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JAN 2014 #17 For girly girls in a brutal world rebeliciousmagazine.com

The pocketsized princess tells Rebelicious about her plans for 2014!

plus: amy zena, kerry wheeler, amorette maribella, daniella batsheva, slaughter house couture, luci alice photography and more!


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Londonedge Competition

Catering to a group of the most creative and exciting niches in apparel, footwear and accessories, LondonEdge is the only show worldwide dedicated to this very specific sector of the fashion industry, welcoming in a host of left centre, daring and statement brands, exhibitors, media and visitors. To celebrate the show's return for another season, we're running a competition to win prizes from some of our favourite brands exhibiting at the show in February!

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To enter, simply head to the Competitions page over on the Rebelicious website and enter your details. Competition closes February 1st. One winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted shortly after the closing date. rebeliciousmagazine.com | londonedge.com 4 | rebelicious magazine


Fashion One Day in Paradise One Day in Paradise is Australia's original lolita fashion store based in Adelaide. To celebrate LondonEdge 2014, they are putting forward the Roue Aerie Nightmare Rising JSK dress, based on the resurgence in the interest of Lovecraft's story of Cthulhu.

Sourpuss Gear for tattooed ladies, punky pinups and vintage vixens, Sourpuss are offering the lucky winner their simple and sleek Studded Dollface Purse. This dainty, matte vinyl purse with stud details & kiss lock closure is the perfect little bag for a night out on the town!

Too Fast Committed to supporting the music, clothing and culture of punk rock, Too Fast's kickass 12"X18" Sid Vicious poster features original artwork by the amazing Marcus Jones. Instantly makes any room punk as f*ck!

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Can you tell us about how and why you started up Slaughter House Couture? It was my 23rd birthday and I wanted to attend Bizarre Ball. A few of the friends I invited felt they would be under dressed so asked me to make them something and they all came out rather well! After that I went for drinks with a dominatrix friend of mine who introduced me to other dominatrix ladies who all loved the idea of exclusively custom latex design and then it kind of snowballed! What inspires you the most when it comes to drawing up new designs? Well I work very closely with my clients and 6 | rebelicious magazine

what it is they are looking to achieve with an outfit and the kind of look they want to convey and then go from there. When designing for a show or photo shoot I tend to use my favourite films, images or music. I sometimes just start cutting and see what happens. That either plays out to travesty or triumph but it’s worth the gamble sometimes!

What are your personal favourite items? As the work is all custom it means every time I finish a piece I may never see it again. I certainly won’t make it a second time so each one is special in it’s own way but occasionally you’ll make something

that truly I don’t want to part with! Mistress Absolute has a beautiful golden cowl neck gown that I love and the Riddler outfit in the featured photos. That one really stood out as a favourite!

Latex is an incredibly popular clothing choice within the alternative industry, both with models and fashion companies. What are your views on its growing popularity? I think it’s a good thing on the whole. There’s room for everyone in this industry so long as you’re doing something different. People complain about it being overexposed and the market flooded, but in truth if you have


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something original and interesting to put out there then people will be interested. The only thing that does gripe me is poor workmanship. It takes practice to do anything well and some of the shoddy pieces you see out there kind of bum me out.

taken a decade or two (as she did) to figure out!

Do you think you would ever experiment with a different material? I’d like to yes! I met a sewing machine once and it was fine but I prefer the hands on aspect of latex. I will expand over time as the business grows and I get a minute to myself. The ultimate would be to learn shoe making! Then I would sit all day in a room full of shoes and rubber (and cats)… bliss!

You recently started up a Ready To Wear label called Shock and Roll Latex. Can you tell us a bit about that? Why yes! Shock and Roll launched last month and it is all the fault of my muse model Shelly D’Inferno! Looking over my client list I am very lucky but I noticed that I miss out on an entire demographic of fetish clubbers, the 18-28 market! Not everyone can afford custom work or is looking for the style of thing I tend to do. They want something fun, edgy, budget friendly and awesome! So that’s what I did, with a witchcraft type twist (I’m a bit of a goth, haha).

Any tips for those wanting to get into the fashion industry? I do still think we are a step outside of the mainstream fashion industry but advice for people wanting to get in on the latex industry? Get an apprenticeship! It’s fine to just pick it up and have a bash, but my mentor taught me skills and trick of the trade I may have

What has been the main highlight of running your own business? When asked that I always say ‘no one has to suffer’. I’ve never been a good employee really. I’m hard working but I do prefer to do things my way and tend to prefer my working day to be hours I want and lie-ins with the cat when I need to. Also

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everything you’re doing is because you want to, not to line someone’s pockets or anything, just because I chose it. That’s the best thing! Is there anyone in the world who you would love to see wearing your brand? I don’t really have an answer to that one come to think of it! I get to dress a whole host of beautiful women already! What does the future hold for you and SHC? I hope to go from strength to strength with both SHC and Shock and Roll. My client base across the Atlantic is growing so hopefully more America trips! I also designed the recently launched Skin Two Clothing Collection so I’m interested to see where that takes me!

