Q: What do you think of the stature you have amongst the FRONT forum faithful? You’re more than a fellow member, you’re like the spiritual leader. Trust me you are very much appreciated and loved there, how does that feel?
S: I don’t think most people look at me in that way, most of the newer people probably find me an annoyance/ hindrance rather than a leader. I am sure there will be a revolt at some point. It would be nice if everybody pointed out to FRONT the work I do though and reminded them of me
Q: What does Stripey do to relax when she’s not working or deleting random bollocks posted on the FRONT forum? Is there anything your enjoying watching/playing/listening to at the moment?
S: When I’m not around horses or modelling, I enjoy curling up with a book. I am currently reading ‘Working the wheel’ by Martin Brundle. I’m not normally a fan of autobiographies and tend to stick with fictions; however this is a book that gives you an insight into how all of the most famous tracks feel when behind the wheel of a F1 car. It is extremely interesting and definitely worthy of a read if you are interested in F1.
As well as reading I love to play on my 360. I’m probably most frequently playing GOW online, although after having finally bought Red dead redemption I’ve found it hard to drag myself away from that. I also enjoy, badminton, drawing, baking and enjoying Malibu & pineapple juice.
Q: Who would you love to work with in the business (model, photographer, stylist etc)?
S: I would really like to model with the likes of Vikki Blows and Alysha Nett
Q: You definitely have your own style in everything you do. Do you have any people you look up to style-wise or that inspire you?
S: I think Vikki Blows was an inspiration to every slightly more alternative model, and I believe she helped pave the way for so many models in the industry now. Other than that I find my inspiration in everyday life.
Q: How do you stay so trim? You must work at it right?
S: Most my life I have either taken part in sports every night or been horse riding, or caring for horses which seems to be enough exercise to have kept me in shape. Lately though because of my car accident I haven’t been able to do anything horse related so have had to start doing crunches etc to try and keep in shape.
Q: There are a lot of pictures of injuries you’ve suffered on you blog, would you say you’re clumsy? What’s one of the worst injuries you’ve had, and what were you doing to have it?
S: I think clumsy is an understatement for me. I am always tripping over, walking into things, burning myself etc. At school I always used to qualify for District sports, but would then end up on crutches before the event. I only ever made it once without injury.
Breaking my nose is probably one of the most painful injuries I have had though. I got head butted in a mosh pit seeing Cinders Fall. Blood was literally pouring out of my nose and I was an absolute state within a matter of seconds as it overflowed my cupped hands before I reached the toilets. To top it off I then got kneed in the face a few days later.
Q: I’ve noticed on the forum that you always try to ensure that the girls who post pictures and are trying to get into the business have the right motives, and know what they’re getting into. You’re keen to ensure they are taking the decision seriously and respecting other women who are trying to make a real career out of what they do. To me that’s mentoring, do you see it that way, or are you more concerned that the careers women like you have carved out for themselves are not disrespected in any way?
S: I suppose you could look at it as a sort of mentoring, I just don’t like to see people make mistakes. What a lot of girls fail to realise is how hard the modelling industry is to get into and to cope with. For every nice person full of compliments there are three idiots who try to destroy your confidence.
I’ve seen so many girls lose their self-confidence because they did not realise how hard the industry is. What a lot of girls also fail to realise is that once a picture is on the net, it’s hard to get rid of it.
I guess I just don’t like to see people make choices that they will later regret, I have enjoyed helping girls get through their first shoots etc
Q: Do you set goals for yourself career-wise, or take things one shoot at a time? What’s next for Stripey?
S: I am always setting new goals for myself, even if it is just to create better images.
Lately my wrist injuries have hindered me with regards to my modelling and so things have slowed down quite a bit. I am raring to go though and as soon as my wrists are 100% expect to see a lot more of me.
I have just heard news that I will be in Toni & Guys next magazine which was really good to hear.
Q: Could we please finish with Bernard Pivot’s questionnaire?
What is your favourite word? Procrastinating
What is your least favourite word? Minge
What turns you on? Cheeky smiles
What turns you off? Bad smells
What sound or noise do you love? Turbos kicking in
What sound or noise do you hate? Sandpaper/nail files being used
What is your favourite curse word? I’m not sure if it is classed as a curse word or not but, Penis
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Baker, I love baking cakes and inventing new recipes
What profession would you not like to do? Waitressing, I’m not good at it and somebody as clumsy as me should not be allowed near china
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I’m really not sure about this; a good joke would be funny though…
I’m so thrilled I could share this interview on my tumblr. Stripey was a joy during the whole process, helpful, insightful and entertaining. I think those who weren’t familiar with her will agree that she is something special, and I wish her all the very best for the future. Those who are familiar and have come to take her for granted a little (not mentioning any names FRONT). I hope this piece has shown you what you already have, and I hope you’re urged to utilise or at least show some appreciation to one of your biggest supporters. Thanks for reading, and if you want to find out more about Stripey, and keep up to date with goings on in her life and career, check out her tumblr. Otherwise, log into the FRONT forum and show her some love. Thanks again to Stripey, she was wonderful.
Images used above were provided by Stripey, and were taken by Mark Loony (loony photography) and Adrian Dewey.