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WIN A PENDULOUS THREADS GOTHIC ROSE NECKLACE Taking influences from Victorian macabre, literature, alternative sub cultures, the vast world of film, music and more, PENDULOUS THREADS is here to provide you with custom handmade bags, lacework jewellery and accessories that will help your personality shine through. We have one of their gothic rose lacework necklaces to give away to one lucky winner, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning it is head to www.rebeliciousmagazine.com, click ‘COMPETITIONS’ and fill out the Pendulous Threads competition form. Check out Pendulous Threads over on their website www.pendulousthreads.co.uk and jump to page 18 for a feature! REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 5
REBEL RADAR: LONDON EDGE Returning for it's 14th year, LONDONEDGE once again continued to be the biggest alternative trade show by bringing some of the worlds most exciting and creative 'niches' in fashion, footwear and accessories together under one roof. At the September show there were a huge number of British and International exhibitors, both old and new, who showcased their latest designs and collections. Here are just a few of our favourites from the weekend, plus photo highlights...
Pretty much the antithesis of Ergi was Killstar. They sell dark and sexy clothes for dark and sexy people. Granted, these are the words of someone who is neither of those things but take it from me, the samples could only be described as badass. The products range from the occult inspired to the whimsically bizarre; that’s how you can tell there’s something for everyone. Bold and bonkers prints on leggings, a favourite by consensus being purple cat printed. Their sweatshirts, t-shirts and dresses feature everything from Baphomet to marijuana leaves - medicinal of course. My favourite dresses were the anti-love hearts (hate hearts?) skater dress and another dress with a pastel pony motif. Immediately My Little Pony springs to mind, doesn’t it? Well picture the My Little Pony Antichrist flipping you off, that’s about right; same colour scheme, very different result. The personal crowning glory though was definitely a beanie with ‘ABRACADABRA MOTHERF****R’ embroidered across it. I must have that hat! Overall Killstar is unapologetic, anarchic and beautiful. Go there, and give them your money, now! www.killstar.com 8 | REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
Prong was there in all their handmade glory. As with last year, they had an array of sparkly and bejewelled nipple covers on sale. My favourite was a black pair with crystals dangling from them. Nipple tassels with a classic edge and reasonably prices too. I have no need for nipple covers but Prong makes me feel like I do. They are beautiful. I would recommend them to any burlesque enthusiast or those just wanting to make a splash at their local Tesco - Every Little Helps. The statement pieces are stunning and handmade; no two are the same. Some were Steampunk inspired with brown leather and corset detailing, decorated with cogs and wheels. Others were opulent, dripping with gems. There was also your spiky, touch-me-and-I’llcut-your-face-off variety, for those of you with a tougher edge. Each piece is made with intricate detail to be totally unique, definitely a labour of love. I love their Alice bands as well, particularly with the playing card motif which is also available in necklace form. Check them out. www.prongjewellery.com
One of the last things I expected to find at London Edge was ‘Ergi’, a gothic and Lolita boutique from Sweden. They stock some of my favourite Japanese brands including Alice and the Pirates and Metamorphose and many more. I have been looking for a European outlet for these brands for years, so you can imagine my unbridled girly excitement when I actually found one. So girlishly excited was I that I got myself a pair of socks from Innocent World. They’re pink, frilly and I will wear them with pride. I have wanted a pair of frilly socks that haven’t come from Topshop or the school section of ASDA, so my thirst has been quenched. They work with Australian brand ‘One Day in Paradise’ with their own Lolita range. The samples that I saw from One Day in Paradise were to rival any of the Japanese brands showcased on the day. I fell head over heels for one particular sailor dress that will be released in the coming months. It’s a heavy enough material to wear through winter as a pinafore but looks just as good with no blouse underneath as an adorable summer dress. Having been infatuated with Lolita from my mid teens, it’s refreshing to see quality garments available without having to sell your kidneys to a drug baron to cover postage and packaging. For those of you who have read everything above in frustrated confusion, Lolita is a modern interpretation of Victorian and Rococo fashion as made fabulous originating in Japan. For more details watch Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls) or alternatively Google is your friend. ergi.se
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REBEL RADAR: LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION For the past 9 years, the Tobacco Dock in London has come to life by hosting one of the world’s biggest tattoo conventions and this year was no different and, with international tattooists, guests, performers, models, artists and vendors, THE LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION was absolutely buzzing, quite literally! As a lover of all things ink, watching tattoo artists at work has always been something that has mesmerized me but to put 300 of them all under one roof had me awestruck. This being my first ever tattoo convention, I really had no idea what to expect and was slightly nervous at the prospect of being around so many talented artists and super-heavily tattooed folk but the moment I walked through those big black iron gates I felt right at home. With the sound of tattoo guns everywhere and rows of stalls to go and investigate, the nerves quickly gave in to the itch of wanting to see everything and everyone. The top level is room after room of artist booths and the lower level is a catacomb of archways for vendors to display various wares including jewellery, clothing, shoes, accessories, home wares and so much more. Grabbing a brief moment with NY Ink’s Ami James before his back-to-back, jam-packed appointments of the weekend ahead, I asked him what he loved so much about The London Tattoo Convention to which he replies: “The class of artist; it’s the highest class of artist in one convention.” And he wasn’t wrong! There was every type of art on show from Old School to Modern, Pin Up to Japanese, Traditional Hand-Poked to Pointillism, Colour to Black and Grey and all other styles in between with each being showcased to its absolute peak. We’re not just talking about the flash but work being done and completed work on view. As we all know, a tattoo should be individual and personal to whoever is getting it done. I put this question to Miami Ink’s (now of LoveHate Tattoos) Chris Garver by inquiring what his own favourite tattoo is and he tells me “I have a lot of favourites. One of my favourites is a tattoo by Bob Roberts of a snake wrapped around a sword.” I then go on by quizzing him on what his strangest tattoo request has ever been. He chuckles and says, “I’m not sure I can even mention this one as it’s kind of disgusting but I can tell you my second craziest? I did a Mortal Kombat character with a decapitated Tweety Bird with Tweety’s body on a pile of skulls and blood everywhere!” My own Convention Memorial is certainly not that weird! I chose a cute little bat to be tattooed on my right ribs by Doug Hardy (yes, Ed Hardy’s son!) so now, whenever I look down, I’m reminded of an amazing day spent with amazing people! WORDS: KITTY BLUE PHOTOS: DAVID BRIGGS OF WICKED & SEXY PHOTOGRAPHY 12 | REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
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How did the brand Pendulous Threads come to life? I am one of those people that always has twenty projects on the go and learning to sew was going to be just another one of those things I wanted to try. I never set out to create bags, or run a business as I was working full time in the NHS, but sewing stuck and I loved making bags too. They were very different back then - very cute and girly, but I closed that arm of the business down in April 2013 to concentrate the direction on a more alternative audience - and Pendulous Threads came ‘Alive!’
