12 November 2012
Bailey Benton Interviews Lilly Pink
As some readers may know already, at the beginning of my alt-modelling career I was interviewed for EGL Magazine. At the time I was a university student with high hopes for my modelling future. Now I've graduated and I've been lucky enough to be published twice in Alt Fashion Magazine and a vast array of other online magazines. I've taken part in university student projects and been featured in a tarot deck. I'm overjoyed to say I'm now agency represented, and next year I will be featured in a calendar! It's certainly been busy!
I spend a lot of time these days running a group promoting other plus-size models and giving aspiring models their first rung on the ladder – I have aspirations of moving this group towards model management.
Meet Lilly Pink, who is a member of the group and shares my passion of helping other models. Lilly is a relatively new and versatile model with high hopes for her career, not to mention a kick-ass attitude to boot. She already models for Apocalypse Girls and various other online groups, but is always striving to take it to the next level. I decided to find out a little more about her...
Hi Lilly! Tell us a little bit about you and what you do when you're not in front of the lens.
Well I'm a pretty normal alternative girl based in Nottingham, into my piercings, tattoos and hair dye and with an ever growing passion for latex. When I'm not in front of the lens I am often helping to mentor other models, editing photos or I can be found with my friends having a meal, going to the cinema or watching tv. I spend my time cooking and shopping, so pretty normal really.
So how did you come up with the name 'Lilly Pink'?
I originally started out as 'Little Miss Dita' which came about as an accident originally. It had been a nickname because of my love of Dita von Teese and was originally the name chosen when I signed up to Apocalypse Girls. However, earlier this year, I decided to change to 'Lilly Pink' due to my love of the colour and the fact my favourite flower has always been the lily. Plus it was less of a mouthful!
How did you first get started as a model, and how long have you been modelling now?
I first started as a model about 20 months ago with no experience at all. I loved taking pictures of myself and my friends and the element of dressing up and posing, so somebody suggested I apply to the Apocalypse Girls. I was accepted and it went from there. I have in this time done photoshoots at every available opportunity and have expanded the range and type of photoshoots that I have done. I decided to expand and work freelance as well as for the Apocalypse Girls, joining different alternative modelling groups along the way.
What are your favourite parts of modelling? Do you have any particular favourite styles to model?
My favourite parts of modelling are being able to try new outfits and change myself from the person I am everyday to Lilly Pink. I love being able to dress up and look my best and change who I am and the styles I wear. I absolutely love being able to model fetish and latex styles because they give me an opportunity to express my slightly naughtier, risque side, I also love modelling pin up styles because they make me feel more like my idol, Dita. In all I like to try most styles and vary it as much as I can because I, and other people, would get bored of the same thing.
What would you say is your greatest acheivment to date?
That is a difficult one, getting this far without giving up through the most difficult times is a huge achievement for me. Also, getting this far and being able to be accepted by so many modelling groups is a wonderful thing.
What are your favourite items of clothing to wear on a photoshoot?
My favourite items to wear would probably be my custom made latex items because I feel my most comfortable, sexiest and they express my personality more. My amazing, patent pink heels are also a particular favourite of mine because they stand out a mile and are the best pair of heels I own.
The style of your hair is awesome. What is the wackiest colour you have ever had your hair?
I would say that this is right now. I currently have black, pink, purple and peacock blue in which is the most colours I have ever tried. Generally it has been two colours but recently I have become much more adventurous.
What has been your favourite photoshoot to this date, and why?
It would be hard to choose between my favourite photoshoots, as Lilly Pink it would probably be my latex and whipped cream shoot as it is a shoot I had planned for ages and wanted to do and it combined latex, pin up, some form of fetish, it was also a fun shoot to do and I was able to let my hair down and get messy. However, previously, as Little Miss Dita my favourite shoot would be my anti prom-queen one which I loved because it turned out exactly as I wanted it and had planned. It also showed my alternative style at its best.
How do you prepare for a photoshoot?
It depends on the shoot really, if it involves latex then I have to spend as much time as I can shining it to perfection and making sure that it is all clean and that it is in the best condition it can be. Generally though, preparation for a shoot involves making sure I have all the outfit parts necessary and that my hair is coloured and there isn't too much root showing. I also like to get my eyebrows done and make sure that my skin is as clear as I can possibly get it so I have a good base for my make up. Generally I take a couple of hours before a shoot to prepare. I usually start with my make up. I have recently discovered Benefit so I take a lot of time building up my make up to create the best look I can. I put some feel good music on and dance about as I am getting ready in order to put me in a good mood. After make up is done I will either style my hair or put a wig on. I generally do not get into an outfit until the photographer is ready, that way I can ensure what I am wearing stays looking as good as possible.
What difficulties would you say you have come up against in your modelling career so far?
So far I have come up against a fair bit of criticism due to my size and look in general. I have also struggled with recognition and being able to get noticed as a model. Being taken seriously for what I do is something that is important to me and also something that I have been striving for, for a long time. This has led to a few crises in confidence and debating whether modelling is for me.
Do you have any favourite models?
My favourite models, other than Dita von Teese, would probably be Razor Kandi, for her very unique style and edgy look, and all of the wonderful girls I have met through modelling because I look up to every one for individual reasons. As corny as it may sound I couldn't pick too many particular favourites because I admire many people and take ideas and tips from each of them.
How about favourite photographers?
I would say my favourite photographers I have worked with would be Roziekins Photography because he has an incredible style of shooting and produced some lovely photos for me. I also love working with my two favourite photogrpahers Andy P Photography and Kunai Imagery because we have now built up a rapport, understand each others' styles and ways of working and can produce good images together. For the future I would love to work with Twisted Pix because they cater for alternative people so well.
Who do you look at for inspiration the most?
I look to Dita von Teese because she is able to ooze class and sexuality simultaneously, which is something I really respect. As I have previously said I also look up to all the people I have worked with and all of the models that I know because each of them have worked so hard to be where they are and have also taught me so much.
What did you want to be when you were 5 years old?
When I was 5 I think I wanted to be a writer or a teacher!
Describe yourself in just 3 words.
Colourful, crazy, creative!
Where do you see your modelling career in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I would like to be more recognised, especially for fetish and latex work. I would like to see myself published and be doing more regular paid shoots. In 5 years I would hope to be inspiring other models to get out there and do what I do. All in all I would like my modelling career to have taken off further and to be a more recognised model.
What advice would you give other models?
There is one thing I say to other models and girls aspiring to be models, first and foremost, be yourself, do what you are happy with, with the right help, advice and encouragement anyone can give modelling a go. On another level, I would say, never let anyone get you down, you are your own person and should always believe in yourself and your ability. Practically, always check your photographers, keep safe and push yourself as often as you can.
Thank you, Lilly!
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Photograhy credits top to bottom:
Kunai Imagery (x2)
Andy P Photography (x2)
Kunai Imagery for Apocalypse Girls
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Bailey Benton is an alternative model, Bizarre Ultra Vixen, Apocalypse Girl and Official AGE Girl for Alt Girls Extraordinaire. Follow her on her Facebook Page and her Tumblr Blog.