Sunday, 29 November 2015

Bigger Influence on Alt Models: Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese?

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Bettie Page or Dita von Teese...

We've asked several models who they think is a bigger influence on today's alternative and fetish models. Bettie Page became famous in the 1950s for her pin up and bondage photos. Her jet black hair and trademark bangs influenced models for generations. Dita Von Teese started to make a name for herself in the 1990's and 2000's and helped re-popularize burlesque performance and fetish modeling landing covers on prominent magazines such as Playboy, and fetish/alt magazines such Bizarre and Marquis. Without Bettie Page there is no Dita, but Dita definetly made fetish modeling and burlesque more popular and paved the way for other alt/fetish models to incorporate burlesque performing into their overall art.


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Photo by Chas Ray Krider.


Here's what the models had to say:


Myra Snöflinga: Both woman are very special. But I think Bettie Page, being one of the first Pin up models, has a very great influence to all us alternative models and women. At least even to Dita Von Teese. She opend up a door for many women.

Noise Noire: I love Dita for her burlesque and Bettie for staying so natural - but both of them are still true to themselves. And I like the fact that Bettie was curvy. I think thats important when beeing in public: Still looking like yourself and not as others may want you!

SaphirNoir: That is Dita Von Teese. I consider her more stylish than Bettie.

Fräulein Kafka: That's a tricky one! I have to say that Dita von Teese is more of an influence to me, but perhaps that's only because she shares my love for waist reducing corsets.

Melissa Drew: This is a tough one for me. I want to say Bettie Page simply for the fact that she came first, but I really think Dita Von Teese has done more and embraced the lifestyle much more.

Rachel Rampage: Dita Von Teese has kept the pin up ball rolling! And what a lady!

Scary Miss Mary: Dita Von Teese, I think. She's so pretty and I love her style but more important is her attitude, her femininity!

Xlcr Moon: Dita Von Teese, I love her almost vampiric elegance.

La Esmeralda: Dita! I am jealous every time I see her sparkling corsets.

Nephania: I'll have to go for Dita.

Melissa Hayward: Bettie Page because she was a pioneer of pin up modelling, I have a Bettie tattoo on my arm.

Ewel: I`d say Dita.

Drakaena: Dita Von Teese of course. First of all she’s beautiful, she has a great plastique, a lots of class, elegance and charm. Her pictures are wonderful. She is a real model.



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Myra Snöflinga Interview

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Marco Ribbe Photography. Back corsetry by Sina Domino Collins.


Myra Snöflinga is a Germany-based alternative model.


Sinical Magazine: What was the first alternative or fetish magazine you came across?

Myra Snöflinga: Actually I think it was a gothic magazine at a Festival.

Sinical Magazine: How did you become an alternative model?

Myra Snöflinga: It all started with a simple photo shoot (for fun) with a friend of mine. With the picture results I went to an online network for models and photographers in Germany. I got to know other models, as well as designers and of course photographers. With each and every shooting my passion for alternative modeling grew and so I kept on shooting for 4 years now.


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Photo by Jörg Lügering of FotoStudio-ONE.


Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Myra Snöflinga: 85cm · 66cm · 82cm.

Sinical Magazine: What was the most interesting thing that has happened during a photo shoot?

Myra Snöflinga: I don`t remember something super special but outdoor shootings in public are always up for some funny surprises.


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Photo: PDAphotographyHuerthOffiziell
H&M: Lea Eiselt Maskenbildnerin.


Sinical Magazine: Who is more of an influence: Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese?

Myra Snöflinga: Both woman are very special.  But I think Bettie Page, being one of the first Pin up models, has a very great influence to all us alternative models and women. At least even to Dita Von Teese. She opend up a door for many women.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?

Myra Snöflinga: I really adored all of the photographers I have worked with in the past, they all became good friends and I am thankful they shared a wonderful time of their life with me. At least a very intimitate time, as a shooting is always a very sensual thing, which needs passion from all involved. But just to mention a few: I worked with Fairy-Tales-Photography in Paris, Marco Ribbe-Photography, Au-Contraire- Photography, Lycialia Art, PDAphotography, Jenna Rütter and many more. I am always happy about any requests.


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Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?

Myra Snöflinga: My personal top 5 are some girls that i know personaly and i really adore them both as a model and as human: Miss Riko Misery, Lisa Winkelmann alias Miss Mayhem, Ninette, Dae Joon and Sina Domino Collins

Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?

Myra Snöflinga: I can`t really answer this question cause i like so many photographers and different styles. But as i said before I adore all the photographers  I've worked with so far.


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Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to other models or photographers?