What inspired the name? I would love to say the name took me days to come up with, but it was honestly a spur of the moment decision that seemed to fit perfectly. I was listening to Incubus, and one of my favourite songs happens to be Pendulous Threads - the connection to Poe’s Pit and the Pendulum and the associated themes, pendulous or hanging bags and threads being the sewing/ embroidery seemed to make sense and it felt right.
What influences and inspires you when you’re creating a new bag design? At the moment I am pushing myself to try and do some less functional, prettier designs and I’m intensively looking at corsetry, millinery and anything with a macabre theme. I can get lost in research for days on end! It’s hard for me to try to do something pretty for the sake of being pretty as I am a very functional person, but I have an itch to do lots of work with bird skulls, beading, netting and feathers so it’s a challenge I need to sit down and push myself with.
Do you have any products that stand out as personal favourites? That’s a difficult question! I have so many favourites - all of the wooden handle ‘Mina’ bags come to mind, as does the Batman ‘Courtney’ one, and anything in the B Movie horror fabric. However, I think my all time favourite bag has to be the Beetlejuice wooden handled ‘Mina’ with the lace bats...or maybe the Nancy with the pewter crows skull and feathers...ahhh, I cant decide! If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Do they need to be alive? If not then it would have to be a young Queen Elizabeth the 1st - she is the only person I really idolize and I find her fascinating, her style was so iconic. The bag would be simple, with elegant detailed beading and luxurious fabrics. Although, I would be tempted to put a bit of a darker twist on it.
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Are there any design styles/concepts that you would love to explore in the future? Yes, so so many! I have a million ideas that I just need to find the time to experiment with. I want to do some experimental concept bags - such as one influenced by an old battered straight jacket, but I also want to explore using cult film and music. There are so many things to try; it’s just a matter of somehow transforming a concept into the correct format and embellishment that suits a bag.
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What has been the main highlight of running Pendulous Threads so far? Launching the new website and creating a little online handmade alternative store has been fantastic. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with amazing artists and crafters such as Crows and Crossbones and Hysteria Machine it really boosts motivation when other people believe in you enough to sell their work with you after they have put so much time and soul into it. What can we expect from you in the future? I never want to sit still, that’s for sure. I will be keeping Pendulous Threads predominately a custom order business, but I also want to explore making some showcase and concept bags to sit alongside them. I will also be expanding the lace work jewellery range I have just launched on the website to include things like mini top hats and masquerade masks. Finally, is there anything you would like to say to our readers? Firstly - thank you for reading this interview, and to everyone who has supported me in my little venture so far. Secondly just for being so awesome take a cheeky 10% off a custom bag until Halloween with code REBEL13. Just pop it into the ‘other’ box on the website order form. Bring me your weird, wonderful and geeky ideas!
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JUDAS CHRIST CLOTHING
Can you tell us about why you started Judas Christ Clothing? Judas Christ was born from a particular emotion I was feeling that found its expression though the designs I created. With a lack of rock / metal clothing on the market I decided to run with it and share with the world.Â What inspired you to choose that name? Judas Christ is a Juxta pose between good an evil, light and dark. With the majority of your clothing being band based, who would you say are your top three favourite bands at the moment? I listen to many genres of music, but I would say the 3 top bands that inspire the designs are Alice in 18 | REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
Chains, Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage. Iâ€™m listening to a lot of Dub and Reggae at the moment too which is very counter-productive. Do you have any items that stand out as personal favourites? Stand out item was a Slayer Piece modeled by Leanne James, the day after it was shot the death of Jeff Hanneman was announced so it was a fitting tribute to the band and fans in mourning. If you could create any custom item for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? There are so many people I would love to design for. But Marilyn Manson would be
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FACEBOOK.COM/JUDASCHRISTCLOTHING at the top of the list; I could completely go beyond the spectrum of extreme with him. Are there any design styles/concepts that you would love to explore in the future? I make whatever vision comes into my head so will continue to explore that. But I am due to start working on a sleek fringed leather collection with heavy studwork. I am always open to and looking for opportunities to custom create items for rock / metal bands. What has been the main highlight of running Judas Christ Clothing so far? The highlight is the continuous love and positivity I receive regarding my designs from customers,
photographers and models. I love to create custom orders, working with someone and trying to create joint vision very challenging, but then to hear that you have made someone’s day / week / life with what I have made for them is so very rewarding. What can we expect from you in the future? Absolute Mayhem! Havok, Provocation. Lets break boundaries, cause a fuss and bleed the freaks. Finally, is there anything you would like to say to our readers? Don’t worry about fitting in, be yourself and you know you’re gonna win. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 19
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How did the brand Shitsville Clothing come to life? Shitsville Clothing was born in 2006 when we started creating some one-of-a-kind tryouts with a learningby-doing approach. Then it became a full time job with female and male collections and some exclusive accessories. Shitsville Clothing is a mixture of our interests and passions shaken with a pinch of rock ’n’ roll, the idea of a Do it yourself project is then a kind of mission statement: we used to go around shop by shop having a quick look at the newest things, but all we found was imitation at cheap prices. It wasn’t a good point for fashion industry because it appeared like a lack of creativity. For this reason we chose self-production in opposition to dominant production methods. We firmly decided to fight against the complete product depersonalization and the “confusion” effect produced by a continuous succession of interchangeable “trends”. We are pretty sure that the best ideas come from the underground while the surface makes money changing others creations into fashion. What inspired the name? Our main idea was to create a kind of army with our customers so we tried to imagine an ideal town for misfits and freaks and we got inspiration from one of the first Ginger Wildheart songs: Greetings from Shitsville is the first track of Earth vs. The Wildhearts album. We are both big fans of The Wildhearts. Ginger is our
everyday inspiration, his songwriting is incomparable and I’m pretty sure that Shitsville Clothing could never do without his music. But the name may have a different meaning for each of us; I think that when we can’t face the place where we live and we aren’t able to find an easy way out to routine we crucify our town, it’s in the cards that we are all Shitsvillers once a year, at least. Rather than following traditional seasonal trends, Shitsville stick to showcasing different Stylegroups each year. What would you say have been some of your favourite stylegroups to create? We have never been able to follow seasonal trends; we get inspiration in so many ways and we love to give a new birth to old styles beginning from fabric patterns and clothing accessories. Our favourite stylegroup hasn’t been created yet, we are always challenging ourselves and we never stop researching. Probably we can say that our latest stylegroup “Hell for Leather” was really amazing to create: we decided to give the classic biker style a glam and punky touch, so we added spiked patches and zippers to some cut and hot styles. Do you have any products that stand out as personal favourites? This is definitely the most difficult answer we could give. All our products are like sons and daughters but of course we have our obsessions. As we’re addicted to Italian high fashion we love creating jackets. The
