Laura Aurora, Interview by Jo Blackened

Laura is a 26 year old model from Jersey who moved to London in 2012, as she was bored of her office job that suffocated her creativity. Once here she began working for her favourite clothing brand, Cyberdog, which allowed her more freedom with her appearance.
The result caught the attention of photographers, including myself, and she’s been working as a model ever since. I managed to have a chat with Laura recently whilst on a shoot.

Hey Laura, thanks for joining me today.
I see you have come in full makeup and ready for the shoot. Did you get a lot of attention on your journey here?
Probably, but I’m used to it and barely notice anymore! [Laughs]
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How do you feel about the attention you receive?
It’s a bi-product of me expressing myself and I find it bizarre. I’m just being me, going about my business and it’s odd that something that is so natural to me provokes a reaction.

Do you feel people should be encouraged to express their creativity in public more?
If they want to, absolutely! Your image is the only thing you have near complete control over and I would love to see more people taking advantage of that. And the people who don’t like it should keep their mouths shut. I don’t like seeing boring outfits in muted colours, but I have enough manners to keep that to myself.
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What got you into this style of image?
My look is a culmination of everything I find aesthetically pleasing. I started out as a Metalhead and that still shows its influence with my band t-shirt and love of camouflage prints, but now I wear it with bright colours, glitter and retro futuristic themes as I’ve found styles that I enjoy incorporating. Taking the bits I like and mixing them gives me my own personal and unique style.

As well as your clothing, you are heavily tattooed. Is this something you always wanted to get done?
It’s not something I was consciously aiming for. It’s kind of crept up on me, in that sense. Each tattoo feels like a puzzle piece I never knew I was missing and makes me feel more like myself than I was before. That’s what self-expression is and it’s a great feeling.
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When did you first get a tattoo?
On my 18th birthday I got two, so I jumped in as soon as I was legally old enough. [Laughs]

What was your inspiration behind the tattoos?
My tattoos are like a scrapbook of all my favourite things. Mostly music related with zombies, robots, Pokemon, films and my other interests. When I find an image that’s right, I immediately know where I want to put it on my body. It’s a gut feeling and that’s how I know it’s the right one for me.
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What has been your favourite model shoot to date and why?
My favourite will probably always be my first real shoot with Frankie’s Angels. It was a chance meeting that gave me the confidence that I might be good enough to be a model, shots for a portfolio and kick started my career. We spent two whole days shooting all over London. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to work with Frankie again in Swizterland and he will soon be coming back to London to shoot together for a third time.

If you could work with anyone, who would it be and why?
Top of my list right now is the makeup artist UnderBlueLights. Her work is so unique and beautiful. She has expressed interest in working with me, so it will happen and I know the results will be wonderful.

Do you prefer to model alone, or in a group?
I enjoy projects that involve input from a lot of different people, such as a model, photographer, makeup artist, stylist, designer etc. and then to model alone for the actual image. I love that collaboration of ideas and find images with a single model to be the most interesting and powerful.
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What advice would you give someone wanting to take this up as a career?
Be prepared for lots of hard work; it’s not all glamour like it might seem from the outside.
Get a portfolio together and network on sites like Model Mayhem. Only take on work you are excited and passionate about and don’t let anyone pressure you into doing things you don’t want to do. Don’t let minor setbacks knock your confidence because if you aren’t selected for something, it’s about what’s best for the part and not a personal attack on you.
Make the most of every opportunity and have fun!
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Where can people see your work?
All my work can be found on my Facebook page –
www.facebook.com/laura.aurora.official
Many thanks for your time!
Thank you!

Photography by Jo Blackened
https://www.facebook.com/Altercarnated.Photography

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