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what about buttons Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the creation of What About Buttons? I can’t exactly explain it (or I don’t feel like I can)...I guess it’s that feeling you get when you lay down at night, and don’t want to stop or rest? I have a lot of anxiousness and need to keep moving, or I may start melting. That and I think women should have their own powerful extension of themselves...I just happen to be dabbling in three powerful extensions of myself at this moment in life. What kind of items will people be able to find and purchase through your shop? You will find anything from my sarcastic or wacky one-ofa-kind handmade items (hats, jewellery and housewares) to drippingwith-history vintage/retro/antique items. I have also been fooling around with the idea of putting my own art up there, but I am still rather shy about it at the moment! What are your personal favorite items? I would say the vintage lamps. It’s so hard to part with things like the tripod teak beehive lamps!!! I know, I know, I could totally say “My handmade creations that my blood sweat and tears went into, OF COURSE!” but there is something about those teak beauties! What has been the main highlight of running your own business? I would say all the experience with the real world, and being able to live inside your own head in such a healthy and creative way...it’s narcissism at its finest. Is there anyone in the world who you would love to see wearing your brand? Okay, Can I give multiple answers? I am just going to assume so! Socrates is a big one! I would love him to be alive and sporting some of my sarcastic and bitter necklaces! Other than that, ALL of the SPICE GIRLS, I think there is a form of GIRL POWER in my brand; nothing says, “I’m in control,” like phrases like “Drop Dead” or taking the typically male mustache symbol and adorning your neck with it, as if to say “I will eat you for breakfast, man slime!” Actually any powerful women! Let’s get them all into my designs! What does the future hold for you? Destroying the Patriarchy!!! Travelling, focusing on creative endeavors, and figuring out how to open those little tasty canned fruits without having the juice explode all over me.

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reader's survey 2014 We want to learn more about YOU and your opinions on Rebelicious Magazine, so take part in our reader's survey and be entered into our prize draw, where you can win an awesome prize bundle including gifts from of some of our favourite small alt businesses like: Bijou But Deadly, Miss Fortune Clothing, Anathema Designs, Little Miss Delicious, Shitsville Clothing, Dollydripp, Bubblegum Vegas & more!

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WINTER Photographer, Retoucher: Raisa Kanareva Designer, Stylist, MUA, Hair, Model: Alex No 500px.com/dtnpublic

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opportunity to wear stuff I don’t usually wear everyday. I also love doing outdoor shoots, I always feel so free and less constrained. It gives me the opportunity to use the environment I am in and explore new and different locations

When you first started out as a model, did you have any preconceptions on how the industry would be? Were there any shocks along the way for you as your career progressed? I use to think that I had to be tall and skinny to be a model. I never considered modelling for the reasons above, till one day I was approached to model for a clothing company. At the photoshoot I discovered how much I liked it! From there I saw that there are opportunities to be a model if you’re willing to take the time to do it. It’s not always easy or even glamorous, but if you have the passion for it you can produce some amazing photographs.

Are there any styles/themes that you would love to explore in the future? I really want to venture into modelling latex. I recently got a latex bodysuit to try out, so there will definitely be a photoshoot for this sometime in the future! I definitely would also love to shoot and explore concepts with a lot more alternative high fashion clothing.

What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I love to shoot pin up! It is soo much fun and I love how glamorous and flirty I feel while shooting. I also love exploring and incorporating different types of clothing and fashion in my shoots. I’m never afraid to try something different and it gives me an

What have been some of your most memorable photoshoots? When I first started out modelling, I did a Gil Elvgren inspired pin up shoot with my legs in the air. It was so much fun to try and nail the pose I was going for but when I did, it looked amazing! It is still one of my favorite images till this day. I recently

worked with No Regrets Photography at Wonderland Studios in California. The whole experience was fantastic and I had a lot of fun shooting and putting together outfits! ‘Alt modelling’ has become an incredibly popular industry over the past few years. What are your views on this and what advice would you give to those wanting to enter the industry? It is amazing to see how alt modelling has grown. When I first starting modelling there weren’t that many alt models out there so it’s very exciting to see how this industry has grown. I’m glad that it is popular because it exposes people to the fact that there is no one standard of beauty. I love the fact that you see models with different personalities, styles, genres and sizes create amazing photographs. There is no one standard to how an alt model should look, so I really love that there are more alt models. Modelling is fun but it is not always easy, especially when you are starting out you rebelicious magazine | 23