outerwear gives us the chance to boost our tailoring skills and to try new cuts; it is often our first design when we start working to a new collection. If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? We had the chance to collaborate with some great Italian and overseas models and we just sent some custom outfits to Jimmy “Two Fingers” Ashhurst, bass player of Buckcherry and big friend of us. His Italian roots mixed with his great rock ’n’ roll style will be a great ad for our brand. Anyway we are always glad to sponsor bands, singers, actors and any kind of celebrity with a rebel soul, above all those coming from the alternative fashion world. We love creating historical costumes and we are really into custom club and stage wear for any kind of art or performances. Also we would love to add some Roller Derby Teams to our army, we need female warriors for the frontline! So if there’s someone out there who would wear some Shitsville customs get in touch with us now and join our crew because the list could be too long for this article. Are there any design styles/concepts that you would love to explore in the future? We are covered up of laces, satins, black ribbons and dark features to be added into more Gothic concepts soon. The sparks coming from the past allow a neverending space exploration of the Goth style. We are also setting up a street wear/ REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 21
FASHION urban stylegroup with silk-screen printings coming from the endless heritage of Naples reconsidered in a zombified view. What has been the main highlight of running Shitsville Clothing so far? I cannot remember one only main moment ‘till now, but we can proudly say that the tastiest slice of running your own business is always offered by your customers. When we started getting positive feedback about the fabric and garment quality and the way they fit from satisfied customers coming from Australia, United States, Japan or European countries far from us, we suddenly became more conscious of our strong beliefs and we firmly decided to set a great goal: To bring the culture of Made in Italy clothing productions into alternative fashion markets. What can we expect from you in the future? Our next future needs to be discovered day by day because we are full of new plans and several different projects are in the pipeline. Right now Shitsville Clothing’s big deal is to reach more shops in Europe and U.S. and we will be involved in some upcoming Italian Tattoo Shows. We can’t wait to be on the road again, meeting old and new customers to see how they feel about new stylegroups and to give them the chance to touch our exclusive Made in Italy products. Then we will try to be at the next London Edge. We weren’t able to get a stand at the September show but we need to put all our efforts into the next event; we must be a part of the most famous alternative fashion trade show! As for future designs we’ve started exploring more vintage and rockabilly styles. Maybe we will have a different label, mostly for 50’s outfits inspired by the greatest Italian pin-up Sophia Loren. But shh! We just have some drafts ready. Finally, is there anything you would like to say to our readers? I love this magazine since its first issue and I think that a discount coupon code could be a good reward for all Rebel lovers. On our website at checkout insert the code REBELLOVE10 and place your order for 10% OFF. This code will be available just for one month so hurry up and grab your fave products now. Thank you so much for this chance. Stay true! fbf
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Back in August we ran our very first cover contest in collaboration with Yellow Bubbles Photography to see who you, the readers, wanted to see win a photoshoot with her and grace the cover of this very issue. RAVEN LE FAYE was the overall winner by a landslide, and we couldn't be happier to be awarding her with her first ever magazine cover! In her feature, we find out about her love of Japanese street fashion, her most memorable experiences as a model, dream collaborations and more. MODEL: RAVEN LE FAYE FACEBOOK.COM/RAVENLEFAYE PHOTOGRAPHER: TEMIRA DECAY | YELLOW BUBBLES FACEBOOK.COM/YELLBUB WARDROBE/MAKEUP/HAIR/HEADPIECES: SPOILED CHERRY FACEBOOK.COM/SPOILEDCHERRY
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First off, congratulations on winning our first ever cover contest! This is actually your very first magazine cover too, right? Thank you! And yes it is! I’m really excited both for the opportunity and that my first cover was with such a great team who created some really amazing looks. For those that may not have heard of you or seen your modeling work before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Well, my name is Raven Le Faye. I’m a freelance model based in the Bay Area (near San Francisco for those who are less familiar) of California. I’ve been doing this for about 6 years, but most actively for the past 4 years or so. As a model I really strive to be as multifaceted as possible and pride myself in being somewhat of a shape-shifter. I seek to fully embody different looks, characters, moods, and genres of modeling/ photography and switch through them seamlessly. When people tell me things like “I saw 6 different images in your portfolio and never would have thought they were all the same model had I not known better” - I know I’m doing my job right. However, I am probably best known for my colorful pink hair, expressive range, and what’s been described to me as an “innocent” energy. How did your journey into modeling begin? It sort of started by trying to execute my own shoots using myself as the model. I’ve always loved a variety of fashion and art photography and was intrigued by the idea of creating it myself. As a teenager I thought I wanted to be a photographer, but now that I have a better understanding of the industry I realize that I was interested in styling. This led me to follow a number of models and photographers – mostly in the alt and fetish fashion genres – whom I admired. As for transitioning into modeling myself - I was pretty shy and self-conscious growing up but always told myself that if I was comfortable enough to do something like this, then I would. I actually didn’t quite get there before starting – modeling was still an intimidating prospect when I first got into it. But I pushed myself hoping that it would build my confidence and help me work through my anxiety.
What are your favourite styles/concepts for photoshoots? In general I love bright colors, alt and fetish fashion, corsets, and a lot of Japanese street fashion (Half of my closet is Lolita or Lolita inspired clothing). I have a particular interest in photography with a strong conceptual base - especially those that explore the use of symbolism. Are there any themes that you would like to explore within your modeling that you haven’t had the chance to do yet? I would kind of like to get back to my original interest in styling and explore that a bit more. Specifically, I’d like to work on creating some of my own concepts that have personal meaning
pressure off of carrying the conversation). I wear a lot of really tall shoes (despite being 5’9 already) and like to mix ‘baby doll’ with fetish. So think either black or pastel color palettes, cute dresses mixed with a collar or harness, lacey under-things as outer-things, and big emphasized eyes. I love Creepyyeha’s style and designs, though I only own one of her pieces. I keep my beauty routine very natural. I love the Shea Moisture line because it doesn’t contain much nonsense but is much less expensive than true organic products. My must-haves are probably just my favorite foundation (L’Oreal True Match) and half lashes. I almost always wear half lashes, even for a ‘natural’ look.
