|Photographer - RUGGLEZ Photography|
Hi Jynx. Thank you for taking some time out to answer some questions for me. How did you come to take up modelling?
'I got into modelling whilst at University. I was studying for my MSc and a guy on my course was a model, regularly doing life drawing. I got into contact with a couple of the University of Cambridge colleges looking for life models. One of the artists mentioned body painting, so I did a few body painting shoots, as well as the life drawing. I met a few photography students, worked with them, and I guess it just snowballed (super pleased it did)! I've always felt actually better starting modelling slightly older, I'm sure my expectations are different than if I was a newbie 18 year old!'
|Photographer - Mike Mendez, Designer - Nippleicious|
The work you put out is anonymous, why did you go down this route? Was it a choice ? Was it a necessity?
'I love being anonymous- feel it makes me mysterious! Honestly, I don't know what I want to do once I hang up my fetish ballet boots, but possibly mental health nursing, so the anonymity protects me from future employers finding out about my modelling. I know quite a few places would look upon modelling as 'unfavourable' and although I love what I do and wish to do it as long as possible, at some point, I will retire.'
How do you ensure your anonymity? Do you have to approve all images? Do you make photographers sign NDAs? Do you threaten bodily harm?
'Haha, I think I once suggested to someone they needed to sign a form akin to the Official Secrets Act in their own blood. But honestly, I either pose/use props or rely on trust- a few photographers have asked if they can decapitate me in post! I have no problems with this, but yes, I does rely on trust and that's something I insist on. And I remind people that our shoot is anonymous if I am a little concerned. I haven't ever really had any problems, other than a couple of photographers wanting to do headshots/portraits! I have politely suggested I am the wrong model for this!'
|Photographer - Terry King, Stylist - Nippleicious|
I'm hazarding a guess here, predominantly based on your work been anonymous, that Jynx is a modelling name? How did you decide on it as your modelling name?
'Haha- Jynx could totally be my real name (it might not be, but I wont share it, still keeping that anonymity and mystery)! It sounds really dull if I say I was watching James Bond and thought I would love to be a Bond Girl! I do get a few people chuckle if they ever send me a message 'Hi Jynx' as in 'high jinks' - but I think thats how photoshoots should be; energetic and fun (throw in some mischief too when urbexing)!'
As a fan of the Bond films I don't think it sounds dull. Who's your Bond of choice?
'Honestly, I don't think I have a favourite Bond! But, suggestions for future Bonds include Idris Elba, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens! I think we should shake up the look and character of Bond, redefine him!'
|Photographer - Carl Grim|
Have you found that your want to be anonymous has had an effect on your employability? Has anyone refused to work with you because you won't show your face? Has it happened to help your employability?
'One mans treasure is another mans trash- everyone is after something, there is no 'one size fits all' in this industry, so you will appeal to some, not to others. I use my anonymity as part of my USP- there are plenty of models out there and feeling like I was a little late arriving at the party, needed something to make me stand out and the anonymity works so well, particularly for the genres that I mainly work in (ie erotica). I find its all about storytelling, in a way, more of what you dont see, that teasing and wanting to find out more. Anonymous work, you can be anyone and that also appeals to the viewer- in the image, it could be your neighbour, your boss or even your best friend! Majority of photographers have loved the anonymity, it involves less skin editing, its quirky and amazing the amount who shoot 'anonymous' without even realising it! It hasn't stopped me modelling internationally or being published; in fact, I'm a fetcat model for Fet-Erotica magazine! I researched the definition of anonymous and its simply lacking identifiable features. So, no eyes (we are naturally drawn to identifying people by their faces, predominantly eyes) and no 'real' name- everyone calls me Jynx. Fortunately, I have no tattoos and piercings can be removed as required.'
|Photographer - Jon Downs|
Has your anonymity within your modelling dictated, or does it dictate things about your appearance such as tattoo's, piercings, hairstyles etc?
