and shows us just how incredibly diverse the band can be. The four tracks give the listener a great insight to the large variety of influences the band draw from, including punk, metal and a little jazz thrown in. Vengeance and the Panther Queen have certainly found a niche in the market and given the club scene something new to dance and shout along to. Tara McCormack, one of the rock scene’s very few female front women, has a stage present that demand nothing but your full attention and this is definitely shown off on the bands first EP. Having recently supported the likes of Thin Lizzy and Guns ‘n’ Roses, Vengeance and the Panther Queen already have a large following from some quite respectable names, and this EP certainly shows us why this is the case. If you’ve not had a listen, then what an earth are you waiting for? (HAYDN SQUIBB)
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WORDS: IVY PEARL
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES After receiving Cult status in a virtual instant, House of a 1000 corpses is a modern classic. Musician Rob Zombie’s full length directorial debut is brimming with ideas and the plot is sometimes undecipherable, yet the horror visuals and cut aways are inventive with a few good shocks thrown in for good measure. This tribute to the 1970’s drive in movies (Such as Tobe Hooper’s ‘’Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) deals with a group of hapless city youths who collide with rural family of inbred killer hicks. Members of the family include childlike sexpot Baby (Sheri Moon, the directors real life spouse),Otis (Bill Moseley), a self-styled, Manson-like messiah and of course Captain Spaulding, a crass psycho-killer clown. Rich in pop cultural references and heavily influenced by classics such as ‘’Motel Hell’’ Zombie’s love of the genre shines through and acts as a love letter that horror fans will identify with and find rewarding. It’s obvious that Zombie’s past experience behind the camera was making heavy metal rock videos, as Corpses (as it is affectionately referred to by its fans) is one big long music video. This is all very fun, but unfortunately the movie isn’t low brow enough to be considered as a satire. Ultimately, Zombie’s excitement at being given a large budget from Universal Studios (considering he had never directed feature length before) has drowned any key ideas that could have been developed, hence making a frenzied horror fest. For cult film fans this is a must see but remember to just stick with it as the shocks at the end are worth the wait.
MEN IN BLACK 3 So the galaxy defenders are back for their third, high octane caper which sends Will Smith’s uber cool Agent J back in time to save his future partner Agent K (the very talented Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones reprising his role). If the thought of sitting through the limp second MIB movie leaves you cold, be assured, this spirited sequel is likeable and fun and worth a watch. A script supplied in part by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) helps the film along in terms of quality to ensure this MIB outing remains more akin to the original, rather than the snore-fest that was MIB2. A brilliant turn by Brolin, who plays a 29 year old Agent K (Brolin is in fact, 44 years old…luckily the film is self aware enough to mock this in an amusing way) who’s Texan drawl is as convincing as Lee Jones’ genuine one. The odd couple dynamic between the two agents is endearing and warm with genuinely funny dialogue that seems so effortless it seems ad lib at times. In a clever move, the film dips into the 1960s (apparently Smith’s idea), the era that lends itself to fun sets/wardrobe and jokes that everyone can enjoy and be apart of despite age/background/ alien/human. This film may not stand up to the test of time, and the audience may feel like Agents K and J have used one of their memory wipe gadgets to remove this sequel from memory in years to come, but all in all, this film is the epitome of summer blockbuster. Feel good vibes, great effects, and a fun familiarity that comes from a much-loved franchise. Smith is back to being one of the world’s most loved stars, pleasing old fans and hopefully gaining new ones on the way.
SNOW WHITE Without spoiling the film for any of our readers, there is nothing cutesy and Disney about this Grimm version of the classic children’s story. Yes, there are similarities such as the compulsory dwarves played by the formidable likes of Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Nick Frost and Bob Hoskins, all shrunk down to pint size. Less of the whistling whilst they work and more a haunting dirge sang besides a funeral pyre of a fallen comrade. Watching the impressive film debut from Xbox and commercial maestro Rupert Sanders, his background in orchestrating visual fireworks shows means this film has stunning effects throughout. The action and battle scenes ensure a pleasing movie for both sexes, as well as the aesthetic perfection of Charlize Theron. The evil stepmothers of past have been driven by self-generating narcissism, whereas Ravenna seems to be a woman with a past with a legitimate hatred of a male-dominated world, and the film even hints that she may well be a victim of sexual violence. Her silent simmering and unblinking performance is powerful and terrifying. For a film that is visually stunning, entertaining, brilliantly acted in parts but sometimes loses the plot; this is a promising directorial debut that shows great promise for the future. Snow White is another addition to the new breed of character in cinema, the young, female warrior. She takes her place next to Katniss Everdeen, another warrior princess. Long may they reign.
FREAKS! Considering Todd Brownings masterpiece is in its 80th year since release, this film is neither boring nor irrelevant. The original video nasty was banned for three decades as the performers featured in the movie were seen as too deformed, making unpalatable viewing. This film is so important to movie history, that a new viewer will recognise many aspects from recent cultural referencing shows such as Family Guy (The eerie ‘One Of Us’ song is littered through modern television for example). Freaks is a movie that does what it says on the tin; Browning literally gathered America’s most infamous Freaks and showcased them on film for his audience to see. Exploitive yes, mistreating? No. It is well documented that Browning respected his cast, drawing on his personal experiences from his youth (Browning worked and lived with a travelling circus in his early years) and paid the stars of the film well for their services. Most of the cast were working as legitimate ‘freaks’ and saw it as their trade. In a world where reality TV prevails and such ‘norms’ as the Kardashians are famous for being famous, our curiosity into ‘how the others live’ is still raging and this is an excellent example of where these humanistic urges come from. Ultimately, the Freaks are depicted to be the ones with honour, trust and faith in humanity while the ‘normals’ are seen to be the real freaks. It’s an interesting story that incorporates love, conspiracy to murder and genuine horror. Who is the man and who is the freak?
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