or significance to me. I don’t have particulars in mind but I’m thinking some symbolic interpretations of important moments or things inspired by interests that shaped me growing up like various cartoons, music, or fashion. How would you describe your own personal style? Are there any makeup/ beauty products that you can’t live without? To be quite honest, I wear my pajamas WAY too often to justify the obscene amount of clothes I own. I’m really intrigued by a variety of styles that don’t necessarily mix and match with each other so I’ve amassed quite a collection. I feel like I’m shifting away from that though and trying to streamline my style (and consequently my unnecessary possessions). I would say that when I’m not working, I go for casual and comfortable. If I’m going out, I actually feel most comfortable making a grand spectacle of myself than I would looking ‘normal’ (I think having the focus on my hair or clothes takes the
For this cover shoot, you shot a Japanese/Harajuku style theme with Yellow Bubbles Photography and Spoiled Cherry. How was the overall experience for you? The cover shoot was an amazing experience! I have worked with these lovely people before and was very excited at the opportunity to do so again. I think Amber (Spoiled Cherry) and I have similar aesthetic preferences and have been influenced by many of the same things growing up, so I get sooo excited about everything she creates! I have no idea if she somewhat catered the concept and designs to me as a model or if it was just more awesome random creations, but it FELT very personal. They basically portrayed me as the pink-haired super heroine kawaii princess I’ve always secretly envisioned myself as :-p And I know Temira (Yellow Bubbles) creates amazing images every time, her work really speaks for itself. They always have such detailed planning and storytelling involved in their shoots; and as I mentioned, that is something I really love. I seriously don���t think I could have been more excited. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 35
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awesome neon plastic platforms for all of us, however they weren’t really tested for the outdoors and several of them ended up splitting in half. So there were a lot of wardrobe malfunctions! We did have a seamstress with us though to help with the tears (which happened pretty much every stop) as well as a reporter from the SF Chronicle along for a ride along. So what ended up happening is after all of the naturally occurring craziness of the show we would pile back into the van with the crew and reporter, he’d ask various questions and jot down his experience from the back, I would lay spread eagle while a seamstress sewed the flap back
into crowds at various locations across San Francisco, with a portable sound system strapped to a moving dolly and hip hop dancers in tow. I’d describe the designs as futuristic “swimwear” with lots of neon, prints featuring babies and lipstick, and some really unconventional materials. One of the suits included a foam pregnancy belly covered in neon pink lipstick tubes. The one I wore had a cartoonish large zipper down the front and back, little knobs that looked like jujubes all over, and was completely covered in ultra flex - the same material that sticky hands are made of. Because of this, it had to be kept wrapped up in a dust free environment until the show and probably wasn’t expected to make it past the event. The ultra flex is also not really meant to be sewn...It had a fabric layer underneath that helped the whole thing stay together but ultimately the holes from the thread stressed the sticky material at the seams and it tore free, separating itself from the fabric. Specifically, it did so in the crotch seam. So what I ended up with was a butt flap of translucent jelly waving behind me as I walked. Ilan also made these
into the crotch of the suit or attempt to tape my shoes back together (all while wearing giant neon fake nails), and then we would get to the next stop and do it all over again. It was chaotic but fantastic. Definitely memorable! Have there been any photoshoots/ experiences that have stood out as personal favourites for you? Well... my experiences modeling have been so vastly diverse that they stand out for different reasons. I’ve shot in 27 degrees cold and 112 degrees heat, wind, rain, fog, snow, upside down, under water, and suspended from the ceiling. I’ve been illustrated, body painted, covered in liquid latex, wax, candy, ribbons, silver leaf and multi-colored goo. Wardrobe and styling has been everything under the sun from corsets, to cutlery, mirrored eyebrows, ropes made of light, latex, inflatable dresses, and everything in-between. That being said… It’s really hard to pick a favorite. But I tend to enjoy anything that involves a new or challenging experience. If I am not continuing to push myself, I tend to get bored!
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Is there anyone in particular that you would love to collaborate with one day? I have a LONG list of inspirational models, photographers, and designers that I would love to collaborate with... In particular though, Apnea and Mosh were some of the first alternative models I ever discovered and thus sparked my original interest in this world. I would love to work with either of them someday. Others that come to mind are Vivid Vivka, Demon Puff, Cervena Fox, Ulorin Vex, Kato, Kelly Eden, and plenty more but I should probably stop! I would REALLY love to collaborate with more designers though, I feel like I don’t have much of that in my portfolio. It’s a goal to populate it with more latex, corsets, and crazy alt and fetish fashion. So if any designers are reading this and need a magical pink unicorn...er...well-rounded professional...to rock their wares, please hit me up! What can we expect from you over the coming months and New Year? There are many talented people outside of my local range that I’d love to collaborate with so I’d like to travel a lot more in the next year. I’m also interested in revisiting styling my own shoots/developing personal concepts as I mentioned before. I only recently launched a somewhat functional website, which I am still working on, but I’d like to use it as a place to do more writing and vlogging. So videos, collaborations with a wider range of artists, and personal conceptual work are definitely something you can expect more of. Finally is there anything that you would like to say to our readers? I’d really just like to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted and helped make this happen for me. It’s been a wonderful experience that wouldn’t be possible without your support. I’m not sure if there is any particular way I can give back in return, but I do love connecting and chatting with people. So if any of you have any questions, feedback, or just want to say hello I encourage you to feel free to contact me via Facebook or Tumblr.
What’s the funniest/strangest thing to happen during a shoot? Hmm, hard to say. One thing that is coming to mind for me is a particular fashion show I did for the designer Ilanio. Really, all of the work I’ve done with him is pretty memorable...his designs are so amazingly insane and unlike anything else modeled (I highly recommend looking him up if you’ve never seen his work). Most of it is also more art than practical design and not meant to make it past the runway. In this particular show, “Too Hot The Eye of Heaven” he organized a flashmob style runway event where we would all pile into a van and then march out
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EXPOSED What inspired you to become a photographer? I used to draw, but unfortunately I gave that up, partly due to being busy with work and partly because my drawing skills were never strong enough to convey the ideas in my head. I always enjoyed taking photos, so for my 20th birthday my parents bought me an SLR. Since then, I have been developing my skills and practicing as much as possible. It is an outlet for me. I enjoy photographing people most, because I like capturing moments and expressions. So far, I have done fashion photography, band photography and photos for a club night. I’d like to branch out into more conceptual images, and possibly street photography. What inspires you and your work? I am inspired by nature, beautiful people and mixing aesthetics (for example, alternative fashion in a traditional setting, or small gardens or parks in a futuristic looking area of London). How did the featured shoot with Joanna Strange come to fruition? I have worked with Joanna previously on a latex shoot, and originally we were going to meet another model for a different project, but she was poorly, so this particular shoot was arranged last minute. The locations were chosen on the day (we walked around Basingstoke and I spotted the locations I liked). I like working with Joanna because she is not only beautiful and a talented MUA, but also she is a lovely person, easy to chat to, very professional and comfortable to be around. I think that’s why the images turned out so well – it was a fun, relaxed shoot. Are there any photographic styles that you haven’t tried yet, but would love to have a go at in the future? Yes – I would love to experiment more with film photography. I have tried before, but didn’t have a very good camera. I also plan to take courses on studio lights.
If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why them? I would pick Helena Bonham Carter, because she has an amazing sense of style, a huge repertoire of facial expressions, and she seems like a laugh too. I would also pick Tom Hiddleston, because I have a bit of a soft spot for him. With so many trying their hand at being a photographer these days, how do you keep your style fresh and exciting? Thank you for the compliment! I try to steer away from traditional fashion or portrait photography. I try to incorporate a surreal or fairy-tale-like feel into my photographs, which is created both with the composition and with editing. Post-production plays a large part in my photos – I like the colours to be slightly “off”, reminding me of summertime and of independent cinema, for example the work of Pedro Almodovar (he uses red and blue filters in his movies, which I love). If you could be in charge of Rebelicious for a week, what would you do? I would have an issue dedicated to DIY and independent fashion – DIY clothing customization and simple sewing tutorials, make-up tutorials, drug store dupes of high end products, reviews and interviews with independent, small clothing and make-up companies… Finally is there anything that you would like to say to our readers? If anyone wants to work with me, don’t be afraid to drop me a message =)
What have been some of your favourite experiences since becoming a photographer? When I was a student, I used to take pictures for a club night, which was fun. A combination of alcohol and playing around with light settings
used to produce some very interesting results. Once, I took a photo of a friend with a laser gun, and it looked like these crazy lights were coming out of her gun – an outcome of playing with long exposures. I have also met many interesting, talented and kind people from photoshoots.
