HOW DID YOU GET STARTED MODELING?
I stumbled into modeling with my ex-boyfriend. We were invited to model in a fashion show/play because our friends were the opening band. It was a great show called A Vampire's Kiss and it was so much more than a fashion show.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT MODELING?
I come from a theater background and modeling to me is like very slow form acting. I get to put on this character and act like her to capture these moments.
DO YOU COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF TRAINING IN THE ARTS?
I do. I did theater all through high school and I intend to go back to school to further my training. I have dreams of teaching others the craft either at a high school or college level.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO MODEL IN?
I love to do very obscure outfits. Some of my favorites have been ones I've created in like 20 minutes just rummaging through my closet. Of course my closet is an entire bedroom so there's lots to choose from.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVORITES?
I can't really say I have a least favorite type. I don't really do shoots that I don't connect with. Money is not the most important part of modeling for me. I have been dressed once or twice by a clothing designer where I would've picked something else, so I guess that counts.
CLASSIC PINUP HAS BECOME A HUGE PHENOMENA LATELY, WHAT ABOUT IT FIRST CAPTURED YOUR INTEREST?
Bettie Page is actually my idol. Imitating her style today is incredible, but we as models don't face near the amount of adversity she did. She was not only beautiful but very strong and courageous. In the small amount of pin-up I've had the opportunity to do I try to emulate that feeling entirely.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
As far a fetish modeling is concerned I guess my first experiences with it were truly in the bedroom. It's really fun to get to do it outside of the bedroom nowadays.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
I can say that I am into BDSM and Fetish Play but to tell exactly what would spoil the mystery.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT TATTOOS THAT INTRIGUES YOU?
I believe that the body is a blank canvas, I'm simply decorating mine. I believe tattooing is a beautiful art form, especially when done creatively and uniquely. I'm not a big fan of flash or impulse tattoos because they will be with you for the rest of your life.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
As I said before I am very into theater although I haven't been as active in it as I'd like lately. I have been in a couple music videos. Check out Guilty by Design's video for FX at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WgfbTztLKg. I'm also the muse for Lost Point's song Hollywood Girl which you can check out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfCUq1x6sKA.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I love so many different types of music it's hard to keep track. Right now my favorites are Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, Parov Stelar, Little Dragon, and Mumford & Sons. The nerdy side of me also love the Epic Rap Battles of History.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I am a total beach bum lately. I love to go out dancing. I also play Dungeons & Dragons and Magic:The Gathering. I'm kind of a closet nerd.
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Photographer-Josiah Owens/Prospect Glamour