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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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