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What inspired you to become a photographer? I was a musician for a long while whilst I was growing up; I was enrolled in a music school in my early teens and learning all about singing. On a whim I went to go and see a photography exhibition of Henri-Cartier Bresson’s work. I came away from it with a feverish feeling, a desperate need for action that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I went home and my mother saw a change in me, it’s like I was awoken to something, like I was viciously in love with someone but had no idea who it was. For a while I thought I was supposed to be a model and tried to get signed but it didn’t feel the same. I realized it in the middle of modeling for an album cover. I’m supposed to take images, not like Henri, but because of Henri. He lit the fire in me and trust me, it’s a damn big fire. What inspires you and your work? Lots of things, my dreams are very vivid and always have been which can be a grand source of inspiration. I also adore languages and often get inspired by interviews, interesting facts and stories. I recently made a backdrop with my favorite quotes on it, written in my ridiculously messy, psychotic handwriting, so when they are a tad out of focus they aren’t words anymore but more like linier swirls. It was a project representing the need for a backing of knowledge in order to succeed in life and that passion is only half the tools you need. As the lovely
Mae West once said, “You’ve got to try, but you’ve got to know how to try”. Are there any photographic styles that you haven’t tried yet, but would love to have a go at in the future? Oh, many. I’ve wanted to find pin-up girls and put them in corpse paint for a long time, it’d be a great mix of “cool” and “chic”. Though, I’ve also had a wonderful time collaborating with Eleanor Bland who owns a fashion label called Re-fashioned, she makes new garments out of old ones and combines all aspects to make new fashion. We are currently working on paying homage to Miss Havisham in a romantic, dreamy fashion shoot; that style is almost brand new to me. What have been some of your favorite experiences since becoming a photographer? I’ve met some wonderful people who I can identify with and who understand the passions I have. I had a very somber idea involving portraying the symptoms of an immunity disorder I had when I was young. I found a wonderful new model called Gingerface who has a very cheeky, sassy personality, I wasn’t sure if she’d be suitable at first, but she totally understood what I wanted to say and the results were better than my original vision. She surprised me with her immense natural grace and reverence. We really bonded over that. Where else could I have made a friend like that in that way? Though, on a lighter note I
was on set with the gorgeous Beth Parkin outside a rustic studio in Derby; she was in a latex gown nestled in between these big rusty crates. I was shooting from a bird’s eye view and was positioned rather precociously between a step ladder and a window ledge to try and get the right angle. My phone rang…it was my Dad… ”Dad, I’m hovering over a crate filled with a latex clad lady, can I ring you back?”…”Yes dear, call me when you can.” I love that those kinds of conversations are commonplace. Has anything strange/out of the ordinary happened during a photoshoot? Goodness me, where do I start with this one? I used to do very conceptual ideas when I was trying to search for my style. I wrapped Halo Haynes and Tattoo23 in horrifyingly tacky yellow wallpaper, put them at my local bus stop and documented people’s reactions. I have a wonderful shot of them nattering away with a guy who’s parked next to them with the face that is perfectly represented by the =O! emoticon. That was a good, strange day. Though, it is one of many. If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why them? Oh, lots! Cervena Fox, Andrej Pejić, Zombie Boy, Lady Gaga, Bunny Meyer, Tilda Swinton...but if I had to pick one I’d be Andrej Pejić. Andrej is an unspeakably beautiful creature and could pull off any theme at any time. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 51
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With so many trying their hand at being a photographer these days, how do you keep your style fresh and exciting? A little while ago I was shooting a friend of mine who has a brilliant, loud wit and masses of glamorous dirty blonde ringlets, she’s one of these people who exudes sunshine. I photographed her in a top hat and tails and I asked her to look at me very sternly. They were okay, I suppose. But, just before I was about to call it a day I spotted my hair dryer on the floor of my studio. I turned to her and said “I have an idea…but it’s a little bit weird.” We took a few shots of her blowing her hair back, laughing, dancing, even pretending to wrestle with it in a simple flannel shirt and they were infinitely better than the previous set. She was never going to be a top hat and tails kind of girl, I was trying to force her to be; it was like shoving a hilarious lion into a tux. At that moment I learned a valuable lesson. If you go with Mother Nature it doesn’t even have the possibility of going stale or being boring or stuffy. To create a character is great, reliable, stable and steady; to find a character and let them be who they are in front of your lens can surprise the daylights out of you, turn your ideas about-face and blow your mind. If you could be in charge of Rebelicious for a week, what would you do? I like the set up you already have, Rebelicious. Though if I were in charge I’d do an interview special and talk to all the interesting people I could and add beautiful textures to back them with and write them in beautiful fonts, along with their accompanying artwork. I think that’d be great fun to make and look at. Finally is there anything that you would like to say to our readers? “Never fault a teddy bear for having a shorter neck than a giraffe”. The best advice I’ve ever been given.
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PHOTOGRAPHER: CAMILLE PORTHOUSE MODEL: KENDRA LEE MUA: KELSEY JOHNSON FASCINATORS: INSIDE MY WICKED WARDROBE
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What inspired you to become a photographer? It’s funny; I never thought I’d become a professional photographer. I took my camera out and shot a city Zombie Walk just for fun, then once I posted my photos of the event the reaction people had to my photos was overwhelming. All of the sudden I realized that it was something I adored, that I had found a new talent, and I knew from that moment that I wanted it to be the focal point of my life.
What inspires you and your work? All of those little twisted things that cross my mind before I fall asleep. In that moment when you close your eyes and your body relaxes and you can see anything your brain can dream up, my brain dreams up models with teased hair, flashes of coloured lenses, blood spatter etc. It’s a wild ride.
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The shoot featured with Kendra Lee modelling has a very dark, horror-like aesthetic to it. What was the inspiration behind the shoot and are you a fan of horror films? I love horror films, but at the same time I am a total wimp and spend a huge chunk curled up behind a pillow, my boyfriend can attest to that. Kendra and I like to think that we share the same brain; we bounce ideas off each other constantly and it always ends up flowing into one completely cohesive photo shoot. I am glad we found each other, and I can’t wait to see what we can come up with in the future. For our shoot I had this picture in my head of these gorgeous white eyes staring through deep purples and blacks, luckily I know the most amazing people that can create what I see in my mind. Kelsey Johnson our MUA listened to all of my disjointed thoughts and transformed them into reality, she is so talented!