'I've never been interested in getting a tattoo, so fortunately that's not a issue. I do want to get more piercings, but from time-to-time, I add 'fake' piercings if I think it suits the theme. I also have an increasing number of wigs, so can easily spice up my look. When it comes to post, I leave it to the photographers how much skin retouching they wish to do (scar/mole/freckle remover sort of thing)'
|Photographer - Gregory Brown, Taken At - Loft House Studio|
The anonymous aspect aside, how would you describe the work you're putting out there?
'Kinda touched on it above, but I would say I predominantly shoot erotica, but also boudoir, nude and even fashion! I gave worked with a few photographers who were worried they didn't work to my levels- heck, its less of the level I am worried about but more the anonymous side! I suppose I favour erotica as its hard to do well, and being able to convey emotion without showing your face, you truly become an actress. I love that part of modelling, each day, I can reinvent myself, get into a character, be some new, a Grecian nude one day, feisty lover the next, latex dominatrix the day after.. and so forth. But, I love to try new things- it keeps life fun! We spend too much of our lives at work for us not to enjoy our work. I can safely say that I can get up each day and love my job, hell, I've managed to make my dream (being my own boss) a reality! There are a few fetish things I wont do, but on the whole, I will try anything :) Probably not high key beauty shots though...'
|Photographer - Dayo Awe|
In the spirit of anonymity, and hidden things...there's sort of a segway there I think...do you have any hidden talents you can tell me about?
'Oh man, hidden talents? erm, well, I have extensive training in pre-hospital emergency care (got to make sure shoots are safe) and bizarre party trick- I can fit my entire fist in my mouth! Does cooking/baking count as a hidden talent? Not bad at that either'
You bake...dammit, I should have done the interview in person! What's your signature bake?
'oooo... it varies! at the moment, it seems to be chocolate and pistachio fudge! Im trying out new recipes to cater for various dietary requirements/allergies, such as gluten free, lactose free and people who are diabetic. When I'm 60, I would love to open a tea shop, specialising in people with allergies and dietary requirements'
|Photographer - Vic Kumar, Make Up - Draycon Designs|
Do you have an image in your body of work that holds a special place in your heart?
'I guess there a 2 particular images. The first is a portrait with pop-art style body paint that I direct those to who wish to see my face! It was fun, my take on beauty and portraiture. And very lucky that the photographer (Vic) and artist (Draycon Designs) are two highly talented creatives, but also great friends and loved my idea! The second image is by photographer Carl Grim and was exhibited at an exhibition run by the Guild of Erotic Artists and was the only photo to sell during this event! I met the couple buying it and got to sign the back of it! I love what I do and the work I create with an array of hugely talented individuals, but its a real warm feeling that others love your work too!'
|Photographer - Strussler|
Looking ahead now, with maybe a little wishful thinking thrown in... If you could do your dream shoot (dream location, dream theme, dream outfits and props etc), what would it be?
'Dream shoot would be so hard to choose! I would love to have my photo taken by Tim Walker- I went to meet him at an evening he ran before the opening of his Storyteller exhibition and my love for him just grew (Tim, if you are reading this, please do get in touch)! Location wise, would probably have to be an abandoned church/monastery/castle in Italy. I love working in natural light, faded decor, decay of what once was majesty. Style wise- it would be a crazy mix of McQueen fashion, gorgeous lingerie by various designers including Chantal Thomas, Bordelle and Coco De Mer, fetish ballet boots, heels by Kurt Geiger, irregular choice and Jimmy Choo (and a Dior clutch, as I have always wanted one)! Throw in a makeup artist and hairstylist and think that's the team, style and location sorted! It would need to be over couple of days, but cover a story, loosely based on the idea of a woman, broken and alone, coming to terms with a tragedy and transforming herself into something stronger, powerful, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.'
|Photographer - StephenA|
If people want to see more of your work, or book a shoot with you, where should they go?
'Please do go see more of my work, across social media and modelling platforms!
Facebook page- Jynx Model
|Photographer - Eddie Cheng|
Last question for you now... What's your favourite joke?
'Whats orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot
(I know its a shocking joke, but its the first joke I can remember hearing and I laughed so much at the time)!'
|Photographer - Fidelio|
I'd like to thank Jynx again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, be sure to check out all the links above for more of her work, as well as the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved in creating them.