I am happy to share with you a very special moment in my modeling career. The photo in this post was taken and processed for me by my good friend and talented photographer Nariko Okawa. It captures the final challenge in Style Kingdom‘s 2nd Public Casting, the theme of which was lingerie. I had been a part of the 1st public casting as well, and sadly came in 5th. I enjoyed the open and honest critiques, meeting the judges who are names in the SL fashion industry in themselves, and the growth promoted by the styling challenges. So while disappointed in my final placement, I was inspired to improve and have another go, even if that meant I was now competing against 80 other talented models/stylists instead of 25.
One would think the theme of lingerie would be simple, but it is complex in its simplicity. There are so many ways one could go when styling lingerie…Victoria’s Secret? Boudoir? Showgirl? Dominatrix? It is important to be unique in a casting, so that you aren’t just another pretty face, but also to keep sight of the theme. So for me this meant digging around in my inventory for a piece to build around. I have collected various things from Remarkable Oblivion (RO) since my AVENUE graduation show. There is just something about RO items that convey fierceness and strength. I had picked up a few RO items at the Body Modification Expo a few months back, with no real agenda. I bought them because I liked them and in modeling you never know when an item will go perfectly with a look until you are styling. In this case it was the Baphomet Horns – Celestial. So I began with the horns and built the look around them, knowing lingerie had to be a part and thinking on what story I could tell. As the look came together it became clear to me what I was building. Artemis.
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I am familiar with many of the Greek gods and goddesses, but allow me to paraphrase from Wikipedia. Artemis is known as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She is often referenced as “Mistress of Animals.” She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women. She often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her.
I attempted to capture as much of the essence of Artemis as I could in my styling, right down to the Manticore deer (tho admittedly it was more like a deer/dog as many have called it -lol-). I built my look with many different designers…BlackLace, LpD, Zaara, Ison, Lelutka, Madrid Solo, Remarkable Oblivion, Baubles!, and the weapon maker Larion Rhode (LR Weapons). I was amused that my prior experience in combat role play led me to a more than just a prop bow…I could really go out and shoot someone with it if I wanted to!
As with all of the SK challenge judging I was nervous as heck before taking the runway and standing before the judges, but I was pleased with what I had done and felt I approached the theme in a unique way. I was overjoyed to find that the judges agreed, and that this time I would place 1st. This was truly a momentous occasion in my SL modeling career. I had suffered many rejections as all models do, but this time I was accepted and welcomed into a new family I am very eager to work with.
I would like to thank all the judges I have had the pleasure to meet and talk to over both castings…Dougie Boxen, Kiana Lexenstar, Cruz Quinnell, Pam Astonia, Payton Heron, RhiannaLynn Lane, Paradox Messmer, Jade Spectre, and Absinthe. Your honest critiques gave me much needed food for thought and fuel for growth.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill