Danielle Rose

by Horror Sleaze Trash on February 27, 2012

UK Model, Dancer, Photographer, Suicide Girl, Touring Performer, Meditation Therapist and self-confessed fetish scene tease, Danielle Rose has already had quite a life at the age of 25. Known to many fans for her appearances in magazines as well as her work for Kerrang! Radio – this natural sultry beauty with amplified sex appeal – takes some time out to talk to us for an honest interview covering everything from celebrity, motherhood, and sex to her personal philosophy on life.

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Hi Danielle, I know you must be extremely busy, so thank you for taking the time to do this interview, it’s greatly appreciated!

Sure thing, I’m just hanging out here on a Monday night.

You were once one of Rock n Rolls influential but best kept secrets, now you’re pretty infamous. How would you say you’ve handled the pressure?

I don’t know about that! I find it hard to get stressed or to really feel ‘pressure’ as such, not that I actively try – I mean I’d rather be placid than caught up in tense emotion. I think It’s served me well though, I just tend to go with the flow, give 100% to the projects that I’m involved with – totally immerse myself in them – and leave the Ego at the door. People crumble more easily under pressure when their Ego is all up in the face of everything.

OK, an obvious question – how did you first come to the world of modelling and dancing? Have you always considered yourself an exhibitionist?

I’ve never been the shy type. Even when I was tiny I was putting on my mothers Led Zeppelin and Bad Company (etc) records singing and dancing away, often on the wide ledge of the bay windows.

Modelling is something I have been doing ever since I was a little girl. I was due to join some of the top agencies but alas I stopped growing.
I’m in no way bitter about that, not only is it something I cannot alter but it’s a pointless waste of energy to be, and I prefer to embrace the alternative rock side of life a bit more. The day that we see some catwalk models with full sleeve tattoos and the like will be a very happy day indeed!
I think I would suffocate in the world of catwalk modelling. I hate the pretentiousness of the label, I hate seeing art commercialised and transient, people crudely discarded, incompetent people making vital decisions. Fashion is largely soul-less, soul-destroying even. For one true creative you get 200 pretentious fakes.
However I can’t be so hypocritical as to tar all designers with the same brush. I do have a level of appreciation for some of them, those I consider to be a true creative, and it’s no secret that I have modelled – and continue to model – select clothing from the world of high fashion. That’s work though.

As for dancing, it has always been a passion of mine. I’ve trained in many styles of dance. I know how to use my body and so in the innocence of my youth I decided that I may as well make a living from it.
I started dancing in strip clubs very young, but I think it’s helped me to learn a lot. Some of the things I’ve seen and experienced over the years.. I know I’m a stronger person for it.

How did you feel being in front of the camera for the first time? How was the shoot arranged?

I was very, very young for my first shoot, so I honestly can’t remember. However I can tell you about my first proper shoot after several years break, at the age of 16, I do remember that very well.

I’d been to a fetish club with one of my girlfriends and whilst we were in there a photographer gave me his business card. After a few days consideration I phoned him up and we scheduled a shoot for a couple of days later. Looking through the images after the shoot the photographer was very impressed, as was I. I was also very surprised with how comfortable I was with the camera, how naturally I moved through poses and the shoot flowed. I decided then and there that I wanted to explore it more regularly again.

So after meeting the photographer in a fetish club at the age of 16, what style of shoot was it that you worked on?

I suppose that question was to be expected! Well the photographer was actually a commercial/fashion photographer, he had just happily taken on the commission to do the publicity photography for the clubs fetish night.

As for our shoot we mainly focused on fashion, but we did also shoot some glamour images. The thing to keep in mind here is that the law in the UK at the time stated that it was still legal for 16 year olds to model topless. The law wasn’t changed until several years later when it didn’t affect me anyway.

I didn’t start modelling nude until I turned 18, where I would happily blag my way into clubs and all sorts of mischief under-age, I had enough understanding and absolutely zero interest in doing something that if it ever came to light then the photographer involved would stand to be in a whole shit-storm of trouble.

When you were young did you ever look to any famous model for inspiration?

