Hey, thank you for your time today, and I hope you’re all well and staying safe throughout the COVID19 scare. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us how you first got into modelling?
Hey, yes I am good thank you! I’m Gracie Gun, a 23-year-old model from Hertfordshire. I started modelling just over a year ago. I always loved having my photo taken and many people used to tell me for years that I should model, so I thought I would give it a go.
I started by contacting photographers I knew to get together a portfolio. The first shoot I did I wore latex and fell in love with it instantly, and then I knew latex/fetish modelling was for me. I got noticed by latex companies by doing a few shoots with the photographer John Bellingham who goes by the name of latex and lingerie; his friend saw my photos and told John I have the look he wanted for his next photoshoot. He owns a latex company (called TLC latex) and he got in touch with me to shoot some of his amazing outfits for their website, and from there many other companies such as ‘Honour Clothing‘ contacted me wanting to collaborate.
Ever since I started modelling I can tell I am much more confident and happy because it comes so naturally to me, modelling is one of the best things I have ever done in my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I am a very curvy girl and I feel that it’s important to embrace your curves and to show other girls with my body type that we can still model to; you don’t have to be super skinny, just be you. I have many more exciting shoots coming up, and one will be in Germany, which I am extremely excited about as I love travelling.
It’s fantastic what you have achieved so far! How do you prepare for a photoshoot?
In just over a year I have achieved taking part in 101 shoots, that alone is a very big deal for me. I never realised so many photographers would reach out and be so excited to work with me, that made me so happy.
The night before a photoshoot I start my preparation to make myself feel and look good: I like to deep condition my hair and apply a facial cleansing mask, this always helps my skin stay spot free and fresh looking. After, I sit down and have a think about what I need to take with me such as clothes, jewellery, makeup etc, that’s if the clothes are not provided by a company or a photographer. On the day of the shoot, I normally get up very early as I do not like to rush around. I have my coffee, take a shower then I apply my makeup if there is no MUA involved, then off I go to the shoot.
When you’re in front of the camera, what helps you create the poses? Is there anything, in particular, you think about or does it come naturally?
Sometimes it comes naturally, but I have days where it takes me a bit longer to get into the right headspace. I try and project as much emotion as I can – I do this by thinking about a certain memory or person who makes me happy or sad etc, I keep that mood in mind and it naturally shows through my poses and facial expressions. By thinking this way, something just clicks in my mind and I can get into the mood/vibe the photographer wants for the shoot.
What’s you’re favourite makeup brand you use for shoots and do you apply your own makeup?
When I do my makeup I normally use Kat Von D or NYX. I love to do my own makeup, as I know exactly how to apply it to my taste. Before modelling I did a makeup course in London so I am familiar with what makeup works well in some lighting and how to make certain features of the face pop. I always use products that are not tested on animals, as I think animal testing is extremely wrong.
How do you like to wind down and relax after a shoot?
Depending on the time, if it is still early evening, I organise to meet one of my friends after a shoot for dinner and drinks. For me, that is the best way to wind down with good company. But if I am away shooting, I normally chill out in my hotel room with a glass of wine and a nice bath.
What’s your favourite photoshoot to date and why?
There are quite a few, but one of my favourite shoots was with my friend Robin from Imago Portrait Photography, when we were shooting some new content for his photography website. With this shoot, we used a huge motorbike which belonged to his friends and we improvised a lot just to give an idea to future customers the kind of photography he can offer.
So, I was free to pose however I liked, and I loved being included in the creative side as I had full control over what I wore too. I enjoy being able to do shoots where I can also be involved in the creative side as well, I feel that is important for every model at some point to be creative. Especially when you get the chance to take it because most shoots will not be so experimental. That was a super fun shoot and I cannot wait to work with Robin again.
Is there anyone you want to shoot/model or photograph with and haven’t yet?
There are many photographers I would love to work with such as Dark Moon Media, DollHouse Photography, Altercarnated Photography, Natasha Gris and Ashley Joncas photography.
Hopefully, when COVID19 has come to an end, I will get around to shooting with these amazing photographers.
Do you have anyone you admire or draw inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from 1950’s Hollywood actresses such as Anita Ekberg and Jayne Mansfield. For me, they are true icons, with such beauty and amazing killer curves. Ever since I was little, they have been my two main inspirations alongside musician Stevie Nicks; she has such a strong presence and she is so sassy and fierce I just love that about her. I do try and add a little Stevie Nicks in my everyday look and when I model.
You said earlier that you instantly knew latex/fetish modelling is for you, do you have a favourite fetish/latex clothing company?
What’s the London alternative model scene like?
The London alternative modelling scene can become competitive as times, only because there are a lot of people out there doing the same thing and the modelling scene seems to be getting bigger and bigger. For me, I like the fact that is growing and seeing new faces as it keeps it interesting.
If someone wants to start alternative modelling, what advice would you give them?
I would say do it, because it will honestly change your life and make you feel great. You get to meet new people and it helps a lot with self-esteem, even if you try it and you do not think it is for you, at least you can say you gave it a go and have no regrets later down the line. I really want to do as much as possible during my life and I like to push myself to be the best I can be. Luckily for me, I have fallen in love with modelling so I am happy that I decided to go through with it.
Are there any hobbies and interests you like doing outside of modelling?
Yes, I am also a musician, I sing and write songs. I used to have my own band, but we have gone our separate ways, but I do plan to get back to making music very soon. But even when I am not making music with a band, whenever I have free time I sing at home and write. Another interest I have is history, I enjoy visiting historical places all over the world, I love to just wander around and take in the place and its surroundings, I find it extremely interesting. I love to be outside as much as possible, especially surrounded by nature, as it really helps de-stress my mind.
Have you ever entered the AMOTY (Alternative Model Of The Year)? If yes, what was the experience like and if not would you do so in the future?
I have not taken part in the AMOTY yet, but I am sure I will in the future.
You said earlier you love to travel, what is the best country you have modelled in and why?
London will always be my favourite place because I love the people and the alternative model scene. Every time I shoot in London it is always a great experience, especially because I come from Hertfordshire, so for me London is so different and exciting. The energy, the liveliness is something I really love. I have been modelling in Paris and around France last year; it was fun, but nothing really compares. But I am determined to get some contacts in America so I can shoot there and grow as a model, for me that is one of my biggest dreams. I also travelled all over America when I was younger so it would be amazing to go back and do a shoot.
You’ve booked a shoot in Germany, is this still going ahead or have you had to cancel due to the outbreak of Covid19? It not, have you got any ideas or concepts for it yet?
It will be going ahead after the virus has cleared up, we have just put it on hold for the time being, which is unfortunate but must be done. But still something positive to look forward to after these sad times. I just hope that everyone is keeping as safe as possible. I do have an idea for the upcoming shoot, but it is something I want to keep a secret. It is going to be very exciting and could be the next step in my career. So, when the time comes to reveal the news, I will be more than happy to share that with everyone.
Thank you so much for your time today Grace, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Thanks so much for having me! And thanks to all the readers!
Love Gracie xx