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Daria D'Beauvoix

Model feature : Daria D'Beauvoix


Daria D'Beauvoix has been turning her hand to the world of alt modelling from her stage presence as a burlesque & performance artist. Certainly a talent that's clearly visible through her wonderfully varied portfolio of work.


How did you start modelling? Was it something that you always wanted to do, or did it just 'happen'?

Two years ago I started an MA Performance Practice. It was through this that I began my research through the practice of burlesque. I came into the scene with a creative arts background with little experience in dance/drama. So I set up a MM and started shooting conceptual shoots inspired by my own background and research in order to explore characterization, masquerade and playful acting. I then found myself forming a portfolio which lead to photographers, designers and other models asking to work with me. This was a big surprise as I have never considered myself a model (thought I suppose I watch ANTM enough to know what I should be doing!) due to my size, interests, look etc. Though I never thought in a million years I would be a burlesque performer - and love it!


How drew you towards alternative modeling?

I'm unsure whether it was a particular person as I know I would never fit within mainstream modeling - I'm aware alternative modeling is also becoming mainstream what I suppose I mean is 'non-alternative'? I think the people who drew me towards alternative modeling are the same people who drew me away from non-alternative modeling.


Do you have any fellow models or heroines who have inspired you?

Performance wise the moment I saw Julie Atlas Muz (luckily at my first burlesque show) I was inspired to take a risk and start performing burlesque. She made me realize I could rock it and rock it MY WAY regardless of rules and mainstream perceptions of the form.


Kitty Liquor inspires me on a personal level as she is a fellow mental health sufferer (I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety 10 years ago and bi-polar 5 years ago) yet still works regularly.


Artistically my friend PookiRae inspires me no end, we regularly shoot together and she has done my MUA on more than one occasion. We help each other out a lot in our artistic careers. I think it's great to have someone you can bounce ideas off, support and keep you grounded in this scene as it can be pretty cut-throat at times.


What kind of shoots would you like to work on in the future?

I particularly love horror, geeky, sci fi, vintage and Lolita shoots. But, I would really like to try my hand at a bit of everything! I might dislike the idea of a shoot, but do it and surprise myself so I wouldn't pass up a great opportunity unless it was inappropriate or a really wasn't comfortable with it.


Daria D'Beauvoix

I'm currently organizing a shoot that explores the idea of fetish for a piece I'm writing. I've recently become aware that many people refer to fetish within modeling as being explicitly latex/pvc, however, I'd like to research beyond this and really get to grips with the definition of fetish as being something which spans beyond fear into the realm of extreme love. Watch this space!


What has been your biggest modelling achievement so far?

Last October I did a cosplay shoot with Black Orchard based on one of my favourite comic book characters; Violet Grimm from Dogwitch. The writer messaged me on facebook and said the photos were 'awesome'. As a proud geek, this was a massive achievement for me as I really tried to embody the character of Violet in the shots - and if her creator is happy with my masquerade then I definitely am!


How did you discover your paticular interest in alternative fashion?

I don't really have a particular style as I just like dressing up and playing with different outfits to create different characters. I like to be inspired by different styles, times and even people. My hair style was inspired by a character out of The Crow movie (Sarah) and I've had it shaven for ten years now. The blonde streaks are new (well, 3 years old) and they are too inspired by Lilly Munster and Rogue (XMEN). I also love the grunge style and frequently wear pretty dresses and boots. I discovered that style when I started listening RiotGrrrl when I was about 15. Whilst I haven't really changed my look since I was a teenager I love playing with temporary identities through shoots - I've always been a fan of fancydress parties!


Are there any companies or designers that you'd like to work with?

My personal favourites are: What Katie Did, Stockings & Romance, Petticoats-A-Plenty, Collectif, OhMyHoney, Rosie Louise Jones, Kreepsville 666, Total Skull, TUK & Demonia (the only shoes I can wear other than DM's!), Tripp and the new work by SweetDeliriumJewellery (rebranded as CuriologyOnline) is beautiful!


What are your goals & aspirations for the future?

I hope to continue exploring the body politic and horror/beauty through shoots and my performances as I feel I have found a method of creativity that suits me perfectly. I would love to one day appear on stage alongside Julie Atlas Muz. Or perhaps Joan Jett whilst I perform my new burlesque act: 'I'm a Wild One..A Ch ch ch Cherry Bomb!'.


You can find out more about Daria D'Beauvoix & her work over at www.facebook.com/iamdariadissected


First image: Photographer - Twisted Pix, MUA: Pooki Rae, Pasties: Suzie Sequin, Skirt: OhMyHoney, Sickle: Nick Tiernan | Second image: Photographer - Twisted Pix, Accessories: Candy & Cyanide