HOW DID YOU GET STARTED MODELING?
I would post shots I took of myself online and always obsessed about being in front of the camera. I wanted to be in beauty pageants and in shows but my mother never would let me. She thought I wouldn't be able to handle denial, so when I was 18 I took it upon myself to start my modeling career. Being so young it was hard to be taken seriously, and since I'm not quite tall enough for fashion modeling, my projects were limited. I took a few years off to discover myself and where I wanted to take my career and came back with a new found sense of sexuality and decided to focus on lingerie photography and burlesque shows and performances.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT MODELING?
Being able to escape the real world for just a few hours, and enter a world of being a muse of glamour and seduction is amazing.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
I think my favorite outfits to shoot in are anything vintage and full of glitz and glam. Burlesque costumes are always so beautiful. I love to feel like I'm living in old 1940's Hollywood.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
That's hard to say. I think that as a professional, I try to be grateful for every opportunity I get to work, but I would have to say that shooting in something that a photographer might have lying around, that doesn't exactly fit right or wasn't made for your body type is always uncomfortable. Sometimes you go into a shoot with a direction in mind, and last minute, the photographer changes it depending on wardrobe. It sucks. I try not to work with those types people anymore. You live and you learn.
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?
I would love to see my portfolio expand and grow into more pin-up and vintage inspired lingerie shoots. Working for latex clothing lines has always been a goal so I would definitely love to expand into the fetish market a little more, just within limits.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I am a trained dancer and singer since as early as I can remember. My goal this year along with my partner "Mercyful Kate" is to start producing shows in which we perform and showcase our talents to the people of NYC, along with select other members. Obviously as an artist, being able to work full time in entertainment is the goal, so I am just staying focused and passionate and hoping that being productive will pay off!
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Generally, I am a total metal head/street punk. I hide it well but it comes out in my wardrobe on my days off. Also, I am a sucker for old big band music. So much fun to dance and perform to! I grew up with my grandmother being in love with Doris Day and any old time musical, so I guess that rubbed off on me a bit in me wanting to perform in burlesque.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
For fun, I love to study up new hair and makeup tips and techniques to help me look my best on shoots and at events. I also LOVE creating costumes and making them as sparkly and glamorous as possible!
See more of Cecè La Reine:
el Jong Photography