To be honest I never thought I’d seriously be doing this. Becoming a model wasn’t exactly what I felt to be my calling in life, just a bit of fun. I thought I would be a trucker or a mechanic when I was a kid (I was a bit of a tomboy), and my idols were Slash, Axl Rose, Tina Turner and Madonna.. I didn’t really look to the whole pinup culture until my late teens. Iconic women for me now (for a variety of reasons) include Marilyn Monroe, Toni Storey, Judy Garland, Kat Von D, Audrey Kitching, Juliette Lewis, and my very good friends Tarrie Noir and Kandy K.

Are there any photographers you make a point of working with regularly? Are there any photographers you haven’t worked with who you hope to work with in the future?

I’ve been fortunate to shoot with many great photographers on a regular basis, without particularly making a point of doing so. I have worked a lot with Stuart Stanley, he is now one of my good friends and we produce some pretty explosive images together. Another amazing and mind blowing photographer who I also love working with is Marc Blackie, and of course the ever fabulous Tom Martin.

As for photographers who I hope to work with in the future Gabrielle Geiselman is undoubtedly very high up on the list, she is absolutely fantastic. Naturally there are a whole bunch of photographers/artists out there who I would adore to shoot with including: Sigurd Hoejen, David Lachapelle, 666 Photography, Lithium Picnic, Asha Tank etc.

What is your favourite photo of yourself? Do you have any dreams or goals you’re shooting for?

Oh they change all of the time! I think right now it’s one that I took with my iPhone when I was just kicking back in my apartment. I like to show people that I’m not just a pretty face, it’s not all glitz and glamour 100% of the time, I’m real and there is more to me than photoshop.

I find it very important to share pictures of myself as myself, and with friends on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook etc. so that my fans can see that I’m just like everyone else. No model looks exactly like she does on the cover of a magazine, even if her name is Kate Moss.

When it comes to goals, I’ll admit I’ve actually been pretty lucky. I’m working on Playboy. I’ve had a small feature in Italian Playboy, and some involvement with Playboy TV in the past but getting a full page in US Playboy is something I’d like to do, but I know it’ll probably never happen ’cause of my tattoos. Another goal would be Vogue, I’ve been fortunate enough to have been published in Vogue already, but I’d really like to be a part of a bigger feature (this is where people are thinking ‘who does she think she is?! She wants to have her cake AND eat it!’).

The other dream I have is shooting for Lachapelle.

Do you travel much for your modelling?

I won’t say that I’m travelling for shooting, I’ll say that I’m travelling a lot and shooting always just happens when I travel, stuff always comes up. Occasionally it does work the other way around, I’ll be going to Venice again in a couple of months purely for a shoot, but generally I like to be on the road and if I happen to be modelling as I go it’s a bonus!

I’m not making mega bucks being a model, but it’s a crazy game and I’ve met some truly amazing characters along the way. I wouldn’t give it all up for the world.

What kind of music are you listening to these days? What have you purchased recently?

My latest album purchases were Sixx A.M – This Is Gonna Hurt, Dolly Parton – Backwoods Barbie, and Little Walter – Complete Chess Masters. My latest single purchase was Madonna – Revolver feat. Lil Wayne. Hey! I’m honest.

I basically listen to anything as long as it fits my mood and I consider it great music. My collection holds everything from Jazz and Blues, Rock and Metal, to Punk, Swing and Classical and then some in-between.

The staples of my collection are Rock and Blues though, by quite a way.

I can appreciate all genres of music and I think that’s important, rather than saying ‘I only listen to rock’ or whatever, and therefore limiting my knowledge, enjoyment and experience of music as a whole. There is something to gain from all styles.

Granted I definitely prefer some genres over others, but I don’t completely dislike any particular style.

.. Besides it’s a pretty poor type of dancer that can’t get a groove from variety!

Don’t close yourself off from different things, that goes for all areas of life – not just where music is concerned, because you never know what little gems you might find.

If you could play lead role in any type of movie, what kind of movie and/or music videos would it be?

Probably some kind of horror flick, and if I could have Rob Zombie direct it that would be killer. He knows the genre well and has a talent for making his films less cheesy and more dark – something surprisingly rare in the horror genre.

Do you have a favourite style item that you own?

I don’t know that I have a favourite ‘style item’ per se. I do have a serious weakness for shoes though.. and I guess my shoes are what make my style no matter what I wear. My heels are a consistent must.

What are the future plans?

I never make plans really, plans tend to get in the way of life. I find working in this industry it’s better to just roll with it, you never know what could come up tomorrow.

