Once Playmate for Playboy in 1996, today Amara Dunae is mostly associated with the uber cool Chicago-based rock band, Kill Hannah. A fierce attitude laced with an impressive wit and striking beauty, made it possible for Amara to become the perfect muse for many fetish photographers. Unlike other Playmates, Amara’s beauty is fresh, unique, and most importantly authentic.
Her latest endeavor is the 20-page spread she did for the photographic book, Obsession, beautiful shots taken by the renowned photographer, Martin Rafael Class. The photos showcase Class’s ability to capture Amara’s personality, where the photos display various facets of her beauty.
How was your experience in being a Playmate in 1996?
”It opened up a lot of doors. It’s pretty cool to be part of the Playboy history.”
For the past few years you’ve been linked mostly to the music scene, more so than the modeling scene, what is it about the music scene that you like?
”The music scene is more creative. The guys are hotter. The parties are more fun.
Most of the Playboy Playmates are notorious for their so-called Barbie beauty while you don’t seem that way at all, your beauty seems more authentic with an edge, do you think that this diversity made you gain a broader sense of appreciation from the general public?
”Anyone can be a Barbie doll with the right amount of cash. What's beautiful about that? I think the most beautiful women in the world are the ones who take risks. The ones who don't give a fuck what society (or horny guys) thinks is beautiful. Blonde hair and tits will only get you so far in life.”
What do you think about all the fetish model sites [like Suicide Girls, Gods Girls, Razordolls, etc] that exist today, are they contributing in making fetish models become more mainstream or do you think that its just a bunch of punk/goth girls in need of some attention?
”I think its great for the non main stream models. A lot of those girls do great artistic modeling work. It would be nice to see more non-fashion (under 5'7") models doing main stream editorial.”
How was your experience in working with photographer Martin Rafael Class for the photographic book, Obsession?
”I can't say enough great things about Marty. I started working with him shortly after I saw his work in an art gallery in late 2002. I think his work is brilliant. The gallery owner got me in touch with him and we started working together soon after. He is one of the few remaining photographers I still continue to work with.”
If you could choose any notorious person to meet, who would it be?
”I can't think of anyone alive. Dead? I have three; Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, and I would have loved to of had a chance to work with Helmut Newton.”
What distinguishes Amara from the scores of other models and Playmates, is that in her photos, one always gets the feeling that she’s having as much fun being in front of the camera as the viewer is in observing the photos. There’s none of the usual blank stare, pout combination that many of the other models seem to have perfected over the years, but rather her photos communicate her energy, making models like Adriana Lima and Kate Moss lose their allure when their photos are placed next to Amara’s. This is the model that anyone would love to hang out with cos she emanates a sensation of glamour, sexiness, and fun.
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