Interview With Rebecca Marchand
Marching Hand In Hand With Rebecca Marchand
How did you get started modeling?
I got started by accident, actually. I never wanted to be a model. In fact, I wanted to be a photographer. I worked with friends to learn digital photography since I had only taken some classes in black and white film. Along the way, many of them asked to take my photo, so I figured I must photograph well. One of my photographer friends had a Model Mayhem page and suggested I join as a model, and so I did. Modeling was never something I thought I would do, but it seems to have worked out and lead to so many great times and even better friends. Recently, I lean more toward art and conceptual modeling rather than fashion work.
What excites you about modeling?
To me, the most exciting thing is all the people I get to work with. Modeling has opened so many doors for me, and I have met so many wonderful people. When I have the chance to work with new people, that's when I am the most excited.
Do you come from a background of training in the arts?
Not at all. I come from a normal broken middle class home, with a family who valued sports and high grades over the arts, which is odd as my parents were both fine arts majors when they were my age. But, all the same, I have immersed myself in the arts world and embraced it.
What are your favorite types of outfits to model in?
I have started making a lot of my own wardrobe to stay unique, so I always enjoy that. Otherwise, I love modeling corsets, anything vintage or pinup, and anything that is borderline costume. Sometimes no wardrobe is the best wardrobe though.
What are your least favorites?
Casual fashion, hands down. I think it's so boring to look like a department store catalog model.
Do you think pinup and fetish are becoming part of the mainstream culture?
I think that, in a way, these two genres represent two ends of sexual media that pornography tends to not touch on. On the one end, classic pinup can be incredibly sexy while being subtle and often isn't even nude work. On the other end, I think of fetish as the dark side of pinup. Of course, some people dabble in these genres for fun and some because they really live the lifestyle. So, yes, whether for the lifer or the weekender, I think both these genres are slowly but surely becoming more mainstream. And, honestly, while I love the exposure and availability of them, it makes me a little bit sad because I see both losing a lot of their genuine beauty and being further commercialized.
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
Mainly I paint and write, but I keep those works to myself. I have also continued film photography of architecture and decay. I have channeled most of my creative energy into The Reflections Project, my company, which organizes yearly benefit alternative art and fashion based events for various charities. Being able to bring all my artistic loves - music, fashion, modeling, and the traditional arts - together for a greater cause is really fulfilling and humbling at the same time. I'm also working hard on an alternative fashion and culture publication project.
What kind of music do you like?
I'm solid into punk and post punk. I'll always have a soft spot for those genres. AFI has been, and always will be, my favorite band, even if they have moved far from their hardcore punk roots. I also have a soft spot for psychobilly.
What do you like to do for fun?
So many things! Video games, painting, driving, exploring abandoned buildings, cooking and cleaning (yes, I'm a Suzie Homemaker), watching films, going to concerts at small venues, shopping, body mods, traveling, and lets be honest now, sex is kinda fun too.
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