The only plans that I have for right now are work related and include: shooting high fashion in London at the end of the month, doing promo work for Monster Energy drinks, the Bulldog Bash Festival, further photography exhibitions, a print signing event, modelling for Sailor Jerry and J!nx clothing, London Tattoo Convention and an upcoming feature in Street-fighter magazine.

What’s the most important thing for you in your life, something you won’t ever give over?

Not technically ‘things’ but my family and friends are the only important things for me. I live like a seasoned traveller, I can happily live out of a suitcase, travelling whenever it suits me and crashing with friends wherever I go. I’ve had to cut back on it since my daughter was born but not a lot has changed in my personal attitude, and that lifestyle hasn’t gone completely. I am very anti material, I’m more about experiences and people.
The paradoxes surrounding you are intoxicating. From the demure home-maker to the sex kitten – you’ve got it covered, what’s your take on your image?

Thanks! I suppose I don’t have an ‘image’, I don’t have a specific ‘style’. I don’t think about style or clothes that much, if I like it then I’ll wear it – you know?
If you knocked on my door on any given day you’re likely to find me wearing anything from jeans and a tee, to a full on 80’s glam rock look. Really. The only consistency is heels, I’m never without them.
No one is two dimensional. We all have many different facets to our personality, and I’ve explored them all. Either through will, or just life experience gently pushing me in that direction. Therefore I can comfortably be anything from your domestic goddess, the classic pin-up, and the wild rock chick to your personal slut in the bedroom. They’re all me, but they’re all just too damn big for one ‘image’.

So you reinvent yourself?

Hmm not quite, no.
If you’re referring to the different styles of work that I do, then to some extent – yes, reinvention is involved. Just not personally.
I think to some extent a model has to be something of a chameleon in order to keep things fresh and interesting. Who wants a million pictures of one model looking the same in every shot?

You’re well known for being every bodies favourite party girl, yet you’re undisputedly considered a classy lady, the two don’t normally go together. How would you explain it?

Well I’m not quite sure myself.
I’ve always gone against the grain to some extent, and I’ve certainly always been older than my years which has always set me apart.
Perhaps it’s just down to genetic make-up and personality, I just happen to be able to carry things off with a greater sense of style? Ha what can I say? I’ve just never been the trashy type. I mean sure I like to have a good time, but I’m always polite and carry myself well. I think that being comfortable in my own skin and with who I am could have a lot to do with it. I’ve always been respectful of other people.

What bands/artists would you recommend our readers to check out?

I’ll go with a mixture of obvious and less obvious. The Wildhearts, Howlin’ Wolf, Ian Siegal, Placebo, GMT, Solomon Burke, Edith Piaf, Patti Plinko and her Boy, Raven Vandelle .. I could go on for an age.

You have a photography exhibition coming up, is that right? When did you first get behind the camera?

Yes, that’s correct. It’ll be in a local gallery and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited but also filled with nervous anticipation, you know?

I had my very first exhibition in Warwick Arts Centre last year and it was a big success, so I’m happy that it’s moving onto other galleries now and hopefully it’ll continue to go well.
I was handed my first camera at the age of five. I’ve always liked to take a camera out and photograph anything and everything. People, or rather their portraits are my main passion though, and that’s the focus of my exhibition.
I’ve taken a portrait of the same wonderful piano player in Paris every single year since I was five years old. As the years have passed my skill with the camera has thankfully improved, and his face has developed fabulous character. His portrait features in my upcoming exhibition.

In your SG sets and elsewhere you seem to take a great deal of control over your photoshoots; what have been some of your favourites so far? And what ideas/themes are you keen to incorporate into future work?

I do like to take equal control with the photographer on photoshoots. I think it is important for a model to really be in the picture both physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.. I care really deeply for every single image that is created.
Going back to what already feels like a lifetime ago, when I was 18 and shot my debut set for SG, it was shot in one of my favourite places; an old abandoned house which still has so much character and beauty that it can still inspire. I wanted to share myself and my favourite place with the members. In turn I shared a sacred part of myself.
Everything created for the site at that time, by myself and other models, was deeply personal.
I have a lot of plans for future shoots, a good mixture of commercial work and personal, and the more artistic shoots will be mixing erotica and philosophy in a mind expanding fashion.

