Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the remarkable Ruby True! I first came across this wonderfully talented and vastly accomplished model on the cover of Bizarre magazine. She was resplendent in fox inspired red latex and exhibiting all the guile and bravado of the most seasoned and secure performer. Through more intimate exposure via the FRONT forum and her fantastic tumblr blog, I have been introduced to the humble and ambitious woman behind the extravagance and titillation. It is an immense pleasure to share my Ruby True interview with you, and hope that readers will be enchanted by this incredibly intense but thoroughly enchanting lady.
Where do I start when talking about such a vast portfolio of visually stunning and shockingly gorgeous imagery? You’ve truly amassed an impressive back catalogue, taking in many different countries and countless styles and incarnations of Ruby True. I guess we should start at the beginning. Where did all this wonderfulness start for you?
Awww Thank you!
This all started because I used to love dressing up and followed a lot of models on MySpace and went to Torture Garden and thought, “Hey I would love to have some pictures like that!” I never wanted to be a “model” I just wanted to play dress up and have some cool pictures! I booked a well known photographer at the time and she suggested me for other work and it all kinda went from there!
What were some of your influences growing up? Who was it you were looking to or admiring stylistically and in terms of attitude?
Hmmmm I am not to sure, I was very much in to performing arts so I think I was more influenced by theatre and stage make up and costumes than one single person.
Your photographs are always an event to behold in my opinion. What is it like on set producing such larger than life pictures? I know it must differ from shoot to shoot, but how do you like to work? Would there be music playing, much direction from the photographer, many people on set etc?
Every shoot is different depending on the team, sometimes there is hair, make-up, designer/stylist, photographer, assistants etc and sometimes its just little old me and the photographer.
I can pose myself but always ask to see the first image to get and idea of the angle they’re shooting, the lighting mood and how the outfit and make-up looks on camera then I am generally off posing!
I do like music playing I generally don’t mind what it is, I find I’m not really listening to it but something upbeat creates a good atmosphere!
I also find an intense drama to some of your pictures, and a sense of theatre. Are there some elements of performance or character creation when you take a new job?
Thank you, I do try and make it more then just a pretty picture of a girl, I would find that boring after a while. Like I said in my previous answer, after I see the first shot and the mood of the photo I try and act out that mood with my poses.
No use doing a cute pin up pose and smiling in black latex and heavy dramatic lighting!
With a lot of your work being in the fetish bracket of the modelling industry, do you find people have preconceptions about the person you are when they meet you in the flesh?
Ha-ha-ha Yes! I have been told people expect me to be scary and stern! If you met me in person I think you would have a real surprise.
You also do supreme work with all things avant garde, and have expressed some truly moving moments artfully through nudes. What do you think of this facet of the industry? Would you like to do more of it?
I reserve my art nude work for projects and photographers I feel truly inspired by, I would like to do more but I truly believe in quality not quantity with every aspect of modelling. I feel it has to suit myself as a model also, I don’t suit the classic art nude profile.
You have worked all over the world in many different countries, and at many different events. Travel must be very important to you. What do you think your experience on the road has taught you?
I am a bit of a traveller at heart and have been on the Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian (yep got the train all the way round china and back home). Travel is really important to me just to learn and see as much as possible of the world, I think a lot of people have no idea how easy we really have it here in the UK. It taught me a lot of independence, how to read a map and to be really aware of my surroundings.
Where have been some of your favourite countries to shoot, and how long have you spent in these very varied places?
Hong Kong was good fun just for the mission of finding the studio! I spent 2 weeks there but a whole 2 months in China.
USA would be a favourite, just because I have some good friends there now and always have fun. I spent a month in the USA but travelled and explored more than shooting, I have taken a couple of short trips back just for shoots.
A lot of people that have worked in Japan have said it changed and influenced them so much. What did you get out of working in such a wonderfully diverse country?
I was on a real budget and had only a back pack and some matching lingerie when I got booked for my shoot there. It was really relaxed and the photographer was a real calm and professional guy. I really enjoyed it. I would love to go back.
I couldn’t interview the wonderful Ruby True without talking about Latex and your love of the material. How does it feel shooting in Latex so regularly? Is it just second nature to you now, or do you still get that same feeling you did when you first discovered the stuff?
I still get the same feeling when a great piece of well made latex fits really well or really suits me! It is obviously a lot more second nature with how to treat it and look after it and get it on. I remember the first dress I ever bought took me about 30 mins to get on!