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really have to put yourself out there so photographers will notice you. You also have to do your own makeup, hair and provide your own wardrobe most of the time. As a result there is a lot of prepping that needs to be done before a shoot, so shoots can take a big chunk of your day. There also is a lot of trade work involved when you’re developing your portfolio, so in the beginning you might not be getting paid for your time. It is still worthwhile because you get a chance to practice your poses and see what works for you. You definitely have to love to model, because sometimes you really have to make the time and effort for it.

personalities shine through our photos and how it impacts the people who view them. Modelling has also boosted my confidence levels. I’m actually a really shy person, but once you get me in front of a camera it disappears. I love that it has given me the opportunity to be myself and to own my body. I’m not the skinniest girl out there but modelling has taught me to love my body and that women and men come in so many different shapes and sizes. Modelling has also given me the opportunity to meet new people and travel to different cities. It has allowed me to push myself to try and explore new places and things.

How has being a model affected your life so far? It has affected me in so many positive ways. I love to see the different types of images I can create with different photographers. I love to see how both our

Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? There are so many amazing photographers out there; I would love to work with as many of them at least once in my life. To name a few, I

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would love to work with Shannon Brooke Imagery, Hugo V Photography, Kat Attack Photography, Le Mew Photography, I could go on and on... Lol! What does the future hold for you? To be quite honest, I don’t know but I hope to continue to meet amazing people along the way. I love to model so I am constantly trying to put myself out there so hopefully you will see my work as I keep developing as a model.

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Daniella batsheva (illustrator) What initially sparked your interest in illustration? There was never a question; even before I understood there was such a thing as illustration, it was something I felt compelled to do. As I grew up doodling on everything everywhere, I found that my story-telling most closely related to illustration and I knew that I genuinely loved it. Who and what influence your style? Oy, that’s a heavy question. If I were to accurately describe to you everything that influences me, it would take a series of books, I’m truly a product of my environment. A wide range of musicians such as Brody Dalle, Emilie Simon, Siouxsie, and Courtney Love have influenced a lot of my work. Classic “Goth” icons such as Theda Bara, Valeska Surrat, Vampira, and Lily Munster, Victorian postmortem photos and the ‘Memento Mori’ decorative aesthetic that is still prevalent today in my hometown, Philadelphia. The saccharine and sarcastic colors found in manufactured, mass-produced girly toys, such as that hellspawn, Barbie, B-grade horror movies, the French Revolution, Art Deco architecture, and Sailor Moon… just to name a few. Are there any themes/concepts/styles that you would like to explore within your work in the future? I’m interested in delving deeper into WWII era Europe; people’s daily rituals, fashion trends and the little past-times that helped them deal with the death and disaster permeating every aspect of their lives. For the time being, I have been enjoying sketching environments and, using a graphic approach, exploring different methods

of painting them. I tend to be drawn to bizarre and macabre historical events, and try finding beautiful ways in which to portray them. Are there any illustrations you’ve created that stand out as personal favourites? I would say ‘Thirteen Days Queen’ because it’s the largest piece I’ve done, so far, and I really enjoyed painting the environment. I love all my pieces, but I get more excited about the recent ones.

Who are some of your favourite illustrators? Vigee Lebrun, Miss Van, Alphonse Mucha, Edward Gorey, Basil Gogos and Camille Rose Garcia have remained my consistent favorites for years, but with the massive amounts of beautiful work I encounter every day my list keeps growing.

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What has been your biggest achievement so far? I’m still in the game and haven’t given up; I think that’s easily my biggest achievement. Keeping your spirits up during slower times and after 500 rejections is way harder than finding steady work ever will be, to me at least. If you could create a commissioned piece for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? I would love to do a painting for Siouxsie Sioux, she has always been a huge influence and I frequently listen to her music while working. Siouxsie manages to create such a haunting, beautiful atmosphere that has helped me through many artist blocks; she has a voice that can paint. I can’t imagine NOT having the most wonderful time working for her. It would be a thrill to interpret one of her concepts visually. As far as commissions go, I love working with people that understand my aesthetic and stylistic approach. I have always enjoyed doing commissions, but some artists would say otherwise. My advice to those thinking of commissioning a piece would be to understand who you’re working with, look at their sketches, learn about who they are and what they do. If you’re working with someone who is in the vein of Gustav Klimt, don’t expect Gary Baseman and vice versa. Other than illustrating, what else do you like to get up to? Lately I’ve been collecting old perfume recipes to recreate, I’m currently playing with some ingredients from Marie Antoinette’s private collection and have managed to create what I call the “poor man’s” Rose 31 by Le Labo. I do my best to pick all

