RubberDoll is a renowned Florida-based latex fetish model and performer. This interview was featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Sinical Magazine.
Danny Stygion: How did you end up with the name "RubberDoll"?
RubberDoll: Well, the reason that I'm called RubberDoll is obviously that I wear latex clothing almost exclusively during my modeling and performances. But, how I originally got that name goes all the way back to the old days when everyone was still using AOL to access the internet. “RubberDoll” was my screen-name on AOL and it just sort of stuck. I know that is kind of corny, but that's the true story.
Danny Stygion: Can you explain your fascination with latex?
RubberDoll: To me, it is the most sensual and sexually stimulating clothing that a person can wear. It is incredibly tight, so it fits every inch and curve of your body like a second skin. It is smooth to the touch and it feels great to be touched while you are wearing it. When it's had polish applied to it, it makes you shine and shimmer like crazy. I don't think any other fabric can come close to latex when it comes to making someone look and feel sexual. It even changes your attitude when you put it on. Ever since I first saw a person in latex, I knew it was the thing for me. It definitely has some drawbacks: it's expensive, it's fragile, and its hot in the summer and cold in the winter. But, those things are a small price to pay in exchange for looking and feeling like a rubber goddess.
Danny Stygion: How many latex outfits do you own?
RubberDoll: Do you have a calculator I can borrow so I can try to figure that out? I really don't know how many outfits I have but its a lot. I used to think that having one closet filled with latex was impressive, but then I expanded to two … then three ... and finally I had to convert an entire bedroom to a walk-in closet. It's getting to the point where I can have my own TV show called “Latex Hoarders”.
Danny Stygion: When did you start modeling? How did this evolve into fetish modeling?
RubberDoll: I first got interested in modeling when I was still in high school. Back then, I was heavily into the goth scene and I would scour the local stores in search of victorian style dresses and other items to create my outfits. I started modeling for photos in my outfits just for fun. When I got a little older and I was exposed to the fetish scene, I switched gears and started focusing on a much sexier look with lots of latex. I still enjoyed taking photos though, so I continued to do it and posted some of them on the internet. It seemed the more I posted, the more people wanted to see, so it evolved into a full-time thing for me, rather than just a hobby.
Danny Stygion: When did you launch your www.rubberdoll.net site?
RubberDoll: My website was launched in 2001. But back then, it was nowhere near what it is today. After I had gotten a big response to my cheesy little geocities freebie site, I decided to try something a little bigger. But, neither myself nor my boyfriend knew anything about web design or photography, so we got a cheap digital camera and a copy of “html for dummies” and started learning as we went along. There was a lot of trial and error along the way, but its 11 years later and I'm still going strong, so I must be doing something right.
Danny Stygion: How many photo sets and videos are on the site?
RubberDoll: I think I need to borrow your calculator again. I don't know the exact number, but I've been updating the site with new photos and videos for years, so there is a ton of stuff inside the members area. And I'm still adding lots of new material each week, so I'd like to invite everyone to stop in and take a look around. I'm sure you'll find something you like.
Danny Stygion: You put a lot of work into your sets and props. On an artistic level, which photo set are you the most proud of?
RubberDoll: I like to put a lot of thought and energy into the settings and props used for my shoots because I like to give each scene a different feel. There are many that I consider to be favorites, but one that stands out in my mind is a medical scene I did many years ago. It's several years old at this point, but I think it was the first time that I really went all out to create something special. It looked like a padded room that was stuffed with all sorts of creepy looking vintage medical equipment.
Danny Stygion: You have performed at many fetish and non-fetish events. What can a person typically expect from a live RubberDoll performance?
RubberDoll: Performing live on-stage is one of my favorite things to do, so I go all out to give the crowd a good time an put on an elite show. I just love feeding off the energy of a live audience. You can definitely expect to see me in custom costumes (of course,featuring lots of latex). The show itself is a high-energy combination of sexy choreography, magic tricks, unexpected props, burlesque striptease and many other surprises. I also often incorporate audience participation and giveaways during the performances, especially when I perform at gentlemens clubs where things can get a little more risque. Performing live is truly my favorite part of what I do and I've been lucky enough to entertain audiences all over the world.
Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?
RubberDoll: I like to keep myself busy with a number of projects at the same time. Of course, producing photo and video content is something that I do continuously so I always have new things to publish online and elsewhere. And my live performance schedule keeps me on the road several weekends every month. It could be at a fetish event or an adult convention or a strip club … you just never know where I'll turn up.
Danny Stygion: Do you have any upcoming events?