Are there any photographic styles that you haven’t tried yet, but would love to have a go at in the future? I am always learning, and I feel that if you think you have learned it all it is your weakest moment. I try and challenge myself with every shoot, and being so open to experimenting has opened a lot of doors. In this shoot for instance we discovered that the light shining through the branches in a forest created a beautiful and mystical light. If I thought I knew it all I’d have never discovered something so simple and spell binding. My goal is to keep experimenting and to stumble upon those new photographic styles. What have been some of your favourite experiences since becoming a photographer? Meeting all of these amazing artists has been the best experience I can imagine. The fascinator hairpieces used in this shoot were
specially made just because I posted about my vision. I have these incredible individuals that contact me and believe in my work, and want to create things that compliment it. It blows my mind that people believe in my vision, and create such stunning pieces that I can put out for the world to see. It is one hell of an amazing and ever growing family. Has anything strange/out of the ordinary happened during a photo shoot? Recently I was shooting with a model and great friend of mine and I witnessed a man smash a car window and steal a purse. We spent half the shoot giving statements to the police after I called it in. It was also a classy moment as it was a gothic shoot and we really looked the part. If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why them? Even though I could pick from hundreds of talented famous models, I would choose to stick close to home
and work with Sinister Laboratories in London, ON. It is a non-stop world of dark inspiration all knitted into one spectacular group of people. Leigh Maulson can create any costume, set, or piece you can imagine and the Sin Girls are not only all stunningly beautiful, they also all possess incredible personalities and killer alt style. They are a dream team, and I feel it would be an honour to work with them both in individual shoots and some seriously twisted group settings. With so many trying their hand at being a photographer these days, how do you keep your style fresh and exciting? I stick to what I love and try and not fit any moods that the industry may try and dish out. I follow my heart and listen to the little twisted voice in my head that tells me not to hide my ideas from the world, but to try and make them look real and photograph them. No matter how many photographers pop up, none will ever be able to steal the shoots that
have given me butterflies. If you could be in charge of Rebelicious for a week, what would you do? First off I would freak out and dance around because Rebelicious is one of my personal favourite magazines. Then I would drool over all the amazingly gorgeous alt model submissions! I would also make some great connections with artists across North America. Finally is there anything that you would like to say to our readers? Yes, my whole life I have struggled with being insecure, not thinking I was up to par with the rest of the people around me. But when I shoot with a model I want them to embrace what makes them different, because that is how I see their beauty shine. It taught me that embracing what makes me different is how to beat that insecurity. Just think of what you can do if you embrace all of those quirks, heck, I embraced it and now Iâ€™m being interviewed by Rebelicious! fbf
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What initially sparked your interest in illustration? Iâ€™ve always had an interest in art, especially painting. It started as my form of a stress reliever and then became my passion. When I began pursuing possible career paths and colleges, it seemed to be only natural that I would go to school for illustration because I have been doing art for so long. I wanted to go on to have a career in something I sincerely love. Who or what influences your style of illustration? My work is influenced by my dreams, horror films and nature. I love mixing elements of beauty with things that may be considered disturbing. I feel like that gives my work a sense of mystery. And I like painting dead and sad chicks.
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Are there any themes/concepts/styles that you would like to explore within your work in the future? I would like to experiment more with the Art Nouveau style. The way Mucha would create painted “frames” around his subjects would be fascinating to explore to add another visual element to my own work. Are there any pieces you’ve created that stand out as personal favourites? “Mourning Pasts” is probably my current favorite. This one I really experimented on, from the dripping background to creating a galaxy inside the void of the hair. Although I’m sure I will have a new favorite soon, ha. Who are some of your favourite illustrators? Tara McPherson, Mark Ryden, Cam Rackam, Mucha. Cam Rackam’s work that he has done for Avenged Sevenfold really got me into album and band artwork.
Do you have any goals that you’re working towards this year? More commissioned work, more published work, and more gallery shows. Just more everything, haha. Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the Rebelicious readers? Thank you so much for reading my interview and checking out this feature. If you want to see more of my work, check me out at lindsaybeachillustration. com or you can look me up on Facebook under Lindsay Beach Illustration. And stay creative!
What has been your biggest achievement so far in your career? I don’t typically single out any accomplishments, because I have done things in various different outlets and I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given.
Other than illustrating, what else do you like to get up to? Well, it really depends on the day. Some days I like to be sociable and go out with my friends, other days I may just want to sit in and watch horror movies and get super granny style and knit, haha. Or maybe I’ll read. I’m really into the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I just started the 5th book the other day.
If you could create a commissioned piece for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Only one person? Can I say everyone in the world? Ha, well if I have to pick just one, I think I would pick Guillermo del Toro. He has a great artistic vision. Pan’s Labyrinth is definitely in my top 3 favorite movies. There are so many more people I would love to do commissions for as well. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 65
OPHELIA DARKLY the longest time, I tried to blend with the crowd, but it never worked. I even tried submitting to modeling agencies, but was rejected every time. I think that a lot of modeling, especially alternative modeling, embraces individuality, particularly in modern times. The art form of modeling has further inspired me to be an individual and to express my creativity. And of course, I have had very much inspiration from other models who tell great stories. Some of my favorites are Ulorin Vex, Nana Rapeblossom, Wednesday Mourning, Echo Nittolitto, and Maladie Catharsis. Also, the beautiful imagination of my favorite photographer, Tim Walker. Dreams inspire me, history, fashion, music, poetry, so many things really. What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I would definitely say that my favorite themes and styles center around the Gothic/alternative genre. I very much enjoy shooting themes with a dark or fairy tale like quality, but am not limited to that. Most importantly, I like shooting things with substance. I like telling a story and expressing emotion. I really enjoy conceptual shoots and especially like to collaborate with makeup artists, hair stylists, and clothing designers with similar visions. Photographs have the power to inspire people in a way that words often cannot. For example, it can transcend the language barrier. I think that photography can be very powerful and moving.
