Mina Von Vixen is a burlesque performer turned model whose been creating a portfolio of striking vintage inspired images alongside her career in burlesque.
How did you start modelling? Was it something that you always wanted to do, or did it just 'happen'?
It all started with my favourite shop when I was 13. The shop sold all sorts of dark clothes and jewellery, so naturally I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I went in with my parents one day and they got talking to the owner. She was saying that she could do with a few models for her products. Immediately my Dad piped up and said that I would do some modelling for her!
Modelling wasn't something I had thought about doing at all. But I gave it a go, and absolutely loved it!
What drew you towards alternative modeling?
I was the high school goth, and I'm very creative. Modelling let me express everything artistic within myself. I like to do research into each of my shoots, so its unique each time.
I've never been one to follow the rules, so alternative modelling was perfect for me! I like the fact that there are no rules, you can be as weird as you want! It's something that has helped me with both my personal life, and my burlesque. It teaches you to be yourself and not give a damn about what anyone else thinks about you, and of course it's a massive confidence boost.
Do you have any fellow models or heroines who have inspired you?
When I was starting out I adored Ulorin Vex, I loved how wild and outgoing she is. As I started to branch out I found Joan Nakamoto who is still to this day one of my favourite models.
I tend to take a lot of inspiration from history books, I'm totally obsessed with corsets, bustles and full length dresses. I had a shoot earlier this year based on Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. For once the shoot was in an era I loved! Plus I studied the book in college so I had plenty of ideas to go alongside the photographers plans.
As I turned 18 I started to take more of my inspiration from Burlesque history, and modern day. Some of the obvious ones were Dita Von Teese and Immodesty Blaize.
What kind of shoots would you like to work on in the future?
I'd love to do more victorian style shoots as well as more pin up and 50's.
What has been your biggest modelling achievement so far?
My biggest achievement so far, has had to be finally getting in front of the camera with my costumes on! It was something I had wanted to do for a very long time, but I always had a niggling feeling in my stomach before I did it. Now I love it!
It doesn't matter if I'm on stage or in front of the camera, it gives me a chance to show off what I've been working on for the past year, all the rhinestones and catching myself whilst sewing pay off when I see the amazing reaction people give.
How did you discover your particular interest in alternative fashion?
My cousin had a big part in this. She wore the most amazing corsets, boots, and skirts. I had to go shopping and get some for myself! Once corseted and booted up I feel like I can take whatever the world throws at me.
Are there any companies or designers that you'd like to work with?
I'd love to work with corset and latex designers! Especially What Katie Did and Kiku Corsets Boutique.
What are your goals & aspirations for the future?
I have quite a few goals. A lot of which include performing on different stages throughout the UK. I'd love to work with more photographers and expand my portfolio, and work along side some of my idols!
You can find out more about Mina & her work over at www.facebook.com/Miss.Mina.V.V & instagram.com/minavonvixen.
First image: Photographer - Annika Rose Photography | Second image: Morgan Wiltshire photography