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exposed the ingredients myself, but sometimes have to purchase the herbs instead of sneaking it from people’s lawns. I’m proud of the results, though. I also have a large and growing collection of Victorian memorabilia; clothes, dolls, and post mortem photos (my personal favorites). I justify my purchases by saying it’s for reference, but everyone knows that’s only partially true… Do you have any goals that you’re working towards in 2014? You may see a couple doll designs/prototypes in the next year, but who knows? I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. There’s always something new popping up, I’m just going with the flow. Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the Rebelicious readers? I definitely want to say thank you for taking such an interest in art, it doesn’t get nearly as much respect as it deserves. You guys have given artists from all backgrounds a platform to express themselves. Keep kicking ass.

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"If you work hard and focus on the present, everything falls into place."

Interview: Ezra Tren Cover photography: Toria Brightside Wardrobe: Eustratia   Additional photography: Natalie Wilde Wardrobe: Loving Youth

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The medium-spanning talents of vivacious Vivi Sterling have led her from one adventure to the next. Rebelicious is the first to hear about her new agency, relocation and the series of exciting projects that are in store for her this year. We catch up with the pint sized power source at a pivotal time in her life and career. Hello Miss Vivi, how are you? I’m wonderful. Just packing up my life in Glasgow, I’m moving to Leeds on December 31st. Though I’ve been slow on the packing due to celebrating with drinks.

What have you been up to since we last caught up in 2012? I’ve been a hard working little lady. Writing more for my poetry book, modelling, travelling, life drawing classes and drinking copious amounts of champagne.

The big news this year for you is officially joining Vauhaus Agency and moving to Leeds. Tell us about the Vauhaus gang and why you chose to be part of their boutique agency. The Vauhaus gang are family. I have been mates with everyone on the team for 2 years through the whole process, what an inspiring group of folks. I genuinely feel you get better care and attention with a smaller agency – Vauhaus are quality over quantity. I’m actually moving in with my agent in Leeds so the work and ideas will flow. I hate feeling stagnant, I must surround myself with fucking amazing individuals.

What’s it like being part of Vauhaus? It’s ace as fuck. I get to work and have fun at the same time. Work and play. I love to play. What is your favourite city and where would you most love to shoot? That is a hard one - every place I’ve been to has a place in my heart. I’d love to shoot in Milan and Venice again. Hopefully one day I’ll shoot in France and South America. I really want to travel. There is a diverse range of styles throughout your shoots, which you are often responsible for. Are there any potential styling collaborations coming up in the future? I’ve styled nearly all my shoots. The idea of being a stand and pose model would bore me to death. I like being involved as much as possible. As for collaborations I’m always down for it. When they come about, I’ll be ready. There are plans with Vauhaus and Eustratia to hold classes that will help new models prepare for their careers. I won’t be doing this forever, but I’d love to pass on the wisdom and help others. It’s clear that you’re an artist when looking at your social media modelling is just one of many creative aspects of your work. What is it that inspires you as an artist? I’m inspired by people. From friends to past lovers, even strangers… music, art, science, politics and life experiences. Anything that causes me to look deep and reflect. I try to surround myself with creative, ambitious people to keep my soul alive.

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What other artistic endeavours do you enjoy? The art of drinking, conversation, singing and dancing? To be honest I do so much. I like the art of fishing. Does that count? I’d love to try nude fishing one day. You recently shot with our streetwear cover stars Horsebird as part of their ‘alt girl’ series. Tell us about your shoot with them. Shooting with Horsebird was amazing. Yet again I’m a lucky girl to not only work with a brand I adore, but I was inducted into the Horsebird family, which is a huge honour. I’m humbled beyond belief.

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You have had some more tattoos since our last interview, do you have a favourite tattoo? I would say my palms are my favourite. They are both fairly new. The heart on my left palm is for my Father who passed away a few years ago. I wanted to keep him close to my heart. On my right palm, I have two arrows crossed. It is a Native American symbol for friendship. I shake everyone’s hand with it. Do you plan to get more tattoo work done in the future? I’d like to go full body with my tattoos, but I won’t have my chest, feet or face tattooed.

