HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
I think I've always been interested in BDSM, from well before the time I realized it was a fetish at all. I always liked the idea of being tied up, and the idea of being spanked and caned. If I found anything about it in a story I'd re-read it over and over again. As a teenager I started to realize that these feelings were sexual and I was very worried and spent a few years feeling very guilty and in a bit of denial. Then, when I became a model and was given the opportunity to do a bondage shoot, I realized I'd found a (mostly) safe environment to explore BDSM. Which was absolutely brilliant.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
Having done a couple of bondage shoots, I had the confidence to explore it in my personal life. Eventually I found a boyfriend who, apart from being lovely, liked doing all the things I liked having done to me. What a relief! I like rope bondage, spanking, D/s, domestic discipline, caning, all sorts of other CP implements, nipple clamps, electro-play, blindfolds, gags.... Pretty much anything BDSM related, I think. I'm not so interested in fetish clothing though. Sometimes, photographers who book me for fetish shoots ask me to bring some 'fetishy' clothing, and I'm always at a bit of a loss, because my fetishes aren't really related to what I or my partner is wearing. So I chuck in some high heels and shiny stuff and hope for the best :)
ARE THERE ANY FETISHES THAT YOU DON'T FIND APPEALING?
Gosh yes, loads. Not because I think they're wrong, of course. Just because my fetishes are bondage and spanking, and that's pretty much it. I'm happy to shoot pony play, rubber clothing, gas masks, silk and satin fetish, leg fetish and loads of other things despite them not being totally my kink. There are some fetishes I don't want to try though, even at a photo shoot. That's mostly because they'd involve explicit sexual contact, rather than because the fetish element turns me off. I suppose the fetishes I find least appealing are water sports and adult baby stuff. Again, not because I think they're wrong, just because I don't feel any connection to them.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT FETISH MODELING?
Getting the chance to work with creative people who'll set things up that I might not have ever thought of for myself. It's given me a lot more knowledge about my favorite fetishes, it'd have taken me years to learn so much if I hadn't been doing fetish modeling. And I absolutely love most of the people involved in fetish photography; I have a lovely group of friends as a result of my modeling work, as well as a wonderful partner. Hooray! Also, I like the pictures and videos I get to model in. I know models don't always want to watch their own work, but I find it really interesting.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
I really like being naked in all honesty. But when I'm not naked I like flowing silk gowns, pencil skirts, roll-neck cashmere jumpers and OMG, pantyhose. I love them.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
Well, I feel a bit horrible saying this because I'm fine wearing most things, but I'm not a great lover of lingerie. I'd rather be nude, and because I've got small breasts I don't really wear bras except at work, and they feel a bit weird. So I don't normally get excited about wearing lingerie...
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
They probably are, or at least some of them are. Latex seems to be everywhere in fashion, for example. But I still get occasional really negative reactions from people about my BDSM work; mostly because they see it as anti-feminist, I think. So I don't think we'll see famous fashion models making spanking movies any time soon. Though if they want to have a go, I won't try to stop them :)
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Other peoples. I'm awfully lazy about making my own collection and I'm really unfussy, I like almost everything. How boring of me, sorry!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I have two consuming hobbies, other than reading which doesn't feel like it counts properly. I do lots of baking because I find it therapeutic and because I think it pleases my service-orientated submissive side. Also because I don't think raw cake batter counts towards calorie allowances. Nope. And my other hobby is making dresses. This is a bit more stressful than baking for me, especially when I'm using expensive fabric. But I love having unique clothes, and I'm REALLY tall, so its nice to create clothes that are long enough.
See more of Ariel Anderssen:
http://www.restrainedelegance.com (the bondage site I co-run)
http://www.blog.ameliajanerutherford.com (my spanking and bondage blog)
Hywel Phillips of http://www.restrainedelegance.com
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