I am a model. I'm not just some chick who gets her picture taken sometimes. I am a professional model. People pay me damn good money to have me stand in front of their cameras. I have worked with dozens upon dozens of photographers and been published in countless E-Zines, Websites, Print Magazines & Newspapers.
Do a Google Image Search for "Alternative Supermodel". Not only am I the first image that pops up, but I'm also the 2nd, 4th and 5th. Even more images of me are scattered about in the search results.
I was recently accused by an obsessive, jealous former friend of being "ashamed" of my body and "photoshopping the hell out of" all my photos.
*NEWSFLASH* Models are retouched. It is the standard. Does anyone really think that the models and actresses they see in magazines really look exactly like their pictures? If you believe that, you are stupid. Yeah, I said it. Stupid.
Those women arrive to a photoshoot and spend HOURS sitting in a chair while a team of highly skilled professionals apply perfect makeup and style their hair.
Next, they have another team of professionals set up specialized lighting that is designed to hide flaws and flatter them as much as possible.
After that, the chosen photos are sent off to another team of professionals who use photoshop and/or other computer programs to meticulously smooth out skin, remove wrinkles and blemishes, and remove any strand of hair that is out of place. Special filters are applied to correct colors and lighting, to change backdrops, and to give the woman in the photo a gorgeous "glow".
I have always been VERY open and honest about the fact that as a professional model, yes many of my photos are retouched. Some more than others, some not at all. It just depends on the image. I have never tried to give the impression that if you've only ever seen my modeling work, I am going to look exactly like that if you were to walk up to me on the street and say hello. I'm a human being. I have flaws. Just like everyone else.
Are my modeling images "photoshopped to hell"? The answer is yes, no, sometimes, maybe, not so much as you would think. It all depends on the photo. For example, my fantasy images tend to be more heavily retouched. When I am modeling as an inhuman creature like a vampire or a fairy, the whole point is to look impossibly perfect. Because that's what vampires and fairies are. It's art.
As a model, I am selling a fantasy, not a 100% reality. I AM art. My images are art. That's what real models are - artists. Only, instead of paint and canvas, we use ourselves. My body is the paint, my costumes and surroundings are the canvas.
Unlike the accusatory wanna-be chick who is just "playing model" - I am an actual model. I am in the industry. So do not fault me for keeping up with the standards of my industry. It's my job, and I do it well.
Oh, and if I had a dollar for every person who has met me and said that I am "even more beautiful in person" - I'd be motherfucking rich.
You want to see me? The "REAL" me? A photographer I worked with wanted to see some possible wardrobe choices for our shoot. So I sent him some polaroids. Oh, btw - in the modeling industry, the term "polaroid" simply means a photo where you are not made up. I sat my camera on top of a bottle of mouthwash on my bathroom sink and set the timer to snap some pics.
In these bathroom pics, I am not specially lit. It's a 12 megapixel camera and the photos are 300 dpi. (Which means it shows EVERYTHING) .
ALSO - I am not wearing one stitch of makeup. My face is as clean as a little girls. AND I had gotten up SUPER early that day for a doctor's appointment and had a lot of blood drawn.
This is what I look like under those conditions. Straight from the camera. NO PHOTOSHOP.
The nude photos below with my natural curly red hair are also 100% natural, unretouched. They were taken about 2 years ago, but as you can tell, the only thing about my body that has changed is that I've gotten more tattoos.
The Top Photos were taken on May 31st, 2013. I have not been retouched AT ALL. Most of these are straight from the camera. Only a couple have been lighting corrected.
I love my body and anyone who says that I'm "ashamed" of it is just plain jealous and can go fuck themselves.
Goodnight and Thank You!