Behind the scenes footage of your shoot for Rebelicious is going to feature on Channel 4 later this year. What has been your role in the show? For those who don’t know, I’ve been a dancer on and off for almost a decade. The show features my everyday life – everything from passions and pursuits, the agency, shoots, lifedrawing and art classes… everything outside the dance club life. The show is focused on choice. I wanted to destroy the stigma behind it. What better way to do that than be part of a documentary with my middle fingers in the air to those who judge a subject they have no real clue about.


“Japan's street fashion scene never stops evolving - I am constantly amazed by the creativity of the makeup, outfit coordinates and alt parties.�

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And finally... What does the future hold for Miss Vivi Sterling? I’m preparing for my move in four days time. I’ll be looking for properties for sale to open up my own tattoo and photography studio. I’m also getting stuff sorted for a music project I’ll be writing and singing for. I hope to get into more film projects as an actress, and to do music videos. If all goes well, the future will be bright. If you work hard and focus on the present, everything falls into place. VAUHAUS.CO.UK Interview: Ezra Tren Cover photography: Toria Brightside Wardrobe: Eustratia   Additional photography: Natalie Wilde Wardrobe: Loving Youth

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Model: Miss Siren Photographer: Temira Decay Makeup/Wardrobe/Hairpiece: Spoiled Cherry

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Dress: Kimberley Megan Shoes: Kurt Geiger

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Photographer: Jannine Timms (Jannine T Photography) facebook.com/jannineTphotography Model: Charlotte Norris facebook.com/CharlottteModel Hair Stylist & MUA: Cherylee Caunt facebook.com/CkFacePainting

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kitty crystal

Can you tell us a bit about how and why you became a model? I started modeling back in 2005 during college after a scare with cancer. As a young scared girl alone in Los Angeles it was a difficult time dealing with medical issues but I met an amazing photographer who helped me find confidence and beauty even in a problematic time.

What are your favorite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I love themed shoots that have incorporate fashion, sex appeal and editorial styles. I love taking a single idea and collaborating with others to form art! Are there any styles/themes that you would love to explore in the future? I’d love to do a white trash fashion editorial shoot. It’s like its own oxymoron!

What have been some of your most memorable photoshoots? The funniest and most memorable shoot was done on the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the summer with thousands of tourists taking pictures and videos while I modelled for a New York City clothing line. I felt like a princess.

a hard time being secure with it once you’re together. So, I find it best to avoid dating and work on true friendships.

With so many trying to break into the industry, what is your personal view on the current alternative modeling scene? I think it’s great that women of all shapes and sizes are getting out there and giving it a shot. It makes everyone work harder, appreciate what they have done and fight for what they want!

What does the future hold for you? I’ve been in talks about filming my own TV show and hope to keep that dream alive in the future! Fingers crossed!

How has being a model affected your life so far? Modelling is hard on my personal life as men love to date a model but have

Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? I have always wanted to shoot with Andy Hartmark. His styles and themes are off the charts!

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What inspired you to become a model? I think a lot of my inspiration came from my love of fashion. I loved seeing photos of other people and wishing one day I could be involved in something like that. I did dream of modelling from a young age and never got the chance until I was spotted in the street when I was about 16, after that I had a few photos in my portfolio and

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people kept contacting me more and more for their projects. I stayed dedicated and have worked really hard to the point I am now. I still need to work hard though; I’m nowhere near done yet! ;)

What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I think my favourite style definitely falls under fantasy. My mind

How has being a model affected your life so far? I’m so lucky I’ve been able to work with some amazingly talented people, and getting to be involved with some beautiful concepts and things made by designers is a blessing. Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? I would love to collaborate with Tim Burton! His concepts are always so original and surreal. Or Kirsty Mitchell’s Photography, she is an inspiration to me. What does the future hold for you? The future is bright and full of exciting new shoot ideas and opportunities. I’m working alongside some incredible designers and artists so make sure you keep a look out for my new work soon!

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Photographer: Luci Alice lucialicephotography.com Model: Nina Kate facebook.com/nina.kate.d Headwear and top: Sophie Adamson Art & Accessories facebook.com/SophieAdamsonArtAndAccessories Hotpants: Jane Doe Latex facebook.com/Janedoelatex

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What initially got you into photography? During my time at university a few years ago, I went on a trip to Egypt to explore the temples and pyramids. I took my compact camera with me and I was pleased with some of the photographs I had taken. After I finished university, I went back to college part time to study photography and it went from there really!