What inspired you to become a model? I would say that many things have served as inspiration to me. I have always been inspired by many different forms of art, but particularly was attracted to the idea of modeling because of the live aspect of it. I am also an actor, and like theatre, it allows me to become another character, or 66 | REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
perhaps, to show another part of myself. From an early age, I was discouraged from things such as modeling by others. When I was young, I was bit on the lip by a dog. After that, many people began to dislike me and see me as ‘different’. I never thought I could be a model after that. I never thought I would be able to be an individual. For
Do you have any pre-shoot rituals? I wish I could say that I go to sleep early, packed and ready, eat a large healthy breakfast, exercise for half an hour and am on my way. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Usually I am still thinking up ideas the night before. Sometimes, I am not even sure what I am going to pack, so I end up staying up until very odd hours getting everything I need. I do, however, like to think about the character I am playing and listen to music, which is another big inspiration. I also usually eat
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EXPOSED chocolate. I know, very healthy routine I have going. At least I get a work out carrying around my gigantic suitcase on public transportation. It’s especially fun because my apartment building has no elevator. Luckily, I haven’t died yet. Though that would make for an interesting interview, wouldn’t it? How would you describe your own personal style? In my every day life, my style is pretty eccentric. I don’t see the clothing I wear in photo shoots as a costume. I often wear the same things walking around my neighborhood, going out, and I also try to sneak it in at work! I am especially inspired by victorian gothic wear because of the romantacism and the attention to detail and beautiful fabrics, but my wardrobe is pretty diverse. I have collected a lot of vintage clothing, some as old as the 1800s, honestly, the back of my closet is like a time machine. I also have recently gotten into latex, fetish, and pinup wear. I also love wearing really tall shoes. I also really love the lolita doll look. Unfortunately, despite my efforts, I am still forced to wear a hideous t-shirt at my job over my clothes, but I suppose, it could be worse. What’s the funniest thing to happen during a shoot? I have so many terrifying stories, I am searching my mind for something funny! I recently had a shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Red Generation, in Gary, Indiana. For those who don’t know, the town is mainly abandoned and the crime rate is insanely high. There were many amusing things that happened throughout our weekend. For one, it seemed that many people’s main form of transportation was rollerblading, which was curious. There was another group that showed up at one of the buildings and started yelling about whether or not we needed a permit to be there in front of a cop. We kept shooting walls with graffiti on them, and eventually, the photographer found out that a lot of graffiti of penises were in the shot. I don’t know if I can say that here, but it was not amusing for him to photo shop all of those out. As so many models know, going out in public for a photo shoot can be a very interesting ordeal. I have had people stop in the middle of traffic to try to pose with me, mapquest has failed me time and time 68 | REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
again leading me to what must be a serial killer’s home instead of the correct destination, I have had to use nature as my bathroom only to discover that it was right by a major high way. Can you tell use what inspired the Geisha-like featured photoshoot? The three main inspirations for this particular shoot were Geishas, Day of the Dead, and Catherine of Aragon. My team did not want to make it too stereo typical, as we felt like those looks were often over done. We wanted to put our own spin on a very elegant look. With
the help of Rachel Frank designs, and Little Alice as the stylist, we were able to accomplish something that was a mix of many different cultures. We wanted the photos to be very simplistic as far as editing went as the styling was so intricate. We also wanted something that was kinetic. We tied up some of the fabrics of the dress giving it a life of its own. It became a backdrop of sorts and told its own story. Away from the modelling world, what else do you get up to? I do many many things. My days off are never really days
EXPOSED meeting him a few months ago, and he is intensely unique and creative. If you could be in charge of Rebelicious for a week, what would you do? I would constantly be refreshing the email page to see what submissions come in. I love seeing the diversity of art that people send in, and I think it would be really interesting to observe. I would also be on the look out for designers, stylists, photographers, and models that weren’t as well known, but still just as talented as those who are. Lastly, I would think up some crazy themes for upcoming issues! Maybe I was supposed to say something crazy like fly a bunch of my dream collaborators for a one day mass shoot out? With champagne and chocolate? And get a new issue out in one week? Finally is there anything you would like to say to our readers? Yes, I would like to say that you should never give up and always be pushing towards expanding your imagination. I think that a lot of models lose heart because they get rejected by an agency, or a family member doesn’t approve, of they feel they have a physical imperfection, etc. The truth is that you only live once, so why shouldn’t you live for yourself and your own dreams? It may take 100 rejections before you get accepted, whether it be a casting or a publication. Much of this industry is based around one person’s opinion or a select group of people’s opinions. All that matters is that you are who you wish to be. You are important. We are so lucky to have tools like the internet, as they allow us to affect so many people and in such a short amount of time. Do not fear your dreams or your nightmares.
Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? There are so many people I could name. I am constantly finding new people that just blow me away with their creativity
and passion. If I had to pick one photographer, it would be Tim Walker as he must know of my day dreams and my nightmares. And I would love to speak to Dita Von Teese as she does her own costumes, makeup, hair, and is, of course, immensely talented. As far as models go, all of the ones I mentioned before, but I probably would be watching them throughout the shoot to learn more, instead of posing. And if I had to pick any designer, right now it would be Bibian Blue, because she creates the most beautiful pieces of clothing. Lastly, Marilyn Manson, as I had the pleasure of
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off. I write poetry, act in plays, am an extra for television and movies, play keyboards, dance, make hair flowers and dread extensions, play with my bunnies, and also write for a newer dark fashion magazine called Cloud Orchid, and work a very unsatisfying retail job. Somehow, I have time to sleep on occasion, though I’m not very good at it.
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What inspired you to become a model? Honestly I have always been obsessed with glamour and being larger than life. I love pin-ups and drag queens (I used to want to be a drag queen when I was young but there was always a slight gender issue there!). About eight years ago a friend and I started up a burlesque troupe in Manchester called Lady Lucks Burlesque Beauties and we were employed to put a showcase together for the Manchester Tattoo Convention. There I met a photographer, Doralba Picerno, who put me in some tattoo magazines and started helping me to get work with clothing companies. I loved doing it so the rest is history really. I never thought it was something I would end up doing so I feel very lucky to have worked with some amazing people.
What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I love horror. I’m a real spooky kid at heart especially with old monster movies and b-movies so I always get very excited if I can do a dark or creepy shoot. I have had so much fun being vampires, zombies, Morticia Addams and dancing around with severed heads! I try and get this into any stage performances I do too. It’s all about blood and glitter. I also love to get a bit of rock ‘n’ roll attitude into my shoots if I can. Traditional pin-up is great to do but I like to get a modern twist in too. My life is based a lot around rock ‘n’ roll bands, bars, fashion and lifestyle so it’s good to get that into my work too. Latex, booze and tattoos! Do you have any pre-shoot rituals? It’s nothing particularly exciting but I guess just making sure I feel totally prepared. I’ll set my hair so that I can get it as big as possible and make sure I get
enough sleep. I always find that the more prepared and confident you feel the better the shoot comes out. I actually love travelling about so I find that if there is a long train journey it’s actually pretty relaxing. I always listen to my music and get myself in the right attitude for the shoot. Music can totally affect my mood and feelings so if I want a wild shoot or a sexy sultry one then I’ll get a soundtrack for it!
