Photoset Title: White Like That
Model: Pixie Puke
Model link: http://www.modelmayhem.com/3461115
HMUA: By model
LB: Tell us about your career as a model, from how you got started to now.
PP: When I was a teenager I ran a fashion blog and I was asked by an online zine to do an interview and a photo-shoot for their opening issue. It was my first time doing anything like that, besides taking photos of myself at my house, and I was awkward and nervous as hell but I still had an amazing time getting my makeup done, having people dress me up, I fell in love with the creative process immediately! After that I did a shoot with a close friend who’s a great photographer, we did a shoot on the busiest street in the city with crazy paper cut-outs stuck to my face, the photos came out amazing and I enjoyed watching the gaping faces of those passing by. I’ve always really enjoyed the freedom of expression (and perhaps just a little bit of the expected attention) that comes with being a model. As a teen I was stopped in the city so frequently by people asking to take my photo due to my extravagant outfits, but if you have told me then that I’d be dressing up for a living I’d have laughed at the thought of me having a job for this long!
LB: What does it take to be a successful alternative model?
PP: I think it requires the same skills to be successful as a mainstream model, especially considering that tattoos, piercings and crazy hair colours are fairly standard for even commercial models nowadays, you have to be good at what you do to stand out! I have never liked to put myself into the ‘alternative model’ box, as I feel it places limitations on my abilities when I want to break down all the barriers. I enjoy fine art a lot, both shooting it and seeing it, and there’s something really beautiful about the classical imagery of a nude figure contrasted with modern styling such as body modification, or just putting an individual spin on something you’ve seen a million times before.
LB: You must have an incredible wardrobe and show collection… what are your current favourite items?
PP: This is like asking a mother to choose her favourite child (Laughs). My vintage lingerie collection makes me feel fabulous when I’m just lounging around at home, I couldn’t live without my bright pink and green fur coats, and the platform sneakers I found in a thrift store are some of my faves too.
Q: You also do your own makeup and hair styling, did you take any classes or are you self-taught?
PP: I have zero professional training with makeup or hair, everything I know I learnt from the many mistakes I’ve made along the way.
These days we have all of the internet at our disposal which is great for learning new techniques and improving your skills, but you still need to figure out what works for your face through trial-and-error.
LB: Why were you keen to work with me?
PP: I am always looking for fresh, unique ideas from photographers. You can tell when somebody has a clear vision of what they want to achieve and I love helping them make that a reality. I get bored doing/seeing the same thing over and over so I’m always interested when something really out there is presented to me.
LB: What superpower would you have and why?
PP: I’d want to shape-shift into any animal I wanted, so I could be cute and sneaky whenever I needed to 🙂