Feature: Dark doll



GGotW: Where are you from?
DD: I am from Costa Rica, but a very small country, but very full of beauty and biodiversity

GGotW: Is there much of a Gothic scene in Costa Rica?
DD: Well, there are many styles of life in my country, people find their own way of expressing themselves, but there are very small group of Gothic people.

GGotW: What got you involved in modeling?
DD: Never been in the world of modeling, but participated in it for friends who need my style for their projects, I would like to learn more about modeling and engage in more serious stuff.

GGotW: A lot of your pictures are by Mario Peraza, how did Peraza find you?
DD: Mario Peraza is a photographer of an advertising agency in my country, I found him through hi5, so he contacted me for a meeting about Gothic images.

GGotW: Have you worked with other photographers?
DD: I have not had the opportunity to work with other photographers, I hope I can.

GGotW: What attracted you to the Gothic world?
DD: The essence of feeling different from many others, found a very personal place in this society, the look and feel different. Feeling that I belong to another kind of life.

GGotW: What kind of music do you listen to?
DD: Metal is my favorite music groups such as Leaves Eyes, Battlelore, Archenemy, Tarja, Moonspell, Therion, Epica, Sonata Arctica, Rammstein, Nightwish (with Tarja), Cradle of Filth, Sirenia*.

GGotW: What would you like to do with your photography?
DD: That people see it as a different art, Mario Peraza will be part of a great exhibition with my photos and those of other girls.

GGotW: What do you do when you're not modeling?
DD: Advertising design study in college. I love to read magazines, haute couture, going to the gym, I love to exercise. Hang out with my family and my boyfriend ...

*Update: New Images posted October 10/09

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Feature: Madely Selket

Gothic Models
Model Mayhem


GGotW: What work have you done as a model?
MS: I've been working as a model the last 7 years. Publications inclue: magazine Crawling Tunes Issue #5, Greek newpaper's magazine Aggelioforos. I have worked with Wella, L'Oreal and Nestor Giannakis. I've done photo-shoots for clothes and underwear, eye-glasses. I did a photo-shoot for the Abyss Darkstore in Thessaloniki. I've appeared on flyers and posters and last year I was in the image for MARCH on the Fetish Calendar 2008.

I took part in movie GREEK PSYCHO CANNIBAL, I have theatrical experience as i have been member of Parathlasi - dramatic art.

I've also Modeled For: DeadlyCreations, Gothicmodels , Modeling. gr, ModelMayhem.

Photo by: Waage

GGotW: What got you started as a model?
MS: I have worked as a model for the last 8 years. I was in a competition where they were looking for the face of the year... They chose me out of 500 girls from all over Greece. Unfortunately I was on vacation and saw wasn't able to go. After that I decided to join a model agency.

GGotW: Were you a goth first or a model first?
MS: My first job as a model was more into other styles than my own. You see, in Greece there isn't a model agency for alternative styles. It hasn't been a problem for me to work in other styles, but of course I would prefer Goth.

GGotW: From your bio it looks like you do a lot of non-goth modeling work too. What is it that you like about Gothic modeling?
MS: I feel myself ;-)

GGotW: You DJ, what kind of sets?
MS: Darkwave, Gothic Rock, Medieval, Electrogoth, Industrial, and Synthpop. I am a member of Geisterwelt DJs.

GGotW: What is the best experience you have had as a model?
MS: Taking part in Greek model competition.

GGotW: Where do you hope modeling takes you?

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News: Vampire back on TV

The american CW Television network is looking for a vampire show, now that vamps are back in vogue. They're trying to cash in on the trend by picking up a pilot based on L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries book series.

Vampire Diaries follows a young woman torn between two brothers, one good, one evil, both vampires. The two brothers battle for her soul and her pals, family and the small town where they live.

Kevin Williamson (Scream, Dawon's Creek) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY) will executive produce and write.

Feature: Ghoul



GGotW: What got you started modeling?
G: An ex boyfriend of mine saw an add online, for a new Australian, alternative magazine and begged me to go try out. Even though I though it was a complete waste of time, I went along to the meet-up to see what all the go was. I did a few test shots with the photographer and he was interested right away. I had no modeling experience whatsoever and was actually very camera shy, but apparently the fool saw something in me!