How would you describe your own personal style? I guess I am a bit of a mix of styles really. There are 50’s elements, rock, punky and psychobilly. I love a mix of music styles so I guess that is reflected in my look. I wear a lot of black, skulls and leopard print but like to mix it with classic glamour. I love to look a bit vampy and trashy though with huge hair, tight clothes and always lots of red lipstick. I guess it’s a bit larger than life but I love it. Getting dressed up is fun so I will do it as often as I can. I once got described as “if Quentin Tarantino did the 50’s” and I loved that so I’m going to take it as my own now! What’s the funniest thing to happen during a shoot? I was shooting at a hotrod garage with Jez Brown and we decided to try and get the stylist’s gorgeous dog in the shot as well. I posed against a truck and the dog was in the back. It was all looking good until the dog saw something and made a jump for freedom. It went flying past my head and gave me the fright of my life! That resulted in an interesting shot!! As well as modeling, you also sing in a band and run rockabilly/pyschobilly nights. Can you tell us more about how you got started in these? I’ve been
involved in music since I was about 16 and started getting into punk bands. Even my degree is in Popular Music so it is something I always want in my life. When we had the burlesque troupe up north we decided to start putting on our own events called Angel Cake, but then as well as the burlesque we started putting on rockabilly and psychobilly bands and had good DJs as we loved this side of the lifestyle too. Once I moved to London I got a job at a famous music venue called The 12 Bar. I started helping out with the promotions side of things so thought I would try and put something of my own on with the music that I love. I was in a psychobilly/rock n roll band at the time (The Drowning Sorrows) and was always going to gigs so used the contacts I had and set up my club night Bad Luck Saloon with about 5 bands playing each show and DJs. It was hard at first but soon it took off and I’m proud of how successful they became. Through the friends I have made here I am also lucky enough to do some vocals in ska band 1-Stop Experience with Jennie Matthias from The Bellestars and I’m working on a few recording projects. I’m hoping to have a new punk rock band together soon too and get writing again. What have been some of your most fun experiences so far? I have had the opportunity to play some amazing festivals and events over the last year or two. 1-Stop Experience headlined REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE | 71
the Saturday night at Inkfest, which is a really cool festival with bands and tattoo artists. We had the best weekend and got to share the stage with so many amazing acts like Long Tall Texans and Graveyard Johnnys. We also headlined a night at Tattoo World in Strasbourg and played to a huge crowd at Ostroda Festival in Poland. To see thousands of people dancing and singing along to the band you are in blew my mind! I was grinning non-stop for days! It was the best experience and I am so thankful that I got to do that with such fun people.
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Is there anything else that you would like to venture into in the future? I’d love to do more music videos. I did one a few years ago and it was really fun. I’m in talks with a couple of bands about it so fingers crossed. I’d also love to learn some new skills like fire or hoop, however I am such a clumsy person that it is probably best that I don’t! I love watching it but maybe stick to singing! Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? I’m a big fan of Micheline Pitt and would love to work with her one day. The clothes she designs for Deadly Dames, the make-up and the styling are amazing plus she is such a beautiful model. I adore her style. There
are lots more amazing latex companies that it would be a dream to collaborate with too. Latex is such an obsession; I can just sit there for hours planning all the items I would love to own as there are so many fantastic designers out there now. I also have a list of photographers around the world, I would love to travel and work with some of them. If you could be in charge of Rebelicious for a week, what would you do? I’d feature a lot of cool bands and gig reviews and then I reckon some features on the best horror movies too! Perfect excuse to listen to a ton of bands and watch films! Oh and I’m always available for cocktail tasting! The blood, bands and booze special. Finally is there anything you would like to say to our readers? Thank you so much for the support I’ve had over the years and for reading about my crazy little life!!
Do you find that having more than one creative outlet helps to keep you feeling inspired and full of ideas? I think so. I love to have a few different outlets because I have so many different elements to my life. I can express things through music that I can’t through modelling and vice versa. I love both equally though. I’ve also been lucky enough to be in a couple of zombie films too, which is different again. Covered in blood and gore and running around in forests! They will also influence each other at times though so the music will influence a shoot or a film will. One
time I was doing a David Lynch themed burlesque night and had to come up with some acts that fitted. I sang Wicked Game since it had been used in Wild at Heart and it went down really well. When we got The Drowning Sorrows together we wanted to do a cover to get used to playing together and so that seemed like an obvious choice. We ended up recording it and DJs and radio stations still play it now. It worked out so well.
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EXPOSED What inspired you to become a model? Though I’d never really considered myself to be a model ‘type’, being only 5”5 in height and always average around a clothe size 10-12, I was actually approached to do some modeling work several years ago. However at the time I did turn it down as the company had this long list of demands on how I’d have to change myself to fit in with their ‘ideal’, which I certainly wasn’t prepared to do. From there I’d never given it a second thought, right up until I met a friend who worked as a model in the alternative industry. Almost immediately I learned how being ‘different’ was actually celebrated in this industry, and felt instantly at home with the people in it. She introduced me around a bit to other models, photographers and MUA’s, and after some persuasion from herself and a few others that thought I had potential, I booked in for my first shoot, and it’s been going a bit crazy ever since! What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I really enjoy getting stuck into concept work, where you can really work on building a character, getting to know its personality and emotional state, how to portray that personality, how they would hold themselves, how they would act etc. I have done a few shoots now where I have created characters with the help of very clever MUA’s and tactful photographers, ranging from fairy tales to twisted circus’s, crazily colourful aliens to crudely stitched-up zombies. Latex is also something I enjoy modeling, it’s an unusual fabric that holds and feels entirely different to anything else I’ve ever experienced, and if done right, it’s incredibly flattering and very beautiful. Do you have any pre-shoot rituals? Of course! I’m terrible with pre-shoot jitters! So I always try my hardest the night before to get about as organized as I’ll ever be, get myself in a lovely bubble bath with some lit candles and some soft music, get myself all scrubbed and polished up, ready and raring to go the next day with as little stress as is possible.
shoot where we got completely harassed by a group of ‘youths’ on pushbikes who thought we were shooting a porno. Away from the modelling world, what else do you get up to? I am a bit of a fitness buff these days after an accident left me in a not-so-healthy state, so I seem to always be down at the gym, out on my bike or out hiking with the dog. Other than that, I am a self-confessed bookworm and am very rarely spotted without one, especially with my current Stephen King obsession! If I’m not feeling quite so antisocial, I love nothing more than going to a heavy metal night club and moshing the fuck out, or going to metal events and festivals, being somewhat of a Download Festival veteran having been five times.
How would you describe your own personal style? In real life, I am quite possibly the weirdest looking creature, as I don’t really know what my ‘style’ is; it changes almost as often as my moods! I’m kind of a weird mash up of crazy colours, gothic blacks, punkie zips and studs, hippy vibes and smart tailoring. Go figure! Haha! What’s the funniest thing to happen during a shoot? Oh lord, where do I start?? I am renowned these days as being quite possibly the clumsiest model out there. I am absolutely terrible! I have taken out lights before, dropped things, broken things, fallen over countless amount of times, lost my balance even though I’m just stood upright, fallen out of trees…you name it it’s probably happened! Doing shoots on location always has its own risks of embarrassment. I do remember this one
Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? I have had the privilege during my time in the industry to work with so many incredibly talented and very inspiring people, be it photographers, models, MUA’s and designers. So I count myself incredibly lucky already! I would love to be granted the chance to work with some photographers I have admired for some time, such as Scott Cole, Bilacous, Joseph O’Brien and John McIntre. I have always admired Cervena Fox, Amie Conradine, Ophelia Overdose, Mosh and Leanne James as models and would be lovely to meet them. If you could be in charge of Rebelicious for a week, what would you do? Well the magazine is already awesome to be honest! Buuuuuuut, it would be lovely to do a section on unsigned models that haven’t really been heard of, but have loads of potential. I know it’s interesting to follow up on popular models, but it’s nice to bring focus to up-and-coming’s too J we’ve all been there! Finally is there anything you would like to say to our readers? Just to never believe that you won’t succeed at whatever you aspire to do in life, no matter what others tell you. Stick to your guns, and you’ll be surprised what you can achieve! fbf
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