Myra Snöflinga: Not really. Most of them are like a big family and I love being a part of it.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?

Myra Snöflinga: I love the mixture of gothic and rock clothing.


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Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Myra Snöflinga: There are so many designers I adore, but definetily i like V-Couture, Hellmade Corsets Amatoris Latex-Couture, Rachel Sigmon of Posh Fairytale Couture, Yourshape, Royal-Black-Couture, Bibian Blue and many more

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Myra Snöflinga: I mainly listen to Metal, but i also like Rock and Industrial very much

Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

Myra Snöflinga: In Cologne Germany we have a big alternative scene, which is very open-minded and I love to meet new people there.

Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?

Myra Snöflinga: Mainly I am active on Facebook. You can find my page, which keeps you updated with news and pictures everyday. If you search for "myra snöflinga".


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Jamie Mahon Interview

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Model: Violet Eyes.


Jamie Mahon is an Englan-based photographer. This interview was featured in issue 7 of Sinical Magazine. Order a print copy here.


Sinical Magazine: You are based in Leeds, England. Can you tell us a little about your background?

Jamie Mahon: Currently I work as a graphic designer for a local company as well as freelancing in my spare time. I'm also the creative director and lead designer of Soundsphere Magazine.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Jamie Mahon: It started when I was studying at Wrexham College where I quickly developed my style at the time, high ISO film pushed in the developer with maximum contrast when projected onto photographic paper. From there I went onto study at the Universty of Wales, Newport in Photographic Art which is where I really started to dig my teeth into it.


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Model: Helene Atsuko.


Sinical Magazine: What type of camera and lighting equipment do you use?

Jamie Mahon: Canon 7D with a combination of Multiblitz and Bowens studio lighting coupled with flashguns and home made light modifiers when on location.

Sinical Magazine: Your photography has a very dark and gothic theme to it. Can you elaborate on this?

Jamie Mahon: I do mostly wear black clothing, much to my colleagues annoyance (sic). The gothic subculture is something that I embrace because its visually stimulating, there are some fascinating people whom I've met and it caters more to my own personal aesthetics and sensibilities.


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Model: Miss Blitzkrieg.


Sinical Magazine: What inspires your visuals?

Jamie Mahon: A while ago I would have said movies and comic books, more movies with the frame ratio I use on my landscape images. As I've developed its more about what the model is wearing, I believe that rules and context should be the basis of what you shoot to have a cohesive theme. If it's my own concept then it's whatever pops into my head, usually some random thought whilst working on something else.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most important aspect of a photo to you? Is it the lighting, the backdrop, or the model's pose?

Jamie Mahon: All three of these are crucial. If the lighting is wrong it's not easy to fix in photoshop. The background, if it be a location, should add depth and texture without being distracting and the pose has to be be right to convey emotion and intent for the viewer to connect with the subject and narrative. They can't work without one another.


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Model: Lady Nex Angelus.


Sinical Magazine: Are you more of a spontaneous shooter or do you put a lot of planning into your shoots?

Jamie Mahon: I prefer to plan if I can help it, because then I have an idea of what I can do and how to shoot it. This cuts on setting up time and enables me to be effective as a model will have to leave at a specific time. Having said that though I am pushing myself to be more off the cuff and try to think of things on the spot.

Sinical Magazine: Some photographers prefer the controlled atmosphere of a studio and others prefer a more open environment. Do you prefer to shoot in a studio or at a selected location?

Jamie Mahon: The studio was the only way I could work to begin with as I didn't have a car to get to locations, so the idea came that I make something out of nothing which developed my compositing skills. Essentially it depends on the concept and how a location or studio is best served by it. I prefer location as it's real world and you can interact with it, the downside being is that you're exposed to prying eyes. Studio you can spend more time getting the lighting and the shots right. End of the day the context dictates on where I shoot, whatever best serves the final result.


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Model: Violet Eyes.


Sinical Magazine: What type of software do you use for your photo editing?

Jamie Mahon: Start off in Lightroom to process the RAW files, then move into Photoshop CS6 with a Wacom graphics tablet, and sometimes the final colour tone and style is achieved with onOne Photo Tools

Sinical Magazine: Do films inspire your work? Do you have any favorites?

Jamie Mahon: The belief I have is that you can't have a favourite movie, because there's just too many out there. I could state John Carpenter movies up until They Live, Wes Anderson for the unique worlds he creates for his characters, David Fincher for his control of camera and design of shots. And so on, and so on. I could talk cinema till the cows come home, but as to whether they reflect my work; yes, to the level that what I create has a logic and reason within the confines of itself.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any projects that you are currently working on?

