Feature: Melisande

Metal Vixens
Dark Arts


GGotW: When did you start modeling?
M: About 3 years ago

GGotW: What got you started?
M: Word of mouth and seeing other amazing models! I've always been inspired by 40's and 50's models and actresses like Mae West, Diana Dors, Bette Page etc..

GGotW: What styles do you like to model?
M: Classic pin up, corsetry, fetish, cosplay, fine art. But I enjoy all sorts of styles really- if only I could afford to buy an array of costumes!

GGotW: What got you started in corsetry?
M: Mmmm, corsets are yummy. I love how they look and feel! I found my first real corset in Afflecks Palace in Manchester, and had to get it! Was gorgeous heavy black velvet!

GGotW: Do you have new shoots coming up?
M: If I could get to USA! I've had some interest, but is impossible for me to get there!!

GGotW: What would it take to make that trip to USA happen?
M: A free flight!! Tee hee!

GGotW: What kind of styles do you shoot?
M: Allsorts! Espesh ultra glam modern pin up projects, and fetish shoots, focusing on lovely corsets.

GGotW: What is your favorite style to shoot?
M: That would probably be classic/vintage shoots. I adore styles from Victorian period corsets to mid 50's stockings and lingerie. I have been rag-rolling my hair since I was 10, I have always loved Victoriana.

GGotW: We understand you've worked with Mark Varley, have you appeared in any of his books?
M: I just had a shoot for his next book!

GGotW: Do you know what Mark Varley's next book is being called?
M: I believe its called London Rebound. . . . . !!

GGotW: Have you shot with other models?
M: Yes, I have worked with some lovely girls

GGotW: Who would you like to shoot with?
M: Goodness! The ever captivating and incredible Dita!

GGotW: What do you do when you're not modeling?
M: I work as a Wine Advisor. . . in the loosest sense of the term.

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Feature: Lady Nex


Metric81cm61cm 48cm89cm163cm50kg

GGotW: What made you want to start modeling?
LNx: I was asked by an alternative shop to do a catwalk show for them and i got spotted and it went from there i guess. Its a great way to meet people and dress up!

GGotW: You have your own clothing line?
LNx: Yes. I find making my own clothing makes my shoots more unique and i love the Victorian era so decided to make my own!

GGotW: What does Victorian Muse make?
LNx: Mostly Victorian influenced clothing. I also dabble with the 18th century gowns and sometimes add more of a up to date fashion mixed with the Victorian era.

GGotW: Were is your store?
LNx: I currently don't have a store as i have only recently started making clothing for photographers and theatre companies. I plan on opening a website store in the future once i have expanded my current collection

GGotW: So are you still modeling?
LNx: On and off at the moment. i am looking more in to doing my clothing company at the moment though i do still come out to play.

GGotW: What is your connection to Performing Arts?
LNx: I have a degree in performing arts and i am a qualified University Lecture in performing arts. I did acting for a bit but decided teaching was more my forte. I love it as its creative and you also look into the other areas of the acting industry such as costume and make up and lighting and sound so you get to see all aspects of theatre and film. Its very interesting!

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Feature: Felina Fetishdoll



GGotW: What is the scene like in The Netherlands?
FFd: I’m not participating a lot in the Dutch gothic scene. I usually go to fetish parties and sometimes there are gothic parties like Bal du Masque, Tokio Decadence or Midnight Sin that attract people from the fetish scene too. Recently I was at the Elf Fantasy Fair, a huge fantasy event being held in the gardens of a Dutch castle where a lot of different Gothic and fantasy styles meet each other.

GGotW: Do you travel a lot for your photo shoots?
FFd: Yes, I’m planning a couple of shoots in Belgium and Germany and I recently modeled at the Fetish Evolution Weekend, a big fetish event in Essen, Germany.

GGotW: Is there much work near you?
FFd: There are always lots of photographers asking for TFCD shoots, but there’s not a lot of paid work. I’ve recently done a shoot for the flyer of the November edition of Dominatrix, a Dutch fetish party, and I’m going to model for Laced-Up, a fetish-wear boutique in Utrecht.

