Interview With Laureate
How did you become interested in fetish/BDSM?
Ever since I can remember I have been turned on by pain. In my adolescence, dominant men and women seemed to gravitate towards me. I used to engage in light fetish with my first girlfriend, but I had not yet identified myself as a "submissive" or "masochist." When I got into modeling at first, I strictly stated that I was not interested in fetish modeling. However, I started meeting very artistic and talented people who practice BDSM and photograph it. I started to get involved with BDSM sexually, and the intensity of it increased quickly. I decided that I wanted to start expressing this part of myself in photographs. Since then, I have worked with so many talented people to express my sexuality. Fetish is now my bread and butter. I hope that my work will encourage others to explore BDSM and their sexuality free of guilt or hesitation.
Do you enjoy fetishism/BDSM play in your personal life, and if so what are you into?
I am heavily into BDSM on a personal level. I am a masochist, exhibitionist, and submissive. I am rather traditional in how I date- I only practice BDSM when I am in a trusting relationship, whether that be a loving girlfriend or a loyal slave. Every fetish that appears in my work is a personal fetish of mine; my work is who I am. Primarily, I love submitting to others and enduring extreme pain. Tears are my orgasm, spanks are my foreplay, sub space is my ecstasy.
Are there any fetishes that you don't find appealing?
There are some fetishes that don't appeal to me, but I cannot judge them. As long as fetish play is safe and occurs between two (or more) consenting adults, then where's the problem?
What excites you about fetish modeling?
I get high off of expressing my sexuality through art. I also love the creative aspect of it, and meeting all the wonderful people that go along with this line of work. I feel so blessed to work with some of the fetish "gods and goddesses" of the U.S., and to be able to share my work with so many people. I think any model can't deny, too, that we want attention! Who doesn't?
What are your favorite types of outfits to model in?
I love modeling latex, lingerie, whips, chains, candy canes...anything that looks good and fits my style. I'm also known to model in my birthday suit!
What are your least favorites?
I won't model in anything that is unflattering or degrading. The definitions of those terms are based on my discretion.
What is it about Tattoos that intrigues you?
I love all forms of art, and I consider tattoos to be one of them. I think it is beautiful that people can decorate their bodies with images or words that reflect their personal uniqueness. I would have more tattoos if I could afford them!
Do you think pinup and fetish are becoming part of the mainstream culture?
Slowly but surely, I think these genres are entering the mainstream media. I remember seeing high-fashion shots that involved rope tying. However, I think the concepts of domination and submission have been a part of U.S. culture for a while now. It may be subtle, but so many advertisements present a dominant figure. I think dominance is considered a "sellable" quality, and something people desire even without participating in the BDSM scene. Generally, people want to feel like they have power and control in their lives, and advertisers teach them that certain products will give them that power, whether over women, appearances, or anything else. A sexy cologne will give a man the power to attract women; an education at a prestigious university will give someone the power to make more money and choose a career that he or she wants. Submission, too, is prominent in mainstream culture- people want to 'sit back and relax,' and trust a service to control part of their lives. For example, people want to "submit" to a lawyer, trusting that he or she will take care of them legally since lawyers have the education to do so.
What kind of music do you like?
I love all types of music, except country! I have an obsession with Lady Gaga, but when it comes to modeling and BDSM play, I definitely like to have metal playing in the background. This type of music just enhances the moment in all cases.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love writing poetry and short stories, writing music, drawing...any form of art, really. I also love dancing, hanging out with friends, watching The Office (my favorite show!), playing with my bunny, and spending time with my family. Helping people is not only an interest of mine; it is my day job. Therefore, I enjoy being useful to people less fortunate than me in any way possible.
See more of Laureate:
JSVPhotography, Beatbox Jeebust, Andy Wanderlust, MisterChris, CIFA, Liz Mares.
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