I first saw the stunning Miss Kerosene Deluxe while I was researching alternative models for my post about big tattooed gals and her photos just made my jaw drop!
Every image I saw was full of seduction, confidence and to me real strong beauty. Big girls and body positive movements are a hot topic right now and I'm 100% certain this post will get a whole bunch of haters who can get real mean and nasty and outraged talking about the health issues around this controversial subject. But I also know the post will get a whole lot of positive comments and will inspire many people to love their bodies more- and that ladies and gents... is what Kerosene Deluxe is all about.
Kerosene Deluxe is a body-positive activist meaning "embracing your body regardless of its size and never to shame or insult another person's body, Real women are tall, short, thin, curvy, big, petite, muscular, athletic and everything in between."
Kerosene does not fit the usual model standard having a different body type, being much shorter than the average model and also being tattooed. She is challenging the industry and wants to reshape the fashion world to include more diversity. I spoke with her in a short interview about her career, plans and of course her tattoos...here is what she had to say. Enjoy!
Sarah Calavera: Tell us about your first tattoos and what drew you towards getting inked.
Kerosene Deluxe: I've always been artistically inclined ever since I was a small child. I'm a highly visual person and enjoy art in many different mediums be it through drawings, music or literature.
I have known from a very young age that I would someday be tattooed ever since I first laid eyes on a person with body art. It took some trial and error for me ,though, haha. My first tattoo was a pretty terribly little tribal tattoo at the age of 14.
Tattoos have just always made sense to me..If I have art in my house why not on the vessel that is my body?
SC: How did your modelling career kick off?
KD: Purely by chance! I was certainly never considered a 'pretty girl' growing up or model material (even still, to many). I frequently snuck into punk, goth, and fetish shows and clubs in my teens. I met a photographer there who liked my look and style and invited me to a shoot. That was in 2002. It kind of just stuck I guess and I enjoyed using it as a form of self-expression and later on it became more of a message to promote beauty through diversity.
SC: What do you like about the pin-up style of modelling?
KD: I enjoy the vintage aesthetic, glamour and sophistication but with an added dose of badassery!
SC: Who inspires your modelling style and look?
KD: As far as personal style goes I draw inspiration from many sources, the main ones being old Hollywood Glamour and Film Noir, Trash Cinema and B-Movies, Low Brow Art, Gothic literature, Punk Rock, Hammer Horror and Drag. I wouldn't say there is anything or anyone in specific that I draw inspiration from because there are so many things i enjoy and people whom I admire. In regards to my modeling style, I mostly just do what I feel like, to be honest, haha. I'm stubborn and tend to disregard what people consider to be acceptable or 'flattering' (I dislike that term) for someone with my body shape. Art and style is personal and subjective. My goal isn't to please everyone but to create something I, myself, can be proud of. If other people enjoy it too that's a bonus.
SC: What moment do you think has been your biggest success so far?
KD: Surviving and thriving after a history filled with abuse as a child, bullying, and sexual assault. Being able to still give my heart to others and see the positive side of things.
SC: What has been your most difficult challenge?
KD: Being my own worst critic!
SC: Do you have any plans for more tattoos in the near future?
KD: Absolutely and always! I intend of being pretty decorated and am always accumulating more tattoos.
SC: What is coming next for Kerosene Deluxe?
KD: Watch out for the upcoming documentary 'A Perfect 14' which is due for release in Fall 2016.
You can follow Kerosene Deluxe on Facebook or check out her website. The documentary A Perfect 14 which features Kerosene Deluxe and two of her fellow plus sized models Elly Mayday and Laura Wells will be out later this year. The documentary takes a candid look at the fashion industry and the need for diversity in today's media and role models. I for one can't wait to see this documentary. You can find out more about the film here at this link.