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Model feature : Kari Michelle

Kari Michelle is a U.S based alternative model hailing from Tulsa, taking on a broad range of styles and looks within her work. Not just your average model she's also an actress alongside her modelling work.

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

When I was about eleven years old my mother was approached at the Indoor Fun Fair by a talent scout who worked for John Casablancas. They told her that they liked how I carried myself. I, of course, got really excited and told my family that I was interested in going to school there, so my family paid out the ass (money that we really didn't have) to send me there. They didn't do much for me as far as getting jobs, but did help with my self-esteem, posture and attitude. I called the hotline for a few months and after hearing nothing back I lost interest. Jump forward about ten years.. I work in a tattoo parlor and meet a photographer there. I shoot with him and ever since I have been hooked.. It's like a drug. I can't get enough of it!

What drew you towards alternative modeling?

Don't get me wrong, I don't see anything wrong with a pretty girl smiling in to the camera while wearing a sundress.. but that just isn't me. I've always felt a little different.. ever since I was little. I found beauty in things that others thought were creepy, bizarre and sometimes even disgusting. I'm not your average swim suit model. There are plenty of people who find that "hot", but I'd much prefer a girl in latex spanking her boyfriend who has a bag tied over his head and clamps on his nipples.

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

Yes..Quentin Tarantino (film director, producer, screenwriter and actor), Robert Rodriguez (film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer and musician) Kato (model, fashion designer, illustrator, set designer and stylist) and Lesley Lawson a.k.a. Twiggy (model, actress, and singer).

Kari Michelle model

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

I'd like to shoot more with my boyfriend. We have been planning a fetish shoot for some time now. I have also been working on a few shoots to submit to magazines based on their criteria.

What has been your biggest modelling achievement so far?

I would say that my biggest achievement so far is shooting 14.5 hours straight and keeping my composure.. for the most part.

How did you discover your particular interest in alternative fashion?

I believe I was about 7 years old.. I was in Woodland Hills Mall waiting in line with my aunts to get some grub at the food court when I looked up and saw one of the most beautiful things I had ever laid eyes on in my short life. She was standing there.. looked like a giant from where I was, but she was probably only about 5'9".. Maybe 6'3" with those platform boots. She had dark makeup, pale skin, a septum ring and hair like Betty Davis. I was in awe.. that's when I decided I liked alternative fashion.

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

Gothic Beauty, Bizarre, Volkswagen, Make Up Store, PUREVILE!, Steven Meisel, Somarta.

What are your goals & aspirations for the future?

My goal for the year is to get on the front cover of a magazine. My long term goals are to become a well-known alternative model, as well as a successful actress.

You can find out more about Kari & her work over at

First image: Photographer - Garrett Tally, Make up artist - Jessie Mosteller | Second image: Photographer - Dylan Duvall

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