exclusive interview with Victoria van Violence | model story 28/08/2013

 Hello Victoria! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Please start by telling us something about yourself and how you got into alternative modeling? 

Hey Iva, thanks for your interest in my work and the interview request. My name is Victoria, I am from Frankfurt, Germany, student of Philology and I am 24 years old. I got into modeling by accident. I asked a photographer for a shooting just for fun and ended up on the cover of a well-known German tattoo magazine. And so it started basically.

Q: To talk about your gorgeous look could probably take a year, seriously, you look fantastic! Sexy, feminine, a bit dangerous and 100% unique. Really love the punk-rock note in your style. Do you have any influences that actually inspired?
A: Awww .. thank you for the nice words. The funny things is, that I'm into punk since I was 13 years old and in school I was some kind of misfit and now I earn money with what I am. Weird thing though. I get my inspiration from the music I listen to, my friends and awesome people like Nina Hagen, Maila Nurmi, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Vivienne Westwood, etc. But basically the inspiration comes from the inside - I simply do what I want to do.

Q: How long are you into alternative modeling? 
A: Actually not that long, it's been 2 years now. I started in late summer 2011.

Q: Talking about the beginnings, what was the most challenging part in getting into alternative modeling? 
A: Nothing! I started by accident, I had no proper goals, no particular aims. I just did it for fun - and that's still my intention. And I've been overtaken by all the success and the great jobs, shooting and collaborations I'm doing.

Q: How did you get your nickname, is there any symbolic meaning for you?
A: To be honest; nope! Victoria van Violence is just an alliteration and sounded good to me. I have a special relationship to all that royal-stuff so I definitely needed that „van“ in the name.

Q: You look like a Goth princess from a Tim Burton Fairy tale. It's almost impossible to not like your green hair! Are you self-stylist?
A: Oh thank you. That's a proper tip of the head because I'm one of his biggest fans on earth. Yes, sure I am self-stylist. I think my style isn't that special, I just grab what I find in the wardrobe and wear it. Some people make science of things like this – posting pictures of their daily outfit. I think style and clothes are just something you have and you shouldn't think to much about it.


Q: There might be a little difference between all the photo-shoots you've been working on, but there is always a note of glamour, extravagance... Would you connect your photo-shoots with your personality?
A: Of course. You can't express yourself in another way.

Q: I've noticed lots of cool ink on your body. When did you get your first tattoo, what was it? Guide me a bit in your inked madness. 
A: Inked madness? Haha! I got my first tattoo when I was 16, just a little star on my back. Nothing special. But I wanted a tattoo so bad since I am 8. So it started. And of course I did more and more and more and it's not finished yet. I think it is quite boring to explain all the tattoos I have, fortunately I have some pictures where everyone can have a look and see some of them. The artwork is not always perfect, but that's fine. I did some tattoos in squats, in my kitches, got some from friends but also by great artists. Is some kind of patchwork, and that's what I like.

Q: Would you consider tattooing as a way of self expression?
A: Yes, sure. My tattoos always tell a story, even it is just that I got it drunk in a squat. I can perpetuate things I love on my body.

Q: What has being a tattooed woman taught you: about society, yourself and the idea of beauty?
A: Nothing. I don't care about what society thinks about it, I have my own idea of beauty and I don't mind if other people don't like what I'm doing or what I am. You shouldn't care about what other thinks.

Q: What is the beauty trick you do before a photo-shoot? Share some tricks with us.
A: Haha. To be honest I don't have „beauty tricks“. I always have big bruises on my legs and I always need camouflage make-up for those.

Q: Do you have any favorite photo session?
A: Difficult question, actually I'm really happy with everything we created the past two years.

Q: You've been featured on many tattoo magazines, including "Skin Deep". Tell me a bit about this collaboration. 
A: Skin Deep is an awesome magazine. But I actually can't say much about the collaboration. They are all nice guys and we wrote some mails and I was so happy when I received my copy!!

Q: Do you give some ideas to your photographers about a photo-session (the creative part) or you keep it professional?
A: It depends on the shooting. When I have jobs I mostly do what's required and do my job. But when I do free works I mostly have ideas, outfits etc. and the whole team works together.

Q: What are some of your other hobbies outside professional modeling?
A: My boyfriend, my family, my friends :-) Punk rock, music, concerts.

Q: People could be ruff, jealous, crazy, super-cool... As a model, what are some of your greatest challenges or obstacles you face? 
A: Actually I don't have any problems. I don't care about what other people say and I just do what I want to do.

Q: What's your best motivational lesson for the new models?
A: Stay true! Be yourself and don't give a shit about what others think!

Please feel free to share your feature plans and your website.
I am not good in planning, I just see what's happening. But I am going to move to Berlin soon and I'm sure I will do some amazing shoots, will meet amazing people and will have a great time. And time will tell the rest.