She admits, however, that she hasn’t used her flexibility much in photo shoots,
mostly because she’s not super-flexible and hates doing half-ass things. “I’d love to be bendy like Mosh or Zlata, but I’m not quite there.”
She says she has been thinking about how she might incorporate some of her skills on the pole and aerial hoop into fetish performances, but:
“My problem is that I’m a perfectionist and I never think I’m good enough to pull off a show that will leave people with a ‘wow’ feeling. I don’t want to do ‘boring’ shows just to do a show.
“If I do a show I want it to be something really special, something that shows not only beauty or skin, but also some kind of skill, and preferably with a story to it. My ideas usually grow too big for me to be able to pull off. Especially since modelling is not my main job and I can’t put all my time into
“But I’m getting more and more excited about doing a little show and I am working on something smaller right now which I can hopefully show you in the near future. We all have to start somewhere, right?”
However, one thing definitely not in Sister Sinister’s plans is any kind of burlesque show. “Some people do it really well,” she concedes, “but burlesque just doesn’t appeal to me as an art form.”
How about extending her range by taking her photographic modelling beyond the fetish fashion/glamour style for which she is currently best known? Her looks, after all, are perfect for playing the beautiful domina.
But whenever she has modelled dominatrix outfits, it has always been done in a fashion/pin-up style. And she doesn’t seem to go much for the hoods and stylised heavy rubber outfits that her compatriot Psylocke is having such fun with right now.
“I have actually done a rope shoot before and a few shoots with more heavy rubber and hoods — even one with Psylocke, that you can see in Heavy Rubber Issue 34. I love that stuff!” she insists.
“But I think I’ve also become known for this kind of classic and mostly fashionable style. I’ve had very mixed reactions from my followers when I have done shoots with hoods or outfits with mega boobs.
“Wearing layers and layers of rubber and hoods is more appealing to me than shoots with little or no clothing. I will probably do it again as I enjoy it, but it’s not going to be what I do most of.”
Heels. When we see each other at fetish events, I completely forget — unless she takes off her shoes at some point — just how petite Sister Sinister is, at just 5ft 3in (I.6m). I suggest she might therefore have even more of a high-heel dependency than the average skyscraper-addicted fetish model.
“Ha-ha, yes people always forget,” she retorts. “It’s especially funny when I meet someone for the first time and they have seen pictures of me and think I’m really tall. ‘But you’re so tiny!” is usually the first thing that comes out of their mouths.
“I’m very glad to be short but still proportional. And to have great photographers who know to get down on their knees for me!”
But she admits she does depend more on heels than some. “Usually at the parties after the shows, we ‘older’ models [she’s 27] like to change our heels for some comfy flats so we can dance and have fun after a whole day of wearing heels.
“I’m usually the one who keeps my heels on longest before I give in. But I do love heels and wouldn’t live without them even if I was a tall amazon.”
What’s on her wishlist in the footwear department right now? “I would love to add most styles from Fabulously Fetish to my collection, and for a while I’ve been drooling over their Olenna boots and Aurora” platforms. They are perfect.
“A pair of classic Loubotins like the Allenissima would fit right into the collection as well. My birthday is coming up real soon!”
Even when Sister Sinister is shod in her highest heels, she’s still a lot shorter than her boyfriend, Australian multi-instrumentalist/performer Dylan Smith. What happened there — was she determined to find a man who would tower over her in any situation?
“Well I had to find a man who could reach things on the top shelf because I’m tired of climbing on the bench tops. And also he’s pretty cute,” she quips. The height difference was of course totally accidental, but she does like “big men who can carry me around if they’d like, ha-ha”.
The pair met in London through mutual pals, were friends for a couple of years before they started dating, and now live together in Stockholm. In the interim, Sister Sinister spent a year with Dylan in Australia, just as her modelling career was poised to go stellar in Europe.
Obviously she was following her heart, but did she ever fear that she might be jeopardising her career by going off for a year to the other side of the world?
“I’ve always been curious about Australia and wanted to go there,” she says, “so when the opportunity came up to go with him, I couldn’t resist.
“I agree that it might have been a risky move at the time, considering how well my modelling was going. But we were in love, and living on two different continents just seemed an even worse idea. So love had to go first.”
She thought she’d be able to keep up with her modelling even if she couldn’t attend the European events. But it proved a lot harder than she expected.
“A lot of people I met there were really lovely, but also very, very relaxed and flaky,” she reckons. And getting pictures from Australian shoots proved immensely difficult.
“Sometimes I had to do three or four different shoots with different photographers in the same outfits to actually get one picture out of them!
“It was very frustrating, especially when there were designers involved and other people were also waiting for the results, and I had to make excuses all the time.”
So she decided to “enjoy the beach more and become a kick-ass surfer” during the last months of her Aussie sojourn. But she has no regrets about the way things went.
“It was a great experience and I met a lot of lovely people and animals. I also got involved in a really cool workshop with London-based Aurum Light [Polish artist Jaroslav Wieczorkiewic] for one of his Milk Workshops.
“I don’t know what my life would have looked like today if I hadn’t left, but I’m still very happy with how my career is going and am very happy that designers still turn to me when then need to shoot new collections and so on.”
Winning the Miss Fetish Europe title in November 2012, not long after she returned from Australia, was probably a measure of just how glad Europe was to have Sister Sinister back.
“Yes! Imagine how surprised and incredibly happy I was about winning that title. Especially after being away for a whole year and not working as much as I would have liked to, and with so many gorgeous and hardworking models over here.
“I was for sure thrown off my chair when I heard my name being called out as the winner. I must have very loyal followers, which I am very grateful for.” And, she adds, she’s looking forward to a new role at this year’s awards.
Interestingly, since Dominatrix introduced the Miss Fetish Europe and Best Up and Coming Model awards a few years back, both of Germany’s big international fetish weekends — Fetish Evolution and the German Fetish Ball — have added model awards to their own annual programmes.
So event promoters obviously see considerable value in contests of this kind. But I wondered what Susanna thought about the value of them to models.
“For many models I imagine these competitions are very exciting and could lead to more recognition and work. Of course it’s been very good for me too.
“But I think it gets a bit confusing with all the different competitions, and that they all have ‘Model of the year’ competitions. The lovely people who vote for us can think that they have already voted, but it was for a different competition.
“I can only speak for myself but I really don’t like spamming my fans with ‘please vote for me here’ posts. And if I do, once a year is enough,” she smiles.
In an earlier piece for The Fetishistas, Susanna explained how mastering self-portraiture enabled her to do her own catalogue shoots for Westward Bound. So how’s the whole ‘professional selfie’ side of things right now?
“It’s going really well actually!” she says. “Mostly it’s just really nice knowing that I can rely on myself to get pictures taken and also have the full rights to them, which is very convenient when it comes to publishing and things.
“It’s never the same as working with another talented photographer that can get more interesting angles and more freedom to shoot outside and so on, but there’s definitely a lot one can do in a studio and with some Photoshop skills.
“I think it’s also convenient for designers — for example if they can turn to one person who can do it all instead of putting together a whole team.
At the same time that’s a shame since there are other creative people that would have been great for the task, and perhaps it can upset photographers that models are taking some of their work.
“But we are moving more and more towards things having to be done as fast and uncomplicatedly as possible. And for sure doing both shooting and modelling saves time.”
Having seen what she can do with a basic WB look-book shot in Photoshop, I’m tempted to speculate that perhaps this could be a whole new career strand for her.
Could photography some day be as important to Sister Sinister as modelling?
Could she see herself at some point joining that talented band of top fashion and glamour models who have re-invented themselves as successful snappers?
“I love photographing other people and I hope to do some more of it. But I don’t think I will get known for my photography, simply because I don’t have the time to get really good at it and do as much work as I would like,” she reckons.
Sister Sinister has photographed herself in so many Westward Bound outfits that we thought it was only fair to include a selection of her selfies in a dedicated Westward Bound gallery.
Some of the outfits have featured in a photo shoot or two, but most of them have only been worn for the product shooting. All are available to buy from the model, and we’ve included descriptions and prices so you can see what bargains are waiting to be snapped up.
And finally, dessert. Susanna/Sister Sinister has confessed in various corners of the internet to being an ice cream addict. Looking at her shape, you may find that hard to believe — but it’s true.
“Ohhhh! My favourite subject! Well yes, if there’s ice cream in the house I’ll eat it. I have to ban myself from passing the ice cream section in the grocery store sometimes to get a break from it. Ha ha.
“My absolute favourites are Cookies and Cream and Caramel Honey Macadamia from an Australian brand called Connoisseur. A must try for those who haven’t!
“And then we have Ben & Jerry’s. Almost impossible to pick a favourite. But Peanut Butter Me Up and “Half Baked” are at the top. Those are definitely worth getting fat for!”
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