What inspires you the most when it comes to thinking of new concepts to shoot? A large number of things inspire me. Lady Gaga is such an interesting character in terms of her stage performances and how she dresses. I often look at her and think how it would make a cool photo shoot idea. I also get inspiration from looking at photographs on Model Mayhem as well as magazines such as Vogue and Bizarre. Are there any photographic styles/themes that you haven’t tried yet, but would love to have a go at in the future? Yes. I definitely need to get outside of the studio more and do more location work. I need to get comfortable using lighting outdoors in interesting places. I’d like to do more fashiony work but obviously still a bit quirky. What have been some of your favourite experiences since becoming a photographer? I get to meet so many other creative types, some of whom have become friends. I have been doing this for about 4 or 5 years now and I have enjoyed seeing how I have developed over the years. I am quite self critical so when I feel

good about work I have been involved in creating, it gives me a confidence boost.

accessories from various designers helps make strong images.

Has anything strange/out of the ordinary happened during a photoshoot? Yes but it was planned! I have a model friend who wanted fetish-like content for her website which I agreed to shoot. So this guy came down to London from up north and he ended up naked in a bathtub being covered in custard by my friend. I was balancing on the end of the bathtub trying to get the shots. He looked rather pathetic and yellow, haha!

What advice would you give to any models wanting to work with you in the future? Generally I prefer to work with experienced models who can pose with little direction and who can pull more than one facial expression! There is nothing worse than working with a model that cannot do any of the above. I appreciate input from models in terms of ideas as it shows you are interested and care about the results.

If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why them? Viktoria Modesta. If nobody is aware of who she is, she is a model whose had one of her legs amputated. She is stunning and has a great sense of style. I love how she has not let her amputation stop her from modeling and singing. With the photography industry becoming even more saturated as the months go by, how do you make sure that your work stands out from the pack? I’m not sure if I do! I am sort of selective with which models I work with and I tend to go for ones who are experienced and fairly well known as you tend to get better results than you would with newbie models. That said, I worked with a newbie model recently that is a contortionist, so I sourced some lingerie from Pandora Deluxe Latex and did a fetishy set with her that differed from her ‘fitness’ style portfolio. I also think having access to decent outfits and

What are you thoughts on the debate about photographers ‘over-photoshopping’ models? I am a massive fan of photoshop when it is done well. Some of my photos are clearly photoshopped but that’s more down to the colours rather than the model themselves. I am not against editing skin but the result needs to look realistic. Too many photographers blur the skin but you still need to keep texture to make it look natural. I do sometimes think that if you cannot use photoshop, it’s probably best you do not use it at all but at the same time, I think all photos need a bit of an edit. Finally is there anything that you would like to say to our readers? A big thank you to those who follow my work and take the time to give me feedback. I do appreciate the support and advice I receive. Keep a look out for me in 2014 where I aim to do some more work on location.

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Amy Zena Can you tell us a bit about how and why you became a model? It all started with a bit of gentle coaxing by other models actually. I had always been inspired and in awe of the beauty of models such as Vivi Sterling and Alice La Vie, so after talking to them I felt like I should give it a go. After my first few shoots I realized just how much fun it was meeting new people and being able to create some amazing images. I have always suffered with low self-esteem and confidence, but since I started modelling I’ve found I am a lot more positive with myself. What are your favorite styles/themes/concepts to shoot? I will never get sick of shooting in latex, that’s for sure! I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with Violaceous Latex (violaceouslatex.co.uk) quite a bit over the last 18 months. I really enjoy shooting any theme or concept that gets me out of my comfort zone, that can bring out a sort of ‘Amy alter ego’. It’s always good to push yourself to do something bigger and bolder then you’ve done before.  Are there any styles/themes that you would love to explore in the future? In all honesty I’m more then happy to try anything. But, on saying that, I am absolutely dying to do an underwater shoot! Having bright green hair, I can’t quite get away from being called a mermaid! So an underwater shoot makes perfect sense to me. I’d also love to do some really avantgarde styled shoots with super striking make-up and massive hair.  What have been some of your most memorable photoshoots? Every shoot I’ve done so far has been really memorable, but if I had to choose I’d say it’d either be, the semi implied nude shoot I did in a fresh water river with great fear a dog walker was going to catch us, or the underwear shoot I did in the middle of Greenwich park (mid November I might add!) Never felt like such a flasher in all my life, trench coat and all!  With so many trying to break into the industry, what is your personal view on the current alternative modelling scene? I think it’s great that so many girls and guys are trying their hand at modelling. It’s definitely a hard industry to make it big in and can end up being a little stressful at times. I’m still not even completely sure that I’ve cracked the scene myself to be honest! It’s not as easy as it looks. It takes a hell of a lot of hard work, dedication and being able to take bad criticism as well as good. Not everyone who starts modelling will make it big and become super successful. It’s just like any other kind of job or career; you need to work your ass off, make some good connections and do the best you can to stand out from the rest. Not so long ago being an ‘Alt model’ meant you were just covered head to toe in tattoos/piercings, whereas these days there is so much more to it with concepts and styling. Some of the best alt models out there aren’t stereotypically ‘alt’ such as the gorgeous Mosh & Ulorin Vex. It is also great that the more heavily modified models can show off their mods without fear of being judged harshly.

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exposed How has being a model affected your life so far? I wouldn’t say it has affected my life too dramatically, but I’m lucky enough to have had the chance to meet and work with some incredibly talented people. I’ve also made some really close friends too like Alice La Vie; if you’d have told me two years ago how close we’d be now and that we’d even get to shoot together, I’d have told you to sod off! There is a slight downside to being a model though sometimes as people often mistake confidence for cockiness, which never goes down well!   Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? Oh my gosh lots! It’s my dream to one day work with the likes of TwistedPix, Lady Gaius Photography, Bilacous, Scott Chalmers and Joseph O’Brien (just to name a few photographers!) I also of course would love to work with Lauren-Becki Rowlands again! Would also be amazing to work with Makeup artists such as Alice Bizarre, Joanna Strange and Zoe Melissa Mae (who is bloody amazing with Sugarpill makeup!) What does the future hold for you? I hope that the future will bring some more modelling, more fun and more adventure! I’d love to think that this time next year I’ll have been able to shoot with at least one of my dream team and maybe even have a few more images in magazines! But really, I’ll just take whatever life has to throw at me and enjoy every mad moment of it!  Thank you Rebelicious for giving me the chance to be in your wonderful mag. Lots of mermaid love! xox 

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Zhenya Merrick What inspired you to become a model? It was 3 years ago when I decided to become an alt girl. I found modeling to be a creative outlet at that time and I thought that modeling would help me at some point to deal with my body issues and would help to find myself in this world. What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? Fetish and gothic dark fashion I think. High heels with platforms, leather and latex. Are there any styles or themes that you would love to explore in the future? I am getting interested in retro and pinup styles a lot. Recently I had some shootings in this style and I enjoyed it a lot. What have been some of your most memorable photoshoots? Every shoot is in some way memorable to me. I will mention here one curious shooting when 78 | rebelicious magazine

I was lost in the forest and hardly found the way back. Also I remember my first shooting in 15cm high heels. It was a lot of pain for my legs afterwards!

Modelling involves having a lot of confidence in front of the camera, but does this confidence always transfer away from the lens too? I think I am the same girl in life as in front of camera. I am active, a bit freaky and strange. With one exception… I don’t apply a lot of makeup everyday when not shooting. I like to be myself not anyone else.

Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? I’d like to visit USA some day. There are a lot of great alt style photographers there. I like Alvarado and Viva Van Story photography a lot. In Russia we have some problems in getting a visa, but I hope to visit USA in summer.

What does the future hold for you? Experiments, travelling, meeting new people, and of course a lot of adventures.

facebook.com/zhenyamerrick1 How has being a model affected your life so far? I have a very interesting life. Photo shoots happen almost every day. Everyday something new is going on. Also I improved my make up skills and learnt many new things about hairstyles.

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What inspired you to become a model? Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by the show America’s Next Top Model. Watching the way the models posed, the beautiful clothing they get to wear, and seeing the images they received afterwards made me want to experience the glamour that they did. I think that when I was young, it had a lot to do with the concept of “beauty” and wanting to capture that immortal beauty through an image. What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I would have to say that my favorite styles are pin-up, goth, fetish and latex all the way!

Are there any styles/themes that you would love to explore in the future? Hmmm… I would like to do high fashion someday. I know I don’t really have a high fashion look, but I just love the elegance found in that style. Modelling involves having a lot of confidence in front of the camera, but does this confidence always transfer away from the lens too? Oh, absolutely. In order to convey confidence in front of the camera, it has to be believable, and it has to be genuine. Before I really gained confidence in front of the lens, it showed through that I was somewhat uncomfortable. Now that I’m fully comfortable in my own skin, as well as in front of the camera, I feel that my confidence comes through. What have been some of your most memorable photoshoots? That’s a tough one because there are so many that stick out and all for different reasons. I would say that my most memorable photo shoot was the second shoot I did with Masart Portrait Photography in which I actually got fully nude in order to get some beautiful implied shots. It was a moment where I was not only exposed in front of the lens, but it was the moment where I felt most

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comfortable with my body, as well as the most free. I also think that had a lot to do with the photographer’s casual attitude about the whole situation, which made me feel safe and natural.

