HOW DID YOU GET STARTED MODELING?
When I was 12 years old, I started going on go sees. My mother's best friend was a photographer, and my first shoot was with him.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT MODELING?
It's difficult to put into words. It gives me a feeling that I can't quite put my finger on. I love being myself in front of the camera, as well as being someone else. I love seeing the photographer's interpretation of what I try to show. It's like using expired Polaroid film. You go into it know something will turn out different. You know what you see through the view finder, but you have to trust the film, and the anticipation of what will turn out is amazing.
DO YOU COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF TRAINING IN THE ARTS?
I have been performing in general for pretty much my whole life. I was always in school plays and talent shows, choir and drama class. I never really took formal training.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
Anything that provokes expression.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
Retro pin up style. I feel it's pretty cliche for a tattooed model to be a pinup girl.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT TATTOOS THAT INTRIGUES YOU?
I always knew what I was supposed to look like when I was a child. I would always draw myself with tattoos and body piercings. I started getting tattooed promptly after my eighteenth birthday, and with every new piece, I feel more and more complete as a human being. It's like I am building myself into the person I was meant to be.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I do some acting when things come my way. I have been in a few commercials and music videos. I was also in a film, "Puncture" with Chris Evans, which is available on Netflix. I am a body piercer by day.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Black metal, doom, 70's/80's punk..etc.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I'm a thrift/antique store junkie. I love sewing and reconstructing clothing. I also have gotten into collecting skulls and bones, mostly animal. I love to cook and bake. I started drawing and reading quite often.
See more of Danae Ayala:
Amber Rose McConnell Photo
Isaac Joel Torres, Kolorblind Photo
Julian Humphries, Red Rogue Studio
Mr. Glass, Heels & Candy