Q1: Let’s start with the common question, if you can kindly introduce yourself.
Hey there, everyone! I am Lächeln, also known as “Luxbot” or “Luxbot Lächeln”. I’m a model and artist living in the US.
Q2: How did you get into the field of your work?
I have experience working as a model since age 12 but I quit for awhile from age 17 to 20. I started modelling again because I had concepts and ideas I wanted to express. At first it was only a fun artistic outlet… then I started to receive more and more offers of commission work. Sometimes I can’t believe I’m doing this full time!
Q3: Do you have any current favourite artists, photographers, idols, individuals who may have influenced you to become the model that you are?
I have tons and tons of people who have inspired me. When I was younger I was very inspired by Japanese anime and manga artists such as Yazawa Ai and Ueda Miwa. I also was a HUGE Sailor Moon fan! I’ve also always been inspired by movies, especially science fiction movies. Some of my favorite artists currently are Yayoi Kusama, Giger (of course), Gustav Klimpt, and Giuseppe Boldini. Someone introduced me to Colin Christian’s work and I really was amazed–his art looks like it came out of the fantasy world I keep inside of my head!
I also am influenced by many musicians who have cool or strange fashion. The weirder the better. Bands like Dir en Grey, GWAR, and Psycho le Cemu have definitely left a lasting impression on me. I wish I could dress that crazy more often.
Honestly, I really find inspiration everywhere. A lot of the concepts I come up with were inspired by something random like a phrase or a bunch of leaves or a mythological creature…
Q4: Your modelling portfolio shows off your incredible range of themes, was that something you had to collaborate with the photographer?
Yes, definitely. A lot of my more “normal” work I do not bother to post simply because I would rather not saturate the internet with millions of pictures of me standing around in jeans or a bikini. I tend to post more of the pictures where I had some sort of say in the artistic direction of the shoot. I love it when photographers give me the freedom to experiment.
Q5: From your own personal experience, is modelling a competitive business?
Of course! It is extremely competitive. Some people enjoy that and some are not able to handle the pressure. Every girl wants to be a model nowadays! The fact that there are so many pretty girls out there means that competition is fierce and being able to make a living as a model doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with how hot you are.
There are some really awesome models out there who I’ve become friends with. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, it’s every girl for themselves so to speak. I’ve had all kinds of crazy rumors spread about me. Sadly, that’s a part of this business. I aim to be a professional model, on time, communicative, and positive as possible…I find that this has definitely gone a long way in building my career.
Q6: Working as a model, do you have the creative freedom to work out of the box or follow the photographers guidelines in posing? Do creative minds clash between models and photographers?
It really depends on the photographer or the client who has hired the photographer/model. Sometimes I get to have a lot of freedom in posing/concept/makeup/styling and sometimes I get none at all.
I try to be very open minded on shoots and I’m always willing to try new looks. However, there have been rare occasions where I’ve found myself in a creative disagreement with a photographer. But hey, everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to pictures.
Q7: What are the biggest struggles you encounter as a model?
There are a few different things. One thing that can really be rough is how I fear that I am losing my identity. I have a very strong will in my personal life but often models are treated as nothing but a piece of meat. Sometimes I really feel like a faceless object. For example, It can be difficult at times to have every single part of one’s body critiqued by person after person. I’ve given up trying to fit anyone’s idealized standard of beauty because everyone’s idea of beauty is completely different. I’ve been turned down from work for being too thin, too fat, too short, too tall, too young, too old. Also in the same vein– being objectified– I feel like a lot of guys either view me as a notch in their belt or they become frighteningly obsessed. I don’t think either group really know anything about me. Maybe that’s how it is for every girl but I definitely get tired of having my “work” be all that guys talk to me about. The majority of them have no idea about any of the other things I’ve accomplished in life.
All of the travel is also difficult. It can be fun but it can also be very lonesome. I usually always travel alone so if anything happens I usually am many, many miles from home with only myself to rely on.
Q8: Do you have any other future plans that don’t involve modelling? Would you consider working outside that field and into something new?
Absolutely! I’m working on recording an album right now. I used to be very passionate about music but nothing seemed to be moving forward so I changed gears. I’m finally returning to music after three years of doing modelling, painting, and traveling the world. I’m excited to be working with some very talented producers!
I also paint and would love to have the ability to paint full time. However, I’m still learning and painting is one of those skills that will always be with me as long as I live..modeling and music are definitely easier careers to work toward while still young.
Q9: Do you have any personal mottos, quotes or existing quotes that motivate you to do what you love doing? Can you share it with us?
None that I can thing of that aren’t super cheesy! I am never good at remembering quotes when challenged. I freeze up and my mind goes blank!
Q10: What do you think the future will hold for all models and modelling?
There will always be new models and new trends. I see the world becoming more accepting of alternative models. Tattoos, piercings, and colored hair are not automatic career killers anymore. Because of the internet there are now girls who aren’t 6 foot tall, rail thin Vogue models are able to make decent money working as models–all because they are able to network and build a fan base. It’s a really interesting time to be a model. I also think fetish modeling is beginning to become more mainstream…once again, thanks to that fabulous invention called the internet.
Q11: To round off the interview with the last question, how would your fans and new fans be able to keep in contact with you in regards to updates, progress and events that you have in the near future?
I am working on my new website http://www.luxtango.com/. It should be up shortly.