Friday, 27 February 2015

Melissa Hayward Interview

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Jason McDonald. Hair/MUA: Melissa Hayward.


Melissa Hayward is an alternative/tattoo model based in Ireland.  


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?

Melissa Hayward: I worked in a clothes shop when I was about 17 and a fetish photographer called Hector Heathwood used to come in and ask me to pose for him. After a few months of him asking (I thought he was just a dirty old man at first) I finally agreed and did a few shoots with him, I decided I really enjoyed the whole modelling lark and those first shoots lead to shoots with  other photographers and the rest as they say, is history.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Melissa Hayward: I’m 5’10” and a UK size 10.


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Photo by Vismaya. Hair/MUA: Melissa Hayward.


Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

Melissa Hayward: I think being able to do more than just stand there and be pretty, being able to de your own hair, make up and styling and bring concepts and ideas to a shoot are important. Being nice is good too, being a dickhead doesn’t get you far.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?

Melissa Hayward: Oh there’s been loads! I’ve been very lucky, ive had the chance to work with some amazing photographers. Quite often I end up with weird stuff on me, I suppose its kinda become my “thing”. I’ve posed with squid, mollases, honey, mud, paint and more on me. I’ve also posed in a bath of milk outdoors in a field in Ireland Jan. It was freezing. I’ve modelled nude in Dublin city centre too.


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Photo by Angela Halpin.


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

Melissa Hayward: Some of my favourite photographers I’ve had a chance to work with are Karol Liver, Angela Halpin, Rose Conway and Lee Mitchell. My wish list of photographers include J Isobel De Lisle, 666 Photography,  Tony Chu and Allan Amato.

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

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


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Photo by dontshootme. Hair stylist: Our Little Secret.


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

Melissa Hayward: Mosh, Masuimi Max, Ophelia Overdose, Bianca Beuachamp, Dita.

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

Melissa Hayward: Shannon Brooke, Viva Van Story, 666 Photography, Redrum Collaboration, Christian Saint.



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Photo by Rose Conway. Dress by: Westward Bound.


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

Melissa Hayward: Cardigans, I have such a thing for cardigans.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Melissa Hayward: Bibian Blue, Toxico, Black Milk and Sophie Adamson.

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

Melissa Hayward: Punk, pop punk and Dolly Parton.

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

Melissa Hayward: Dublin is so small all the alt scenes tend to blend into one! All the different alt subcultures all socialise together and everyone knows each other, its all a bit inbred really.

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

Melissa Hayward:


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Elisanth Interview

Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. MUA: Elisanth.

Elisanth is an alternative model based in Chişinău, Moldova.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?

Elisanth: I had a passion for weird clothes and shoes since I was a teen. Once, I was invited to an outdoors shoot, then to a studio shoot, and so it started, developing step by step.


Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?



5' 7"/170cm

106 lbs /48kg

34" /86cm

24" /60cm

35" /89cm


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. Elisanth:

Sinical Magazine: There are dark themes to your photo sets. What draws you to these dark themes?

Elisanth: Dark themes attract me so much. This is something hidden deep inside me, but sometimes it is revealed, and it can be easily seen it is my nature. I find more pleasure in shooting darker-themed shoots than fashion shoots.


Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?

Elisanth: Once, I had an experimental shoot in the center of the city. I was wearing extra long wig and white dress, for a ghostly look. The photographer was using an extra zoom lens, so he was standing far away from me. Pedestrians and drivers saw only a ghostly figure in white dress, and had no idea it was part of a photo shoot. 


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. MUA: Elisanth.



Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers and designers that you've worked with?

Elisanth: I've only worked with local photographers. At the moment, I work with Zatsepin Alex, most of all. He knows what I want, and often offers his ideas that are very close to mine. I can be always sure he’ll get the idea, and bring it to life even better than expected : ) I haven’t worked with designers I admire (yet), but I hope to work with them in the future.

Sinical Magazine: Do you do a lot of your own make-up?

Elisanth: I usually do most of make-up and special effects you can see in my photos, but sometimes it is difficult to paint your own face. I work with a talented body-art and tattoo artist, and a make-up artist who is good in creating “glamour” looks. It is always a compromise - it is hard to explain what I want, and hard to paint on myself. So I have to choose.


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. MUA: Elisanth.



Sinical Magazine: What are some websites you've collaborated with?

Elisanth: I work with Samhain contact lense, modeling wide range of their original contact lenses, and scleras. Also, I collaborate with BabyDollKnuckles store, who offer pin-up and rockabilly clothing.  Speaking about shoes, I work with GreatHotStuff, online store who sell sexy fetish shoes and boots.
Other shoots are still in process, and I can’t reveal them yet.  One of the most exciting collaborations for me this year is work I'm doing with artist Menton3, as a reference model for his painting.


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

Elisanth: I have too many to just pick one. But most of all, contact lenses, extreme corsets, high heels, stockings, and hats.


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. MUA:  Inna Di.



Sinical Magazine: You have a folder on your website labeled 'Heels'. Are shoes a fetish of yours?

Elisanth: Yes, it is a strong fetish for me. I have much more shoes than shown on photos, it is enough just to own them : )


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex.


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

Elisanth: I think these ladies are the most popular fetish models now: Miss Mosh, Ophelia Overdose, Jade Vixen, Bianca Beauchamp, Sister Sinister.


Sinical Magazine: And Who are the top 3. alt. photographers, currently?

Elisanth: My favourites are Alex Blyg, Josefine Jonsson, and Fairy-Tales photography,


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. MUA: Inna Di.

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

Elisanth: As you can see on my photos, I like a lot of styles, and this also applies for music I listen to. I can listen to gothic metal, symphonic metal, industrial, along with synth, experimental, darkwave, etc. I don’t pay attention to genre, most important is how it matches my mood.


Sinical Magazine: Outside of modeling, what are some of your interests? 

Elisanth: I like reading, mostly old-school sci-fi, philosophy, cyberpunk. Travel is another interest of mine.


Photographer: Zatsepin Alex. MUA: Inna Di.


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

Elisanth: You are welcome to visit my website: 

and my profiles:

I’m open to new collaborations, so if you want to work with me, feel free to drop me an e-mail. Thank you!


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