GGotW: What labels have you worked with?
FFd: At Fetish Evolution I’ve walked a catwalk show for Brigitte More, a Dutch fetish designer and I’ve been on the cover of the Elf Fantasy Guide.

GGotW: What Photographers have you worked with?
FFd: I started last year with a shoot with Carlos da Cruz, a friend of mine. Then I did a whole series of shoots with Burt Lloyd and more recently I worked with Lexie Molotoff, a famous Dutch fetish photographer and with Onderkrocht Fotografie, Lifeware, Wim Verrijp and Duko Stolwijk.

GGotW: Do you always do your own make-up?
FFd: Yes, until now I’ve always done my own make-up. I started with almost no experience, but piece by piece I discovered a lot of interesting things I could do, like using fun lenses and fake lashes. I’m even thinking of taking make-up lessons to become a professional make-up artist. But first I’m going to finish my literature studies and my yoga teachers course.

GGotW: What has been your funnest experience?
FFd: I don’t remember one special occasion, but creating my different characters and settings is a lot of fun. I usually do a lot of shoots at home and during the photo shoot we often think of new things and we expand the settings with al kinds of crazy stuff. I often try to look like a doll and I like to put that doll in very strange, surreal and playful situations. In any case I hope my future shoots will bring me as much fun as the previous ones did.

GGotW: What started you off as a model?
FFd: Well.. In February 2008 I started going to fetish parties and I noticed that I could never be overdressed there. I got lot of enthusiastic comments on my outfits, which stimulated me to dress up even more detailed each time. Little by little I added more accessories to my outfits and I ended up with a set formula, on which I vary all the time. I got to know lots of people in a very short time and many wanted to take my picture. I found out that I liked being photographed and in September I subscribed to several modeling sites. I happened to quickly bump into a very good photographer and in no time I had put together an extensive portfolio. I was also asked by two party organizers to pose for their party flyers. The flyer for Dominatrix is being spread right now.

GGotW: What styles do you work in?
FFd: Actually I mix a lot of different styles and I combine them into my own style. My outfits are based on fetish and Gothic, but each time they tend to a different style. Like for example cybergothic, manga, lolita, Victorian, burlesque, pin-up etcetera. A great source of inspiration for me is the Japanese Gothic-style “harajuku”. Harajuku is a Japanese quarter in Tokyo, where each Sunday all sorts of different goths flock together, one even more outrageous than the other. Usually my goal is to look like a doll, hence my name ‘Felina Fetishdoll’.

GGotW: Is there a style you would like to do but haven't?
FFd: I like the old-fashioned pin-up style a lot and I would definitely love to explore it, but until now I’ve done only one shoot (at Christmas) that was a little bit in that direction. In any case, first I have to find the right clothes and, as I am a perfectionist, that will take a while. I'd also like to try a more burlesque, Dita-like style too.

GGotW: Who would you like to work with?
FFd: I'm a huge fan of Jeffrey Scott, whose work could be admired on several Dutch fetish flyers. I really love his highly imaginative, surrealistic settings and a brilliant exposure. And one day I would love to shoot with Erwin Olaf, who created some of the Wasteland flyers. I adore his colourful, extremely detailed and to surrealism tending settings.

GGotW: You do Yoga, does it help you with your poses?
FFd: Yes, yoga helps me for sure! To start with it helps me breathing in my very tight-laced corsets. I always wear them as tight as possible. Furthermore it makes me more flexible, even when wearing a corset. Sometimes I even do a yoga-pose in a picture, like the ‘dancer’ - a balancing pose - or a leg split pose. And last but not least it also helps me staying calm in case of a stressful shoot or when I have to do a runway show.

GGotW: What suggestions could you give to new models?
FFd: I’d suggest them to subscribe to a couple of modeling sites and to be very picky about whom they work with. High quality portfolio pictures attract better photographers and increase the chance that you’ll be asked for paid shoots. At most modeling sites you can also see who a photographer worked with and you can even ask other models what it was like working with someone. If you doubt about his or her trustability, then don’t shoot or take someone with you to the appointment.

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