With so many trying to break into the industry, what is your personal view on the current alternative modelling scene? I think it’s a really tough industry to make it in. With new faces emerging all the time, it makes the scene pretty competitiveFrom what I’ve seen, the models that really start to make a name for themselves are the ones that are talented in not only modeling, but in hair and makeup as well. I would also say that the models who really start getting recognition are the ones that pay well-known photographers, get those images published as covers, and start really getting their face out there. I guess the way to really break in is to be either incredibly creative, pay to work with amazing people, or just get lucky. How has being a model affected your life so far? After my first few months of modeling, being in front of the camera and learning to become comfortable in the body that I have, I came to accept myself for what I am, as well as for how I look. I have come to embrace my body for the way that it is - rolls, curves, cellulite and all. I know it’s strange, but modeling actually helped me rediscover myself and helped me love every part of who I am that I may have hated before. Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? Vestige Photography and Viva Van Story. Their work is absolutely stunning. What does the future hold for you? I’m not really sure. My goal for the next year is to get more publications and land a cover! I would also like to model for more designers, as well as model more latex.

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When you first started out as a model, did you have any preconceptions on how the industry would be? Were there any shocks along the way for you as your career progressed? What got me inspired to just go out there and do it was that I had been following some alternative models online for years and was truly inspired by their work then I said, “Hey that could be me, why the heck not?” I didn’t really have any preconceptions of what it would be like to break into the industry (besides the worry of shooting with a shady photographer). I think one of the only shocks I’ve had (and maybe this is petty) but it would be some of the girls who have found substantial success in modelling that I don’t think have anything to offer besides over sexualizing themselves. I really appreciate models who aren’t just pretty faces and can do things like produce art or make their own clothing. That’s what really blows me away and makes some interesting in my books. What are your favourite styles/themes/ concepts to shoot? I think with shooting, as with my style, I like the two extremes of dark and scary and the cutest things on the planet. By this I mean I like shooting dark or dramatic looks with skulls and heavy makeup, but my other favorite is all things pink and adorable like Hello Kitty and colourful candy. I generally find all the stuff in-between boring, haha! Are there any styles/themes that you would love to explore in the future? I really want to do a photo shoot with my cat Coco. He’s my best little buddy and a beautiful longhaired cat. He’s a white/ beige colour so I can envision the shoot being a white on white on white ice queen shoot! Modelling involves having a lot of confidence in front of the camera, but does this confidence always transfer

away from the lens too? I would say this varies from model to model. Some people can be confident in front of the camera but totally shy in person. For myself I find I can be actually sort of camera shy depending on who is taking the photos. This is why it’s important to have a good photographer that you’re comfortable with and that way you really get into the zone and that’s when your confidence and personality really shines.

What have been some of your most memorable photoshoots? I think two memorable photoshoots (one for good, and one for bad) was 1: when I was in New York I shot in the 5 Pointz building. I worked with an amazing team (House of Indulgence Photography and Micha Mika MUA). It was just a really fun shoot and the photographer was so skilled with his lighting set up that the raw photos from the camera hardly needed to be retouched. The other memorable shoot (which was more a negative one) was a candy themed shoot. The concept sounded amazing but the end results...not so much. My hair was perfectly done and makeup was great, but some of the accessories were made from candy, (including a fruit by the roll up choker) which was sprayed down with water to give it a shine. Now as you can imagine this created a sticky gooey mess that ended up ripping out my hair and just causing general unpleasantness. The cherry on top was that I was not happy with the end results, so all that for nothing! With so many trying to break into the industry, what is your personal view on the current alternative modelling scene? I think the alternative modelling scene is clearly very different from the normal modelling scene in the fact that anyone can do it and you don’t need agency representation. It doesn’t matter what size you are or what hair colour you have, but to be successful in alternative modelling you have to really stand out

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Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with one day? Some photographers I’d like to work with one day are FALT Photographics, Hugo V Photography and Gregorio Photography. Designer wise I would say Sweet Carousel Corsetry, Jessica Louise and Ashley Rose Couture Designs. What does the future hold for you? Happiness, success at doing what I love, and lots of cats. 

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JAN 2014 #17 For girly girls in a brutal world rebeliciousmagazine.com

Rebelicious Magazine Issue 17  

Featuring Vivi Sterling, Kerry Wheeler, Slaughter House Couture, Daniella Batsheva, Luci Alice Photography, photo editorials and more.

Rebelicious Magazine Issue 17  

Featuring Vivi Sterling, Kerry Wheeler, Slaughter House Couture, Daniella Batsheva, Luci Alice Photography, photo editorials and more.