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Romanie Smith is a 19-year old London, Essex-based model. She has done beauty, pin up, lingerie, fetish, hair, swimwear, fashion and commercial modeling. This interview/pictorial was published in Sinical 15. Print copies can be purchased here. Look for Romanie on the cover of our upcoming special issue Sinical Nylons.
Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?
Romanie Smith: I was born on the 1st of December in 1994 so I’m still only 19! I was born in Colchester, Essex. I lived in Canary Wharf for a short while last year which I loved, but have returned to my home town Halstead which is about an hour from London and 20 minutes from Stansted Airport which is convenient for travelling.
Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?
Romanie Smith: I didn’t intend to become a model at all, I was approached by a local photographer named Dan Tidswell. He invited me to come and test with him. That was just over a year ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in fashion/fetish modeling?
Romanie Smith: Again it was Dan who suggested to me that I would be a great fetish model. I looked at some of the stunning images of models like Masuimi Max and Mosh, and I thought I’d give it a try. I approached a few smaller latex companies and was told initially that I was ‘far too girl next door and vanilla’! That didn’t deter me. I knew it was something I wanted to do so I approached Westward Bound to see if they would lend me some samples and they were unbelievably supportive. I work alongside Westward Bound a lot. Their designs are simply stunning. I’m lucky enough to be able to collaborate with some incredible designers now.
Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer fashion or fetish/alt modeling?
Romanie Smith: I think I’d have to say my favourite is fetish/alt modeling mainly because you can be so creative with it and embraces the essense of femininity. It allows women to celebrate their curves and for me, it gives me the opportunity to feel glamourous and sensual.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?
Romanie Smith: There are some seriousy amazing models out there and it’s so hard to be noticed among so many beautiful women. I think you have to be uniquely versatile and to have the ability to make a ‘look’ your own. It’s almost impossible to have a unique idea in this industry, inspiration always comes from somewhere, but to have the insight into making an image individual to you is where I think the answer lies. It’s also imperitive to work with great teams. Everyone’s input into an image is vital.
Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Romanie Smith: As I said previously it’s a massive team effort, but the connection between the model and the camera is for me, the ultimate key.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?
Romanie Smith: I love wearing latex, it’s very empowering, but my biggest fetish has to be shoes. I have hundreds of them. High heels, platforms, customs shoes, flat ones, patent ones, diamonte shoes in every colour imaginable. I love shoes!
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Romanie Smith: I’m tiny! 33-22-32.
Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?
Romanie Smith: My shoe size is 4 or 5, depending on the shoe. I’m usually a size 4 - but if the heels are ‘sky scrapper’ high, then I get a 5 just to be on the safe side.
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Romanie Smith: I listen to literally every type of music. I love music. So many of my memories are defined by it! Usually it would depend on what kind of mood I’m in, but if I had to choose I’d say I’m a 90s kid so that’s where my happy place is.
Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what do you like to do for fun?
Romanie Smith: I love spending time with my family. I have a one year old niece who I’m completely smitten with so spend as much time as I can with her and my sisters. I enjoy going out with my friends and of course shopping.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?
Romanie Smith: I do, but I never say what they are until they happen, just in case.
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