You have quite an extensive and impressive portfolio to your name. What advice would you give for those getting into the business? What sets a good model/dancer apart from the crowd?

My advice would be to be careful. Everybody is searching for the fortune and fame, for me modelling isn’t about that. It’s about art, if you lose track of the art and the emotion then you have lost track of your works meaning.
By all means expect payment for your image, just don’t let money be your main motivation. There is a world of difference between a model motivated purely by money, and a model motivated by the love of art. The latter always produces the better work.
You can’t be afraid of rejection or of other peoples opinions; you need to be thick skinned with attitude. Determination and passion must be raging through your veins. Every picture is a promise, and a good model keeps that promise. You should never be afraid to show the camera raw emotion. Vivid personality counts for a lot – it shines through.
For a dancer I would say that you must really know your body, every inch, and know how to use it in a way that best suits you. Don’t try and go nuts on the pole to a heavy rock track, if you’d actually put on a better show doing something slow and sensual along to an Annie Lennox track. Put some of your personality into your act, breathe life into everything you do!

I get a lot of emails from girls wanting my help or advice, it’s nice and all but it’s not all black and white as they seem to think it is.
A question that seems to come up fairly frequently is “When did you know you’d made it?” or the variation “How did you make it?”, I always answer “I’ve made it? Nobody told me!’ It depends on what you mean by ‘made it’ I suppose, but according to the standard definition – I certainly haven’t “made it” yet! I’m just enjoying the journey through the levels.
It’s not all sex, drugs, and rock n roll. The reality is quite far removed from the glossy magazines and the bright lights of the stage, I can tell you!
It’s misleading though, so I can’t blame people for falling for the illusion. I used to do the same thing, and read magazines with pictures of so many glamorous looking women and think ‘they must be loaded and living the life ‘cause they look like the richest, most beautiful women on Earth!’. That’s not reality.

Sorry to burst the dream bubble for a few folks, but sometimes it’s good to have a reality check (or reality cheque – they never bounce!).

Basically things aren’t always what they appear to be, and if you’re going to get into this industry you need to be prepared for lows, just as much as you’re willing to get the highs. It won’t happen over night, but it’s more about the ride than the destination, and if you can accept that then you’re off to a good start.

Why did you take a hiatus from working within the industry?

After my daughter was born obviously my entire life changed, and unfortunately it was an extremely difficult period in my personal life. I wanted to devote as much time to my daughter as I possibly could in her early years. Time is so precious and it really does pass in the blink of an eye, it’s amazing what you can miss even when you’re right there.

How has becoming a mother changed you? How would you describe yourself?

Good question!
Becoming a parent is a massive thing, until it happens you just cannot fully comprehend everything that it encompasses. It’s amazing.
I’m blessed to have my daughter, and I’m so grateful to her – she’s my saviour. I know that might seem like a strange thing to say, but it’s true. She’s the greatest inspiration and really motivated me to push myself to the limit and be the best that I can be. I was ambitious before, but I know I wouldn’t have found the level of strength and commitment that I’ve gained to get me through, had she not entered my world.

I’ve definitely had to get my act together since becoming ‘mom’, I mean having responsibility for another life is pretty mind-blowing. You can’t be selfish anymore, and everyone who isn’t a parent is selfish – selfish in a harmless way. Their lives are all their own so they can still just focus on themselves, I’m not saying single people are all a**holes.
I’m more organised, determined, and I suppose I have to admit that I’m more sensible these days. Everything has had to calm down a bit, a sense of stability has been injected, but that’s not to say I’ve resigned myself to a ‘normal’ life. Far from it. I’ve had amazing life experiences and I hope that I’ll have many more to come – I certainly haven’t given up, and thankfully I’m able to strike a balance between being the best mother that I can possibly be at home, and still being able to get out and kick ass on the road.

I’d say I’m more of a good girl than a bad girl, but when I’m bad then I’m bad in the best possible way. That hasn’t changed.
At the end of the day I’m still the same girl that I was before motherhood at my core, but now I’ve just got a whole load more awesome to boot.
I’ll always be the street smart girl that reads for fun and dances when she does the dishes, but also rocks and parties just as hard – if not harder – than the best of them.

Being a mother is the biggest challenge, and greatest reward I have ever received. Nothing compares to this.

You’ve toured a lot over the years, what can you tell us about being on the road?