GGotW: Did you model anything else before that?
G: Not really no, I was extremely camera shy and wasn’t interested in being a model whatsoever! In fact the thought had never even crossed my mind! I’ve experimented a little since starting modeling, but I never seem to stray too far from my roots!

GGotW: Is there a lot of opportunity to model alternative in Australia?
G: Yes there is if you are willing to work for it. The alternative modeling industry is something that takes time and work. Too many models have done one or two photoshoots and then disappeared off the alternative modeling radar. If you are willing to work at it, get to know people, photographers and designers there is a lot of opportunity, I think it’s just knowing where to look.

GGotW: Who have you modeled for?
G: I’ve modeled for most well known photographers in Melbourne itself, and I’m now hoping to travel Australia a bit more and work with people interstate and eventually overseas.

I’ve modeled for a few companies which include Maschine Nation, who make cyberlox and other cute and offensive accessories. Dusk Moth Designs, which are a more elegant and casual alternative fashion label. Asylum7 which are a well know Australia Corset company. Obsidian Lace, who are the up and comers in Corsetry. Raven Clothing who are a well known alternative fashion label in Australia and overseas. Tradgic Beautiful, who make a lot of cyber and club wear.

GGotW: Have you done any modeling with other models?
G: I’ve done a fair bit of work with other models along the line. I’ve worked with other models who are into Goth genres, pin-up, fetish, fashion etc. Some who are still around, some who are long since gone. I’ve even worked with some child models. I’m up for anything, as long as I see it benefiting me or my work in some way or another.

GGotW: In your profile to us you talked about travel, have you traveled for modeling?
G: I was planning to do some modeling in Egypt when I went over in 2007, but went I looked into it I found out how some of the men can be to girls over there. I had enough trouble just walking down the street, let alone being provocative in front of a camera! I know it’s not much of a record, but my furthest away shoot was a four hour train trip, where a bunch of people got together and spent two nights in one Australia’s most haunted places.

It’s a lovely old building built in the 1800’s that was once an insane asylum. There are a lot of rumors about that place, so it was great fun to do some work out there. It’s in a remote country town, and strangely enough the locals were very friendly when a group of about 20 Goths rocked up at the local bar for a beer! They even knew that we were shooting at the old asylum and gave us a bit of an insight of the history there; a few of them had even worked there before it closed down in the early 90’s.

GGotW: What size do you get down to in a corset?
G: I refuse to go out to a party without wearing a corset. My partner is pretty much the same. He has gotten used to lacing me so tight that he is worried he will break a rib! I’m a size 12-14 Australian, with a 34 inch waist without a corset, with a corset I can get down to around a size 8 Australian. I’m aiming to get smaller with some waist training!

GGotW: Where do you get your outfits in Oz?
G: There are quite a few alternative shops here in Melbourne that are all in the city central itself. I buy quite a few things in the city itself, most of the alternative shops are in the famous street of shopping, that is called ‘Brunswick’ street, a lot of my other outfits are bought from online stores, or designers I work with. My cyberlox are made by a company called ‘Mashcine Nation’, which is owned by my two closest friends, they help me out a lot with accessories and hair extensions. But my wardrobe is full of international brands such as Mercy, Lipp Service and Tripp.

GGotW: Is there a lot of Goth culture in Victoria?
G: There is a fair Goth scene in Victoria. Ranging from Deathrockers, to Cyber. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be all that much of a younger generation around though, a lot of alternative people, but not Goths per say. We have quite a few alternative festivals starting up down here though which is good, it brings people in from interstate and even overseas. In 2008 there was Melbourne’s first alternative festival called The Melbourne Bizarre Music Festival, which I was lucky enough to model in. It was held over a few days and had performers of all kinds, from catwalk models, circus acts, burlesque and bands. Another great alternative festival we have is called Circa Nocturna, which is part of the L’Oreal fashion week which has been running for quite a few years now. It’s basically an alternative fashion show, and it’s quite a big night in our little community. I’ll be part of it this year for the second year running, modeling for an Australian corset company called Obsidian Lace.

GGotW: What is the story behind your name?
G: No story behind the name really,
I had a friend who finished his name with Ghoul, and he called me my real name, then Ghoul afterwards, so I just dropped the real name and became 'Ghoul'

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