Kataxenna Kamillia Kova Returns
Kataxenna Kamillia Kova Returns
This is your second appearance in fIXE Magazine, what was the reaction the first time?
I had lots of positive feedback after the first round :) Interviews are great, as they give people some more insight into what you do and who you actually are. It can be so easy to make assumptions about people when just looking at their photos, but interviews like this really give us some idea about the person behind the images.
Classic pinup has become a huge phenomena lately, what about it first captured your interest?
Classic pinup has a wonderful authentic quality to it, that I think initially caught the interest of many people, who were so used to seeing the typical Playboy/glamour models of the 90s, and wanted something else, something a little less obvious. It is more the retro/cheesecake poses and outfits that I think most people enjoy about classic pinup photography. It is a dated style of work that comes in and out of fashion, and at the moment it's a look that the media is really pushing. I wouldn't personally say I've ever really gone for the retro pinup look myself, as I think it is best left to those who really love and have a passion for that era. You see so many models these days who look like Bettie Paige/Jayne Mansfield clones with the identical hair styles and makeup, and that's great, but it's a shame that these people can't find their own look. It is one think to be inspired or influenced by someone, but unless you are a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, why would you go out of your way to look just like her in every way?
You're someone who could obviously model in a number of other mediums, have you ever?
I try not to do anything that isn't really 'me.' So though I do model in several different genres, I try not to do anything that goes against what I believe in and have done everything from fitness to burlesque and from glamour to fashion. Though I'm tall, I'm not particularly built like a fashion model so never went too far in that direction. Even at my skinniest in my teens I was still quite curvy in my chest and bum regions, so that would have gone completely against what is expected of a fashion model, where the idea is to generally appear to be a hanger that displays the outfit and allows it to hang and show off the designer's work.
And what keeps you coming back to fetish modeling?
In fetish modeling, I can be myself and have a lot more freedom. The outfits are obviously also a huge bonus, as like I've mentioned before, I am a huge fan of the 'second skin quality' that latex has, and the way it clings to every curve. These days latex designers are also coming out with far more exciting, colourful and eccentric designs than they were, say 5 years ago, so trying on the outfits it is always something I look forward to doing as soon as I arrive at a shoot.
Are there any aspects of fetish modeling you don't enjoy?
I don't enjoy the warped view that some people have of latex. I have heard people put latex modeling and porn in the same category, and though yes, latex is a sexy material that is used for pleasure and seen in a sexual way, it is also something that has become more mainstream and is worn on stage by performers like Lady Gaga and Beyonce, as well as on the red carpet. There was a photo that I recall seeing of Kelly Brook, in a baby pink matte latex dress at a premiere of some sort, and she looked gorgeous. (I believe it was an Atsuko Kudo design with subtle lace detail). I think that shows that latex can be worn without looking slutty or over sexual.
Do you think fetishism and sex are intrinsically connected, or can they be separate?
The definition of 'fetish' is something that is desired to enhance sexual arousal, so straight away fetishism and sex will be connected. I don't believe that you can really have one without the other, as the very purpose of a fetish or a fetish model/item is to arouse sexual excitement. Whether it is something as simple as stockings or heels, or something a bit more complex and unusual, a fetish cannot exist without it's meaning and without being true to it's definition, or it is not a fetish.
What advice would you give to someone who is new to the scene?
Be yourself! Don't try to imitate anybody else. Of course do take inspiration, (we all have role models and idols), but then take whatever inspiration to require (or desire), and put your own stamp on it. Re-work it so that it works for YOU, and has your own personality all over it. Also, beware that it is a tough industry where you will have months where you are really busy, traveling/flying from country to country, followed by quiet months where you may have one or two shoots if that. It is why I always think it is important to have a back-up career. Modeling has a shelf life and you can't do it forever, so there will come a time when you have to rely on some other form of income. I would advise anyone who is modeling to study on the side. It's something that I'm glad I did when I first started out, and will continue to do while I'm young and still modeling. Bettering the mind is ALWAYS a good thing.
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
I have worked on music on/off, but time is always a factor for me. If modeling is all somebody does, then they tend to have the time to dedicate to music and other creative outlets, but in my case I am trying to build another 'normal' career outside modeling and studying on top of that. It's a lifestyle choice that I have chosen to make myself, but believe that I will be grateful for it in the future. I am going to have time-out from studying this summer so intend to dedicate some decent time to working on music with my partner. On top of that I'm to learn to play drums and brushing up on my (not so great) guitar skills. Writing lyrics has always been another pas time of mine, and I hope they will see the light of day sometime in the near future :)
Read any good books lately?
I'm currently half way through a Christopher Hitchens' book called 'Letters to a Young Contrarian,' which I'm really enjoying. The best book that I've read lately has to be 'The Greatest Show on Earth' by Richard Dawkins. It's so easy to get lost in his writings, and being somebody who has a keen interest in biology (which I studied at university) and evolution, his books make absolutely fascinating reading.
What's your favorite movie?
That's a tough one. My favoritemovie of all time would probably have to either be be Mulholland Drive or Moulin Rouge. Though there are loads that I really like in different genres, so it all depends on my mood. I love horror classics like Hellraiser, The Omen and the Halloween films, as well as Tarantino films, a lot of Polanski's work and the odd old school classic like The Godfather.
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
And the following simple but sweet quote by Anaïs Nin- "I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living."
Read our first interview with Kataxenna Kamillia Kova: http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1776
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