I always liked glamour, used to read fashion magazines, play with Barbie's, and use my mother's make up when she wasn't around.
I guess if I wasn't born a girl I would of turned out as a drag Queen.
I gave up on that idea, and never really tried modeling again, but as time passed I kept getting involved In different projects and just enjoyed the photo shoots and all the cool pictures.
Also I'm a photographer, so experimenting on myself is something I do quite often.
I come from a pretty small country, so the scenes are less developed, and people are a bit more mainstream, so you can't really expect people here to be in the same state of mind as you are, or like the same style.
My heroes are mostly 50's pin up, I like the retro. I love betty page, she's innocent and perverted at the same time, it's perfect. And of curse Sabina Kelley, she's kind of the girl next door but with 2 sleeves, awesome.
Q. Were you a fan of body art before modeling, and is body art a big part of the alt industry?
I've been a fan of body art from quite a young age, started getting pierced when I was a teenager, and even got my 3rd ear piercing at age 11 along with my father, who got his ear pierced to show me it's not that bad, after I almost chickened out on myself.
I started getting tattooed at age 17(as soon as I was legally allowed to), I adore tattooed woman and just appreciate the art of tattooing in general.
Yes I think it is a big part of alt modeling, but some models are just so interesting on their own, it might even harm their style (dita von tease for example).
But I do love the old school side show tattooed girls. Sometimes more is better!
Q. Did you start off as full-time, or did you start modeling part-time?
I just model when I get asked to do something cool. In the day-to-day life I work with computers. Yes, I'm a total computer geek.
The first few times I shoot was with friends who were into photography. It is nerve racking when you're not used to it, or when you don't feel comfortable. The photographer plays a big part in this sensation so it's important to feel comfortable with him, and have a verbal connection. I think that a photographer should speak a lot during the shoot, guide the model, and don't show any signs of impatience or frustration.
Q. Did you join an agency? What was your experience with working with agents?
When I was about 16 I decided to try modeling, went to some agencies, and did some lousy jobs like haircuts presentations.
In general all the agencies were really closed-minded and made it clear I needed to take off the piercing and such.
I've never had any bad experiences, but it's important in any situation to be as safe as possible. If you have a bad feeling about something just ask to bring somebody with you, if you get refused it might serve as a warning.
Q. Have you found your own style within alt modeling, how did you decide on your 'look'?
I just went with what I like, tried combining styles I like while being true to what will actually suit me and flattering.
Q. Is it important to be flexible in what type of photo shoots and jobs you'll take, or do you decide what you will and won't do and just stick to that?
It's important to be flexible, when you're a model you're serving to somebody else's art. I personally have a vision about must photo shoots, so I take that energy to a different place and set up photo shoots on my own.
Q. Is it a very competitive industry and have you worked with other models?
I don't think you can call it an industry, what's going on in Israel.
There's just a bunch of gorgeous, special, strong women, it toke me a while to discover them all, but there's some amazing jams here!
I have done some group photo shoots, it's always super fun.
As I mentioned a lot during this interview, I do like to switch places every once in a while. I toke a few photography courses, and from then on mainly focused on photographing my girlfriends. I like everything about doing a photo shoot, the make-up, the styling, developing the idea before executing it, and even the tiring editing.
This days I'm working on producing some small projects with my friend Malkiella, such as pin-up post cards that represent different aspects of strong woman.
Q. Is it important to keep other interests/aspects of your life as a priority - things which have nothing to do with modeling? What other skills have helped you as a model?
Yes I am a big believer in inner beauty, in my eyes a person can become completely ugly or beautiful according to their personality. If there isn't something behind the person in the picture it's kind of pointless.
Q. What would you like to achieve in alt modeling in future?
I'd like to do more extreme and daring photo shoots, to try and be creative and do things I'll be passionate about.
I am working on a big project at the moment, maybe you'll hear about it in the near future
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