Psylocke and I first met in the flesh five years ago in Hamburg, when the German Fetish Ball briefly relocated there from its traditional home in Berlin.
Hamburg 2010 was actually Psylocke’s first experience of a fetish event outside her native Sweden. And though she already sported those trademark leopard-print tats across her collarbone, there was not much else about that night’s goth-meets-pirate-meets-showgirl party look that you would recognise in the model’s style today.
In the five years since those first tentative steps in international partying, Psylocke has become one of the most sought-after models on the global latex scene, with two major awards — Miss Rubber World 2013 and Miss Fetish Europe 2014 — under her belt, and almost 300,000 fans on Facebook.
She is also remarkable for the extent to which she has managed to combine both the lighter and darker faces of fetish into her professional style — something we will be seeing a lot more of on her newly launched pay site at Psylocke.se.
Through careful choice of collaborators from the clothing design and photography worlds, she is able to switch gracefully between latex fashionista, heavy rubber lover and bondage aficionado. Whichever of those characters she inhabits for the camera at any given time, everything is always done in very recognisable Psylocke style.
The Hamburg event that marked Psylocke’s international party debut in 2010 was also attended by other Swedes including Sister Sinister, already by then a well known latex ambassador for Sweden. So, I wonder, was the young Psylocke inspired by seeing her compatriots travelling to this kind of event?
“Yes,” she says, “I did see how Sister Sinister travelled a lot. And Elegy Ellem was also there — I think that was her first event outside Sweden too.
“But I did not know them at that time and although we were all supposed to be in the same Naucler Design show, I think I did not even talk to them,” she laughs.
Later that same year, Psylocke made her first trip to London and took part in the Rubber55 fashion show presented by The Fetishistas at Festival of Sins. They put her in the stunning silver hooded outfit that Latex Lucy also wore that year on a Fetishistas cover.
“Oh that silver outfit was amazing and still is! ” Psylocke enthuses. And she reveals that this London show was what finally persuaded her that fetish modelling might have a real future for her.
“I think at that point I decided to try to do something with a career in fetish. So after that show I started to take it more seriously. I have always loved to travel and why not travel and work to do something fun?”
That strappy, long-sleeved, short-skirted and hooded Rubber55 outfit she wore in London is the sort of high-style heavy rubber look this British label is famed for.
But while it may have been an early example of Psylocke adopting such a look in public, it was certainly not her first experience of restrictive latex fashion.
“My heavy rubber fascination started young,” she says. “My second latex piece was actually a hood from Rubber55 — I think when I was about 16 years old.
“At first I thought that heavy rubber was a bit much to wear in public or at an event or such. But sometime between ages 20 and 22 I guess I stopped thinking like that and started to dress more ‘HR’ at different parties.
“For me, modelling in heavy rubber gives me more comfort, and I feel more strong then, when I wear a mini dress with bows and frills on…”
But while it may appear that Psylocke has effortlessly integrated HR into her modelling work by ensuring that images involving hoods or other restrictive elements always have a high fashion look, she is quick to assure me that it hasn’t been as easy as it might seem.
“Every time I get an offer for a photo shoot,” she says, “it is 99 percent a latex fashion photo shoot. So people seem a bit scared or don’t understand the concept of heavy rubber.
“So nowadays I am pretty picky about shooting HR with new photographers as they often don’t realise that it takes time to dress up, it is difficult to do everything, and it is not that much fun to stand outside in the sun on a hot summer day in full rubber.”
So how does she decide whom to work with? It turns out that among other considerations, she uses the late, great Helmut Newton as a creative benchmark.
“I always have Newton in my mind when I am planning a photo shoot. I do think it is a good idea to have some sort of inspiration. And not to do it the easy way and copy others… there is a difference.
“When I see photographers, I usually look at their previous work and see how they have managed different models, locations and lighting. And also the editing.
“I want a photographer that can take photos in a studio with a plain background and still make the photo stand out; the lighting is of course very important, and the editing — is it too much, too unrealistic? — and so on.
“But we all have different taste in photos. Right now I feel that I can be a bit more picky when it comes to photographers and I can say no to those I feel I might not get anything out of.
“And if the attitude from the photographer is a bit aggressive, well that automatically puts them on the no-list!
“A photographer’s work can be really good but maybe just not for me. Same with models: a model can be super-good-looking but maybe a photographer does not find her inspiring.
“We are all different and like different things in life. And it is not a big deal.”
I mention that I often encounter would-be fetish models who can imagine no better way to spend their lives than being photographed in the kind of designer latex that Psylocke has access to.
But how much of a perk is that, really? How often does a latex shoot, even for the best-known fetish models, translate into free outfits or anything else of value?
“Many people think that a latex model gets all the free latex that she wants. Sorry but that is not true,” is Psylocke’s firm retort.
“And it is a bit annoying when people just assume that you get everything for free.READ MORE
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