Photography by Evgeniy Kartashov.
Shoes by Pleaser.
Corset by Anna Lafi.
Top by Elegant Moments.
Stockings by Charmanti.
Zhenya Merrick is an alternative model based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical #12. Print copies can be purchased here.
Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?
Zhenya Merrick: I was born in Russia in 1985. Now I am located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. But I travel a lot mostly to Europe. I like travelling. The Russian fetish scene is very poor and weak.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?
Zhenya Merrick: It was 3 years ago. Suddenly I realized how boring my life was. Work, studies, home and so on. I thought modeling would be interesting, and I entered the alternative modeling scene. I dyed my hair black and started to read about pinup and fetish. I chose alternative modeling because alternative modeling has no standards on height and weight and so on.
Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?
Zhenya Merrick: It was Marquis Magazine. With Bianca Beauchamp on the cover. She was the first alternative model that I saw.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?
Zhenya Merrick: I think charisma is everything. And being yourself of course.
Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Zhenya Merrick: The ability to play your role. To be different and stay true to yourself at the same time. Of course the photographer’s skills in setting light, catching the pose are also important.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Zhenya Merrick: I am 160 cm. 84a-56-84 cm. I am very petite.
Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?
Zhenya Merrick: 5 for shoes, 6 for boots.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?
Zhenya Merrick: High heels and corsets. I can easily stand on 15 cm high heels and wear corsets that make my waist up to 30 cm (my natural waist is 56 cm).
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Zhenya Merrick: From Country Music up to Black Metal. Music is a part of my life. Up to the moment my favourites are GG Allin, Desaster from Germany, Ghoultown, Heretic and Doomthrone.
Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what else do you like to do for fun?
Zhenya Merrick: I like adventures: visiting strange places, meeting people that are not like others. Also, I like going to parties and watching films.
Sinical Magazine: What’s up next for you?
Zhenya Merrick: I have a lot of plans for the future. One of them is becoming a photographer.
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