Jamie Mahon: I have a close working relationship with Violet Eyes where we strive to do more interesting work and break away from what we've both done in the past, the next shoot is gonna involve a ballgown, neck corset and a mad hair piece. I'm also about to embark on a series of images with Sohuiii which will be a combination of avant garde and cosplay which I'm very excited about. Plus several more I'm currently working on with various models which are at an early stage in the development process.


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Sara Fabel Interview

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Model/Photo: Sara Fabel


Sara Fabel is a Brisbane, Queensland, Australia-based artist, model, and photographer. This interview was featured in Sinical #6 in 2012.


Sinical Magazine: In your career, What came first the modeling or the photography?

Sara Fabel: I would say photography. I started out with traditional film photography and long hours in the darkroom in my late teens. Then going out photographing with a dear friend of mine, Juha Helminen. Testing trying, exploring and yes, modeling for him. I guess us working together fuel my passion both for modeling and for photography.

Sinical Magazine: What photographers inspire you?

Sara Fabel: During the film photography period I look up to John Heartfield, his techniques to work with photo imaging through darkroom were fascinating. Later on I fell in love with Pierre et Gilles and their way of retouching of the images through airbrushing.


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Model: India Rose. Photo by Sara Fabel.

Sinical Magazine: What sets you a part from other photographers?

Sara Fabel: It is hard to say as I can't really generalize the rest of the photographers. I guess I could set myself apart from most by the fact that I do not photograph for work, or money, meaning I haven't have to deal with people and concepts that I wasn't particularly keen on. I thus avoided the trap of photographing weddings and events alike on regular basis. I photograph to create illustrations, capture moments or photoshop fantasy.

Sinical Magazine: Which one item of equipment would you say is the most important to you?

Sara Fabel: My phone. As bad as it is, it seems all in life is now documented with ones phone, the behind scenes, the experiences. Then spread around to numerous social medias such as instagram, and there from leaking into Tumblr, Facebook.. twitter.  Medium that has been the main key in my networking with other artists.


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Model/Photo: Sara Fabel.

Sinical Magazine: Are you a self taught photographer or did you have a mentor that showed you the ropes?

Sara Fabel: Both. It is hard to say where I felt like things were thought and where they were self learned. I went to art school, but most information provided were old news, or things that I highly disagreed on. I guess majority of the learning process was mainly merely trial and error - Self learning and determination to get better.

Sinical Magazine: You have many creative outlets... Which do you get the greatest satisfaction from?

Sara Fabel: It varies… I go through creativity bursts. Sometimes I prefer a hermit for week or two, sit at home, paint… at times like that I'm impossible to get a hold to as to me the outside world for a brief moment becomes obsolete. At times the creative block takes over and I feel that my time is better spend meeting people and networking with others, or even collaborating with others to boost my interest in drawing, painting or photography. I guess all in all I just enjoy the things I do, mainly because I can change things up if I need to.


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Model: India Rose. Photo by Sara Fabel.

Sinical Magazine: How would you decrive your style?

Sara Fabel: Comfort, muted. I enjoy shades of grey, cream and of course black. I'm not big on mixing colors, I do enjoy using patterns and prints, but they too are often with fairly muted color theme. I like one off pieces, creativity in patterns, small details and finishes in the garment, even if they weren't visible to the outsider, like for example prints inside the garments. I don't own a lot of stuff as I travel, so I prefer to surround myself with items that I adore, rather than quantity.

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Sara Fabel: Currently I guess I'm on a holiday. Visiting USA till early May. I'm drawing and painting as usual, but when it comes to creating a project, I don't really have means to ground myself to concentrate on one thing. I'm making a black and white photoblog of my travels, but besides that, I guess my next project won't be until May when I go back to Australia. And oh yes, I am doing shoots with local photographers, modeling and such, which is always fun and great way to meet new interesting and talented people.


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Model/Photo Sara Fabel.

Sincial Magazine: What type of impressions do you hope to leave upon others who see your photography?

Sara Fabel: Inspiration. My photography doesn't concentrate much on creating deep thoughts, it's fun, often fairly photoshopped and manipulated. It's made for visual pleasures. I hope people find beauty in what I do. Perhaps get inspiration in the themes, shapes, colors, or styles of the people that I photograph.

Sinical Magazine: Who is your dream model, dead or alive you would love to work with?

Sara Fabel: Dream model.. Damn.. I don't really have an answer to this. I guess in my early teens Masuimi Max was one of the first models that made the "wow" factor, first inspiration person, first inspiration to get tattoos. I also would love to meet Rick Genest. And I would absolutely love to see work process of David LaCapelle, but yes haha he's not a model, I do have a crush on his work tho, such talent.


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