Touring is awesome.
However as anyone who hits the road with any regularity will probably tell you, as well as mischief and deviant adventures there is always the odd problem! Ranging from anything like having to spend the night in a cold broken down tour bus, watching everyone else stress about whether you’re actually going to make the next gig, and losing other members of the team to random drug fuelled orgies, to lost equipment, to hospitalisation due to injury.. and then some!

I’ve seen both sides of being on the road. From the full on creature-comforts-and-all swish tour buses, to the basic mini vans. Both are great in their own ways, but really I think it’s more of an experience being in the basic mini van.
I’m not even joking. As uncomfortable as it can be to be cramped up and having to sleep sitting bolt upright with your knees practically to your chest, with other members of your crew snoring in your ear and everyone sweating buckets.. it’s often from those tours that you come away with the best memories, the more random experiences and the more crazy stories.

It’s not always like people imagine it is. Some of the time it is exactly like that, but unless you’re at the top of your game then the percentage is rather minuscule.
More often than not you’re going straight from one gig to the other, driving through the night, not knowing when or where you’re going to get your next shower – you can’t always rely on the venue, I’ve been in so many whose showers have been ‘out of order’ and I’m stood completely covered in body paint thinking ‘Oh great.. now what? Does anyone have any wet wipes?!’.

You’re also a qualified Meditation Therapist/Psychoanalyst. How do you find the time? Do you struggle to strike a balance between your celebrity and the 9 to 5?

I make time. People always make time for what is important to them, obviously nobody is so superhuman that they really can do everything, but you get the point.
I’ve always had a major interest in psychology and studied it through high school and college. I didn’t go to university at the same time as everyone else – I had a career going on modelling and performing, and that worked for me.
However after a few years I decided to put myself through University, partly just because I wanted to continue studying – I crave knowledge, and I hope to always be learning – but also because I thought it would be nice to have the qualifications to fall back on.
I didn’t want to give up my work though, so I started studying through the Open University. Basically this has just meant several years of burning the candle at both ends. A lot of all-nighters and many occasions sitting in the back of a van with a mini torch gripped between my teeth, reading a huge tomb of a textbook!
I went to Thailand to study Buddhist Psychology, which is where the Meditation Therapy comes in. I’m fully qualified in both and find that it ties in beautifully with Western Psychoanalysis. It’s enabled me to offer a more effective and unique style of therapy, which is great because there is now a growing demand for it throughout the West.

I wanted to eventually be able to pursue a career in Psychoanalysis, it’s a fascinating field, and when my daughter was born it just underlined the importance of having worked so hard towards making that a very realistic option.
I don’t find that I struggle to strike a balance as such, it’s actually kind of nice to be on set and on stage and then to be able to spend a few days working to help people. Strangely working in the hospital can actually feel like a break!
I’ve made sure that at this point I’m able to keep things flexible enough that the 9-5 isn’t my main focus, therefore I still have a degree of freedom to take on artistic projects that normally doesn’t come with the standard day job.

What profile websites do you spend time on? Where can our readers find you?

I’ve been quite lousy with promoting the whole social net-working sites to be honest, I spend time on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Danielle-Rose/295292684637), Tumblr, and dare I admit that I still check into MySpace once in a while, but I can be found more regularly on Twitter (Twitter.com/missdannirose).


You mention philosophy a lot in your blogs and general discussion. Having experienced so much already, what would you say is your personal philosophy?

I do mention philosophy a lot that’s true, it’s a major interest of mine.
Well I could easily write a mini book with my personal philosophy on life, but for now I’ll just stick to a few main points that I try to live by.

Be impeccable with your word. If you say you’re going to do something, do it – no matter what. Your word is who you really are. Always keep it, and use your word to motivate yourself to higher levels.

I’ve found that life is full of lessons, they’re everywhere, and the reason they’re called lessons is that they should lesson as time goes on. If you find yourself repeatedly facing the same problems, then you need to stop and ask yourself ‘What am I not learning here?’

Always be respectful of other people, I like to keep this analogy in mind: after a game of chess then the pawn goes into the same box as the King.
Everybody will face hardships in life, but when you get knocks you just need to get on up and hit back harder, get through it. You get your armour in battle and it’s good to remember that ruin is a gift. It’s the road to transformation.

Danielle, thank you!

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