RubberDoll: My event schedule is constantly being updated, so the best way to get my most current info is by checking my website or my twitter feed. I do feature appearances at adult clubs several times a month, so I might be hitting your city and you wouldn't want to miss that. I also tour with the Exxxotica convention, which visits several major markets each year, where I not only perform on-stage, but I also have an interactive booth where you can meet me (and maybe even get strapped into my bondage gear for a little fun!)
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I have sent countless e-mail submissions to publications over the last 10 years and we at Sinical now receive daily image submissions from models, photographers, and writers. Here are some humble suggestions on the best way to send an e-mail to any publication.
1. Briefly introduce yourself: your name, location, and what you do.
2. Briefly list your credits.
3. Keep to one subject. Don't discuss multiple subjects. Send a seperate email if you need to discuss more than one matter.
4. Don't write in ALL CAPS. ALL CAPS ARE HARDER TO READ. Especially when your whole letter has been written in ALL CAPS.
5. If you are a photographer: send low resolution images, first. Send high resolution images when requested. I personally don't open any files that are 1MB and larger.
6. Don't ask someone to look up your portfolio or Facebook page online somewhere to see your work.
7. Don't let rejection get to you.
8. Use a signature with your contact information.
9. Use spell-check.
10. Don't mass e-mail several publications with your submission. The more people you CC the less likely anyone will respond to it.
11. Don't ask for a cover!
12. Only send your best work and not 2 dozens images.
13. Use a specific title for the subject line.
The bottom line is: keep it short and simple. If your email is long, it will probably be read later. If there are no images and only links, those links will probably never be clicked.
Send e-mail submissions to: laura @ sinicalmagazine.com.
Photo by Ricky Miramontes. MUA: Angelica Dominguez.
Article by Divya.
WTF Were You Thinking?
…when you bought those faux cut-off shorts.
Since childhood, my mom always called me “The Cutter.” I cut everything. As a kid, I cut my hats in feeble attempts to fit rhinestones in the holes (screw off, I was a kid and did not have a BeDazzler). In the tween years, I cut holes in my Calvin Klein jeans to make them look more like Kurt Cobain’s jeans. The obsession with cutting clothing progressed over the years and here I am, pushing 30, with a closet full of cut-off sweats, sweaters, blouses, tees, and jeans. After all, I am “The Cutter,” hear me and my scissors roar in fury at these clearly lesser, fraudulent, and over-priced “cut-offs” you can buy anywhere that sells jean shorts.
When I spend good money on shorts, they should be hemmed. They better be hemmed and my ass better look spectacular. Those are my only two criteria.
So… what is this blasphemy I am seeing now with faux cut-offs? What purpose does that serve? When I cut jeans into shorts, it is because they are useless to me as full length jeans. Or, I am out of shorts and it is cheaper to go to the thrift store, buy some 3 dollar man-jeans, and cut those suckers until my ass looks brilliant. Then I am home-wrecking your life by going on a date with your dad to Chuck-E-Cheese after he spotted these rosy cheeks at the Wal-Mart you were likely conceived in.
They are cut-offs out of necessity and they are custom made for my rump! That is the appeal! It adds to my skank factor too because it tells a dude, “I am purposely showing off my butt to you. I made this. If I wanted it longer, I would have cut them to be longer.” So you see, they are both skanky and functional; you’re not sacrificing anything and that is what makes it so beautiful.
There is a certain amount of pride and accomplishment you feel in turning your jeans into cut-offs. Now, everyone from designer and generic labels are trying to take that satisfaction from us. Am I not allowed to be a cheap skank on my own accord?
I like having to trim the threads after about a dozen washes when the cut-offs start to fray more, it is a rite of passage for any piece of denim you cut. These pretend cut-offs do not have any fray that looks even remotely genuine. I saw urban outfitters is selling authentic cut-offs, but why would you ever pay for cut-offs? My cut-offs better make me money by getting me “sponsored” by some old dude that appreciates my rigorous workout routine, and not cost me money. If it costs more than $3, it is cutting into your Ramen funds and “us girls” have priorities, thank you very much.
David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) has turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter for financing to develop an animated feature based on Eric Powell's comic 'The Goon".
The project has been in development hell for several years. David Fincher would executive produce the film with Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler would co-direct. Fincher and Miller have posted a video asking for $400,000 to help fund a story reel for the project. Watch the video at the official Kickstarter page for 'the Goon'.
HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie PSYCHO. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and others.
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'Hitchcock' is set to be released on November 23rd, 2012.
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