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SaphirNoir is a Netherlands-based alt/gothic model.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modelling?
SaphirNoir: A few years ago I met a photographer who was looking for alternative girls. He asked me to model for him, so I did and I really enjoyed it. He gave me a few tips where I could meet other models and photographers. I’ve received lots of requests and I never thought of quitting ever since.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
SaphirNoir: I’m 1,72 m tall and I’m measuring: 88-64-88 cm.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?
SaphirNoir: I guess the model has to be creative and has to try lots of new things. There are lots of themes, outfits and locations that have been shot a hundred times before. I guess you stand out when you keep amazing people with your newest artworks.
Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?
SaphirNoir: I’m very flattered every time a company asks me to model for them. When I’ve just started modelling I was asked by Attitude Holland to model for them. This was a dream coming true. Attitude is one of the biggest alternative webshops in the Netherlands, and to see my face in their catalogues, on their flyers and on their website was just awesome. I still work for them every once in a while and I do it with pride.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?
SaphirNoir: I’ve worked with lots of different Photographers until now. A few of my favourites are: Black Fascination, der Zacko, Ernst Hartwich and Phillostar. I have a big list when it comes to photographers I still want to work with. Too many to mention actually.
Sinical Magazine: who is more of an influence: Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese?
SaphirNoir: That is Dita Von Teese. I consider her more stylish than Bettie.
Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?
SaphirNoir: That is a hard question. But I can give you the models that inspire me the most. Those are Nephania, Strawberry Synthetic, Ophelia Overdose, Princesse Pudding and Lola Lisiy Xvost.
Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?
SaphirNoir: In my opinion are the top photographers Candylust, Darkminded Angels, Marco Ribbe Photography, Hexistenz and AbArt-Photographie. Last year I had the chance to work with Darkminded Angels for the first time. Hopefully I will get the chance to work with the other photographers in the future!
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?
SaphirNoir: Corsets! No doubt about that. I just love the tiny waist they give you. I have them in all colours and styles. In my opinion they just complete alternative outfits. My outfit ideas usually start with a corset. All the other items are added later.
Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favourite designers?
SaphirNoir: I’m a big corset fan, so my favourite designers are: Cyberesque, AMF Corsets, Royal Black, Bibian Blue and Miss Overdose. I also love the corsets from Deadlygirlz a lot. Sadly enough they don’t make alternative corsets anymore. But I’m glad that I own quite a few!
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
SaphirNoir: I listen to many different styles, but mostly EBM, industrial, new wave and dark wave.
Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?
SaphirNoir: I live in Arnhem in the Netherlands. We used to have a bigger scene years ago, but somehow the scene in my city and even in my country gets smaller all the time. That’s why I usually party in Germany. I live near the border and I just love the parties in Germany. Also the German festivals are awesome.
Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?
SaphirNoir: You can find some more here: