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Interview with Dea Tenebrae

Alternative model based in Oregon, USA

Cover credits: Photo and accessories: Kanani Designs

Dea Tenebrae is alternative model based in Eugene, Oregon, USA. She expresses her creativity and absorbing all the inspiration through darkness, art and classical Goth style, but also she is able to find her inspiration in colorful lavender fields, forests and rivers.

She is the one who can change as much styles as she can but still keeping something unique that carries her own signature.

Stay tuned and get to know something more about this lovely “Vampira of modern age”.

1. When did you start with your career as an alternative model?
Since a young age I’ve posed for pictures for my parents whom are professional photographers, but until 2 months ago I finally decided to start building my alternative modeling portfolio.

2. How did you fall in love with modeling and with entire Gothic/Alternative scene and what inspired you to make that kind of decision?
For a couple years now I’ve been immersed in Gothic culture and it has been one of the most wonderful things to ever happen to me. And I’ve always admired the gorgeous, dark, romantic, grotesque and occult imagery so then, I decided I wanted to use my creativity to showcase my love for all those things.

3. Do you remember your very first photo-shoot and can you share some details and feelings about that?
Well my very first professional photoshoot was with Kelly Kanani Erickson and it was a marvelous experience. It was at a beautiful creek outside of town and the water was very chilly! But it was a 90-degree Fahrenheit day, so the cool waters felt very refreshing upon my skin. And Kelly was just great and fun to work with, she knew exactly which poses she was looking for and the results were breathtaking

4. How do you find all that preparation for shootings that sometimes lasts for hours? Do you enjoy creating new look with the perfect make-up, matching jewelry and clothes? Do you create your own styles for photo-shoots of you do your research online and then you combine details that you personally like?
I do enjoy preparing for photoshoots, even though it can be time consuming but I know all the effort is worth it. Usually, I create my own style when it comes to makeup, jewelry and clothing, but many times I do find inspiration in mythology, folklore and gothic art.

5. Are there any aspects of a modeling career that you haven’t explored yet and are there some things that you would always avoid?
Well, I don’t know what it’s like to be a traveling model, or to have brands sponsor you, but I know all comes at its due time. Something I’ll always avoid though is doing nude shoots. It’s just not my thing, nor does it fit in with the style of art that I want to portray.

6. Is there some particularly special model who inspires you and who is your very personal favorite?
Kali Noir Diamond. She is the perfect example of a model who does not only possess god-like beauty and flawless style, but also possesses much intellect and most importantly, always kind and friendly to others. Nonetheless, never afraid to speak the truth, no matter the subject.

7. What do you think: Should the whole Goth/Alternative social media scene be more supportive and should there be more justice for all the models who are actually modeling and making some effort to create something unique and not just sitting around fully make-upped and taking photos with the assistance of the “Selfie stick”?
I absolutely agree with you there. It is very frustrating at times to see those self-proclaimed “selfie models” sometimes have more support and followers than many of us who put countless hours, money and dedication into creating works of art. I do believe the Gothic and Alternative Culture should show more support for true artists instead of those whom with little creativity and originality try to become famous with little to no effort at all.

8. I would like to know what your personal favorite Gothic style is. What inspires you, beside some models as an example, and gives you strength to be such an amazing model?
My favorite has to be the Romantic Goth style. I love taking from Victorian, Edwardian, Baroque and Renaissance fashion and giving it a much darker look. I also take great inspiration from nature and all its wondrous beauty. But a lot of my strength and support I get is from my friends and my loving boyfriend who has been my number one fan since before I even started modeling.

9. Can you tell us something about your personal life and how would you describe yourself? What do you do when you aren’t in front of the camera on in the lavender fields?
I would say I’m honest, spontaneous, kind to whom treat me with equal kindness, can enjoy a good laugh and I find pleasure in the smaller details of life. And when I’m not doing shoots I love taking hikes through the forest and mountains. I also enjoy reading in the afternoons on my lovely vintage chaise, with a warm cup of tea by my side.

10. Does the music play a big part in your life and what music genres do you prefer? Do you have your favorite band or singer? Do you attend a lot of concerts or you prefer enjoying in music in home atmosphere?
Absolutely! I usually prefer metal, rock and classical music and I have so many favorites, it’s very hard to choose. But some that I find indispensable to me are Epica, Theatre of Tragedy, Cradle of Filth and Chelsea Wolfe. I love going both to concerts and listening to music from the comfort of my home.

11. Name 3 things that you simply cannot live without every single day.
More Tea!

12. What is your everyday casual look? Do you prefer full make-up or a simple, basic make-up, such as: powder, eyeliner and lipstick and you’re ready to go?
Well, the days I stay indoors I like to keep an ‘au naturel’ look. But when I do go out I always put full on make-up. I enjoy experimenting with different shades, ideas and designs to complement my ensemble at the time.

13. Back to the modeling theme, what do you consider your biggest career highlight so far?
I would say gaining so many kind supporters in such a short amount of time, has been amazing. And this interview is definitely right up there too.

14. Who is your biggest support in your modeling career, who gives you strength to keep fighting in cruel and tough, yet beautiful and exciting modeling world?

It definitely has to by my boyfriend. Since the beginning of our relationship he has always been a source of genuine encouragement, inspiration and strength. He never gave up on me or stopped believing in that I could become whatever I desired to be. Through hardships and good times, he has been by my side as my friend, partner and loving other half.

15. Do you have some special plans for shootings in future that you would maybe like to reveal in this interview or just “feed” us a small hint?
Yes, I do have a couple of plans for future shoots, one that I’m excited about in particular involves some of my favorite things…. tea and corpses.

16. It was a true pleasure and honor for me to chat with you, so to end this interview: what would you like to leave as a message to your fans, followers and our readers?
Thank you, it was such an honor to be given this opportunity. And I would just like to end saying that I appreciate all the support and kind comments from all my followers.

My message has been and always will be, to never let anyone’s hate or criticism get in the way of accomplishing your goals and dreams.

Everything takes effort and determination, but it definitely never requires the approval of others. No matter how hard the oppression, you must strive to express yourself in the way you deem fit, and prove your harshest critics wrong, even when that person is yourself.

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