exclusive interview with Teya Salat | tattoo life & modeling 03/02/2014

Hello Teya Salat! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers.
Please start by telling us something about yourself... How did you get the nickname - Teya Salat?

Hi there! Teya is my name. I’ve always liked bright green color, so I took “Salat” as the second part of it. I’m 22 years old and I live in Russia.

Q: How you got into modeling? Where are you based now & what are you currently working on?
A: I got my first experience in modeling when I was in school. Back then I took pictures using a simple cell phone. Then I moved to a big city and took part in my first photo session. That was the big start and it happened even before I got my first tattoo. Apart from modeling I also work in the field of advertising In Russia, I am also working on my tour to America.

Q: You look gorgeous! Probably the most feminine notes in your look are your long blonde hair and your curves combined with an excellent tattoo collection. How did you achieved that look, do you feel inspired by someone?
A: Thank you! I don’t have a role model. My image has formed by itself and I didn’t have any thoughts about how I would finally look like. I still don’t know how I am going to look like in a couple of months :))

Q: The neck piece must be the most recognizable neck tattoo on earth! haha What was the basic inspiration for getting that tattoo?
A: Intuition and imagination. This is a freehand piece we've done together with my tattoo artist.

Q: You're now working for many worldwide famous clothing brands such as "Sullen Clothing" & "Rebounce girls". Tell me more about this collaborations, When it all started?
A: My collaboration with these brands has started around 2-3 years ago. I'm always open for collaboration with new brands, with the ones that appeared just recently or with the ones that are already well-known in the market.

Q: What are the most interesting experiences happened on a photo-shoot?
A: It’s hard to say. The most interesting photo sessions for me are the ones when I go to work in another country with my poor knowledge of English:)

- Do you have any favorite photo-shoot?
All my recent photo shoots. My level has improved as well as the level of the photographers I’m working with.

Q: How people react when they see you for first time, since you've got all the visible tattoos? Are there any fanny stories to share, with the fans?
A: People react differently! There are positive reactions when people want to touch my tattoos, or to take a picture with me, and there can be some absolutely negative reactions, in Russia this culture starts to become an art.

Q: What part of being a tattoo model you like the most? Do you feel sometimes powerful to bring some messages through a photo-shoot, especially to the masses obsessed with taboos?
A: I try to promote healthy lifestyle, good family relations and personal development, as well as the fact that a person should be judged by his or her deeds, not by the appearance.

Q: You're so sweet on the campaign videos, how would you describe your personality in a few words Teya?
Q: Words about my personality? I am sincere, honest and kind.

That's definitely what I would say about you Teya!

Q: I really love the fact that you attempt to look more natural on the photo-shoots. Do you have any tricks about your hair style, skin? Or it's simply a Russian thing! ;)
A: Professionals take care of it and that’s all I can say about this.

Q: Any new projects you're working on?
A: I’m working on myself and plan a tour to other countries.

Q: You're 22 now, so young and beautiful, you have a long way to go. What would be the "dream" project?
A: I have already made my dreams come true, so now I just work, live and rejoice with my family.

Q: Any tips for the girls that are starting out?
A: Do not look at anyone else and just keep going forward.

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