What do you think latex does for a person when they wear it? It definitely sparks a reaction externally from audiences, but what do you think is the main contributing factor the garments have on the wearer?
I think it gives the wearer confidence, almost a super hero comic vixen effect! I think its how it feels like a second skin that holds all your bits in the right places!
You are of course an expert exponent of the art of latex wearing, so do you have any tips for putting on and showing off the fabric for those newbies out there who might want to try it out for the first time?
Get yourself a lot of Silicone lube! (water based wont work). Have a plan and don’t dig those nails in!
Keep latex at a good room temperature, freezing cold latex is hard to get on.
Invest in a custom garment, an ill fitting piece of latex defeats the whole point in it being your second skin.
Remember to shine up your outfit and when you take it off wash it in warm water and a little hand soap, give it a good rinse and dry out of direct sunlight on a towel over a rail or pat dry, then dust with talc. Wrap the item keeping metal parts away from pale colours or transparent latex as it stains, and keep out of sunlight in a zip lock bag.
Latex clothing comes in everything from gloves to socks and all things in-between. What are some of your favourite garments that are produced today?
I love play suits and leggings! They feel really nice to wear plus you can get away with wearing leggings out (they need a crotch zip for easy peeing though)!
In your wonderful repertoire of skills and abilities, dance features heavily. What is it about dance that has lead you to conquer so many different styles? What first got you into tap and ballet for instance?
It’s just something I have done since I was 3 and learning more has been a natural progression.
With so much physically to your creative traits, keeping in such fantastic shape must not be difficult. But do you have to do anything else to stay trim?
I try and eat well and have recently cut alcohol out completely! (let’s see how long that lasts) No carbs after 3pm, I am veggie anyway plus walking my dogs and doing a little workout at home every other day.
Whenever I encounter someone than can “breath fire” I always have to ask about it. Where did you learn the skill? What’s it like performing that feat on stage, and how does it taste after?
A friend of mine with circus skills taught me in Brighton, Its fun to perform on stage you just have to judge the size of the venue and scout out where people are standing and it tastes petrolly after, I get paraffin burps (sexy)!
Having travelled the world and worked in truly impressive places, for magnificent companies and publications, now you’re turning you sights onto FRONT magazine, and have been quite active on the forum of late. What has attracted you to FRONT in particular? Have you been reading the magazine for long?
I have been reading FRONT since they contacted me in the days of MySpace to feature and I chickened out! They were a lot smaller then and just starting up, I am attracted to FRONT exactly for your reasons of asking the question:
“With a lot of your work being in the fetish bracket of the modelling industry, do you find people have preconceptions about the person you are when they meet you in the flesh?”
I think working in latex and “fetish” people forget you’re a real girl! I would love to feature in FRONT to show people more the day to day Ruby and that I am not hard faced and don’t think I am stunningly beautiful, I have flaws etc just like everyone else.
Have you submitted pictures to the guys over at FRONT towers yet?
I have and they have asked to see more!
I’m always staggered at how much you have achieved at such a young age. What is next for the magnificent Ruby True? Where are you hoping your career takes you now?
I don’t really mind. I am just thankful for what I have and I think sometimes you can spend too much time hung up on the smaller things to see the bigger picture. I am just going to take every opportunity as it comes, keep creating ideas and shoots. I do hope to shoot more video and random candid stuff, maybe some non latex! Maybe you can ask your followers what they would like to see from me?
Could we please finish with Bernard Pivot’s famous questionnaire?
What is your favourite word? Bintwitch
What is your least favourite word? Balls
What turns you on? Sushi
What turns you off? Spitting
What sound or noise do you love? Kittens going meeew meeew
What sound or noise do you hate? Alarms
What is your favourite curse word? Cunt (closely followed by Bintwitch)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Young person’s councillor/ support
What profession would you not like to do? Go down sewers with poop
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Do you want a beer? You won’t put on weight or have a hangover!
I can’t thank Ruby enough for agreeing to spend some time being interviewed for this blog. I hope this piece has gone some way to providing a broader impression of this incredible woman. She is a master of latex, but in no way is beholden to it. Watch this space, and expect to see Ruby in a whole new light very soon!
http://rubytrue.tumblr.com – check out Ruby’s blog for all things glamorous and tantalising.
All images used here were taken using Ruby’s consent. Credit to photographers etc follows.
Photo 1: Nick B Implant images
Photo 2: Bizarre cover, featuring Obsidian design latex
Photo 3: Mark Kirby
Photo 4: Gary Breckhimer
Photo 5: Jordi Bourbaki, latex by Jane Doe