Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Who's that Girl? | Vaunt

© Duncan R. I.

Age: 25
Lives: Philadelphia
Day Job: Model
Night Job: Designer, Creator

© Corwin Prescott

© Steve Prue 

What was growing up like for you?

My upbringing was loving & stable- I'm very fortunate in that way. But I always felt detached and aloof from everyone around me, particularly in high school...I was the "scary" Industrial Goth girl, I wore bruise makeup with big boots and my share of black. I was never really bullied, and I the friends I had were all involved in theatre or newspaper or reading club.

I wouldn't have called myself social but I loved being involved in extra curricular...and I did my homework because life was boring without something to occupy myself. I was always a notorious flirt and tease and overtly sexual; sleeping with your friends is way more fun than strangers!

© Shantia Veney

You do a lot of nude modelling and come across as very confident and sexually aware. What do you like about nude modelling and what have you learned from it?

Modeling made me stop being aloof and taught me how to be comfortable in just about any situation, that's the biggest thing. I can talk to almost anyone now, and I feel that interacting with a wide variety of people, who have a wide variety of interests and beliefs, has made me more self aware and accepting. I've always been comfortable with being naked, so that aspect was never a big deal to me. 

From your personal experience, what is the biggest preconception and stereotype about nude modelling and the women involved in it?

The biggest preconception I run into is two-fold: one, that I'm some kind of prostitute/escort and two: that the hobbyists (the photographers that don't shoot full time) are creeps or pervs. I have zero problem with sex work but I myself do not feel that I am engaged in it; and the majority of those who are gracious enough to hire me are sweet & respectful.

© TL Gee

What do you admire in other women? 

Strength, feminine power, those who are (healthily) committed to fitness/have amazing bodies. 

Where do you draw inspiration from? 

Anything can be inspirational! Mine is predominately internal though. Everything I see and experience is filtered through me, and I have a personal sense of "good taste" that I completely trust. 

© Danny Bourne

© Melvin Jones

How would you describe your style?

It was be impossible for me to describe a singular style, because I'm drawn to many things visually but I am, at my core, a practical person. The only common denominator is that everything I wear MUST fit well! I'm petite with a corset-modified waist, and my torso is an inch longer than the average woman's, so I wind up having most of my clothes tailored. I've found that pants from the 70s are the best for me because they actually fit my waist and the wide leg is good on my big butt :) I love finding pieces that are unique- I have a giant vintage wardrobe as well as sizable fetish/latex wardrobe. I actually have 3 closets! Great wardrobe is, to me, art at its finest. I feel like a curator of clothing, not afraid to get rid of what isn't working and further refine my collection. 

© Corwin Prescott 

© Corwin Prescott 

Are you a fashion brands girl or do you just wear what you like or whats comfortable?

Honestly, I don't give a shit about brands as a general rule, never have. If I find something hideous or unflattering or boring, who cares if it's Prada or Balmain or Opening Ceremony or handmade? I like what I like and I think that's how everyone should dress- wear what you want. I'm also anti-trend; "trend" is a buzzword of disposable fashion to me. Part of why I created my own design label Vaunt & Sol with my close friend Najva is because we believe in fit, we believe in responsible design, we believe in longevity, we believe in artistically unique. We care more about the buyer, no matter who he/she is, than about what Pantone color is hot this season. 

What are your top 5 fashion staples you cannot live without?

My high-waisted black shorts & black modal cape from Vaunt & SolBlack Milk velvet leggings, knee high black boots, and Agent Provocateur lingerie. 

© Kristen Wrzesniewski

© Steve Prue

Favourite places to shop?

Etsy is my go to for unique handmade items (I'm lusting after this Kokosina leather backpack) & eBay is my staple for vintage. I've started to focus more on individual brands, and I'll probably be buying from Hopeless LingerieCourtshopTeale Coco,Elizabeth Street Jewelry, & Made for LA soon. 

Now that I'm in NYC so often, I prefer going to physical stores to try on the pieces that I'm interested in and taking notes so that I know what I want to buy online. Creatures of Comfort & Owen are great. 

© Nat Sin

What is it that you love most about being a woman?

Having a clitoris is pretty amazing. 

What do you find sexy?

Intensity and confidence and control. 

© RW Storey

Is there anything you would change about yourself if you could?

My initial reaction to new things is often "No" or negative, so I'm constantly working on changing that. And I'd love to have abs and cut arms!

© Melvin Jones

When no one is around what is Vaunt usually doing?

Dancing around in my underwear to Queens of the Stone Age.

Is there a public and private Vaunt?

There are many parts of personality, some of which are happily public and some of which are lovingly private.

© Jose Rosado

What's your take on life and what advice would give any of your fans?

Life is essentially meaningless; there's no overarching reason for anything. While it seems like a depressing concept, it is in fact the opposite! It simply means that you get to define your own meaning, your own purpose. Be positive!

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