Sinical Magazine's Annual Top Alt. Models List (2012-2013)

Dita von Teese. Photo by Chas Ray Krider.

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2nd Annual Top Alt Models List (2012-2013) - 

We launched our ranking of the world’s top alternative models last year. In the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s there were only a few models who promoted themselves as “alt models”. Now there is a legion of alternative models from all across the globe. Alternative modelling evolved from fetish modelling which Bettie Page basically defined in the 1950’s with her black bangs, seamed stockings, and stilettos in bondage/fetish photos for photographer Irving Klaw. Tattoo modelling and goth/fantasy have also become a part of the overall alt modelling world. We’ve added some names this year and a few have fallen off. We've taken off two names: Dita Von Teese and Masuimi Max (we know they're still modeling and performing). They’ve been modeling and performing full time since the 1990’s. Their influence on current models is unquestioned and they’ve basicaly joined the ranks of Miss Page. We’ve tried to be as fair and objective as possible, collecting our data from four categories: publications, social media reach, fan votes, and the input of some of the top models, photographers and designers in the scene. People such as Masuimi Max, Chas Ray Krider, Shannon Brooke, Redrum Collaboration, Laura Dark, Lorenzo Chuca, Abigail Greydanus, Jupiter Moon 3 Corsets, and Gail Kilker have given us their input. Still, even with all this information it has been very difficult to work this list out, but eventually the choices became clear.  There were definitelty some names that should have been on the list last year, that we left off (Ophelia Overdose and Elegy Ellem). 

Our 3rd Annual List of the Top Alt Models will be posted in July 2014.


Model: Bianca Beauchamp. Photo by Martin Perreault.


1. Bianca Beauchamp
Rank last year: 9.
Facebook fans: 57k
Twitter followers: 31.5k
Report: With a legion of fans, Bianca came in 1st in our poll. Bianca has appeared on the cover of Bizarre Magazine more than any other model. Marquis Style cover girl. Her online fan base has doubled since last year and she has the best balance of social media followers.


Model: Ophelia Overdose. Photo by Moritz Maibaum.


2. Ophelia Overdose
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 47k
Twitter followers: 3,200
Report: Europe’s top alt model. Cover model for Marquis No. 53 and Heavy Rubber No. 32. Ophelia is a favorite of many models and photographers.

3. Mosh
Rank last year: 5.
Facebook fans: 33k
Report: She was photographed by Holly Randall for And a model for Fabulously Fetish and Pin Up Girl Clothing. A constant headliner of fetish and burlesque events.
Website: www.themoshroomcom


Model: Ulorin Vex. Photo by Allan Amato.


4. Ulorin Vex
Rank last year: 8.
Facebook fans: 30k
Twitter followers: 12.2k
Report: She is on the album cover of Ministry’s new album. Cover model for Elegant, Bedeseme Magazine, Skin Two Latextra Magazine. Ulorin is also an accomplished artist and her artwork is featured in Koncept Magazine.


Model: Emily Marilyn. Photo by Monochrome Set Photography.

5. Emily Marilyn
Rank last year: 12.
Facebook fans: 6k
Twitter followers: 30.2k
Report: Along with RubberDoll, Emily Marilyn is one of the top headlining performers at fetish events. Cover model for DDI Magazine. She maintains several paysites and is constantly travelling. She also has a reputation for being one of the nicest models around.

6. Sabina Kelley
Rank last year: 3.
Facebook fans: 55k
Twitter followers: 35k
Report: Sabina Kelley is the top tattoo model on this list with too many credits to list. She owns her own tattoo parlor in Las Vegas. Judge on “Best Ink.”

7. Angela Ryan
Rank last year: 4.
Facebook fans: 9,100k
Twitter followers: 13.k
Report: Photographed for Cover model for Licked Magazine. She is frequently headlining burlesque events and is one of Texas’ top pin up models.

8. Lauren WK
Rank last year: 11.
Facebook fans: 13k.
Twitter followers: 9.5k.
Report: Cover model for Bizarre. Modelling for Masuimi Max’s make-up line: IAMSIN.


Model: Ludella Hahn. Photo by Evan Smith.

9. Ludella Hahn
Rank last year: 10.
Facebook fans: 7k.
Twitter followers: 2k.
Report: Cover model for Retro Lovely Taboo, Delicious Dolls. model. “Ludella is going places!” ~ Jupiter Moon 3

10. Raquel Reed
Rank last year: 6.
Facebook fans: 46k
Twitter followers: 21k.
Report: Cover model for Alt Exclusive and Alt Girls Magazine. Top burlesque performer.

11. Elegy Ellem
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 18k
Twitter followers: 4k
Report: Cover model for Bizarre Magazine, Rabid Magazine, and Licked Magazine.

12. Deanna Deadly
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 4k
Twitter followers: 2k.
Report: One of the hardest working models around. She has over a half dozen covers since mid 2012.

13. RubberDoll
Rank last year: 13.
Facebook fans: 1k.
Twitter followers: 31k.
Report: One of the top headlining fetish performer at fetish events.

14. Kendra James
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 1k.
Twitter followers: 9k.
Report: The top fetish video model on this list with countless bondage, fetish, and femdom videos. Thousands of photos on her pay site.

15. Sister Sinister
Rank last year: 14.
Facebook fans: 26k
Twitter followers: 4,950.
Report: She focused more on runway and event appearances than cover spots this past year. Still one of Europe’s top alt models.

16. Jade Vixen
Rank last year: 18.
Facebook fans: 12k.
Twitter followers: 13.8k.
Report: Marquis #55 cover model. Feature in Heavy Rubber and appearances in books by Viva Van Story and Peter Czernich.

17. Kelly Eden
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 53k
Twitter followers: 6,500+
Report: One of the top tattoo alt models. Cover model for Bound by Ink and Tattoo Life.

18. Loulou von Brochwitz
Rank last year: 15.
Facebook fans: 16k.
Twitter followers: -
Report: Contortionist extraordinaire and an expert at math. Las Vegas-based Brochwitz is also a model. Appearing on and magazines: Rebelicious and Glamfreak Magazine.

19. La Esmeralda
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 16k
Twitter followers: -
Report: Cover model for Gothic Magazine. La Esmeralda specializes in goth/fantasy style imagery and has a loyal online fan base. She won our Sinical Europe contest by a wide margin.

20. XLCR Moon
Rank last year: Not ranked.
Facebook fans: 1,900
Twitter followers: 813
Report: XLCR Moon was a last minute addition to our list due to fan votes and a list of publication credits that includes Gothic Beauty Magazine and Auxiliary Magazine. With her work ethic she has great potential.

Top 21-65 (in random order):

Ancilla Tilia, Susan Wayland, Darenzia, Sarah Hunter (Nicotine), India Rose, Nyxon, Megan Renee, Courtney Crave, Marlo Marquise, Amber DeVille, Kat Kalishnikov, Miss Miranda, Wanilianna, Ivy D’Muerta, Alyssa Nett, Nephania, Elisanth, Ewel, Marcy Horror, Amelia Nightmare, Vesmedinia, Idelsy, Asphyxia Noir, Katy Gold, Lady Diamond, Nikki St. James, Morgana , Eden Berlin, Theresa Machester, Maja Stina, Melissa Hayward, Drakaena, Micheline Pitt, Acid Doll, Suzi Rubbish, Cutthroat Kristina, Melissa Drew, Vanessa Lake, Porcelain, Miss Crash, Christina Carter, Psylocke, Scarlett River, Gia Genevieve, Randy Moore. 

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