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10.31.2017

The Bride











Fuji Superia X-tra 800
Makeup by Kendra @k.nutini 

Model: Stacy @bonjourpenelope_

Written, styled, and photographed by Kitty Michel

"My biggest challenge after the operation was learning to love myself again"

Coming back into this world what is the biggest challenge you faced?

It was really hard to come to terms with how I looked like after the operation. I came back looking different from everyone else even different from my old self. Then I get bombarded with beauty standards and what a womxn should look like and act like and its almost like society is trying to tear you apart until you become a shell of what you used to be. My biggest challenge was learning to love myself again and accept myself. I had to redefine beauty standards for myself. It took a lot of work to unlearn everything I had been taught through two lifetimes and I know it is something i'll never be completely free of but I learned to see myself in a different light and realized that I am beautiful. 

What was the biggest thing you discovered about yourself while on the journey of self love?

The biggest thing I discovered was my strength. I am strong. I faced my own demons and doubts and came out on top. The scariest thing in the world is our own minds, we can tear ourselves down or build ourselves up. And really if you can face that you can face anything. 

What advice would you give other people trying to get to the point you are at?

Take your time. Understand that it won't be easy and it will not happen overnight. But always remember, you WILL get there. 

Disclaimer: The opinions in this faux interview set are the opinion of the photographer and don’t reflect the views of the models featured.

The Polyamorous Vampires













 Fuji Superia X-tra 800


Makeup by Kendra (@k.nutini)

Models: 
Liz: @faustbordeaux 
Julia: @code.bleu 
Blue: @dollklaw

Written, styled, and photographed by Kitty Michel

"Just because we don’t follow traditional relationship roles doesn’t mean we don’t deserve respect."

Why do you think unconventional relationships get so much negativity from society?

I think it's because people like to set rules for everything. Maybe it's a human trait or maybe it's taught to us by society, either way people like rules, they like to follow not lead and they definitely do not want to stray from the path and get labeled a freak. It's a weird thing that people crave individuality but still want to belong in the group, it is a huge juxtaposition. The rules of monogamy are quite simple - 1 person with 1 person - anything other than that and people get offended, they call you a whore, a slut, any other derogatory name they can think of just because you want to expand your relationship with the consent of those in the relationship with you. 

Is there an over-sexualization of unconventional relationships?

Most definitely. Most music coming out of Top 40 rap/hip-hop usually includes a verse about two womxn kissing and the porn industry thrives off of womxn with womxn sex. So it really isn't surprising that people feel entitled to ask very personal questions about a polyamorous couples sex life which would never happen with a regular couple. Because of this over-sexualization unconventional couples are seen as things not people who deserve respect. Just because we don't follow traditional relationships roles doesn't mean we don't deserve respect. We are not our private relationship. We are people just like you and deserve to be treated as such and not as objects.

What is something you hope people reading this will learn about polyamorous relationships?

Just because I love another person doesn't mean I love my other partner any less. We shouldn't be shamed for the way we structure our private relationships, if you don't understand us that's okay but please dont shame us for not understanding.


Disclaimer: The opinions in this faux interview set are the opinion of the photographer and don’t reflect the views of the models featured.

The Werewolf in a Band







  

Fuji Superia X-tra 800

Makeup by Kendra (@k.nutini) 

Model: Ronald @potato.hands 

Written, styled and photographed by Kitty Michel

"Just because I like to howl at the moon doesn't mean I dont like to howl out some songs."


When did you first start playing music and what led you to begin a career path in the music industry?

I began playing music growing up with my family, we used to carve flutes out of bones from things we had just killed and eaten, it was a family bonding ritual and it is something I miss a lot. I knew I was going to go into the music scene very early in life. I couldn't really keep a constant school schedule due to the transformations which for some reason always fell on exam days - to this day I still think it's part of a conspiracy theory. Music was an escape for me, a way to forget the isolation and incredible pain that comes from a transformation I poured my pain and blood into my songs and found a way to deal with it all.

What’s the biggest misconception you’ve faced in the music scene based on your species?

We started off getting gigs in really sketchy places because people were too scared of me when we first started out. Everyone was afraid i'd turn and kill everybody at the show. But now my label has turned it into a commodity and we always get those people that want you to transform in front of them and its like they don't realize what they are asking of you, you know? You become this thing in a glass jar that people feel entitled to see and poke. Just because I am an entertainer doesn't mean I have to entertain you with my identity. You came to see us preform not to see a werewolf.

What’s the one thing you wish the general population knew about werewolves?

We only turn on a full moon and it is very painful please stop asking to see it. 
Also claws are really annoying so if you can, bring me some extra guitar strings - thanks. 

Disclaimer: The opinions in this faux interview set are the opinion of the photographer and don’t reflect the views of the models featured.